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A Match for Emma

(Mitchell's Crossroads #3)

4.77  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.

When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins
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Published November 21st 2019
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Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I absolutely adored A Match for Emma! While I have enjoyed all of the stories in the Mitchell's Crossroads series, I have to say this is my favorite. Her love for the people and the beautiful Appalachian mountains that are her home make an unforgettable setting for her stories. If I could name one fictional town I would love to visit, it would be Ramson.

Pepper Basham is a master storyteller, weaving together endearing characters, Appalachian humor, romance and a compelling
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
It took me a while to get into this somewhat leisurely-paced story and connect with the characters, but by the halfway point I was invested and eager to see Jon and Emma finally realize what they have. The plot follows Jane Austen's Emma so it felt too predictable, but it was fun to match up the characters and see how the author put her own twist on the story with the details. There is a strong sense of community in Ransom, and especially at Daphne's cafe, where Emma practices new recipes on ...more
Rachel Scott
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brace yourselves because I’m about to go into extreme fangirl mode over Pepper Basham’s third novel in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series- A Match For Emma.

There’s so much I can gush about. First off, I was grateful for the opportunity to revisit the charming town of Ransom and the fun cast of characters I’ve grown to love! (And maybe even obsess over. LOL) It was like ‘coming home’ in a way because this author always invites us readers into the heart of her stories. Mama Mitchell’s sage advice.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Pepper Basham, but it definitely won’t be my last. Her book is the perfect romantic comedy. I found myself laughing out loud and all but swooning over Jon and Liam. I loved that this was a modern day retelling of Emma. This book is so good!

I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
I can’t say enough good things about this book! I absolutely love the Mitchell’s Crossroads series and have been anxiously awaiting Emma and Jon’s novel. I expected their friendship to love story to be especially precious, as feelings of comraderie began to turn in a romantic direction. Well, the story highly surpassed my expectations and has left me with the most wonderful of happily-ever-after feelings of joy since I finished reading it.

Jon and Emma were so obviously right for each other and
Rebekah Millet
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pepper Basham continues her reign as the queen of romantic comedies and heartfelt romances. What I wouldn’t give for the entire Mitchell's Crossroads series to be made into movies or better yet, a TV series. This third novel in the series returns us to the Mitchell family while focusing on the youngest daughter of the bunch, Emma. And although it’s based off of Jane Austen’s novel, the Blue Ridge Mountain setting and cast of colorful characters, brings a fresh spin and true appeal. If there were ...more
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
I’m starting out this review by saying that I love everything about this book. I love the contemporary setting of the story. I loved the hometown characters; the beautiful small town setting in the Blue Ridge mountains: the dialogue that flows easily; and the discussions of faith that are scattered through the storyline. But most of all, I loved Pepper Basham’s characterization of Emma.

I’ve been a Jane Austen fan for many years. “Emma” is one of my favorite books ever, and I reread it at least
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh friends, this was super cute! I’ve been a fan of Ms. Basham’s for a few years now, especially since she seems to love Jane Austen as much as I do. ;) So when I heard this one was going to be based off of Austen’s Emma, I knew I was in for a treat. And oh what a sweet treat it is! I love a good friends-to-lovers trope and it is presented so very wonderfully here. Plus there’s the southern charm of the Mitchell clan and the town they call home which just burrows down deep in my ...more
Gail Hollingsworth
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed this story so much! It was great to visit the Mitchell family once again in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’ve read several of the author’s books but these are my favorites. Being from the Deep South myself, I get a chuckle from some of the wonderful sayings and phrases used by the author to portray the mountain people in such a fun and loving way.
Emma, the youngest Mitchell, is saving as much money as she can to afford a trip to Europe to culinary school. All is going well until
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I have longed to go back to Mitchell's Crossroads! This family just invites you in to sit at the table and talk a spell. I will admit that going into this story, I didn't anticipate connecting as much as I did with Emma (that doesn't mean I didn't think I would enjoy it, because I knew I would!). Honestly, it was about a week after I initially read the story that it became clear just how much I actually needed her story (and reading it through a second time drove that home even further). ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Something about helping one person find a ‘home’ in the heart of another person brought a sense of rightness.

A Match for Emma is my favorite Basham novel so far. Anyone who has read this authors works knows the level of talent within the pages. Incredible can’t even come close to describing it. All the characters jump off the page in this continuing saga, drawing the reader in with snappy dialogue, sharp wit, and love. Lots of love.

Being a contemporary take on Jane Austen’s classic Emma, our
Caitlyn Santi
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful novel! Pepper Basham is one of my favorite authors and her amazing writing talent is showcased in this lovely book! Friends to more is one of my favorite tropes, and the author featured it beautifully in this story, I love love LOVED IT! Jon was such a fabulous hero, sweet and selfless and entirely swoon-worthy! I could definitely relate to Emma, I loved her character growth throughout the story, it touched my heart and served as a reminder of Whose I am and that He will always ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My bags are packed, and I am ready to move right into Mitchell’s Crossroads! I loved Emma’s big dreams & her desire to help others find their happily ever after. I completely identified with Jon and his desire to forge a new path, & empathized with his catharsis when he realized what he was running from. But most of all, I adored the perfection of Jon & Emma’s unique, lasting friendship, and feeling their amazement as it became the kissing kind. Some seriously swoony moments, folksy ...more
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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What a super fun story! Pepper Basham’s town of Ransom is such a delightful place to visit, filled with charming characters that are so realistic you feel like you are right there with them! Woven into the very fabric of this story is a reminder of forgiveness and grace, not only for others, but also a reminder of the importance of forgiving yourself.

Vivacious and full of big dreams, Emma has a big heart and wants to see others happy
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh goodness, this book was absolutely amazing. The friends-to-lovers trope is not an easy one to master, but Basham's writing is masterful and she pulled it off brilliantly. I love how she weaves a community together and paints a picture of life in Appalachia. She has a way of making you feel like you are a part of the family and a part of their world.

And don't get me started about the romance. Okay, I'll get started! While the romance developed slowly, I was enthralled with Emma and Jon's
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I want to play scrabble - everyday. And I want to visit Ransom, and I want to pretend I'm not from NY so that I can impress someone with my fancy NY accent. That aside - and you'll understand these things when you read the book - this just might be my favorite friends to romance story! It is so sweet, charming, and just knock-your-socks-off good.

Here's the thing - Basham is the queen of romance and kissing scenes. She just is. She builds up the exact amount of tension for both the characters
Denise Hershberger
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Basham has done it again! Another fantastic book. I can't stop smiling at how everything worked out.

Friends to lovers isn't my favorite trope, but it worked well in this story - a modern day retelling of Jane Austen's Emma.

I really liked Jon a lot. He seemed to be quite wise and willing to admit his shortcomings. He was a great friend and also a great son - even if he wasn't perfect at either.

Many of the characters in this book have to learn hard lessons. Also, many of them haven't had easy
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Hallmark-ish aura of Ransom” may just be rubbing off on these two best friends. When Jon Noble comes home after being gone 3 years and reunites with Emma Mitchell, both of their lives are about to change forever. Can two friends become kissing friends? After all, those hugs are like coming home…

If you want to read about the perfect hug and all the hometown feels, this book is for you. Pepper Basham’s love of family will wrap around your heart and have you yearning for family and/or wanting
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A MATCH FOR EMMA is a fun and sweet retelling of Jane Austen's Emma. Readers will fall in love with this small town, the close family relationships and friendships, and especially with these charming characters. Recommended to fans of Christian contemporary romance.

Oh my goodness! I loved falling into this story! Emma and Jon were so adorable, especially with all their teasing, ribbing, and close friendship. I also loved how close their families were, as well as the charm of Daphne's cafe and
Suzie Waltner
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve held off on writing this review for a couple of days in an attempt to tone down the gushing but fair warning, there will still be plenty of that happening!

It’s no secret that I am an avid fan of the friends-to-more trope. There’s just something about two people knowing each other so well and that blossoming into a love that becomes a natural progression. Add in some of that Pepper Basham humor and, of course, chemistry and then spice it up with some references to Jane Austen’s Emma, and
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019, book-tours
"She told me yesterday that sometimes God's paths are too dark for us to see, but that we don't need to be afraid, because God can see in the dark. He knows the way."

Such a heart-rending story of loss, owning the grief, and finding hope in the midst of grief. With her sharp sense of humor and great banter, Pepper Basham livens up the predictable plot that closely follows Jane Austen's Emma with the lovable characters of the Mitchell clan. Jon and Emma's past grief and how they deal with it
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'She's Emma. She just moved her fairy tales and dolls to real people. God help us.'

Pepper Basham gives us book 3 in her Mitchell's Crossroads series and we now get Emma's story. Sweet, helpful, lovable, matchmaking Emma. Emma also has a dream to go to culinary school in Europe and she has her travel plans made and two thirds of her money already paid. She can't wait. Then Jon Noble comes back to Ransom with his dad. Jon, who has been Emma's best friend since she was a small girl. But Jon doesn't
Jennifer K
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Returning to Mitchell Crossings was so much fun and especially for a retelling of Jane Austen’s, Emma. Pepper Basham’s Emma is so easy to like as she is kind, loving and fun to be around. However, like us all, she has her flaws. Re-enter Jonathan Noble, her best friend. The journey that these two characters take from friendship to romance is touching with some of the best romantic scenes. I like the way in which these two characters interact and help each other to become the best version of ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Match for Emma is the third book in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, but it reads well as a stand-alone. This is a sweet friends to romance story, which is one of my favorite tropes. It has touches of Pepper Basham’s trademark warmth and humor with an Appalachian feel.

Emma and Jonah are both very easy to like and root for. I loved their friendship and how they just seemed to fit together. I really liked how Jonah’s grief about his mom was written, it felt realistic, yet didn’t make the story
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an adorable story! I am new to this series but it was an easy jump in. Jon and Emma are fantastic characters that jump off the page. I really want to be a part of this town and the lives of these characters!! This romance was fun to read and it would make a great Hallmark movie(just sayin!), it even has a mystery angle as well. I laughed out loud multiple times and the humor was a perfect addition to the story. The sparring Emma and Jon do is a hoot! I will be backtracking and reading the ...more
Author Pepper Basham has written an absolutely charming retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma. This is an absolutely delightful read from the charm of the wonderful characters to the southern small town feel and a back drop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Basham brings plenty of emotions and heart in her story. Readers will find the characters easy to connect to with their real-life and relatable experiences. This is definitely the story of Emma, but with a vibrant Basham twist, making it all her own. ...more
C. Woodall
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Eye candy and heart candy were two different things. One sweetened the moment, the other sweetened forever.'

In ‘A Match for Emma,’ Pepper Basham skillfully weaves together elements of faith and romance in this tale of how would-be match maker Emma Mitchell and her life-long BFF Jonathan Noble journey from being best friends to something more.

The elements of faith run deep in this story, with Jon and Emma’s courtship illustrating the many facets of Christ’s relationship with His bride the
Janice Sisemore
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A Match for Emma

A Match for Emma was an Amazing book. Full of surprises. Besides the romance there is a mystery. Who is stealing the tip money. You will be surprised who it is.

Jonathan and his dad come back to town after being gone for a while. Emma and Jonathan grew up as best friends but could there be more?

A few quotes “Would picking a super sappy romantic one cheer you up?”, “You really must be worried about me to offer such a sacrifice. “ And one last one “ I’ll suffer about anything to
Beth Erin
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Pepper Basham has crafted a heartwarming story, inspired by Austen’s Emma, and set in the cozy modern-day community of small-town Ransom, nestled in the Blue Ridge.

Emma Mitchell is relatable, loyal, and endearing. She is young and starry-eyed. Emma has dreams and plans and princess-like hair and a seemingly endless supply of optimism. I love that Emma is driven yet teachable.

Jonathan Noble fits the role of modern Mr. Knightley in all the best and swoony ways.
Courtney Clark
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Match for Emma is the quintessential contemporary romance with a little Austen, a little Appalachia, and a whole lot of heart. I loved returning to Ransom and the Mitchell clan's territory for Emma's story. With subtle nods and influence from Jane Austen's classic Emma, Pepper Basham weaves a deeper tale of friendship, trust, romance, grace, and even touches on grief and pride through the stories of Jon and Emma.

The slow-growing romance has the right amount of tension for the reader to be
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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 ...more

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