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Jane by the Book

(Once Upon a Laugh)

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Four years ago, Jane Warwick escaped the shame and heartbreak of being jilted at the altar by becoming a housekeeper at the secluded Inn at Simeon Ridge. Predictable and quiet, the inn helps Jane find a place to heal and celebrates her strengths, where she is promoted to head housekeeper. But an unexpected visit to Bath, England, upsets Jane's plans and sends her out of he ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published July 26th 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 2018)
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Jen.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Corgis!! You guys!! This book had corgis!

This book also had a fantastic male lead, a hesitant leading lady and a beautiful British setting!

Titus Stewart is the sort of guy who jumps in feet first with all the boldness of a dark roast cup of coffee. He’s a Christian historical fiction author who turns real life acquaintances into fictional characters. Jane Warwick is orderly and cautious. She’s also quite guarded, and rightfully so, having been let down by everyone she’s loved – and those who c
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Rebecca
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Why did women have to be like a Chinese finger puzzle?"

Titus Stewart is in a constant state of imagination; scrutinizing everyone in sight as a potential character muse. His main character, Detective Jack Miracle, needs a heroine and if Titus is not mistaken the lovely blond with the tight ponytail and the black framed glasses at the front of the train would be a perfect "Lydia Whitby". If only his own relationships could be so easily scripted; it seemed that he always turned out to be "the bes
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Fiction Aficionado
I have one word for you: Titus. You’ll fall in love with him the minute he steps on the page, and you’ll only fall harder the more you get to know him. From his imaginary friends (sorry, characters) to his obsession with Pink Lady apples and freckled shoulders, his spontaneity and complete unpretentiousness is utterly captivating. And when it comes to solving mysteries, he’s like a puppy begging you to come and play. You might grumble and try to resist, but there’s no chance you’re not going to ...more
Courtney Clark
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
List of the reasons you should read Jane by the Book ASAP:

-Pop culture and Sherlock and mysteries and general bookishness. Oh, and BATH, England!
-A super-relatable heroine -- whose cluelessness is realistic and sets up growth and personal realizations women of the world need to hear!
-A wonderfully bookish and nerdy hero with an internal monologue that will make you giggle. He definitely earns the nickname #terrificTitus!
-An intriguing family mystery with smart parallels to Jane's own heart-journ
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Barbara
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Jane By The Book by Pepper Basham is a chocolate raspberry smoothie. Fresh raspberries add a sweet pucker to chocolate smoothness. Seeds crunch cool against teeth.

[copy received. Opinions my own]

Left at the altar, Jane hid away by accepting a job at a mountain inn, but her best friend convinced her to take a trip across the ocean to help set up an inn in England. While there, Jane hopes to find out what happened to the original owner of a journal t
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Kav
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"If God can use a talking donkey and a group of disgruntled fishermen, I think He can inspire an author with the right heart and abilities to create a story that will touch people's lives." (p 86)

Love, love, LOVE!!!!!! In a giddy, tilt-a-whirl, heart-thrumming, cheeks-hurt-from-grinning kind of way. Short (novella length) but oh so sweet!!!! And God bless authors who go to the trouble of making their novellas available in paperback format! This cherished copy is going on my keeper shelf and ever
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Beth Erin
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y’all, this story has changed my life… I will never look at shoulders or corgis or chocolate milkshakes in the same way again. Jane and Titus are now and forever dear friends of mine. This story is sweet, quirky, and at times, flat-out hilarious yet earnestly authentic. For a little novella, packs a plot-punch with a historical family mystery, fiction within fiction, and honest discussions of faith.

I purchased this book as part of the Once Upon a Laugh collection. The opinions expressed are my o
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Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
I loved everything about this story!

From the first sentence until the last word on the page, I was blissfully along for a literary journey with Jane and Titus. Our story begins in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains and then we travel to Bath England, where I was swept off my feet by the quirky Titus Stewart.

Ladies, Titus is sure to steal your heart! He is a prince charming in black-framed glasses, who occasionally get's lost in his own creative genius story writing. Titus is quirky and a more than a
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Susan Snodgrass
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
'You are significant. God doesn't make mistakes, and He's been working on your story much longer than you have.'

Jane Warwick was jilted at the altar. Now she's come to Bath, England to help a friend with his hotel business. She meets Titus Stewart, novelist, who thinks she is the perfect image of his latest female heroine. Jane has not the slightest interest in this. At all. But Titus is a remarkable man. Then there's the old, 1800s journal Jane has of one of her forbears. Titus wants to investi
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Rachel McMillan
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This charming Bath-set story features two love stories: the one developing between Titus and Jane and the love Titus holds for Bath.

In a way, this novella is charmingly accessible but also cleverly subversive. The tropes and archetypes usually ascribed to the heroine are harboured in the hero. He is sensitive, romantic, clumsy and swoons for Austen.

It was refreshing for me to read a romance with such a unique flip of the gender stereotypes.

You will dive into this novella and finish it in one
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Paula Shreckhise
Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham is a very swoony read!

Wow! If I wasn’t already happily married I would put my request in for someone just like Titus Stewart!
Traveling from the States, Jane Warwick is on a job with her best friend Nora and her boyfriend Ethan. ( You may remember Nora and Ethan from Second Impressions). Jane has to train staff and organize a B&B with a Jane Austen theme in Bath, England. So far, a dream job! Titus Stewart, a friend of Ethan, is an author who will be resear
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Bess
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern
I thought for sure I've read Ms. Basham's novels prior to this one but forsooth, I have not! This was a fabulous novella! Quirky, funny, sweet, interesting, and what's a romance without Sherlock & Watson?! Onto the next!
Inspirationalfictionreader
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t like to tell people what to do, but you MUST add Jane by the Book, by the incredible Pepper Basham, to your TBR. Not only add it, but move it straight to the top! Jane by the Book is, in a word, perfect! I literally just finished it and I want to read it again. And I am not a rereader! I loved everything about it! I loved Titus, Jane, meeting up with old friends, Titus, the setting, the mystery, the humor, the romance, and did I mention Titus?!

So, speaking of Titus, what a great charact
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Amy Leigh Simpson
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With no shortage of quirkiness, swooning, and grin-inducing charm, Basham has dished up another delightfully sweet morsel of story goodness for your insatiable consumption. Jane and Titus are such a fun pairing, perfect counterpoints of stubbornness, creativity, and compatibility. Set in the English countryside and sprinkled with a dollop of historical frosting, this bite-sized romantic treat is the perfect splurge!
Karen Hadley
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!!
Andi
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun novella that was a quick read. Titus is a perfect hero. He's quirky and creative. Be careful though, he can get lost in his creativity and may put you in his story. Jane is the cutest heroine, with her freckles, cold shoulder shirts, and a messy bun she is a perfect sleuthing partner for Titus.

Novellas sometimes can pack more of a wallop than a full novel since it is shorter, and this one does for sure.

Ms. Basham has not only written a cute romance within the pages of this novella
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Rachel McDaniel
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This novella isn’t “by the book” in terms of another run-of-the-mill romance story. ( <-- think I can stuff another cliché in that sentence! ;) ) But seriously, this completely veers from the atypical love story with an unforgettable hero and a century-old journal. Unique and fresh, Jane By The Book quickly found a way into my heart!

Jane Warwick clings to routine as much as Titus Stewart deviates from it. This couple seems an unlikely pair, doomed from the get-go, but chemistry says otherwise
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Rebekah Millet
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end, Pepper Basham once again weaved a wonderful world to be a part of. Jane and Titus (le swoon) were unique and interesting and oh-so-amazing. The icing on the cake was getting to visit with old friends again (Nora and Ethan from the first novella in this series, Second Impressions <- another must-read!). Pepper has a gift with novellas in that they feel like a full-length book and have “all the feels”. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

*I was given a copy of this book in
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Toni Shiloh
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pepper Basham is one of my favorite authors. Seriously, I will read anything she writes, no matter the genre. And there’s something about her contemporary stories that leaves me sighing and laughing in delight. Jane by the Book was no exception!

Jane and Titus make a fantastic couple. Not to mention Titus is a writer and does swoon worthy hero moves in writerly goodness.

My favorite quote: “Help me to trust you even with my fears…even with my heart…”

*I received an ARC from the publisher. This rev
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Ashley
Jane by the Book is my new favorite story from Pepper Basham. I've loved every one of her books that I've read, but this one tops them all.

I'd been hearing about Titus and wondered if he was truly as terrific as everyone said. Well, let me tell ya', he most certainly is! Oh my! He's so wonderfully weird and likable and oh so swoonworthy. He's a genuinely great guy and my new favorite leading man.

I loved the faith element in this story. It was so great! There's also an intriguing mystery surroun
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Suzie Waltner
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This story had me at Bath, England and an inn with Jane Austen inspired rooms. But those took a back seat once I met the outgoing and a bit eccentric hero of this story.

Titus is immediately likable with is conversations with his book characters. When Jane inspires his new heroine, he’s determined to break through her shell and develop his fictionalized version. Besides, Jane literally holds in her hands a mystery that is too good to pass up delving into.

Energetic and enthusiastic, Titus is the p
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Andrea
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great story within a story! I loved the mystery of Jane Ridley, I loved Titus and his author voices. I loved how he introduced Jane to Christian Fiction and explained how God is the author of romance then gave her the Biblical references. I loved that Titus pulled Jane out of her comfort/controlled zone. I loved how he loved evensong. Can you tell, I love Titus just a bit?
Seeing how past hurt and misunderstanding can influence the present was pivotal in getting Jane to see the truth, that she
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Pam
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jane is a young woman who has a lot of hurt and trust issues. When she goes to England with her friend Nora to train employees at Nora's boyfriend's new inn in Bath, she takes along an old journal belonging to her great, great-grandmother Jane Ridley. She gets off on the wrong foot with Ethan's friend, Titus Stewart, who is a sweet but rather wacky author. He is entranced with her as an inspiration for a character in his book and with Jane Ridley's story. They work together to find out more abou ...more
Melissa Wardwell
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute, quirky, and full of heart, Jane by the Book will leave you with all kinds of happy feels while giving a lesson is what real romance looks like. Thank, Pepper, for shining light on how misused the word is. ❤
*i was given this book for an honest review
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Susan L. Tuttle
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this novella as part of the collection it was originally in, and it was one of my favorites! Basham always manages to pack a full story into a small package, and she did not disappoint. Full of heart and romance with lines that stick with you—and a hero you’ll not soon forget either!—Jane by the Book is yet another reason I continue to read what Basham puts out:)
Melissa Henderson
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story involving history and a mystery. Read and find out if true love wins out.
Phyllis
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The mystery of the journal haunted Jane. She wanted so badly to know about her namesake from the late 1800s. Especially how the story ended. And once Titus found out about it, he couldn’t let the rest of the story go untold.

Okay. I admit it. Titus is adorable. His exuberance and disarmingly honest manner are just so charming. I love the way he gets caught up in his books and his characters that they are real to him and cracked up at the way that he would just stare at Jane, trying to memorize he
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Stacey
Take one uptight and well ordered housekeeping manager. Add a relaxed, overly curious, and imaginative writer. Toss in an unsolved mystery from the late 1800's. Set them all in Somerset County of Bath, UK and you have the recipe for a irresistable, playful romance spiced with Jane Austen's Persuasion and topped with a Holmes and Watson comradery. First impressions leave Jane and Titus with their doubts about one another, but the contents of a mysterious journal draws them into a tentative friend ...more
Winnie
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the setting of Bath in England to the quirky, endearing, lovable characters, Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham is a delightful, romantic read. Basham’s signature humor and wit shine through the pages. Titus was a wonderful hero with his spontaneity and sense of fun, and Jane was a totally opposite, list-making heroine. Complete with humor, romance, intrigue, and an added element of faith, this novella is just the thing for a great evening read.

I read this as part of the Once Upon a Laugh co
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April
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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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