Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Pepper Basham & Hope Between the Pages

Posted April 12, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, historical, Pepper Basham, romance / 24 Comments

Hope Between the Pages JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Pepper here today to chat about the power of story!

Hope Between the Pages

Title: Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham
Series: Doors to the Past
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Genre: Christian, Split Time romance

Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover the truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.


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Jane Eyre & The Power of Story

by Pepper Basham, author of Hope Between the Pages

Stories are powerful things.

They can grasp our imaginations, take us to places we’ve never physically been, and make us feel emotions that aren’t ours! Pretty powerful stuff, right?

It’s amazing that simple words on pages can do that.

But they can. And do. And have been for millennia.

As a little girl growing up in Appalachia, I realized the beauty of oral stories because it was a part of my culture. My grandparents, aunts/uncles, even folks you’d meet in a store, always had stories to tell or ancestry to share…along with a few tall tales thrown in.

I grew up loving these stories, but I’d never “fallen” into a story or been “carried away” by one until I started reading chapter books. Oh my! In novels, I was taken on great adventures, solved nail-biting mysteries, and traveled to lands, both real and imagined. For a little girl in a culture where traveling didn’t happen a whole lot, this truly was the best way to see the world.

I’d read The Boxcar Children series, devoured EVERY Nancy Drew book, but when I was in 6th grade, I became introduced to a very different type of book…and place. In 6th grade, I read Burnett’s The Secret Garden and fell in love with the UK and manor houses and the mystery of secrets.

Now, since the amazing Kim Duffy already expounded on the beauties of that particular book, I’m going to share the book which propelled me even further into my happy Anglophilia.

As I write this post, we are coming up on Charlotte Bronte’s birthday (April 21, 1816) and it seems fitting that I talk about her most popular novel, Jane Eyre, which I read in 9th grade…and knew right then and there that the books I’d write someday HAD to include manor houses, secrets, romance…and STRONG characters.

Not only did this novel propel me into the English countryside to a house of dark secrets with an embittered master, but, more than that, it introduced me to Jane – a heroine worth reading. Even with her tragic backstory, she rose above the expectations of her day to build her own future. We see her grow in both strength of will and character as she steps into who God has made her to be, despite…and sometimes because, of her circumstances.

Though she struggles with some pride, she is admirable for sticking to her values, even when the easier (and more pleasurable) way would be to give in to temptation.

The world Charlotte Bronte described with Thornfield Hall and the Yorkshire countryside framed an engrossing and powerful story not only kept my 9th grade mind captivated, but sent my imagination into overdrive.

So, I’m glad that as an adult, the hints of how Jane Eyre inspired me still permeates my writing (I hope) in the way I want to create strong heroines and tangible settings. I also try to include manor houses as often as possible…but not in EVERY book!! (in my upcoming September release, I have all sorts of fun secrets inside a mysterious manor house!! YIPPEE!!)

What about you? Have you ever read Jane Eyre? Do you have a movie version that’s your favorite? I own about 5 different movie versions, but my favorite is the 2006 by Masterpiece Theater.

Pepper Basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

CONNECT WITH PEPPER: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Hope Between the Pages JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Hope Between the Pages and a $15 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 12, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 19, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham? Have you ever read Jane Eyre? Do you have a movie version that’s your favorite?

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24 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Pepper Basham & Hope Between the Pages

  1. Becky D

    I’ve seen at least 3 different adaptations of Jane Eyre. So looking forward to reading this book!! I love stories centered around lost letters & bookshops. Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

    • I’ve enjoyed various things about each Jane Eyre adaptation, but I do have a favorite. And I have a VERY love/hate relationship with Rochester 🙂 LOL

  2. Perrianne Askew

    I have not read the book or seen any of the movies! You see, I’m just not a classics reader. I have a friend that is, though and she HIGHLY recommends your books. I love the idea of a mysterious letter. I also used to have a copy of that Nancy Drew book as well as probably all that were published at that time.

  3. Megan

    Ooh, I love Jane Erye! I read it for the first time last year and so enjoyed it. I saw one black and white movie version of it but would love to watch another version sometime.

  4. Roxanne C.

    I can recall watching Jane Eyre on TV but not which version it was, and I did enjoy reading the book one time. Reading the book filled in some gaps left by the movie. Hope Between the Pages is a definite must for my TBR list because I enjoy Pepper Basham’s historical novels.

  5. Suzanne Sellner

    I, too, love Jane Eyre, which I read as an adult–Jane’s morals, her having found someone who truly loved her and vice versa, her struggles and eventual maturity and depth. While I’ve only seen one movie version, I much prefer the book.

    Your new book sounds intriguing. I love the idea of finding a letter and searching for details about the relationship of long ago. I’m looking forward to reading Hope Between the Pages and learning more about Clara and her quest.

    • Pepper Basham

      Thanks so much, Suzanne! I think it’s really hard for most movies to match up to the books, don’t you? There are RARE instances of a movie being better, but something about the mode of getting “inside” the characters’ heads really offers so much, doesn’t it?

  6. Amy M.

    I’ve never read Jane Eyre, but always enjoy time slip books. Thanks for the opportunity to win this one.

  7. Anne

    This book sounds captivating and wonderful. I enjoy time sip novels. Jane Eyre is memorable and a favorite.

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