Historical Romance Book Review: The Heart of the Mountains
About the Book
Publisher's Book Description
The Heart of the Mountains, by Pepper Basham, is beautifully-written, thoughtful, and uplifting. As a sequel to the novel, Laurel’s Dream, this book exudes warmth and heart while offering a touching story of purpose and perseverance. As with all her historical fiction set in rural Appalachia, in this book Ms. Basham shines as a writer bringing forth a story that is as unique as it is unforgettable.
The Appalachian setting with its dusky mountains, rustic cabins, meandering trails, and wooded hillsides is essential to the story. It seems to thrive with a soul of its own, enabling the story to develop with a raw authenticity. It hums with vibrant significance offering purpose and motivation to the characters themselves.
And in this novel, Ms. Basham has created characters who are complex, captivating, authentic, and brave. Their needs and their insecurities are wholly believable and moving. The choices and challenges that the characters endure are intricately developed, and they add depth to a story that is thoroughly enriching and memorable.
Page after page, this novel carefully balances hope and despair, perseverance and struggle, and faithfulness and uncertainty. The development of these themes is supported by meaningful moments of grace infused with gentle reminders that hope, restoration, and healing are made possible through God’s mercy, forgiveness, and unconditional love.
The Heart of the Mountains has imprinted upon me a deep appreciation for how truly talented Ms. Basham is as a writer and storyteller. This book is enjoyable, thought-provoking, and truly special. I am so glad to have read it, and I recommend it most sincerely.
given a copy of this book by the publisher/author. A review was not
required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.