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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 19 June 2018 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FAÇADE by PEPPER BASHAM

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – FAÇADE by PEPPER BASHAM

 

THE BLURB:

A reclusive academic who would do anything to save her brother. A reluctant spy who’d risk is life to save the woman who broke his heart. Olivia Rakes has almost mythic observations skills when it comes to facts, figures, and details, but she stumbles through matters of the heart. When her brother goes missing over German-occupied France, Livy enlists her services with a group of search-and-rescue spies, who not only thrust her toward espionage, danger, and deceit, but the most frightening of all…romance. Agent Christopher Dawson has avoided Livy Rakes since she broke his heart three years ago. Which is probably for the best, since, as a British spy, he could very well die any day and pursuing a romantic relationship is not on the agenda for him. But when the search for his best friend brings them together on a secret mission, the heart takes on a mind of its own. In a world where war changes the rules of life and love, can Christopher and Livy work together to complete their rescue mission before the enemy catches them first.

 

THE AUTHOR:

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. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer – released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW:

Oh my goodness! Spies and pilots and agents. Oh my! Search and rescue, and cleverly hidden weapons and disguises.  Oh mercy!

Ms. Basham has served up a tasty dish of a story, eloquent with her words, and gripping with her plot. She takes the reader right into the 1940’s England, and occupied France. The tension of war—and of love drawing the reader page after page.

Livy’s cluelessness of all things romantic was both endearing and frustrating—and all too real for this reviewer. Christopher’s assumptions, an all-too-common human foible—and the heart breaking result. Both of them with the drive and purpose of their mission, and ultimately of their hearts.

Ms. Basham weaves the frisson of war and the frisson of love into a beautiful fabric.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS:

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Façade, Pepper Basham

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Have you discovered your identity? Have you questioned your identity? Your purpose? I have. I spent decades of my life trying to be someone I’m not. Trying to fit someone else’s idea of success. It didn’t work. I was good at it, whatever I put my hand to (there’s a Scripture about that) but that didn’t make me successful. I was a failure and I felt the weight of it every day of my life.

My characters in my stories face such an ordeal. For reasons as different as you and I, as individual as snowflakes, my characters are searching for their own soul. Sometimes unaware, sometimes tangibly aware, and raw.

Have you lived with a person you know is not who you are? I have. And so have my characters in my stories. I know you can relate, pretending to be something you’re not. Putting on a façade to please others, to make someone else happy.

But what about you? Who makes you happy? How do you make yourself happy? Because truly, if we’re not—I’m not—happy with ourselves, we’re not going to be happy with someone else, either.

 

That’s been my years-long journey. Discovering who I am. The journey has been torturous at times, and painful. But there aren’t any shortcuts. Shortcuts only lead to delays and complications. I know, I tried them. So did Rose. (from Clara Bess, book 2 in my unsavory heritage series) And Rose died without letting herself be happy.

Don’t let that be you. Fight for who you are. Know who you are, know yourself. I did it. My characters did it. You can do it, too.

 

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#identitycrisis, #burdenoffailure, #facade, #selfdiscovery, #IAMME, #ILIKEME

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