Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham

Posted July 21, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, giveaway, historical, Pepper Basham, romance / 14 Comments

The Heart of the Mountains JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Keep reading for an excerpt!

The Heart of the Mountains

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge #2

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
Barbour Fiction
July 1, 2022

PAGES: 322

Can their hearts overcome the darkness of the mountains?

To escape a forced marriage, Cora Taylor travels from England to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of her brother, who is working as a teacher in a mission school. She hopes to find a place where her nursing skills and independent ideas will be accepted and appreciated, but nothing prepares her for the wild mixture of isolation, community, brokenness, and hope within these mountains…or in the person of Jeb McAdams.

Returning from the devastation of World War 1 emotionally damaged, Jeb McAdams struggles against the rampant mountain alcoholism to soothe his nightmares. It’s easy to hide within the mountains, or it was, before Cora Taylor arrived. Now, she seems to show up at every turn, bringing her modern ideas, curiosity, and beautiful eyes with her.

Bound by their shared war history, the pair develop an unlikely friendship, which unexpectedly hints to something more. But when Cora’s desire to help the women of the mountains crosses an unspoken line, will Jeb be able to protect this feisty flatlander from the wrath of the mountain men or will he end up losing much more than his heart?


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Jeb couldn’t see the woman’s face. Her dangling position oriented her toward the view, but just some quick observation confirmed she wasn’t anywhere close to being a local. And those were some fancy boots, even if they were tinged with mud.

He took a few steps closer, examining the problem. She hung at the cliff’s edge. If she dropped or the tree branch broke, she had a fifty-fifty chance she’d end up on land, but with those dainty-heeled boots, Jeb wasn’t likely to put much faith on her balancing against the rocks.

Her light brown hair caught glints of reddish gold in the sunlight as it curled and spun in wild directions, half of it still in some sort of bun. But even that was coming more undone by the second, and her hair seemed to grow as each curl bounced loose. As he drew closer, he could make out a few of her words.

“On the count of three. One… two…” She moaned. “Let go of the branch. That’s what must be done.”

He blinked a few more times. What on this whole side of creation was an English woman doing hanging from a tree over a ravine in Maple Springs?

Maybe he’d had more drams of whiskey than he remembered.

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.

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Heart of the Mountain JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of The Heart of the Mountains and a $15 Amazon egift 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 July 20, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on July 27, 2022. 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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14 responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    Pepper Basham’s stories about mountain communities are terrific! I’m looking forward to reading this one!


    I love anything by Pepper and I have already read Laurel’s Dream and The Heart of the Mountains. If I win this one, I’ll give it to my public library!

  3. Roxanne C.

    I am even more interested in The Heart of the Mountains after reading the excerpt. Pepper Basham is a wonderful writer, and I especially enjoy her historical fiction.

  4. Debra Pruss

    I will try it a second time. This book sounds fabulous. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

  5. Teri DiVincenzo

    I adore Pepper’s books! Laurel’s Dream, the predecessor to this one, is one of my favorites!

  6. Connie Scruggs

    I really like historical fiction. The book blurb has me interested in reading it.

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