Delve into Appalachian life with Pepper Basham’s newest historical romance.
About the Book
Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins is uncle’s missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel’s imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel’s father’s drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?
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In My Opinion
In the tradition of Catherine Marshall, Pepper Basham ushers readers into Appalachian life. From the beauty of the land, the music, the stories, the prejudices, and distrust of outsiders, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge is a love story to the culture and people.
The love growing between Jonathan and Laurel is wonderful and authentic, falling into place naturally, even when circumstances try to force it. But the true love story in this book is to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the people who live simple yet full and fulfilled lives.
I think it’s safe to say that whether she’s writing contemporary or historical, Pepper Basham is an author not to miss.
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