Single mom, Eisley Barrett, takes a vacation from her Blue Ridge Mountain “mom” life to travel to the English countryside in search of answers to an ancestral mystery. Burned by romance, she certainly isn’t planning to stumble into her own fairy tale. Leading man and former rogue, Christopher Wesley Harrison is fighting to rebuild a new reputation after a tragedy introduced him to the power of redemption. His self-protective avoidance of romance crumbles at Eisley’s two left feet and her authenticity send his heart into unscripted territory. When his past threatens to ruin their second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?
Resembles: Amy Adams
Physical description: Red-head of medium height. She’s not super thin – kind of average, even though she sees herself as more well-rounded than average.
Loves: Romance movies and books. She LOVES her family. She’s a history nerd, especially as it relates to the UK. Her profession is as a preschool teacher in a school for kids who have learning challenges.
Hates: Black-eyed peas and the way eating chocolate leaves a long-lasting representation on her hips. She’s not a fan of reality T.V. because if it’s on, she has a really hard time looking away, even though she knows she should.
Quirk: She’s clumsy and has the unhappy habit of talking first, thinking next.
Favorite chocolate/dessert: Mama’s Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies.
Favorite place to explore/visit: England – anywhere.
Biggest struggle: Believing in herself.
Background: She’s a single mom of 3 cute kiddos – Nathan, Pete, and Emily. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia as a twin and oldest in her family with 6 siblings. Her dad is into construction part-time and helps with the preschool part-tine, her mom and sister run a bakery.
Work: She’s a preschool teacher in a school for children with learning differences.
Other: She wants to believe in happily-ever-after and magic. And maybe…all it takes is a great big God and a swoony hero to make her fairy tale come true! 🙂
Resembles: A cross between Henry Cavill and Richard Armitage (the voice definitely resembles more of Richard Armitage).
Physical description: Tall-ish, muscular and lean, broad shouldered with dark hair and smoky-blue eyes. Eisley describes him a ‘Greek god-ish’ or “Ghirardelli in human form.”
Loves: He loves story. Family. Beautiful landscapes. A good kiss or snuggle. Doesn’t mind a great fiction book at all, knows how to fence, and enjoys long walks.
Hates: The paparazzi, pushy people, lies…he’d lost his love for dancing until recently.
Quirk: An affinity for finding closets for some reason…
Favorite chocolate/dessert: He loves chocolate, but he really prefers fruit desserts. Apple dishes are his favorite.
Biggest struggle: He really struggles with trusting people – especially new people in his life.
Background: Wes is the middle child of three siblings to Daniel and Eleanor Harrison. He grew up in a very wealthy family with a long history of property owners on their estate of Harrogate Park. When Wes was a teen, his older brother developed cancer and died, leaving Wes bitter and rebellious against the faith he’d grown up with. It took a tragedy and a lot of love from his family (including his younger sister Cate) to bring him back from the brink of despair…and eventually open his heart again.
Work: Wes is an actor of smaller films, particularly costume dramas. He’s also a budding screenwriter.
Other: He’s swoony. Like Eisley, once he’s committed, he’s focused on forever.
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About the Author:
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and most recently a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. The third book in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer, released in December 2017 with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and Top Pick rating.
Pepper’s first novella arrived in March as part of a Love at First Laugh novella compilation and her novel, Just the Way You Are, released on April 6th – a fun-filled Britallachian romance! Both books are up for preorder on Amazon.