Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Authentically, Izzy By Pepper Basham

Authentically, Izzy
by Pepper Basham
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0840714985

I have never met a Pepper Basham book I didn't thoroughly enjoy. She has such an incredible gift of writing in historical fiction as well as contemporary fiction. When she asked me to read her book with her launch team, I was thrilled! She sent me her ARC ebook for review.


Dear Reader, My name is Isabelle Louisa Edgewood—Izzy, for short. I live by blue-tinted mountains, where I find contentment in fresh air and books. Oh, and coffee and tea, of course. And occasionally in being accosted by the love of my family. (You’ll understand my verb choice in the phrase later.) I dream of opening my own bookstore, but my life, particularly my romantic history, has not been the stuff of fairy tales. Which is probably why my pregnant, misled, matchmaking cousin—who, really, is more like my sister—signed me up for an online dating community.

The trouble is . . . it worked. I’ve met my book-quoting Mr. Right, and our correspondence has been almost too good to be true. But Brodie lives across an ocean. And just the other day, a perfectly nice author and professor named Eli came into the library where I work and asked me out for a coffee. I feel a rom-com movie with a foreboding disaster nipping at my heels.

But I’ve played it safe for a long time. Maybe it’s time for me to be as brave as my favorite literary heroines. Maybe it’s time to take the adventures from the page to real life. Wish me luck.



My Review:

I don't even know where to start with this utterly delightful story! Is there any genre Pepper Basham CAN'T write in and do it in a fantastical way? I would have to say, "No!"

Authentically, Izzy is written as an epistolary, but do NOT let that deter you. The author does it in a way that is contemporary and hilarious. I'll be honest with you here. I reached out to Pepper and asked her to write my review because SHE'S the author and I will NOT do this story justice. I've actually never read an epistolary before (although I have watched a movie that we all know ;) )

I literally felt like I was part of the emails and text messages between Izzy and her cousins. Heck, I even felt like one of the cousins being in on the conversations. This story was hilarious, romantic, and just all around sweet. From the relationship of the cousins to Brodie and his family, this has everything one could want in a romance.

The story was a quick read, even at over 400 pages, because I got so lost in the story I couldn't stop myself from reading it. I can't even tell you how many times I laughed out loud! Izzy was absolutely delightful. With the loss of her parents, but being blessed by living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins, you'd think she is on solid ground. I think that's the case (except for her love life) until her cousin, Josephine puts her on a dating website. The hilarity that ensues as she drags her other two cousins, Luke and Penelope through her emotional highs and lows was fabulous!

And let's talk about Brodie, shall we? There's not much I could say negatively about this fella. He has an accent, his family owns bookstores, he can quote from books Izzy loves and ones she hasn't read, and he likes her! Too bad he lives in a country an ocean away and she would have to fly there to meet his family!

I have SO much anticipation for the rest of this series!! They'll definitely become keepers.

About the Author:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance “peppered” with grace and humor. Writing both historical and contemporary novels, she loves to incorporate her native Appalachian culture and/or her unabashed adoration of the UK into her stories. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she is the wife of a fantastic pastor, mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. You can learn more about Pepper and her books on her website at www.pepperdbasham.com; Facebook: @pepperbasham; Instagram: @pepperbasham; Twitter: @pepperbasham; BookBub: @pepperbasham.


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