Sunday, January 14, 2018

Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

Series: A Pleasant Gap Romance # 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent
Released: April 6, 2017
308 pages
About the Book:
Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he's ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he's managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.

When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

Humor, love, mystery, cute kids, crazy families, and culture clashes make this Britallachian Romance a unique and delightful romantic comedy sprinkled with adventure.
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My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (4 stars)

This is a story is all about two characters who learn how to move forward from their past (even when it tries to keep a hold on them) and find much more than they imagined possible. It is a story of forgiveness, trust and love.
Eisley and Will come from two different worlds, but after a tentative beginning they form a friendship. Wes is definitely interested but Eisley is hesitant because of who Wes is and her past experiences. Wes is patient and gives her time. Eventually Eisley decides to take a chance, however obstacles try to get in their way. It is how they overcome these obstacles that had me rooting for them.
There were wonderful characters, fun dialogue, swoon worthy moments and humor throughout. I quickly grew to love many of the characters, with each one being unique. So many scenes or even just a line here and there, had me laughing out loud many times. The interactions between Wes & Nate (Eisley’s dad) were definitely entertaining. Wes was able to fit in with Eilsey family beautifully. The children felt like real kids, and Wes’ interactions with them were delightful.
I absolutely loved the British setting, the descriptions were wonderfully done and I could easily picture what Eisley was seeing. I really enjoyed the digging into the family mystery from 500 years ago, the search in the attic, the tunnels and the tower. I would have loved to have had more time dedicated to this mystery but I did not feel like I left hanging though. I just would have enjoyed more detail about what was found (but I really enjoy mysteries).
Wes & Eisley eventually learn that their pasts have been redeemed by God and to trust him for their future. As much as I enjoyed the last scene between Wes & Eisley I did feel like there was not enough closure was given to the overall story.
 Just the Way You Are Quote 2
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
Other Books by Pepper Basham:

A Twist of Faith  Charming the Troublemaker
The Thorn Bearer  The Thorn Healer  The Thorn Keeper

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