Jane by the Book by Pepper Basham Reviewed

Wednesday, July 25, 2018









About the book:

Title: Jane by the Book
Author: Pepper Basham
Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance

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 her comfort zone, directly into the harrowing path of historical detective author, Titus Stewart.
The only plans Titus sticks to are family holidays and the ones that send him careening into his story worlds, but when an uptight and nervous innkeeper stumbles into his life - and his latest novel - nonfiction begins to take on a much more interesting gleam.
As the unlikely pair delve into the mystery behind a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old letter, will they both uncover a romance that stands the test of time?


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 wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley.






My Thoughts:

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 she has given us a historical mystery to solve as well. Jane is struggling with faith and as the story goes along we get to see how Titus' faith inspires Jane. 

My Bottom Line:

Adorable characters, a sweet romance, a historical mystery, and inspirational faith fill the pages of this novella. Besides Ms. Basham's signature romance and characters, she adds laugh out loud scenes and phrases that will have you giggling. Titus' use of frozen shoulder shirts, still has me laughing. The faith thread is authentic and relatable. I won't look at milkshakes, cold shoulder shirts, or black rimmed glasses the same. This is a definite must read.



Disclaimer: While I received a copy from the publisher, I also purchased the novella collection, Once Upon a Laugh. All opinions expressed are my own.


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Awww, Andi!! This was GREAT!! Thank you so much!!! Titus makes me smile so much!

Thanks, Pepper! And you’re welcome! I love Titus!
He’s my favorite hero of yours!

 
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