Contemporary Romance Book Review: A Match for Emma

About the Book

Title: A Match for Emma
Author: Pepper Basham
Series: Mitchell’s Crossroads (Book 3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Independently published
Release Date: November 2, 2019

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Publisher's Description

"Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe. When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected. With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?"

My Review

A Match for Emma, by Pepper Basham, is the third book in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series. This charming novel is a cleverly fresh retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma. Complete with contemporary plot twists, genuine humor, and sweet romance, this book is incredibly entertaining.

The enduring themes of trust and second chances are sincerely heart-felt and deeply inspiring. The pacing of the plot is seamless, thoroughly engaging the reader page after page. The characters are very well-developed and their dialogue is full of real-life wit and wisdom. The characters are truly relatable and intriguing as they pursue their dreams, reflect on their goals, and soften their hearts to unexpected possibilities and priorities. At all times, this novel finds the perfect blend of comedy, romance, faith, and even a bit of suspense, making the story wholly readable and enjoyable.

This novel is funny, romantic, surprising, inspiring, and utterly endearing. It is a remarkable addition to a fantastic series. A Match for Emma is delightful from the first paragraph to the last, and I enthusiastically recommend it to all readers.

*I was given a copy of this book from the author/publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Pepper Basham

"Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with a southern Appalachian flair. Her books have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inpsys, and the ACFW Carol Awards, with The Thorn Healer selected as a 2018 finalist in the RT awards. Both her contemporary and historical romance novels consistently receive high ratings from Romantic Times, with Just the Way You Are as a Top Pick. Most recently she's introduced readers to Bath, UK through her novellas, Second Impressions and Jane by the Book, and taken readers into the exciting world of WW2 espionage in her novella, Façade. The second novel in The Pleasant Gap series, When You Look at Me, arrives in October and her contribution to Barbour's wonderful My Heart Belongs series hits the shelves in January 2019 with My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. Her books are seasoned with her Appalachian heritage and love for family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can get to know Pepper on her website, on Facebook, Instagram, or over at her group blog, The Writer's Alley." --Biography from Pepper Basham's author page on

Click here to visit Pepper Basham's website.


  1. Oh Elisabeth!!!!! This is such a sweet review! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Jon and Emma's story!!


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