Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Don’t you just love this cover??? I do….I actually like the fact that it’s not two people that look about 18, they look like maybe they are my age (which of course is 25 lol). But seriously, that is the first thing I noticed about this book. And then being written by Pepper? Well, I always know I’m in for a treat when she’s writing the book!!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: When You Look at Me
(Pleasant Gap Romance #2)
Author: Pepper Basham
Publisher: Woven Words Publications
Release Date: October 25, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
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?
Reading a book by Pepper Basham is like being covered by your favorite blanket in front of the fireplace, with a big cup of hot chocolate. You’re warm, happy, and giddy (at least if you are me you are!). I already know when I see her name that I’m going to like the book. She’s a fabulous writer. She writes from the heart and she writes characters you can easily relate to. Basham’s fun loving personality can be found in all her books, with humor that will make you giggle, and kissing scenes that will make you weak in the knees. She’s not afraid to shy away from hard topics such as assault, however at no point in the story do you need to close the book because it feels uncomfortable. Basham delicately weaves the topic in and then moves on. She presents it when necessary, but stays true to the point of the story – good romance and the need for reliance on God.
Julia and Henry are a sweet couple. I mean you stick some introverts together and there is bound to be some uncertain feelings between the characters. But as they grow in friendship first, my favorite kind of romance, you see them ease into their feelings and the budding relationship. I adored the music aspect in this book, mainly because I am a huge music fan myself. Music is a part of my everyday life. I listen to different types based on my mood and became giddy once I saw there was a musical component in the story. Music can really touch the soul, at least in my opinion, and I couldn’t wait to dive in and see how it made a difference in the life of Julia.
A Basham book wouldn’t be complete without a kissing scene. Correction, without an amazing kissing scene. We’re not talking a litle smooch here folks, and while it’s not inappropriate (it is after all a Christian read), it will blow your socks off. I think they might be the main reason I read her books. Well, one of them anyways. I think this might be one of my favorite kissing scenes so far that Basham has created. I’m not sure how she’ll top it, but I can’t wait to read more of her stories to find out!!
When You Look At Me is everything I wanted and more. Yes it is the second book in a series, but it certainly could be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend it to all readers, especially those who love a good romance. For now, this girl is going to be eagerly awaiting the next installment! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. Pepper is also a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family.
(1) winner will receive:
- print copy of Just The Way You Are (Pleasant Gap Romance #1)
- print copy of When You Look at Me (Pleasant Gap Romance #2)
- a plaque which says: Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life…. love comes along and brings you a fairy tale
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 22, 2018 and lasts through 11:59pm October 29, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. US addresses only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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