Hope Between the Pages
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.
Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inhe ...more
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This book has everything - bookish characters, great truths (Christ is specifically named), surprising twists, idyllic settings. The hallmark of this book is the romance- there are two love stories in this split time novel, both with flawless MCs, and the storyline is heavily romantic. Perfect heroes made the story ...more
Pepper Basham brings us a poignant and powerfully told dual time slip novel in Hope Between the Pages. Set in WWI Asheville, we are treated to the wonderful Biltmore estate as most of the setting where servant Sadie Blackwell tends the magnificent Biltmore library and inadvertently becomes a library fairy to a visiting Englishman, also a book lover just as Sadie is.
'In her beloved books, she knew the ending came with a happily-ever-after, ...more
This is indeed an excellent tale told between two perspectives: the first person viewpoint of a young woman in service at the fabulous Biltmore mansion in 1915, and her modern day descendent. A mystery to solve surrounding her ancestor and an urgent need to find a deed to her bookstore, begins a life-changing experience for Clara Blackwell.
"Stories held power and everyone told one..."
The author effectively uses the dual timel ...more
"The chasm between upstairs and downstairs, the rift of our worlds, even the schism of an ocean, evaporated into the tenderness of such affection. My breath shook, my chest quaking as if this fragile connection bound my life to his and I would never be the same...would never wish to be the same." ...more
This was a novel written in time slip. In the past, there is the story of a young maid who meets an upper class young man named Oliver. They share a love for books that draws them close together.
In the present day is the great grand-daughter of Sadie, Clara, who is the owner of Blackwell Bookshop.
The things I loved:
-the characters love for books and how they came escape their current circumstances.
-I loved how the characters were wov ...more
Hope Between the Pages has everything I love in a good story, fascinating characters, fabulous descriptive settings, and captivating storylines complete with dual mysteries to solve that will leave readers on the e ...more
The alternation between two stories, one in the past and one in the present, is not usually my preferred type of narration. Here, however, it worked like a dream. On one side, we have Sadie, a library housemaid in America in 1915, who discreetly shares her love of book with the guests of the house in which she work and thereby captures the attention of Oliver, a young British gentleman. On the other side is Clara, Sadie's great-granddaughter, working to save the bo ...more
Clara Blackwell has been working in her family's 100-year-old bookstore for as long as she can remember. It was her father's legacy and she inherited his love of books and stories. At the same time, she has been busy caring for her mother after her father passed away and minding the bookstore. You could say she has been living a relatively, secluded predictable life. Then a letter is f ...more
Clara has spent much of her life with her nose in a book. But after the death of her father, all of her energy goes into helping her aging mother keep their independent, family, bookstore afloat. But when they are asked to provide the store's deed as proof of ownership, no one knows where to turn. With the fate of her beloved bookstore hanging ...more
This book, which happens to be her first dual time novel, I believe, is a bit different than her other writings, but it is oh-so-delightful!
Which time period did I like best? Now that is a hard choice!
Sadie Blackwell of the historical one, well she was such a charmer. A servant in the Biltmore Estate (which I've always wanted to visit, and now more than ever!!!), and she worked in the fabulous library. Her job was to stay in ...more
This was the first book I've ever read by Pepper Basham and she grabbed my attention before I even started page one! Two words sucked me in...Biltmore and Vanderbilt. I have been fascinated with t ...more
Oliver and Sadie just became two of my newest literary favorites! Their story is grand and beautifully sad at the same time. My heart wept from the poignancy of a love that lived on beyond the physical.
"Keep to your Bible and to your fairy tales, sweet girl. One is for your soul and the other is for your daydreams. Both will help you through this, and in both you'll find your story."
Max and Clara are brought together as Cl ...more
This story pulled me in and didn’t let me go. I loved Sadie from the moment I’ve met her and I wanted to see what happened with her story. The present day story was also good, but I found myself rushing to Sadie’s chapters to see what she went through. It was a long time since I’ve met a character where I was really hoping for a happily ever after for her - you will have to read the book to see what happened.
I'd read of kisses ...more
As an emotional cheese puff, there was nothing more satisfying to me than the tender, gentle romances. Oliver is what book boyfriends are made of and Max is the book boyfriend I'll never quit. Sadie's s ...more
"Dear Library Fairy, I've always believed in fairies but feel a library is the perfect abode for such a fantastical creature." . . . . and just like that, Sadie Blackwell becomes acquainted with the Book Goblin, and a rather handsome book globin at that. He did have another fine name, Oliver Camden, and his family was visiting the grand Biltmore Estate where she worked behind the scenes as the "book maid", making sure that the elegant two story library stayed in p ...more
I LOVED this book that celebrates books. Sometimes in a time slip story, I might like one of the versions better than the others. But with this one, I loved both the past and present premises.
"A wellread woman always carries wisdom to impart. It is a byproduct of reading. And you are an avid reader, are you not?"
Sadie works in the library for ...more
The scenery is lush and floods your every sense, whether it's the fragrance of an English garden or a delicious chocolate delight. And a book about books? Sign me up!
I've read many of her books, but this one is my favorite--until the next one comes my way, I'm sure (actually, t ...more
This is a dual timeline, two stories: Clara in the present, and Sadie in the past. I also loved the settings of Biltmore and its library, the bookshop, and England. Such lovely, lovely settings.
Clara is looking for the deed to the bookshop her family has owned for over one hundred years. If she can't find the paper, she may lose the bookshop. She's also looking to uncover a mystery regarding a name she found in a lett ...more
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Hope Between the Pages:
"But you and I are kindred spirits because we both know the best way to manage the real world is to keep a firm hold on an ...more
What I Enjoyed:
The Literary References. What initially made me request Hope Between the Pages is exactly what made me finish it: The lush literary scenes. Sadie dusting the shelves of the magnificent Biltmore library, and putting out books based on overheard conversations from guests; Clara in her windy bookshop that provides a haven for all manners of outcasts and people in need. Sadie and Clara share a love of fairytales and gothics, b ...more
In 1915, Oliver Cam ...more
Clara Blackwell and her mom run a family bookstore which must now compete with large chain stores. Their lives change in the shape of an old lette ...more
"Your love is my turning page / Where only the sweetest words remain
This book reminded me of one of my all-time favorite songs: Sleeping At Last’s song “Turning Page”
I tend to shy away from Christian Fiction and Romance novels, but since this book was about bookstores and libraries, I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did. This book was just beautiful! It wasn’t too “Christian-y” nor too “lovey-dove”. It was uplifting.
Clara Blackwell needs to save her family’s booksho ...more