Book Review

Book Review: A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham

“She drew in a deep breath and the full scent of the table’s contents hit her, awakening her hunger, and something much deeper. A spot inside no one had touched in a very long time, a tender place which tempted her to believe in a home of love and baked bread and goodnight kisses and… home. But she didn’t believe in fairytales anymore.”

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Series: Mitchell’s Crossroads Series
Genre
Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: 
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication Date: 
April 6, 2016
Number of pages: 
308

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Love does not have an accent …

Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.

For one, Adelina didn’t plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she’d tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.

But when Reese discovers that he’s a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina’s deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives?”

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Do you have any idea how long I have been waiting to write this review? According to my raving Facebook statuses, it’s been approximately one year and twenty-nine days.

That is THREE-HUNDRED AND NINETY-FIVE DAYS!

(Including Leap Day)!

I read A Twist of Faith back when Pepper’s debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, was published and she had just finished writing this one. They were just starting with the publishing process and had a long way to go until the book was released to the public, so I was forced to wait until it was published so that I could rant and rave all about it. Guys! I’ve had to hold in all my excitement and adoration of this book in for that long – it’s been so difficult. But, just imagine – it’s been building up inside of me for a whole year and now all of it is going to be released in one blog post. Are you prepared?

If you are nodding, then you are either:

  • Terrible at thinking before acting,
  • Extremely new here, OR
  • Already used to my outlandish ways (which is highly unlikely).

So, stop moving that head of yours and find something to hide behind because things are about to get crazy! So, without stalling any longer, let’s get this book review started!!!

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I’ll start it off with a not-so-secret fact: A Twist of Faith is based off of Pygmalion, a play written by George Bernard Shaw in 1913 that was later used as inspiration for the famous musical, My Fair Lady. With that being the case, you’ll find many nods to the play/musical that you may recognize if you’ve read/seen the play or watched the movie. I found this to be one of the most exciting parts of the book because I love the Audrey Hepburn adaption so much that it’s exciting to see a twist put on it – an Appalachian one, at that!

I recently re-read A Twist of Faith for both the sake of the review and for pure enjoyment but I still remember the first time I read it. I was so invested in the story, the characters, and the mix of emotional depth and humor, that I didn’t leave my room for hours. Then when my family tried to interrupt me, the encounters ended something like this:

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(Don’t ever interrupt me while I am reading).

Even after reading it for a second time, I still adore this story! It means more to me than anyone will be able to comprehend. I was given the chance to offer feedback after it was first written and to see how far the story has come since then is amazing. I’m so impressed by the improvement of the writing and the development of the characters – it’s just unbelievable!

Speaking of characters, I can’t get enough of the ones in this story (even the ones that you want to throw your slippers at). They all have such unique personalities, you can’t help but fall in love with them. Reese never ceases to make me smile, whether he’s being sarcastic, sweet, or absolutely ridiculous – he’s amazing! Adelina is so sassy and always putting Reese in his place, but she’s also soft-hearted and strong – I love that about her! I could go on and on about how much I love Reese’s family, especially Mama Mitchell for her overflowing, kind heart. Reading this story, I couldn’t help but wish I was apart of their family (though, my family is pretty close to the Mitchell clan, so I am lucky!). Though, overall there’s one character in particular that is my top favorite character in this story – Lou Mitchell.

“I’m going to be a princess that fights dragons. Ain’t no good to sit up in your tower and watch the prince have all the fun.” -Lou Mitchell

This little girl has so much spunk, sass, and smarts, it’s impossible to not love her! She also reminds me so much of my niece, which could affect my bias towards her.

Like I say in every review that I write about Pepper’s books, the description and imagery is unbelievable! Every time I read one of her stories, I feel as if I’m right there with the characters, seeing their world as clearly as they do. Also, the way Pepper weaves her words together to the point where it sounds almost like poetry is impressive! I always seem to find myself highlighting phrases that I find beautiful or inspiring in her books.

This book just makes me want to sing praises about it all day long!

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It’s one of my favorites!

And I almost forgot something (which seems to be a common trend in my reviews)! I would be very disappointed in myself if I forgot to add one last thing to this review:

Just a note to all of you, don’t ever expect me to keep a straight face when anything involving the lighting of fires or fire in general is brought into a conversation. Always be prepared for outbursts of laughter when these topics are mentioned as I simply cannot help myself.

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You better not be expecting me to tell you why, because that is not going to happen. EVER. I refuse to give away one of the greatest scenes written in all of contemporary romantic fiction. The only way you will understand what I’m talking about is if  you read the book.

Ha!

So, you better go search for it online, at your local bookstore, or at your library! It will be worth it!!!

*I received this book from Pepper Basham for the Singing Librarian Book Tour in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you, Pepper and SLB, for the privilege to review this book! *

 

Rating:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

FIVE STARS!!

 Find A Twist of Faith on:

Goodreads

Amazon

Other Books by Pepper Basham:
Penned in Time Series:

The Thorn Bearer (Book 1)

The Thorn Keeper (Book 2)

The Thorn Healer (Book 3, Coming November 2016)

Connect with Pepper Basham:

Pepper’s Website

Pepper’s Facebook Page

Pepper’s Twitter

Pepper’s Goodreads

 

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One thought on “Book Review: A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham

  1. No words for the love I have for you and this review, Rachael!! I’m so glad you still liked it after the reread and I cannot wait to see how book 2 will unfold !! 🙂

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