Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!
I’m so glad you could join me today on Soulfully Romantic blog! I’m sharing my thoughts on Pepper Basham’s upcoming release, When You Look at Me. It’s book 2 in the Pleasant Gap Romance series. In fact, book 1 is currently on sale. Be sure to pick it up here and check out my review over here.
About the Book
An unexpected mother-to-be
A romance-leery composer
And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures
When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. As she goes through her aunt’s treasured possessions, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.
Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.
But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?
There are a few things one comes to expect from a Pepper Basham novel. First: a hilarious meet cute. Second: a kissing scene in a closet. Third: the grace of God. But you never know how Ms. Basham will deliver these expectations which makes opening one of her novels full of anticipation.
In When You Look at Me, the meet cute is hi-lar-i-ous! Seriously, I may have snorted while laughing. And because I don’t want to give anything away, I’ll leave you with the words, “purple eye patch.” 😉
The kissing scene was probably her best one yet. And that’s because of Julia’s background. The tender way that Henry woos her made the kiss scene one that makes your heart sigh with the beauty of it.
And last, the grace of God. I tell you there were so many quotable lines in here that just did me in. But I’ll leave you with this one meme that sums it all up.
If you’ve never read Pepper Basham, please do. Her contemporary romances will make you laugh out loud, cheer, and possibly even make you cry. You won’t be sorry!
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. A review was not required nor influenced.
About the Author
Taking the story elements of her Blue Ridge Mountains’ heritage, Pepper Basham writes a variety of fiction seasoned with grace and humor. From contemporary romance to historical, Pepper likes to dip her creative interests in and weave stories to touch the heart and funny bone. She’s a pastor’s wife, mom of five, and university instructor. She can be found causing mischief at her group blog, The Writers Alley, or her own Website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.