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Hope Between the Pages

(Doors to the Past)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2021 by Barbour Fiction
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    Heather Wood
    Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    “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.”

    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
    Susan Snodgrass
    Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
    'Some dreams required hard work. Others require miracles.'

    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,
    Literary Redhead
    It’s so lovely to find an author you’ve not read before but whose writing you now adore. That’s the case with Pepper Basham and her newest hf novel, HOPE BETWEEN THE PAGES. The dual timeline tale works well, skipping between the story of Sadie at the Biltmore Estate in 1915, to Asheville in the present with Clara’s quest to find the deed to Blackwell Bookshop. Romance, a mystery surrounding a 100-year-old love letter, and splendid descriptions of the Vanderbilt’s estate and England’s Peak Distri ...more
    Karen R
    Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    "Any story that begins in a library is bound to be an excellent tale."
    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
    Pepper Basham
    Jan 18, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    It's amazing how characters can slide into a story and take the author by surprise. This story went in directions I hadn't planned, but I fell in love with it!

    "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."
    Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This was such a fantastic book in the Doors to the Past series.

    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
    Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I am a huge fan of dual timeline stories and Pepper Basham's first venture into this genre is a resounding success! The very first line of Hope Between the Pages sums it all up nicely, "Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale." And an excellent tale it is!

    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
    Syrie James
    Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and really enjoy stories that take place in two time periods. Any book that's about people who love books is going to be a hit with me! I loved all the references to other novels. This is a Christian novel with many references to God and faith. The author did a good job of establishing the characters in each era and making me care deeply about both of them. The timeline worked well. The story and romances developed in a fluid fashion, side- ...more
    Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    What a beautiful book this was!

    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
    Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Between the Pages by Pepper Basham is a dual timeline story that left me sighing with contentment at the ending.

    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
    Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
    (Disclaimer: I received this as a complimentary eARC from Netgalley. I was not obligated to leave a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.)

    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
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Pepper Basham does it again! I was enchanted almost from the first page.
    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
    Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    If you had told me I would fall completely in love with story about a Library Fairy and a Book Goblin, I would have laughed and said it was impossible. But guess what....I fell head over heels in love with a story about a Library Fairy and a Book Goblin and it may have just become my favorite book ever!

    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
    Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    "God allows us the gift of memories to tide us over to eternity."

    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
    Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale.

    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
    Courtney | Soul of a Librarian
    As a reader, there are some characters that just grow so infinitely dear they could never be rooted out of your heart. This book holds those characters for me. I loved them as if they were my dearest friends, experiencing every heartbreak and joy-filled moment within the realm of their friendship.

    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
    Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I’m not a great fan of dual time stories, but Basham has so intertwined the two stories in Hope Between the Pages that I never felt like I’d been interrupted in either story. I’d call this a magical feat. It’s about hope and how love can set us free. The characters are all so likable, and you’ll care what happens to them. Oliver and Sadie’s story is an epic love story, and you’re going to need at least a box of tissue for them. Clara and Max’s love story mirrors the couple from the past, but in ...more
    Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
    "I didn't want you to be alone."

    "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
    Gretchen Garrison
    "My mother often says that people tend to struggle between living too much in the past or living too much for the future, so they miss out on today."

    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
    Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    What an excellent book! This has been the best book I have read in quite a while. Sort of a mystery revolving around an old family bookstore opened over a hundred years ago by the great grandmother, whose life is very much a mystery to her granddaughter. She soon discovers from letters and searching that her grandmother met a man while she was a servant in a nearby home. She knew nothing of her grandfather, because her grandmother never talked about him. She takes a trip to England and discovers ...more
    Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favoritereads
    Pepper Basham's Hope Between the Pages is the most exquisite time slip novel I've ever read. Her characters are rich and lively and pop right off the page and into your heart ( I can't decide if I love Oliver or Max 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
    Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    First time I read this author and I loved her writing style and storytelling.

    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
    Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This book was fantastic! It is a split-time novel with a bookshop. That alone is awesome, but the relationships in this book are written so amazingly. I literally stopped to sigh a couple of times because it was just so sweet. There is so much more I want to type here, but I feel like it would be a spoiler, so read it and then let's talk! :) ...more
    Jeanne Alfveby Crea
    Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely adored this book! Hope Between the Pages is a completely lovely and engaging story that I read in one day. I loved everything about it! From the Biltmore estate in North Carolina to England and back again, this dual timeline story of romance and belonging has become an absolute new favorite of mine!

    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
    Sam Sigelakis-Minski
    4/3/2021: UPDATE: Full review at Sam's Beach Reads.

    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
    Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Travel to Biltmore, the lavish estate in Asheville, North Carolina, in this delightful split-time romance. In the contemporary timeline, Clara Blackwell works in Biltmore Village, where she operates a bookstore which has been in her family for four generations. When legal issues arise, one potentially devastating problem emerges: Clara can't find the deed to the shop. Where might her great-grandmother have filed it? It's not possible she never legally owned Blackwell's, is it?

    In 1915, Oliver Cam
    Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    This was my first book by Pepper Basham, but it will not be my last. She has a special way of capturing your heart on the first few pages. How can you go wrong with a book that takes place in a beautiful book store and a fantastically huge library. Written in duel time-line and various settings, with such detail you can just picture the Biltmore mansion in Asheville, North Carolina. Also the grand Camden estate in Derbyshire, England. She captured and played with all of my scenes. One minute I w ...more
    Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    What a wonderful, wonderful treasure! Heartwarming, achingly beautiful, crushing, inspiring and hopeful this slip time book is a rollercoaster of emotions, so beautifully written and melded together with faith. If you enjoy mysteries, delightful old buildings, magic of books, lovely romance, suspense, imagination and old documents, you will adore this!

    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
    NetGalley ARC

    "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
    Hillary Bazyk
    Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2021-books-read
    This book was lovely. Any book about book lovers is bound to be good. It had it, mystery, truth, forgiveness, hope, grief, romance and fairy tales. Alternating timelines aren’t always my favorite but they worked well and kept me holding out for more. I thought I would fly through this book but I found myself reading it slower in order to savor it. I truly loved it. I want it made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. It’s one of those where you hold your breath because you know there is ...more
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