One of my favorite new authors, Pepper Basham, knows how to win her readers over with her unique, descriptive prose and special gift of making characters come to life. In her new contemporary series, Just The Way You Are (A Pleasant Gap Romance), she offers up a plate of fun with a dreamy hero, a clumsy heroine, good Appalachian humor, a delicious romance, and a healthy dose of faith. Her American character, Eisley Barrett is delightful with her mountain accent, love of chocolate, and perchance for accidents. She falls into a creek, falls onto an unsuspecting grandpa, falls into a hole, and yet, she’s refuses to fall in love. But as God works to win her heart, so too does Wes Harrison, a cynical actor who is in need of someone genuine and and joyful in his life. I loved the way these two characters dealt with their past mistakes and took a risk to make lasting, positive changes in their lives, and learned to trust one another. I laughed out loud, had to grab some tissues for a few tears, and fanned myself over the attraction between Eisley and Wes. This story is so good and left me smiling happily and longing for more in this series.
If you have not read any of Pepper Basham’s historical or contemporary stories, take time to check out the following books. All were excellent, enjoyable stories:
Note: I’ve pre-order a copy of Just The Way You Are for myself, but I want to thank the author for allowing me to read an ARC copy of her story. I was in no way required to review this book. I only review books that I enjoy and I hope my blog readers will enjoy too.