An emotional journey that will have you basking in all its romantic wonder while searching your own heart.
As I began to read this third installment of the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, I was immediately wrapped in the loving arms of the Mitchell family. I enjoyed the light banter and family interactions in such a way that saw myself sitting at their dinning table or having heart to heart talks with Mama Mitchell. The family dynamic is definitely entertaining and enlightening.
The nod to Jane Austen’s “Emma” was noticeable as we see more of Emma’s “scheming” ways in an innocent effort to have those around her loved and cared for all the while denying her own heart. Somewhere around the one-third mark, it changed. The truth of Emma’s ways became more evident as feelings for her long time friend were more obvious (at least to me).
Now, time to get personal.
A Match for Emma is a great love story. But Pepper Basham put so many other things in it that I found myself trying to unpack all the pieces of wisdom for days after completion of the reading. Of course, minus the time I was sleeping. What I discovered was that I am Emma. This year was the year of many losses for me. Both in death and in life. The talk that Emma and her mother have about halfway through the book really grabbed me. It made me see that I had been burying myself in distractions and that I haven’t taken the time to grieve the loss of friendship, a mentor, and a family member. Even though everything she wrote were words of wisdom that I knew, and have shared with many people, it didn’t click in my own brain. I needed to take a step back and regroup. Then I needed to reconnect with my Lord. Only after that would things become clear and my heart would be free to move on. I love it when fiction reflects real life just enough to help the reader get through things. Don’t you?
Any way, thank you, Pepper Basham, for writing Emma’s story. It was truly life changing as well as entertaining.
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOKTitle: A Match for Emma Author: Pepper Basham Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: November 21, 2019 Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first – class ticket to culinary school in Europe. When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…unt il her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life – long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected. With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository
ABOUT THE AUTHORPepper Basham is an award – winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her most recent historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her App alachian heritage and family history, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech – language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of choco late, jazz, hats, and Jesus. Her upcoming release, A Match for Emma, is the third book in her popular Mitchell’s Crossroads series. Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors through social media. You may also learn more about her on her website! CONNECT WITH PEPPER: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
(1) winner will receive a Paris cube decorative tote, paperback copy of Jane Austen’s Emma, paperback copy of A Match for Emma (or another one of the Mitchell’s Crossroads books, if preferred), a ‘love’ ornament, a mug t hat reads “You’re my cup of tea”, and Misty Mountain handcrafted soap (made locally) – the scent is Mountain Berries!
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