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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 inhe 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.  


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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 inhe 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.  

30 review for Hope Between the Pages

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    "Any story that begins in a library is bound to be an excellent tale." This is indeed an excellent tale told between two perspectives: the first person viewpoint of a young woman in service at the fabulous Biltmore mansion in 1915, and her modern day descendent. A mystery to solve surrounding her ancestor and an urgent need to find a deed to her bookstore, begins a life-changing experience for Clara Blackwell. "Stories held power and everyone told one..." The author effectively uses the dual timel "Any story that begins in a library is bound to be an excellent tale." This is indeed an excellent tale told between two perspectives: the first person viewpoint of a young woman in service at the fabulous Biltmore mansion in 1915, and her modern day descendent. A mystery to solve surrounding her ancestor and an urgent need to find a deed to her bookstore, begins a life-changing experience for Clara Blackwell. "Stories held power and everyone told one..." The author effectively uses the dual timeline to pull together the pieces of the past and the present to create a complete family history, bringing clues of the mystery to light up to the final revelation at the end. I enjoyed every minute of it! I loved the creative use of fairytales, old books and letters. Between the settings of the Biltmore and descriptions of the Lake District in England, it felt like a lovely armchair adventure. The romances are tender and surprising, breaching classes, cultures, and wounded spirits. I liked how Sadie and Clara's faith grew as they stepped out of their comfort zones, trusted God for the next step, and reached out to love despite the costs. They overcame a lot in the end. It made me think about the legacy we leave our children. Highly recommend to fans of historical Christian fiction with a mystery and clean romance. 5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wood

    “Keep to your Bible and to your fairy tales, sweet girl. One is for your soul and the other is for your daydreams. Both will help you through this, and in both you’ll find your story.” This book has everything - bookish characters, great truths (Christ is specifically named), surprising twists, idyllic settings. The hallmark of this book is the romance- there are two love stories in this split time novel, both with flawless MCs, and the storyline is heavily romantic. Perfect heroes made the story “Keep to your Bible and to your fairy tales, sweet girl. One is for your soul and the other is for your daydreams. Both will help you through this, and in both you’ll find your story.” This book has everything - bookish characters, great truths (Christ is specifically named), surprising twists, idyllic settings. The hallmark of this book is the romance- there are two love stories in this split time novel, both with flawless MCs, and the storyline is heavily romantic. Perfect heroes made the story slightly boring, but it also made for a nice escape read. I wasn't sure I liked the foreshadowing of the split time, the modern day revealing more about the historical plot than it has revealed about itself, but it did emotionally prepare me and save me from devastation. I don't like being devastated in books, and I do like happy endings, which this book (mostly) delivered on as well (everything wasn't perfect, but it was a satisfying end.) I haven't read everything by Pepper Bashan, but as a bibliophile, I do think this book seems to be the pinnacle of her writing, and I enjoyed my time in it. I would recommend this book to Christian fiction lovers and those who love books about book lovers. I read an ecopy from Netgally and the publisher in exchange for a review, but I was not compensated in any way or required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Some dreams required hard work. Others require miracles.' Pepper Basham brings us a poignant and powerfully told dual time slip novel in Hope Between the Pages. Set in WWI Asheville, we are treated to the wonderful Biltmore estate as most of the setting where servant Sadie Blackwell tends the magnificent Biltmore library and inadvertently becomes a library fairy to a visiting Englishman, also a book lover just as Sadie is. 'In her beloved books, she knew the ending came with a happily-ever-after, 'Some dreams required hard work. Others require miracles.' Pepper Basham brings us a poignant and powerfully told dual time slip novel in Hope Between the Pages. Set in WWI Asheville, we are treated to the wonderful Biltmore estate as most of the setting where servant Sadie Blackwell tends the magnificent Biltmore library and inadvertently becomes a library fairy to a visiting Englishman, also a book lover just as Sadie is. 'In her beloved books, she knew the ending came with a happily-ever-after, for the most part. At least in the books she loved best.' Present day finds Clara Blackwell owning a book shop passed down to her by her great grandmother Sadie. The discovery of a hundred year old letter has presented a great mystery. A mystery that involves Sadie greatly. Any book lover, like myself, will adore this enchantingly rich story. Like a beautiful fairy tale, it weaves its magic into your heart and you find yourself weeping at the beautify of it. Highly recommended. My thanks to the author and publisher for a copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    It’s so lovely to find an author you’ve not read before but whose writing you now adore. That’s the case with Pepper Basham and her newest hf novel, HOPE BETWEEN THE PAGES. The dual timeline tale works well, skipping between the story of Sadie at the Biltmore Estate in 1915, to Asheville in the present with Clara’s quest to find the deed to Blackwell Bookshop. Romance, a mystery surrounding a 100-year-old love letter, and splendid descriptions of the Vanderbilt’s estate and England’s Peak Distri It’s so lovely to find an author you’ve not read before but whose writing you now adore. That’s the case with Pepper Basham and her newest hf novel, HOPE BETWEEN THE PAGES. The dual timeline tale works well, skipping between the story of Sadie at the Biltmore Estate in 1915, to Asheville in the present with Clara’s quest to find the deed to Blackwell Bookshop. Romance, a mystery surrounding a 100-year-old love letter, and splendid descriptions of the Vanderbilt’s estate and England’s Peak District keep you rapt. Highly recommended! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 01 Apr 2021 #HopeBetweenthePages #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Barbour Publishing, Inc., and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mIne.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "I didn't want you to be alone." "Dear Library Fairy, I've always believed in fairies but feel a library is the perfect abode for such a fantastical creature." . . . . and just like that, Sadie Blackwell becomes acquainted with the Book Goblin, and a rather handsome book globin at that. He did have another fine name, Oliver Camden, and his family was visiting the grand Biltmore Estate where she worked behind the scenes as the "book maid", making sure that the elegant two story library st 3.5 stars "I didn't want you to be alone." "Dear Library Fairy, I've always believed in fairies but feel a library is the perfect abode for such a fantastical creature." . . . . and just like that, Sadie Blackwell becomes acquainted with the Book Goblin, and a rather handsome book globin at that. He did have another fine name, Oliver Camden, and his family was visiting the grand Biltmore Estate where she worked behind the scenes as the "book maid", making sure that the elegant two story library stayed in pristine condition for its guests. Could a fairy and a goblin dream the impossible dream; sharing a future together, one that extended far beyond clever conversations tucked between the pages of a book? Sadie Blackwell might be more adventuresome than she thinks. And braver. Years later Clara Blackwell is on the brink of despair. Her family's historic bookshop located in the heart of Biltmore Village in Asheville, North Carolina has hit a major roadblock in determining ownership. The deed to the property appears to be missing, and without it, Clara has no chance of saving the business from a nasty takeover by her greedy uncle. Clara is certain that her grandmother Sadie owned the shop, but then again her grandmother was reticent to ever discuss the details. The hunt for answers takes her on an unexpected adventure across an ocean and onto the very property where the Camden estate once thrived. . . .. where just perhaps she will find her own "hope between the pages". Such a lovely, imaginative, almost whimsical story that lands one of the most memorable endings that I have ever read. "Love . . . has the strength to change hearts, restore broken lives, bring healing from grief, and provide courage to push us beyond our self-defined limits. Love makes us brave." I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy to donate to my church library.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pepper Basham

    It's amazing how characters can slide into a story and take the author by surprise. This story went in directions I hadn't planned, but I fell in love with it! "The chasm between upstairs and downstairs, the rift of our worlds, even the schism of an ocean, evaporated into the tenderness of such affection. My breath shook, my chest quaking as if this fragile connection bound my life to his and I would never be the same...would never wish to be the same." It's amazing how characters can slide into a story and take the author by surprise. This story went in directions I hadn't planned, but I fell in love with it! "The chasm between upstairs and downstairs, the rift of our worlds, even the schism of an ocean, evaporated into the tenderness of such affection. My breath shook, my chest quaking as if this fragile connection bound my life to his and I would never be the same...would never wish to be the same."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was such a fantastic book in the Doors to the Past series. This was a novel written in time slip. In the past, there is the story of a young maid who meets an upper class young man named Oliver. They share a love for books that draws them close together. In the present day is the great grand-daughter of Sadie, Clara, who is the owner of Blackwell Bookshop. The things I loved: -the characters love for books and how they came escape their current circumstances. -I loved how the characters were wov This was such a fantastic book in the Doors to the Past series. This was a novel written in time slip. In the past, there is the story of a young maid who meets an upper class young man named Oliver. They share a love for books that draws them close together. In the present day is the great grand-daughter of Sadie, Clara, who is the owner of Blackwell Bookshop. The things I loved: -the characters love for books and how they came escape their current circumstances. -I loved how the characters were woven together so seamlessly. -the ability of the characters to persevere when their circumstances were extremely difficult. -my favorite Bible verse was highlighted Isaiah 43:1-3 Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    I am a huge fan of dual timeline stories and Pepper Basham's first venture into this genre is a resounding success! The very first line of Hope Between the Pages sums it all up nicely, "Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale." And an excellent tale it is! Hope Between the Pages has everything I love in a good story, fascinating characters, fabulous descriptive settings, and captivating storylines complete with dual mysteries to solve that will leave readers on the e I am a huge fan of dual timeline stories and Pepper Basham's first venture into this genre is a resounding success! The very first line of Hope Between the Pages sums it all up nicely, "Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale." And an excellent tale it is! Hope Between the Pages has everything I love in a good story, fascinating characters, fabulous descriptive settings, and captivating storylines complete with dual mysteries to solve that will leave readers on the edge of their seats! To have all that centered around the amazing library at Biltmore Manson and a bookshop too will make any bibliophile absolutely swoon! This story is a feast of epic proportions when it comes to memorable quotes. I highlighted so many lines that spoke truth and touched my heart, I just wanted to go back to the beginning and read it all over again. That rarely happens! A few of my favorite lines to whet a readers appetite: ~"I'd never considered how some of our greatest losses lead us to choices that God uses for bigger things than we could ever have imagined." ~God allows us the gift of memories to tide us over to eternity." ~"Isn't it a wonder how God fashioned my desires into a greater story framed by a beautiful binding-like the two covers of a book." I loved this beautiful passage for it's lyrical poetic quality: ~"The gentle, relaxed rhythm of this quiet, idyllic life suited Clara. The earth and the sky. Tea, books, and gardens. A vastness of rolling hills and lush countryside. Of birdsong and rain-scented air. How strange to feel a sense of belonging in a place she'd never been before." It's all too wonderful for words! I thoroughly enjoyed Pepper Basham's exquisite writing and outstanding storytelling! Hope Between the Pages will be on my Favorite Books of the Year List and I highly recommend it! I appreciate Barbour Publishing making a copy, through NetGalley, available for review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Syrie James

    I loved this book. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and really enjoy stories that take place in two time periods. Any book that's about people who love books is going to be a hit with me! I loved all the references to other novels. This is a Christian novel with many references to God and faith. The author did a good job of establishing the characters in each era and making me care deeply about both of them. The timeline worked well. The story and romances developed in a fluid fashion, side- I loved this book. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and really enjoy stories that take place in two time periods. Any book that's about people who love books is going to be a hit with me! I loved all the references to other novels. This is a Christian novel with many references to God and faith. The author did a good job of establishing the characters in each era and making me care deeply about both of them. The timeline worked well. The story and romances developed in a fluid fashion, side-by-side with each other, and the mystery went back and forth in time, giving us just what we needed to know, when we needed to know it. My heart bleeds for Sadie and Oliver, whose time together was so short. I wish there had been more about what Oliver experienced in the war -- that was totally glossed over. He might not have admitted to what he was experiencing in his letters to Sadie, but it should have been mentioned. Another thing missing for me: I wish there had been scenes with Sadie as a grown woman, living her life and running the book shop, raising her son, etc. We only see Sadie as a young woman ... the rest is all conjecture on the part of Clara, who is researching her. All in all, a lovely story. I'm still smiling as I think about Clara and Max, and their sweet romance. The English Lake District is so vividly described; I've been there and I can't wait to go back. And now I want to visit Biltmore in North Carolina.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "Books and imagination brought me love. Love inspired my hope, and hope led me to purpose...to serve others through generosity, kindness, and...books." Crafted with care and attention to detail, infused with nostalgic and captivating words, filled with noteworthy and unforgettable characters, and sprinkled with fairy dust and sense of wonder, this time-slip novel by Pepper Basham will entrance you from the first page. This is just what my heart and soul needed after a dreary week of rain. The aut "Books and imagination brought me love. Love inspired my hope, and hope led me to purpose...to serve others through generosity, kindness, and...books." Crafted with care and attention to detail, infused with nostalgic and captivating words, filled with noteworthy and unforgettable characters, and sprinkled with fairy dust and sense of wonder, this time-slip novel by Pepper Basham will entrance you from the first page. This is just what my heart and soul needed after a dreary week of rain. The author's mastery of words comes alive as she creates two very distinct yet connected worlds in 1915 and present time. The love of books and the enchantment of fiction draw all four characters together; each character encourages imagination, hope, unswerving faithfulness, and the ability to really see others as they are. Faith element rings true, especially in Sadie and Oliver's lives in 1915. Sadie, a servant who tends the Vanderbilts' library in their estate, and Oliver, a wealthy Englishman on holiday, completely captured my heart. Their story is told in Sadie's first person voice and has all the heart-wrenching elements of star-crossed lovers. Clara is the present day descendant of Sadie who's struggling to keep the family bookstore viable and her story is mostly in third person. Her romance with her hero doesn't start until halfway through the book and that worked out well to distinguish the two romances. Kindness and self-sacrificing love thread through all four of these lives and I loved each of these characters. There is also a bit of mystery that needs to be solved but Clara learns so much more about herself and her family history when she embarks on the journey to solve it. It's a must-read novel that will leave you with tears of empathy and smiles of pure joy. I received the book via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinion is solely my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Voyage

    What a beautiful book this was! The alternation between two stories, one in the past and one in the present, is not usually my preferred type of narration. Here, however, it worked like a dream. On one side, we have Sadie, a library housemaid in America in 1915, who discreetly shares her love of book with the guests of the house in which she work and thereby captures the attention of Oliver, a young British gentleman. On the other side is Clara, Sadie's great-granddaughter, working to save the bo What a beautiful book this was! The alternation between two stories, one in the past and one in the present, is not usually my preferred type of narration. Here, however, it worked like a dream. On one side, we have Sadie, a library housemaid in America in 1915, who discreetly shares her love of book with the guests of the house in which she work and thereby captures the attention of Oliver, a young British gentleman. On the other side is Clara, Sadie's great-granddaughter, working to save the bookshop her ancestor opened a century ago and having to travel to England to do so. Although the trope may seem unoriginal, it was still appealing, in particular for any self-respecting avid reader, who cannot pass the occasion to read about fellow book lovers! The alternance between the two parallel and intersecting stories was masterfully done: while I would usually prefer the historical side in such narration, here, I loved both equally (with perhaps a small preference for today's side, even!) and was always sad to leave Clara or Sadie at the end of each chapter. The fact that Sadie's side was written from her point of view, and Clara's from an external point of view made it easier not to get confused between the two sides. I particularly appreciated that in the very last chapter, Clara gets her own voice and narrates the last part of her story. "Hope Between the Pages" was poetic, very well written, with many references about books and some quotes. The beautiful way in which it was written allowed us to travel through time and continents with the lovely characters and descriptions. Although not all characters got their happily ever after one would expect in a fairy tale, the life path they took made they grown and allowed us to gain some wise teachings about life, hope, perfection. Sometimes things don't work out the way we wish, but they work out in another way - God's way, for those who believe, like the characters in this book. For the small anecdote, it's funny, on the day I finished it, I received a postcard with the quote "Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together' and it fit this book so marvellously. It's also a good thing to remember in the challenging times we are facing today. I would have had a hard time believing a book could rightfully get 4.93 stars on Goodreads before reading it, but I see why now, and will had my own 5 stars to it. After such a fantastic book, it's hard to move on to the next one... But to live up to Oliver, Sadie and Clara's love of books and honour it, I will move on to my next read soon. Perhaps one of the classics quoted in "Hope Between the Pages"?... *I received an advanced copy of this book and provided my honest opinion*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Between the Pages by Pepper Basham is a dual timeline story that left me sighing with contentment at the ending. Clara Blackwell has been working in her family's 100-year-old bookstore for as long as she can remember. It was her father's legacy and she inherited his love of books and stories. At the same time, she has been busy caring for her mother after her father passed away and minding the bookstore. You could say she has been living a relatively, secluded predictable life. Then a letter is f Between the Pages by Pepper Basham is a dual timeline story that left me sighing with contentment at the ending. Clara Blackwell has been working in her family's 100-year-old bookstore for as long as she can remember. It was her father's legacy and she inherited his love of books and stories. At the same time, she has been busy caring for her mother after her father passed away and minding the bookstore. You could say she has been living a relatively, secluded predictable life. Then a letter is found while the bookstore deed is missing and Clara is off on an adventure to find her family's legacy--and maybe discover a new future. I enjoyed both the story of Clara, Max, and her family's bookstore--as well as the historical story of Sadie and Oliver. I rooted for both couples and booed when the villains entered the scenes. While I own a couple others, this is the first book that I have read from Pepper Basham--and now I want to read the others even more. I like how she brings to life her beautiful stories with imperfectly real but lovable characters. She also wove the plots together quite nicely in Hope between the Pages. I found myself wanting to linger in the happy scenes and sighing at the romance. I also felt indignant when it seemed the bad characters were getting ahead. Also as a book nerd, I loved reading the characters' scenes in both the libraries and the bookstores, as well as the books that they read and shared together. It just brought out all the feels for me and I highly recommend Hope Between the Pages. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    TheBohemianBookworm

    (Disclaimer: I received this as a complimentary eARC from Netgalley. I was not obligated to leave a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.) Clara has spent much of her life with her nose in a book. But after the death of her father, all of her energy goes into helping her aging mother keep their independent, family, bookstore afloat. But when they are asked to provide the store's deed as proof of ownership, no one knows where to turn. With the fate of her beloved bookstore hanging (Disclaimer: I received this as a complimentary eARC from Netgalley. I was not obligated to leave a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.) Clara has spent much of her life with her nose in a book. But after the death of her father, all of her energy goes into helping her aging mother keep their independent, family, bookstore afloat. But when they are asked to provide the store's deed as proof of ownership, no one knows where to turn. With the fate of her beloved bookstore hanging in the balance, Clara must follow a string of clues, but finds more than she bargained for when they take her on a journey back into the past. Will Clara find the deed, and what other family secrets will she unearth? I will start off by saying I am NOT the target audience for this book. I am not Christian and I rarely read books that are shelved as Christian fiction. That being said, this story was pretty cute and I enjoyed most of it. I liked Sadie and Clara as characters. I always enjoy reading books where the main characters are interested in reading and promoting literacy, and it's my dream to one day own my own bookstore so reading about how much pride Clara took in her family's shop was relatable for me. The author also does have a smooth, pleasing style. Her descriptions are particularly nice. The dialogue also was decent. There were a couple of areas that felt a bit cheesy to me, but no more so than you'd find in a Hallmark movie, and I will admit to having watched my fair share of those. I liked the way the story was divided up as a dual perspective too; seeing the parallels between the two lives and romances of the main characters I think was a strong move on the author's part. This novel is also a very clean read. There are kisses, but there is nothing that goes beyond that. I don't have a problem with clean reads, I love Heyer and Austen, and neither of these authors include sex scenes in their novels. If the romance is done well, then it isn't a deterrent for me. The only thing that annoyed me while reading was how the book sort of snuck up on you with its preachiness. A lot of the things that get brought up in this book are things that come up in A LOT of Christian novels. The main ones that stood out for me of course in this book being the negative views of premarital relationships, the belief that gender roles are important, and the belief that praying for guidance and submitting to God's will without complaint is necessary in order to be a "good" Christian. I realize though that as a Christian novel, I can't really fault it for expressing beliefs that the author's audience share that I don't. That would be like going into a Chick Fil A and trying to order a hamburger and wondering why they don't have any. But I do wish the author could have been a little less heavy-handed with all of it. It felt unbalanced because there wasn't a ton of Christian content in the first part of the novel, but as it progressed it became more and more a part of the story and that's when it started to annoy me. It bothered me I think because where the author may have believed she was being subtle, I felt like the book was trying too hard to grab the reader's attention in the first half so that people who might ordinarily not enjoy something like this would keep reading, maybe not knowing how much of a religious angle this story had. I am not fond of tactics like this because I end up feeling manipulated and that makes me kind of salty. I realize though that these are conventions of the genre, and I am sure the author probably assumed that her audience already knew fully what kind of book they were getting into. I haven't read a book this light in some time though, so I kept going despite my reservations because I was trying to read a bit outside of my comfort zone. All in all, I am sure someone who loves Christian romance would really have enjoyed this probably. It's a cute, quaint, story that would make a good comfort read. This novel will be published and available for sale on April 1st 2021. #HopeBetweenthePages #NetGalley #PepperBasham

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    Pepper Basham does it again! I was enchanted almost from the first page. This book, which happens to be her first dual time novel, I believe, is a bit different than her other writings, but it is oh-so-delightful! Which time period did I like best? Now that is a hard choice! Sadie Blackwell of the historical one, well she was such a charmer. A servant in the Biltmore Estate (which I've always wanted to visit, and now more than ever!!!), and she worked in the fabulous library. Her job was to stay in Pepper Basham does it again! I was enchanted almost from the first page. This book, which happens to be her first dual time novel, I believe, is a bit different than her other writings, but it is oh-so-delightful! Which time period did I like best? Now that is a hard choice! Sadie Blackwell of the historical one, well she was such a charmer. A servant in the Biltmore Estate (which I've always wanted to visit, and now more than ever!!!), and she worked in the fabulous library. Her job was to stay invisible when guests came around, and to make sure they had the reading materials they were wanting. And then there's Clara of the current day. A storekeeper in the Blackwell Bookshop (this also sounds absolutely delightful--I just love unique bookstores!). When their bookshop is threatened, Clara is determined to track down the actual history of their bookstore and save it. These pages sweep you back and forth, into the past, and then back to the present. I loved reading about the Biltmore Estate, and almost feel like I've visited it now....(but I really would still like to see it in person). This book also takes you to England (another dream of mine...sigh!), and that was quite the experience. Both of these heroines, these time periods, have their own bit of romance. Sigh. Both were a bit unexpected, and yet, not so much. But they were just perfect. Pepper Basham has such a way of writing romances. Sweet, swoony, and yet, not overly much, just the right blend. This book also has a mystery. One that Clara must figure out. And soon…it seems that the future of Blackwell’s Bookshop rather depends on all of this. What exactly happened to Sadie Blackwell? What was her connection to the bookshop? And of course, the ever important matter –where is the deed to the store? I loved reading as they followed clues and made discoveries. Both of these ladies learned so much, and grew as the story progressed. For lovers of historical fiction, I would say this is a must read. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    If you had told me I would fall completely in love with story about a Library Fairy and a Book Goblin, I would have laughed and said it was impossible. But guess what....I fell head over heels in love with a story about a Library Fairy and a Book Goblin and it may have just become my favorite book ever! This was the first book I've ever read by Pepper Basham and she grabbed my attention before I even started page one! Two words sucked me in...Biltmore and Vanderbilt. I have been fascinated with t If you had told me I would fall completely in love with story about a Library Fairy and a Book Goblin, I would have laughed and said it was impossible. But guess what....I fell head over heels in love with a story about a Library Fairy and a Book Goblin and it may have just become my favorite book ever! This was the first book I've ever read by Pepper Basham and she grabbed my attention before I even started page one! Two words sucked me in...Biltmore and Vanderbilt. I have been fascinated with the Biltmore estate and the Vanderbilts ever since I read "Maid to Match" by Deeanne Gist. The story is written in split time, the character from the past written in first person and the character from the present in the third person. Chapter One begins with, "Any story that beings with a library is bound to be an excellent tale", and I would have to wholeheartedly agree. What bookish person would not love characters who cherish books as much as they do? Her masterful writing never failed to pull me along, I was never bored and each page delighted and endeared her characters to me. Like Sade, this book "breathed to me". I could easily picture the scenery and hear the voices of the characters and this beautifully written love story brought me to tears on more than one occasion. Pepper Basham writes of letting go of fear and having the courage to see the magic in every day life. To not loose sight of the beauty God gives us through His truths. The beauty of overcoming and persevering and trusting in times of trial. Sometimes there is greater beauty in something other than the "fairy tale ending", for it is in those times that a love so deep is revealed that transcends both time and space. "Love makes us brave". If you enjoy historical or split- time fiction or enjoyed "Wonderland Creek" by Lynn Austin or any of the "Lost Castle" series by Kristy Cambron, then I think you would enjoy this book. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend! Hope Between the Pages will be available for purchase from you local or online book retailer, April 1 ,2021. It is part of the Doors to the Past Series, but I did not read the previous book and obviously I loved this one! I will be reading it again and again! Thank you, Pepper Basham, Barbour Books and Net Galley for the free DRC of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    Wow, wow, wow!! You know when you finish a book and it leaves you in a state of just wow... yeah that's how that book was. And I use that word because I don't know quite how to describe my state of feeling. This book was everything I needed I didn't know I wanted. Let's start with the setting. I don't know if you follow Pepper Basham on her Instagram (you totally should) but she captures the Biltmore Estate quite beautifully in her photographs. Makes it truly magical. I have never been even thou Wow, wow, wow!! You know when you finish a book and it leaves you in a state of just wow... yeah that's how that book was. And I use that word because I don't know quite how to describe my state of feeling. This book was everything I needed I didn't know I wanted. Let's start with the setting. I don't know if you follow Pepper Basham on her Instagram (you totally should) but she captures the Biltmore Estate quite beautifully in her photographs. Makes it truly magical. I have never been even though I only live 3 hours away but after reading this book it went up on the ranks of my bucket list. She brings that magic to this book. I could picture the library that Sadie works in and the grounds as she walks in them, oh and Blackwell's Bookshop, gosh who wouldn't love a bookshop like that!! This is a dual time line story, so there are different sets of characters in each time period. Pepper Basham has a gift with characters. She made them so realistic, I felt like I was right there with them experiencing everything with them. Both Sadie and Clara are the perfect bookish friends, kindred spirits to be exact and you will definitely cheer them on and live through their journey and find their own story. They storyline itself is dreamy and definitely SWOON-WORTHY!! Goodness is the book swoony!! But with that there is also a little mystery, love and hope. There are tears you will shed, so keep the tissues handy. But there are moments that you will sigh that dreamy sigh we all get when reading a good book. Oh and that's not all... the author has interweaved faith throughout this book in such a way that its subtle but beautiful. As a Christian you can tell it is there and flows with the story quite well. By that I mean that it wasn't something that was forced or had to be written in. It was very realistic in its placement of it. I don't want to ruin the book for you by telling you too many details because this is definitely one of those books that cannot be missed. Pepper Basham has outdone herself with this one! Go use the link above and grab it now! I promise, you will love it! I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    "God allows us the gift of memories to tide us over to eternity." Oliver and Sadie just became two of my newest literary favorites! Their story is grand and beautifully sad at the same time. My heart wept from the poignancy of a love that lived on beyond the physical. "Keep to your Bible and to your fairy tales, sweet girl. One is for your soul and the other is for your daydreams. Both will help you through this, and in both you'll find your story." Max and Clara are brought together as Cl "God allows us the gift of memories to tide us over to eternity." Oliver and Sadie just became two of my newest literary favorites! Their story is grand and beautifully sad at the same time. My heart wept from the poignancy of a love that lived on beyond the physical. "Keep to your Bible and to your fairy tales, sweet girl. One is for your soul and the other is for your daydreams. Both will help you through this, and in both you'll find your story." Max and Clara are brought together as Clara seeks answers about her bookshop, and in the seeking discovers love. Upon first encounter with Max, his damaged soul burrowed deep and I knew I loved him. Together, they bring hope–and healing–between the pages. "I've given up enough of my life to fear. I don't want to lose anymore." Almost exactly what her mom had said to her. She and Max were more alike that she'd realized. Perhaps that was why they understood each other so well. "And...when you're with someone who sees beyond the scars, then the scars don't seem as large anymore." Neither does the fear. Basham has dipped her proverbial ink pen into dual-time fiction and I must say, not a drop is wasted. Anyone who has read her individual historical and contemporary works knows that passion flows liberally and not just the romantic kind. There is so much I could say about this book but I’ll just say this —Hope Between the Pages is a truly beautiful dual love story that fans will want to put on their keeper shelf! I received an electronic copy of the book for review purposes. No review was required. No compensation received.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale. This story pulled me in and didn’t let me go. I loved Sadie from the moment I’ve met her and I wanted to see what happened with her story. The present day story was also good, but I found myself rushing to Sadie’s chapters to see what she went through. It was a long time since I’ve met a character where I was really hoping for a happily ever after for her - you will have to read the book to see what happened. I'd read of kisses Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale. This story pulled me in and didn’t let me go. I loved Sadie from the moment I’ve met her and I wanted to see what happened with her story. The present day story was also good, but I found myself rushing to Sadie’s chapters to see what she went through. It was a long time since I’ve met a character where I was really hoping for a happily ever after for her - you will have to read the book to see what happened. I'd read of kisses, but nothing prepared me for how the touch of his lips against mine somehow reached my soul. The author’s way with words added to the beauty of the story. Sadie and Oliver is probably one of my favourite fictional characters to date. Who can not connect with ‘kindred of the same spirit’ when it comes to a love for books and stories. I looked up into a sky of early autumn azure and offered an impossible prayer, because if hope lived anywhere, it was with the One who wrote the stories in the stars. Fans of split time novels should grab this one, because you will love it. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Courtney | Soul of a Librarian

    As a reader, there are some characters that just grow so infinitely dear they could never be rooted out of your heart. This book holds those characters for me. I loved them as if they were my dearest friends, experiencing every heartbreak and joy-filled moment within the realm of their friendship. As an emotional cheese puff, there was nothing more satisfying to me than the tender, gentle romances. Oliver is what book boyfriends are made of and Max is the book boyfriend I'll never quit. Sadie's s As a reader, there are some characters that just grow so infinitely dear they could never be rooted out of your heart. This book holds those characters for me. I loved them as if they were my dearest friends, experiencing every heartbreak and joy-filled moment within the realm of their friendship. As an emotional cheese puff, there was nothing more satisfying to me than the tender, gentle romances. Oliver is what book boyfriends are made of and Max is the book boyfriend I'll never quit. Sadie's strength is awe-inspiring and encouraging even now, weeks after I've finished the book. And Clara! With her vintage soul and book-loving heart, she's sure to capture the hearts of readers. The split-time is so well done. The stories are beautiful. And I'll not likely recover from this book hangover any time soon. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this one, friends. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. All expressed opinions belong to me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I’m not a great fan of dual time stories, but Basham has so intertwined the two stories in Hope Between the Pages that I never felt like I’d been interrupted in either story. I’d call this a magical feat. It’s about hope and how love can set us free. The characters are all so likable, and you’ll care what happens to them. Oliver and Sadie’s story is an epic love story, and you’re going to need at least a box of tissue for them. Clara and Max’s love story mirrors the couple from the past, but in I’m not a great fan of dual time stories, but Basham has so intertwined the two stories in Hope Between the Pages that I never felt like I’d been interrupted in either story. I’d call this a magical feat. It’s about hope and how love can set us free. The characters are all so likable, and you’ll care what happens to them. Oliver and Sadie’s story is an epic love story, and you’re going to need at least a box of tissue for them. Clara and Max’s love story mirrors the couple from the past, but in the present day Clara is Oliver and Max is Sadie. Max and Sadie both had limited expectations for a happily-ever-after. Sadie felt her station in life prevented her from being with the love of her life, and Max thought his appearance made him unlovable. The most beautiful moments in the book are when Oliver and Clara make it clear they see only the heart of the one they love and nothing more. It’s a story of faith and hope in the One who sees our hearts and loves us despite everything else.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Garrison

    "My mother often says that people tend to struggle between living too much in the past or living too much for the future, so they miss out on today." I LOVED this book that celebrates books. Sometimes in a time slip story, I might like one of the versions better than the others. But with this one, I loved both the past and present premises. Past: "A wellread woman always carries wisdom to impart. It is a byproduct of reading. And you are an avid reader, are you not?" Sadie works in the library for "My mother often says that people tend to struggle between living too much in the past or living too much for the future, so they miss out on today." I LOVED this book that celebrates books. Sometimes in a time slip story, I might like one of the versions better than the others. But with this one, I loved both the past and present premises. Past: "A wellread woman always carries wisdom to impart. It is a byproduct of reading. And you are an avid reader, are you not?" Sadie works in the library for Mrs. Vanderbilt at the Biltmore estate in 1915. Her job is to help match people with books. When she is asked to match a guest with another guest, can she manage to pull that off? This story is all about station, breeding, connection and heritage of the heart. Present: "How long will you breathe in the life of other people's stories, but not step into your own?" Clara is helping to operate Blackwell's Books & Things in Biltmore Village. She had her of Great Grandma Sadie, but she had never met her. When the deed to the store is missing, Clara dives into the past and discovers that there is more to her heritage than she ever realized. First of all, I definitely appreciated the celebration of books. This one featured the joy of reading. This family had a bibliophile heritage! The connection of the past to the present was seamless. And the love stories ... ooh. All the feels without all of the blushing. The females were both independent women with heart. She managed to add traits and situation where the guys are able to be sweet and tenderhearted while still being masculine! The backstories and connections were SO good. Another theme for this book was the emphasis on learning to take risks. Sadie had to learn to step out of her past and realize that her background as a servant girl did not need to limit her future. Clara realized that she could follow her own dreams without feeling like she was letting down her families. So much wisdom in this book - I could mention so many more lessons learned. Instead I will end with another favorite quote. "I squeezed back and let the moment linger like the ending of an excellent book. God knew my story. I prayed the next chapter would hold more possibilities for the impossible."

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    What an excellent book! This has been the best book I have read in quite a while. Sort of a mystery revolving around an old family bookstore opened over a hundred years ago by the great grandmother, whose life is very much a mystery to her granddaughter. She soon discovers from letters and searching that her grandmother met a man while she was a servant in a nearby home. She knew nothing of her grandfather, because her grandmother never talked about him. She takes a trip to England and discovers What an excellent book! This has been the best book I have read in quite a while. Sort of a mystery revolving around an old family bookstore opened over a hundred years ago by the great grandmother, whose life is very much a mystery to her granddaughter. She soon discovers from letters and searching that her grandmother met a man while she was a servant in a nearby home. She knew nothing of her grandfather, because her grandmother never talked about him. She takes a trip to England and discovers much more to the story, such as her grandmother's marriage to the young man she had met in America, who sadly, died in World War 1. All of this time, she is searching for the deed to the bookstore, which is being threatened to be taken away. This is a great, wonderful, interesting and clean story that at times becomes intense. It was hard to put down. At one point it actually made me cry, which I hardly ever do for a book. Excellent story I absolutely loved!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deena

    Pepper Basham's Hope Between the Pages is the most exquisite time slip novel I've ever read. Her characters are rich and lively and pop right off the page and into your heart ( I can't decide if I love Oliver or Max more!) The scenery is lush and floods your every sense, whether it's the fragrance of an English garden or a delicious chocolate delight. And a book about books? Sign me up! I've read many of her books, but this one is my favorite--until the next one comes my way, I'm sure (actually, t Pepper Basham's Hope Between the Pages is the most exquisite time slip novel I've ever read. Her characters are rich and lively and pop right off the page and into your heart ( I can't decide if I love Oliver or Max more!) The scenery is lush and floods your every sense, whether it's the fragrance of an English garden or a delicious chocolate delight. And a book about books? Sign me up! I've read many of her books, but this one is my favorite--until the next one comes my way, I'm sure (actually, this will always be my favorite--just didn't want the other Basham books to feel neglected😀). So if you catch me staring off into the distance with a dreamy gaze and a tear or two falling... just blame it on a Basham book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    First time I read this author and I loved her writing style and storytelling. This is a dual timeline, two stories: Clara in the present, and Sadie in the past. I also loved the settings of Biltmore and its library, the bookshop, and England. Such lovely, lovely settings. Clara is looking for the deed to the bookshop her family has owned for over one hundred years. If she can't find the paper, she may lose the bookshop. She's also looking to uncover a mystery regarding a name she found in a lett First time I read this author and I loved her writing style and storytelling. This is a dual timeline, two stories: Clara in the present, and Sadie in the past. I also loved the settings of Biltmore and its library, the bookshop, and England. Such lovely, lovely settings. Clara is looking for the deed to the bookshop her family has owned for over one hundred years. If she can't find the paper, she may lose the bookshop. She's also looking to uncover a mystery regarding a name she found in a letter, which sets her on a trip to England. Sadie, who's Clara's great-great-grandmother, works at Biltmore as the librarian maid. She loves the job and is very good at recommending books to the guests staying at the estate. One of those guests is Oliver and, despite their class differences, they form a friendship and fall in love. There was nothing I didn't like about this story. I especially loved the gentleness of the main characters and the sweet ending. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    This book was fantastic! It is a split-time novel with a bookshop. That alone is awesome, but the relationships in this book are written so amazingly. I literally stopped to sigh a couple of times because it was just so sweet. There is so much more I want to type here, but I feel like it would be a spoiler, so read it and then let's talk! :) This book was fantastic! It is a split-time novel with a bookshop. That alone is awesome, but the relationships in this book are written so amazingly. I literally stopped to sigh a couple of times because it was just so sweet. There is so much more I want to type here, but I feel like it would be a spoiler, so read it and then let's talk! :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I absolutely could not put this book down but alas life calls and you have to leave this poignant split time novel and sadly come back to reality. I would give this more stars if I could as I was sucked right in as who can resist being in the library of the Biltmore in 1915. Sadie is the bookmaid and enter Oliver who makes me swoon. After all he loves books and the fairytale that unfolds between them is awe inspiring. Ms Basham intricately weaves this historical story alongside the contemporary I absolutely could not put this book down but alas life calls and you have to leave this poignant split time novel and sadly come back to reality. I would give this more stars if I could as I was sucked right in as who can resist being in the library of the Biltmore in 1915. Sadie is the bookmaid and enter Oliver who makes me swoon. After all he loves books and the fairytale that unfolds between them is awe inspiring. Ms Basham intricately weaves this historical story alongside the contemporary story of Clara Blackwell without missing a beat. You would never guess this is her debut split time as it is masterfully told. I won’t give any spoilers but the last page of the book had me weeping with the beauty of the words and the truth contained therein. I would sum this book up as a journey of love , hope, faith, and healing. This will be on my keeper shelf and treasured. Must read. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    I absolutely adored this book! Hope Between the Pages is a completely lovely and engaging story that I read in one day. I loved everything about it! From the Biltmore estate in North Carolina to England and back again, this dual timeline story of romance and belonging has become an absolute new favorite of mine! Here are some of my favorite quotes from Hope Between the Pages: "But you and I are kindred spirits because we both know the best way to manage the real world is to keep a firm hold on an I absolutely adored this book! Hope Between the Pages is a completely lovely and engaging story that I read in one day. I loved everything about it! From the Biltmore estate in North Carolina to England and back again, this dual timeline story of romance and belonging has become an absolute new favorite of mine! Here are some of my favorite quotes from Hope Between the Pages: "But you and I are kindred spirits because we both know the best way to manage the real world is to keep a firm hold on an imaginary one." "She drew in a deep breath and for the first time in a long time prayed that she'd be hopeful enough to search for everyday magic, and brave enough to step into her own story." "I looked up into the sky of early autumn azure and offered an impossible prayer, because if hope lived anywhere, it was with the One who wrote the stories in the stars." "All I've ever wanted in life is a well-stocked library, a warm place to sip my tea, and a special person with which to share it all." "My mother often says that people tend to struggle between living too much in the past or living too much for the future so they miss out on today." "Courage wasn't courage without fear, and as my heart trembled from the uncertainty of the great unknown, I held to God's assurance. Whatever the future held, He was already there." "Well, to be honest, what American female avid reader didn't daydream about an Englishman now and again?" So grateful to the publisher and Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy. Now I need to get a copy for my keeper shelf! All opinions are my own. P.S. I loved the Literary Fairy and the Book Goblin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam Sigelakis-Minski

    4/3/2021: UPDATE: Full review at Sam's Beach Reads. What I Enjoyed: The Literary References. What initially made me request Hope Between the Pages is exactly what made me finish it: The lush literary scenes. Sadie dusting the shelves of the magnificent Biltmore library, and putting out books based on overheard conversations from guests; Clara in her windy bookshop that provides a haven for all manners of outcasts and people in need. Sadie and Clara share a love of fairytales and gothics, b 4/3/2021: UPDATE: Full review at Sam's Beach Reads. What I Enjoyed: The Literary References. What initially made me request Hope Between the Pages is exactly what made me finish it: The lush literary scenes. Sadie dusting the shelves of the magnificent Biltmore library, and putting out books based on overheard conversations from guests; Clara in her windy bookshop that provides a haven for all manners of outcasts and people in need. Sadie and Clara share a love of fairytales and gothics, but a dislike of horror, and they both feel like they are in a fairytale as they emerge from damsels in distress to heroines in their own right. I loved the parallels between both worlds, and how both women intuitively understood that fairytales are for adults with imagination. It did a booklover’s heart good reading this. The History. While WWI, early 20th century isn’t my forte, I loved reading about Sadie’s time. The Vanderbilts are portrayed as genuinely decent people, and I thought that Basham did a really stellar job at showing the class problems that permeated in both the US and England at the time. I also adored the descriptions of Oliver’s ancestral home in England, with its sprawling grounds and whimsical follies. The way WWI and WWII affected Sadie, and more peripherally Clara, was also a great way to show how two women were so connected even over the course of four generations. Strong Female Leads. Despite my general misgivings of Hope Between the Pages (see below), Sadie and Clara are both strong women that I enjoyed reading. Sadie, despite running halfway across the world for a man, shows a kind of inner strength despite the horrible hand dealt to her, and Clara has a stubborn streak and grit in doing anything to save her business and protect her family. These are women you root for who you know can survive almost anything. What Didn’t Work for Me: The Christianity. I hate to add this, since this is fully a “shame on me” moment. I did not realize when requesting this ARC that Hope Between the Pages was added as a Christian fiction title, and that Barbour Publishing is a Christian publisher. To be perfectly frank, the references to religion didn’t begin until the second half of the book, but once they did, I was immediately taken out of it. Quotations of Bible verses and references to G-d helping or hindering the characters became more frequent, and it colored my whole reading from start to finish. The adversity that Clara and Sadie both faced now felt contrived as a larger plot to show G-d working in mysterious ways, and I felt like the previously mentioned strength both women displayed was now supposed to be taken as faith. They felt more like martyrs than women who dealt with a lot and survived it all. It also made me angry that Clara had less respect for her great grandmother Sadie when it was suggested Sadie was a fallen women, than when she found out that Sadie had in fact been married. Clara’s Legal Troubles. Here is another probably unfair take, but when Clara’s estate attorney told her she could lose Blackwell’s Books over the fact that they had no record of the deed, I almost put the book down for good. Without getting too far down a legal rabbit hole, title and deed are two different things. A person who doesn’t have physical possession of the paper deed can still prove title through a quick walk to the county clerk’s office, who has a recording, and through a title search, which will turn up full record of chain of ownership. I thought for certain at this point in the book that the attorney was “in on” the chain bookstore’s plot to buy Blackwell’s, but no – that was just the legal basis everyone in Hope Between the Pages was going on. And while I appreciate that the lack of deed helped push Clara into finding her great grandmother’s letters, falling in love, going to England, etc., I just wish the “big catalyst” was not based on a completely faulty legal premise. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So, there is a certain amount of "shame on me" for not looking at the sub genres when requesting this ARC. I did not realize this was Christian fiction, and I can't adequately explain how much I dislike Christian fiction. So, my review is a bit skewed because reciting scripture in literature and putting blind faith in God really drives me insane. However, I loved the literary references, the beautiful setting, and split narrative, particularly the English manor. Clara's legal troubles pissed me off coming from a legal background and knowing her situation wasn't true, but Sadie's story was very sweet and romantic. Objectively, this could have been four stars, but I ended up feeling awfully 2.5 about it from the religious references, the disdain for "fallen women," and the fake legal woes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Travel to Biltmore, the lavish estate in Asheville, North Carolina, in this delightful split-time romance. In the contemporary timeline, Clara Blackwell works in Biltmore Village, where she operates a bookstore which has been in her family for four generations. When legal issues arise, one potentially devastating problem emerges: Clara can't find the deed to the shop. Where might her great-grandmother have filed it? It's not possible she never legally owned Blackwell's, is it? In 1915, Oliver Cam Travel to Biltmore, the lavish estate in Asheville, North Carolina, in this delightful split-time romance. In the contemporary timeline, Clara Blackwell works in Biltmore Village, where she operates a bookstore which has been in her family for four generations. When legal issues arise, one potentially devastating problem emerges: Clara can't find the deed to the shop. Where might her great-grandmother have filed it? It's not possible she never legally owned Blackwell's, is it? In 1915, Oliver Camden leaves the tense atmosphere of Europe for a vacation at Biltmore. His trips to the massive library soon have him believing in a Library Fairy, as books he's interested in are suddenly placed exactly where he can find them. He soon discovers the Library Fairy is none other than housemaid Sadie Blackwell, and Oliver falls hard and fast for the young woman, despite their differences of station. But could an English gentleman really give up everything for an American servant? This book is full of sweetness and the magic of stories. You'll fall in love with the characters and cheer them on as they unravel the mystery of Blackwell's origins. I noted down a couple quotes, one which made me laugh and one which nearly made me cry. The first from Clara's point of view, as she's just getting to know a new friend: "He wore bow ties? And suspenders? There was a distinct possibility she was looking into the face of her future husband." And the more poignant one: "I'd never considered how some of our greatest losses lead us to choices that God uses for bigger things than we could have ever imagined." I've experienced this for myself. Time and again, some of what appeared to be the greatest tragedies in my life have turned out in the end to be some of the most wonderful points of change. Hard times are still difficult, but having experienced this hope multiple times, I now know to look for what God is doing even in the pain. My only teensy-tiny complaint about this story was that the characters were rather too perfect, which is hardly a complaint at all. Ha! Come be swept away by the love and the mystery and the hope that lies between these pages. I received my copy of the book from the author. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was my first book by Pepper Basham, but it will not be my last. She has a special way of capturing your heart on the first few pages. How can you go wrong with a book that takes place in a beautiful book store and a fantastically huge library. Written in duel time-line and various settings, with such detail you can just picture the Biltmore mansion in Asheville, North Carolina. Also the grand Camden estate in Derbyshire, England. She captured and played with all of my scenes. One minute I w This was my first book by Pepper Basham, but it will not be my last. She has a special way of capturing your heart on the first few pages. How can you go wrong with a book that takes place in a beautiful book store and a fantastically huge library. Written in duel time-line and various settings, with such detail you can just picture the Biltmore mansion in Asheville, North Carolina. Also the grand Camden estate in Derbyshire, England. She captured and played with all of my scenes. One minute I was awed by the instant attraction between the two main characters, brought to tears by the love and lost suffered and mad enough to want to tear someones hair out. There are so many wonderful lines and quotes throughout this novel, but I think my favorite is Sadie's advice to little Vicky. "Keep to your Bible and to your fairy tales, sweet girl. One is for your soul and the other is for your daydreams. Both will help you through this, and in both you'll find your story." Hope Between the Pages is all about enjoying fairy-tales and still believing. Pepper Basham has written for us a beautiful modern day fairy-tale. I thank Barbour Publishers for allowing me, through NetGalley, to read this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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