About the Book
Book: Hope Between the Pages
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Inspirational
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.
Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.
How does one review a book that’s perfect?
To me, Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham is the perfect read. I chuckled a little, I cried quite a bit, and I cheered for the characters the whole time. I was hooked from page one and refused to put this book down. The characters are exceptional. My heart broke for Sadie and Oliver, and I loved Clara and Max so much. The chemistry between each pair is electric, and the romance is absolutely perfect. I’m so-so with time-split novels. I’ve read a few that have been remarkable and I’ve read a few that fell flat. Basham has written a time-split story that is equally engaging in regards to both storylines. Once I finished a Sadie/Oliver chapter, I couldn’t wait to get back to their story, but I felt the exact same way with Clara and Max. And don’t get me started with the conflicts and themes. I could talk for days about all the things I highlighted in this book. I have pages and pages of highlights and notes. Hope Between the Pages excited me as a reader and gave me all those good reader feelings!
One topic that resonated with me the most is the idea of being seen and accepted for who you are. Think about what it means to be seen? It’s not just an outside, physical appearance thing. Anyone with working eyes can see. No, being seen is more about seeing the whole of a person — not just looks but personality, character, moods, positives, negatives, etc. When someone can actually see you for who you are and still want to be around you, it’s one of the best blessings on this earth. Sadie is an AMAZING heroine. She is magical. The reader cannot help but want only good for her. Sadie longs to be seen and accepted for who she is, but being a servant in a wealthy person’s home means she is often never seen or known. Along comes Oliver, the second son of a wealthy British man. He loves books, doesn’t care one wit about Society’s expectations, and knows a good thing when he sees it … and, boy, does Oliver see Sadie! Their journey from acquaintances to lovers is fantastic. My heart absolutely swooned for these two! They made me smile, they made my heart happy, and they made me cry like a baby.
Hope Between the Pages is a story I won’t soon forget. I loved every minute spent with these characters and I will miss them all. It is a superbly written time-split novel that I highly recommend.
I purchase a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on March 31, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.