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Book Review: My Heart Belongs in Blue Ridge by Pepper Basham

36Journey 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?

What I Loved: I’m still new to Pepper’s work, but I’m already a huge fan! I’m not even sure what to say aside from that I loved this one and recommend it to everybody. The setting comes to life as well as the culture of the Appalachian mountains. The characters are well developed. The chemistry between Laurel and Jonathan is the stuff of perfection. Jonathan’s initiation in the mountains had me rolling from the start. There’s a sound message about trusting Christ with the details of your life and the salvation of your loved ones. All in all My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge was a delightful novel from start to finish.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Historical Christian Fiction or fiction set in the Appalachian Mountains.

~ I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. 


4 thoughts on “Book Review: My Heart Belongs in Blue Ridge by Pepper Basham”

  1. Ahhhh!!! Thank you so much for this review!! I’m tickled to pieces that you loved the story! I love the setting and the two main characters make me smile. Much like your review 🙂

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    1. Eeek! LOL I think we could go round and round here. I love that you loved my review. 😉
      But seriously, thanks for visiting and it really was a fantastic read. I had picked up Second Impressions about the same time and was equally blown away. All of your books are on my to-read list now.


      1. Oh boy!!! I cannot wait to see what you think of them!!! The narrator for a Twist of faith is fabulous and also for the Thorn Bearer

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