About the Book
Told mostly through letters, texts, and email, this contemporary romance will charm its way into hearts as Penelope rescues a theater and discovers her true self in the process.
Penelope Edgewood is practically positive in every way, so when, fresh out of college, she is awarded a paid internship to help save a century-old theater on the island of Skymar, she jumps at the chance. After all, a crumbling theater needs the special touch of someone who reveres all things vintage and adores the stage.
Unfortunately, not everything is as it seems at Darling House Theatre. Finances are in shambles, the local theater group is disenchanted, and the two brothers, Matt and Alec Gray, can’t seem to see eye-to-eye about how to run their theatrical business. So, of course, it’s the perfect place for Penelope to shine her own personal brand of sunshine.
With a little help from GK, the person emailing her encouragement along the way, she puts all her heart into helping the Grays save Darling House. But between Matt’s ever-present skepticism, Alec’s tendency to treat Penelope a little too much like the “princess” she thinks she wants to be (until someone actually started treating her that way), a grandfather who is stuck in his grief, and a mysterious person stealing Penelope’s marketing ideas, she’s not sure her optimism is enough to make a happily-ever-after of her own story, let alone The Darling House’s.
Between an adorable little girl, a matchmaker, a sea monster or two, and a copious amount of musical references, can Penelope draw enough confidence from her faith, her family, and her adoration of all things Julie Andrews, to find the thief and save the theater . . . without getting her heart broken in the process?
Charming contemporary romance
Perfect for fans of Dear Mr. Knightley and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Includes discussion questions for book clubs
About 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 most recently a finalist in the ACFW 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. The third book in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer, released in December 2017 with a 4 1/2 star review from Rt and Top Pick rating.
Pepper has released two novellas in 2018. A Britallachian Contemporary Romance, Jane by the Book and a WWII espionage romance, Facade. Her 2018 novel, When You Look at Me is the sequel to Just the Way You Are.
In 2019 Pepper’s Appalachian historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, released, as well as the third book in her Mitchell’s Crossroads series, A Match for Emma., and in 2020 her first historical romantic suspense, The Red Ribbon, arrived in October. She has a few books coming in 2021, so stay tuned for more 🙂
You can get to know Pepper on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Readers will enjoy this light, quick, fun read that is told mostly from the point of view of letters and text messages throughout the story. This heart-felt story is full of vulnerable life situations that make the characters easy to relate to. A huge theme in the story is to try and make the best of life, finding joy in the journey as best as you can, giving the main female character a Pollyanna kind of vibe. A fun and cute romantic story that readers of theater and classic movies will adore. Although this book can be read as a stand alone, readers will have a better understanding of what is taking place, this series is one that will be better read in order as conversations from the first book are referred to in this one. This is a cute rumpy-sunshine, single dad, workplace, forced proximity romance full of witty banter that readers will not want to miss.
Genre: contemporary, romance, chicklit, romcom
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication date: August 1, 2023
Number of pages: 416
Other books in the series:
3-Loyally, Luke (coming May 2024)
Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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