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When You Look at Me

(Pleasant Gap Romance #2)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  106 reviews
An unexpected mother-to-be
A romance-leery composer
And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures

When Julia Jenkins' great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo pa
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published October 25th 2018
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Oh my heart! I loved this gentle introverted couple so much and the way they blossomed with their unexpected friendship and romance. They both have tragedy in their pasts that has made it difficult to trust, but the natural connection they share made it worth the risk to reach out and move forward. So many great scenes together as they get to know one another; I loved the feeling of hopeful uncertainty and longing. There is quite a bit of anticipation leading up to their first kiss, and wow, wa ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When You Look at Me was one of those stories that felt so very real as I read it. When I turned the last page, I felt as if I had lived this emotional journey with Julia and Henry, who, by the way, were simply wonderful people!

The author beautifully captured Julia's mixed feelings regarding her pregnancy. She also expressed such honest emotions as Julia wrestled with feelings of attraction and possible love for Henry, yet battled fear and panic based on her past assault.

I loved the way Henry and
Toni Shiloh
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are a few things one comes to expect from a Pepper Basham novel. First: a hilarious meet cute. Second: a kissing scene in a closet. Third: the grace of God. But you never know how Ms. Basham will deliver these expectations which makes opening one of her novels full of anticipation.

In When You Look at Me, the meet cute is hi-lar-i-ous! Seriously, I may have snorted while laughing. And because I don’t want to give anything away, I’ll leave you with the words, “purple eye patch.” 😉

The kissing
Suzie Waltner
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to tell you about When You Look at Me so hold on. For those who read Just the Way You Are, you know a little of Julia’s story (don’t worry if you haven’t read it, you’ll get caught up quick). Suffice it to say, she endured and horror, fought back, and is now reaching for her dreams. When she meets Henry (complete with an awkward and humorous meet-cute), she finds a kindred soul.

Henry is a bit of a reluctant hero but oh, what a one he makes! This man is uncomfortable around peopl
Courtney Clark
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When You Look at Me is one of the sweetest romances I've ever read! Balancing humor and a boisterous family with two lead-character introverts, this story shows the heart of people who trust God to give them strength and lead them to good things, even in the midst of a painful and imperfect world. The friendship-growing-into-romance deserves all the hearts, cupcakes, and happy sighs!

I loved watching Julia and Henry grow, learn from each other, and just be together in so many moments of everyday
Beth Erin
Reviewed for Hope by the Book magazine
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
It is always a happy day when Pepper Basham releases a new story! And this one is just as wonderful as all her others. Ms. Basham has coined the word "britallachian" for this series and it is quite perfect. From the mix of Appalachian and British accents, to the wonderful and hilarious adventures of our main couple, I giggled my way through this story quite happily! :)

Julia and Henry are so worth spending time with. The difficulties that they both face in their respective journeys are genuine an
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another extraordinary tale from masterful storyteller Pepper Basham! This beautiful love story about gentle introverts Julia and Henry, in addition to being entertaining and holding my attention, was uplifting with themes of valuing how God designed each personality, the different faces of heroism, the healing power of love, the importance of family, and trusting God when His plans for us lead us in new and unexpected directions. This story made me smile, wonder, think, cry, and laugh out loud ( ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All The Feels

My heart is swollen with love for this book. Julia and Henry are both introverts but find a great way of communicating through music. I love that Henry tells Julia she is brave and courageous. I love how Julia rescues Henry.
The way they meet is one of the best "meet cute" scenes I've ever read.
Pepper Basham's description of Appalachia, music, and the Blue Ridge mountains put me right there.
Henry is a gentle hero. Julia has been wounded but not broken. Their love story is precious
Original short review: "Heart eyes for days. I loved Julia and Henry and their gentle spirits."

Full review:
I've noticed that my favorite contemporary stories tend to have characters with great pain in their lives. Perhaps a few secrets hidden off to the side, too. I believe it's because they call out to me in the pain I have known, in the heartbreak and loss and things you can't just say out loud in front of everyone. In stories like this, it's the vulnerability and the hope that dares to shine
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME is a heartfelt, beautiful story of turning something terrible into something wonderful and perfect, but only found by letting go and trusting in a God who knows best. Readers will love the small-town charm, the swoon-worthy English gents, the close-fit family relationships, and the sweet and toe-curling romance. This story is perfect for inspirational contemporary romance fans!

I loved these characters from the start! The beginning of the story when Julia and Henry me
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Reading a book by Pepper Basham is like being covered by your favorite blanket in front of the fireplace, with a big cup of hot chocolate. You're warm, happy, and giddy (at least if you are me you are!). I already know when I see her name that I'm going to like the book. She's a fabulous writer. She writes from the heart and she writes characters you can easily relate to. Basham's fun loving personality can be found in all her books, with humor that will make you giggle, and kissing scenes that ...more
Hallie Szott
Oct 29, 2018 marked it as reviewed
Another wonderful delight to read from Pepper Basham! When You Look at Me follows Julia Jenkins (who was introduced in Just the Way You Are—but don’t worry! If you haven’t read that book, you can still enjoy When You Look at Me.) and Henry Wright through a story full of music, family mystery, and utterly charming character interactions. I could not stop smiling as I watched the romance grow over the book’s pages, getting to know the character backstories and cheering for them to embrace the poss ...more
Natalie Walters
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the amount of time it took for me to read this story lead you to think it had anything to do with the story. It was all me and time not being on my side to savor the lovely and meaningful story of Henry and Julia. Ms. Basham does a beautiful job weaving a tragic event into a plot where forgiveness, courage, and patience bring healing and hope. Loved all of the secondary characters and cannot wait to read more of Ms. Basham's books! ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"She'd never met another person who thought in music, and gave her head a little shake to dislodge the sudden fascination."

Julia Jenkins is in the process of moving forward with her life following the senseless act that resulted in an unexpected pregnancy and hours of post traumatic stress counseling appointments . Inheriting her great aunt's magnificent estate and selling her bakery has provided Julia with the opportunity to advance her dream; that of owning and operating a bed and br
Rebekah Millet
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pepper Basham continues to be my go-to for amazing Christian romance! Every story she crafts is unique and has this perfect blend of charm, romance, hilarity, faith, and heart-tugging emotions. Julia and Henry’s story captivated me from the first page. After that I was a goner. If a book has me looking forward to waiting in the car line, then you know it’s a winner.
Kathleen Denly
Why This Book:

I have been a fan of Pepper Basham's writing since I read her debut novel, The Thornbearer and have read every book she has written since then.

Opening Lines:

Julia Jenkins was a glass-half-full person.
Well, most of the time.

First Impressions:

The character of Julia immediately intrigued me (although I have to disagree with her assessment of baths & pregnancy - I couldn't have survived my pregnancies without those long soaks!) and I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to know how
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'I don't wish my type of tragedy on anybody's happily ever after.'

Pepper Basham takes us back to Pleasant Gap deep in the Appalachian mountains with this novel and tells us the story of another Jenkins sibling. This time, it's Julia, who has been assaulted and is now an unexpected mother-to-be. Her sister Eisley's British boyfriend has come to Pleasant Gap to film a movie and brought his best mate, Henry Wright, with him to compose the musical score. Julia happens to be their landlady for the du
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book!

When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham is an excellent novel! I am so blessed to have been allowed to read and review this book. I was immediately swept into Julia and Henry’s romance and loved every moment of their sweet story.

Julia is one of the strongest, most courageous characters I’ve read in a long time. She experiences an awful, soul-crushing, physically devastating trauma. I know for a fact that if I had been in Julia’s shoes I would have struggled on a daily basis with ju
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

When You Look at Me is so good that I hardly know where to begin. Pepper Basham excels at crafting stories that entertain and touch the heart, but there’s something very special and personal for me about this one. Those who have read the previous Just the Way You Are will enjoy seeing the story of Wes and Eisley continue, but this story easily stands alone.

Set in the hauntingly beautiful Appalachians, When You Look at Me is about turning to G
Beckie Burnham
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When You Look at Me is certainly a delicious love story with a swoony hero that any fan of romance will devour. But, but . . . it is soo much more! With a message of God’s healing love, this one is a highly recommended read from the talented pen of Pepper Basham. Set in Appalachia and England it can accurately be described as a Britilachian delight! I loved it!

The setting is fun, the romance is sweet, the characters are like old friends or family, and God is in middle of it all. When You Look at
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely story. Tough topics handled very well, in a way that you don't really hear details, but you know they are there.
Unwed mothering is one topic, Date rape is another. Healing from trauma was well dealt with since there was a lot of healing done before a relationship occurs. I found myself laughing at the main character's fear of mice, and such real life issues with a big family done well.
This author knows how to make you laugh and cry at the same time.
Charlotte Dance
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
When you read books by Pepper Basham, you know that the characters will be interesting and the setting plays a great role. This book was no exception. It also added English charm and music. It took a woman in a tough situation and showed her healing and growing. I will continue to look for books by this author.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julia and Henry are such a sweet couple. Julia comes from an American boisterous, loving family while Henry comes from a refined yet cold English family. They have both overcome some very tough trials. I loved the quiet humor they both shared and the way they each brought out the best of the other.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A deeply moving story is full of hope, of faith and love.

Julia had been crushed by a man she had trusted and struggled to put the pieces of her life together again. With the help of her counselor and through the love of her family she had made progress. Yet she figured she was damaged goods and that no man would ever want her. After all, even her friends had deserted her.

Julia was so special in the way she put people at ease and nurtured them, despite her natural shyness. She seemed to always be
This story - wow! I laughed, I cried and I was so touched by this story & these characters. Such gentle but brave souls. Their faith and willingness to keep moving forward are such a beautiful picture of how God wants us to be. Of how He is working in all the big & small details of our lives. He does bring beauty from ashes. And if we will trust Him with all of ourselves; our hearts, our lives; He has so much more planned for us, bigger & better than we could ever imagine!
Linda Rainey
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Beautiful Love Story

This was a beautiful love story spanning two continents, over 50 years and two couples.
This also is a story about courage and bravery.
I loved the incredible well crafted storyline,the amazing characters,and all the twists and turns.
This book is recommended for those who love Christian romance with a strong inspirational message.
100 Pages per Hour
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good that it sucked me in and after I finished reading it I couldn't think what to say in a review - so I read it again!

I really loved both main characters. It was quite different to have both of them be introverted, but Basham made it work beautifully. I love how they connect over music and I really loved their conversations throughout this book. They were often hilarious but other times quite straightforward and honest.

What hit me the most was this book's honest and real-life
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pepper Basham has done it again! This story is just wonderful! I highlighted more lines then I think I ever have, and you can be sure I’ll be rereading them again soon. Let’s start with the beginning - this has got to be one of the best first meets ever!! I loved it! And, of course, the humor throughout the book is spot on! Even at some of the most heart wrenching moments, Pepper will add a perfect line of humor, so it lightens the mood and never feels too sad. Nate and Henry had me snort-laughi ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You absolutely must get yourself a copy of this captivating story! So much emotion and engaging dialogue! Moments of sheer bliss and laughter. Moments of deep and poignant conversations, and of course the swoon-worthy kisses! I easily fell in love with these characters. I didn't simply read this story, I experienced it.

Pepper Basham words paint beautiful, panoramic vistas. I felt like I could not only see the Blue Ridge Mountains but hear the sounds and smell the fresh air. I was able to travel
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Pepper D Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl. When her grandmother called her a “writer” at the age of ten, Pepper took it as gospel and has enjoyed various types of writing styles ever since. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction whe ...more

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