Saturday, July 30, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham

Book: The Heart of the Mountains

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Fiction / Romance

Release date: July 1, 2022

Can their hearts overcome the darkness of the mountains?

To escape a forced marriage, Cora Taylor travels from England to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of her brother, who is working as a teacher in a mission school. She hopes to find a place where her nursing skills and independent ideas will be accepted and appreciated, but nothing prepares her for the wild mixture of isolation, community, brokenness, and hope within these mountains…or in the person of Jeb McAdams.

Returning from the devastation of World War 1 emotionally damaged, Jeb McAdams struggles against the rampant mountain alcoholism to soothe his nightmares. It’s easy to hide within the mountains, or it was, before Cora Taylor arrived. Now, she seems to show up at every turn, bringing her modern ideas, curiosity, and beautiful eyes with her.

Bound by their shared war history, the pair develop an unlikely friendship, which unexpectedly hints to something more. But when Cora’s desire to help the women of the mountains crosses an unspoken line, will Jeb be able to protect this feisty flatlander from the wrath of the mountain men or will he end up losing much more than his heart?


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I have enjoyed many books by Pepper Basham, she has become one of my favorite authors. I was excited to be able to read The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham recently. It is Book 2 in the My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge series. I have not read Book 1 yet, but this book reads great as a Stand Alone. 

Cora Taylor has come to the Blue Ridge Mountains from England. She does not want to the be in an arranged marriage that her father is insisting on, so she has come to be with her Uncle and Brother. Cora is excited to get settled in to Mountain life and find a nursing job, as she was a nurse in England during WWI. Jeb McAdams is a resident of Blue Ridge Mountains, served during WWI and now struggles with life in the Mountains and has turned to alcohol. Jeb begins seeing Cora around town and he notices quite often. The pair begin a friendship with the common interest being their experiences in Wartime. Jeb is really smitten by Cora's beautiful eyes and her curiousity of the Mountain people. Jeb has to come to Cora's rescue when she crosses a line in helping the Mountain women and the Mountain Men are not so happy. Will Cora be able to make her place in Mountain Life? Will there be a Romance between Jeb and Cora? 

WOW, WOW, WOW! I am glad I began reading this book on a day where I had nothing else to do. I literally could not put this book down once I began reading it. The theme of the book, the characters and the storyline all flow together so nicely. Cora is a determined woman who wants for herself and not what others think she should do. I appreciate that in a character. Jeb has some struggles, but he is also determined to overcome them, although the effects of war are difficult to overcome many times. The Historical parts of the book are very well researched. I LOVE how Cora and Jeb meet, form a friendship, which turns into a romantic relationship. The entire book is filled with excitement, struggles and achievements in life. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Romance. FANTASTIC BOOK! 

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

You can learn more about Pepper at her website or connect with her on FB, IG, or Twitter.


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It’s so interesting how one idea can influence an entire series, or…how one person’s story can.

The idea for The Heart of the Mountains started in Laurel’s Dream with a hint of a family history story about a girl named Kizzie. (Someday, I hope to bring Kizzie’s story to the pages of a book). From there, the idea began to grow out of a love for my Appalachian culture into a series of books which highlighted (and fictionalized) stories from my family history.


The main story in The Heart of the Mountains is about Jeb and Cora, two different people with similar servant hearts, but the secondary story that touched me so much was the one based on my great grandfather’s life. I write about it in the Author’s Note at the end of the novel, so I won’t go into detail about it. However, what I loved getting to do is bring the truth of God’s redemption in my great grandfather’s life…to life again.


I never knew “Papa Rat”. I only knew the stories handed down to me by my granny and my mama, but in writing this story, I feel as though I had a tiny opportunity to “meet” him in these pages. He was a gruff mountain man with a broken past which led him to make a whole lot of broken choices, but his story is incredibly encouraging, because it points to the God of broken people. My great grandpa wasn’t left in his brokenness, but, after years of running away from God, he would later recount that God pursued him. The beauty of Sam McAdams’ journey in The Heart of the Mountains is only a little glimpse into what I imagine my great grandpa’s redemption story looked like.


Because my great grandpa was forever changed when Jesus saved him (as any of us should be).

I think that’s what my granny and her siblings (and even “Papa Rat” himself) would want most -that his story would point to Jesus. I hope that’s what you see when you read about Sam McAdams in The Heart of the Mountains.


Have you ever read a book based on family history? One of my favorites is Catherine Marshall’s Christy.

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To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e- gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the excellent review.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

After reading this review, I know to reserve a weekend to myself to read this book.

Pepper Basham said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for your review, Kendra! I'm so happy you enjoyed this story!! :)

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds good! I like Christy; I think I've read it three times.

traciem said... Best Blogger Tips

I am very intrigued that the book is set in the World War 1 time period!

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