Less Than A Week!!!
And…you all get to meet Jonathan and Laurel!!
My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream comes out on January 1 and this story is close to my heart because I take the readers deep into my world of Appalachia. Gleaning from family history shared by my Granny Spencer and evoking a similar ‘storyworld’ as Catherine Marshall’s Christy, this book takes people on a journey to a very different place in time.
A place I love because it means family.
So, do you want to know more?
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?
I have high hopes to continue the story with some secondary characters having their own tales to tell, but for now, I can’t wait to introduce you to ALL of these characters, but particularly the world of Appalachia in Maple Springs, NC.
Want to know what early reviewers are saying about Laurel’s Dream?
From Karen R – “This book started out well, and just got better and better as it went. It had me smiling and chuckling one moment and holding my breath the next… Highly recommend this book to Christian historical romance fans! If you enjoyed Christy by Catherine Marshall, Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin, or These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart, you will love this one too.”
Tracey H says, “Pepper Basham’s book, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge is destined to be a classic! Reminiscent of the beloved Christy by Catherine Marshall, only with the main characters roles reversed. Jonathan Taylor is the new teacher to the impoverished mountain town of Maple Springs and Laurel McAdams is the Appalachian girl who has plenty to teach Jonathan herself, about living and loving, mountain style… I was left with that feeling of not wanting to pick up another book for a while so I could savor all the wonderful emotions and memories of it. That’s my gold standard for a book to make it onto my shelf of favorites.”
Trisha Roberson says this, “Pepper Basham eloquently captured the very essence of the Blue Ridge Mountains and warmly welcomed me home within the pages of this fantastic book. I loved this story and I seriously didn’t want it to end. The closer I got to the end of the book, the slower I read, savoring each word, each phrase!”
Susan Snodgrass shared this about the story, “Everything about this book touched my heart. The wonderful patterns of speech of these people was dear to my heart because I’ve heard my grandparents speak this way and sometimes my mother did also. Their hearts and their acceptance of the hardships of mountain living was amazing. I felt like I just fell into the book and knew everyone.”
This from Jen Galaxy, “Sigh. Like, seriously. After reading this book, a piece of my heart is definitely in Maple Springs, back in time, deep in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream by Pepper Basham was immediately engaging. Her love for the Appalachian people and their history is present through her vivid storytelling.”
Preorder is up NOW and the paper copy is BEAUTIFUL – so…I’m giving away one paper copy here on the blog! Just leave a comment below! I will draw a random winner using random.org on release day!
And don’t forget to spread the word about ANOTHER upcoming book that I can’t wait to read! Laura Frantz’s newest novel, The Bound Heart, debuts on Jan 1 along with mine so we’re having a party to celebrate.
Save the DATE: January 15th, Laura and I are going to be celebrating releases, chatting about heart-stopping heroes, and discussing the beauty of similar settings on two different sides of the ocean. RSVP HERE!
What are you most looking forward to reading about in either one of these books?