Do you ever see a book in a store window or online or perhaps even in someone’s hands and instantly it rockets straight to the top of your To-Be-Read list?
I’m all about structure. Plans. To-do lists. Surprises are not my friends. There’s even a plan in place to devour all the bookish goodness hanging out on my nightstand and eReader. Novel A will be read before Novel B and so forth … Some titles will be reserved for a particular vacation or upcoming trip in the near future, thus shifting their position in the queue. Now occasionally a library book makes an unexpected appearance and that one has to be devoured because there’s nothing worse than a library hold expiring and that title returning to circulation without the opportunity to enjoy it.
Am I right?
True confession: I have too many books. Electronic and paperback. I keep telling myself eventually I’ll get to those other titles lingering in my virtual library. But it doesn’t stop me from acquiring more.
Even though (generally speaking) surprises don’t go over well with me, I will always, always deviate from my plans when a fabulous book drops into my life.
Author Pepper Basham’s new release popped up on my favorite social media platforms recently and I was immediately smitten.
Will a wager against her future steal her chance at true love?
Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.
For one, Adelina didn’t plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she’d tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.
But when Reese discovers that he’s a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina’s deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives?
How fun is that?!
As soon as I saw it, I immediately wanted to read Twist of Faith. Lists and well-ordered reading plans were abandoned and I jumped right in to this delightful read. Let me tell ‘ya, I made a great decision. An amazing cover is only the beginning for this inspirational romance. From the fantastic cast of secondary characters to the swoon-worthy hero and the unmistakable attraction ‘sparking’ between he and the heroine, this novel had my attention from the get-go.
All jokes aside, the spiritual thread expertly woven throughout was my favorite part. Pepper Basham’s ability to walk her reader straight to the feet of Jesus is remarkable. The message of grace and hope intermingled with the characters’ struggles to forgive what we as humans sometimes declare unpardonable sins was very well-written. The following quote from the novel regarding unforgiveness truly resonated with me.
So true, isn’t it? I’ve certainly struggled with unforgiveness and it often felt like a burden I couldn’t shake, weighing me down and dragging me under. Clinging to the wrongs done to me and waiting for an apology that might never come definitely kept me from being the person God intended me to be.
I love it when a novel is a delightful romance with complex layers, leaving me with life lessons to ponder long after I’ve turned the final page. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of A Twist of Faith very soon. I’m certain you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading, friends!
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, and proud AlleyCat over at a group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015, with the second arriving in February 2016. A Twist of Faith is her first contemporary romance.
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