Review/Giveaway: My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, Laurel’s Dream

A British Missionary Meets a Chilly Welcome in a Remote Appalachian Community. 

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About the book:

Laurel McAdams is well acquainted with trouble, but her dreams keep her hopeful that life can improve on her mountain in the Blue Ridge. Still, trouble does come in the form of an outsider.

Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins his uncle’s missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel’s imagination.

Faced with parents angry over his teaching methods, Laurel’s father’s drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom

Journey into North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where a young woman’s dreams are held captive by rugged landscape and long-held traditions.

My thoughts: 

Pepper Basham has done it again! While I love her contemporary “kissing books”, I was captivated by this story set in the Blue Ridge mountains, rich with Appalachian culture and lore. From the quaint Appalachian speech to the lusciously painted setting, each page drew me into a world I’d never experienced, yet came to love.

This is one of the sweetest love stories I’ve read in a long time. Laurel is tenderhearted and kind while being amazingly strong in the face of difficult circumstances. Her wisdom and spiritual insight combined with her innocent faith make her a compelling character that you grow to love and want to protect. Jonathan is not unlike Laurel in his good-natured personality and innate sense of right and wrong. He, like Laurel, is a kind soul who learns to love the foreign culture of the mountains even though he is like a fish out of water.

The growth of Laurel and Jonathan’s friendship is sweet and delicately blooms into a  beautiful love that satisfying and very swoon-worthy. Yes, Pepper writes kissing scenes that rivals that of Julie Lessman.

I highly recommend this book to any reader of historical romance. It’s rich in history and culture while giving a fantastic romance that will put a smile on your face.


I’m giving away a print copy of  My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream! If you would like to enter, please leave a comment below.  Giveaway ends Friday at midnight. Winner will be drawn using Only US citizens eligible.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on it, you can purchase a copy HERE.

UPDATE: Winner of My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge is:

Caryl Kane

15 responses to “Review/Giveaway: My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, Laurel’s Dream”

  1. You just compared my kissing scenes to JULIE LESSMAN?????? #yearmade!!!!! Thanks for this, Sherrinda!!!

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    1. Pepper, Julie taught a lot of us how to kiss. I wish I’d had her books when I was dating my husband.

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    2. Haha! YESSSS! I love your kissing scenes, Pepper! ❤


  2. This sounds good. Love the concept and love anything Appalachian since the early books of Sharyn McCrumb. And am curious about those kissing scenes. Please enter me in drawing!

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    1. Pepper did a beautiful job at portraying the Appalachian culture. I was totally immersed in it. And her kissings scenes…you will love them! **fans face**


  3. Sherrinda, you are a great promoter. I can’t wait to read this book. If I’m not a winner here I’ll get the book and be a winner anyway.


    1. True, Kay! This book is well worth the money spent. Good luck in the drawing!


  4. Pepper is the Queen of Swoon! I’ve been enjoying the MHB series. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

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    1. Queen of Swoon! I love it and I betcha Pepper is gonna love that title too! Thanks for stopping by and entering!


    2. Carylkane, you won the giveaway! Please message me on facebook or shoot me an email at sherrinda *at* *gmail* *dot* *com* to give me your snail mail address. Congratulations!

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      1. I’m so excited to have won Pepper’s book! Thank you so much! Message sent.


  5. Paula Shreckhise Avatar
    Paula Shreckhise

    I live Pepper and am readin When You Look At Me right now! I would live to win this. I have most of the books in this series. Thanks!

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    1. You would love this book, Paula! Pepper is such a fabulous writer. She draws me in every time. Your name is in the drawing!


  6. So intrigued! I’d love to read it. 😍

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    1. I’m sure you would love it! It truly is rich in history and culture. 🙂


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