Hope between the pages of Pepper D Basham
The library fairy and the book goblin
Hope Between The Pages by Pepper D Basham is a delightful Christian novel with two timelines. It's part of the Doors To The Past series.
The novel is about the love for books that has been passed down through generations. We hear of the love stories in the present and in 1916. Stories stimulate the imagination and connect us over the years. Blackwells is a family bookstore "built on love".
The plot alternates between the two periods and the voices of a great-grandmother and her great-granddaughter. The reader travels between America and the Lake District. As an Englishwoman, I loved places that mentioned Skiddaw, Derwent Water and Scafell Pike as I vacationed in the area and these places are well known.
Life in 1916 was still class based even though the world was on the verge of change. For some classes there was no influence. "It's important to be seen as a person rather than a position." Hearts united through the love of books without worrying about lessons. Others stuck to the old order.
It was the same people who also clung to wealth, power and privilege and missed family and love. Those who loved were incredibly rich.
There are times when life seems out of control and God is far away. “God what are you doing? Don't you care "God cares and he walks next to us. Everything is under his control, we just have to trust. We don't need to fear." Whatever the future brought, he was already there. "
The First World War cost many lives. We are witnesses of a character's willingness to make sacrifices.
God sees our hearts. I loved the fact that one character no longer saw another's disfigurement, but looked through the outside to the heart below.
There are characters with a heart for social justice who help the marginalized and outcast and those who just need a helping hand.
I adored the hope between the pages. It was a thoroughly charming book. I want to leave you my favorite quote:
“God was there. And here. And all the places in between. "
I received this book for free. A positive rating was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Book: Hope between the pages
Author: Pepper basham
Genre: Christian story
Release date: April 2021
Discover the story behind a hundred year old love letter
Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the past Series. The past and the present collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, belief and romance.
Clara Blackwell helps her mother run a hundred-year-old family bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens the mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered legacy that could save his future. Clara is forced to step out of her predictable world and begins an adventure with only the name Oliver as a clue to the identity of the man in her great-great-grandmother's letter. From the large nearby Vanderbilts estate to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover the truth about family and love that can lead to her own unexpected romance.
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Pepper basham is an award-winning writer who writes romance full of grace and humor with a South Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have been recognized at the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the RT Awards 2018. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and contemporary novels Mitchell & # 39; s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap showcase their Appalachian heritage and love to humor and family. She currently lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC, where she is the mother of five great kids, a speech pathologist to about fifty others, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.
Books are uniquely portable magic – Stephen King
Appalachia is known for its high illiteracy rate. The people in the mountains, a place with beautiful landscapes and rugged landscapes, developed stories through oral storytelling, much more than through “book learning”. As a young girl who grew up in this world, I loved hearing my grandma tell stories from up to five generations ago, filling the narrative gaps between a date of birth and a date of death on a tombstone – giving the stone etched flesh and breath names .
So it's no wonder that with a heart of rich oral storytelling, I fell in love with reading. Books became that "wearable magic" that took me to places my little Appalachian community couldn't offer. I fell in love with the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. Cried by the end of the bridge to Terabithia and Old Yeller. Traveled the plains with Sarah Plain and Tall and fell in love with horses with The Black Stallion. But when I was in seventh grade I read my first "British" novel, The Secret Garden. In that one introduction, my world expanded into mysterious English mansions and British classics. It wasn't long before I had consumed Jane Eyre, Austen's classics, some Dickens, Dracula, Frankenstein … and the list goes on! And then … I found Tolkien and Lewis – and the "real" world swelled into OTHER worlds.
I am grateful for true stories from book-loving pioneers who travel to the world of Appalachia to offer books and literacy training to "my people" because I know that some of those books found their way into my tiny elementary school library … and not just brought me the opportunity to discover stories, but also to write!
Isn't it amazing how books can do that?
In Hope Between the Pages, I wanted to bring the same awe and discovery I felt as a child (and continued to feel as an adult reader) to the story of two people whose words had seemed small. Stories expanded their worlds, but the stories also gave them wonderful ideas and positive perspectives. It still amazes me that ink-and-paper words can have such a profound effect on the heart and mind. They can lead us to dream, teach us new things, encourage our hearts, help us think outside the box, expand our imaginations, expand our horizons, and fuel our hope.
Books are no substitute for real adventure and relationships, but they certainly offer a nice “door” to other lives and worlds that we may never experience in real life. Sadie, my historical heroine, and Clara, my contemporary heroine, have both stayed near their homeland but have traveled extensively through books … and BOTH have the opportunity to reach beyond the boundaries for real adventure. I would like to believe that their love of stories helped them have the courage to step away from the page and step into their own stories, even better prepared than without stories.
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