Dual-Timeline Book Review: Hope Between the Pages

About the Book

Title: Hope Between the Pages 

Author: Pepper Basham 

Series: Doors to the Past 

Genre: Dual-Timeline/Romantic Fiction 

Publisher: Barbour Fiction 

Release Date: April 1, 2021

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Publisher's Book Description

“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 truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.”


My Review

Hope Between the Pages, by Pepper Basham, is a stand-alone novel in the Doors to the Past series. From beginning to end, this beautiful split-time novel is absolutely wonderful! Wholly endearing and delightfully engaging, this well-written book thoughtfully blends characters and events from the past and the present to tell a moving story that is truly touching and unforgettable. With genuine heart and plenty of authenticity, Ms. Basham brings to life an enchanting story that is utterly remarkable. 

Whether in Asheville, North Carolina, or in a quaint village in The Lake District in the United Kingdom, this novel is rich in setting and meaning. From the palatial library in the Biltmore House at the turn of the twentieth century, to the independent book shop endeavoring to stay relevant in a contemporary world, this novel beckons the reader into a realm defined by stories, imagination, history, and purpose.  


With clever pacing, relevant details are uncovered, and a one-hundred-year-old mystery begins to reveal itself, exposing truths that have been hidden for several decades on two different continents. The captivating plot shifts effortlessly between two points in time while successfully connecting scenes of uncertainty, loss, longing, romance, friendship, hope, and redemption. The well-researched details, immersive settings, memorable characters, and wistful prose ensure that reading this novel is a worthwhile experience.   

Once again, Ms. Basham affirms that her talent as a storyteller is unquestionable. This novel offers an intriguing mystery blended effortlessly with elements of sweet romance. It is altogether enjoyable. Hope Between the Pages is a compelling novel from the first page to the last, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.  

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher/author. 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... 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.” 

Click here to visit Pepper Basham's website. 


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