Today’s book review features
The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham.
Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?
Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future.
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance “peppered” with grace and humor. Writing both historical and contemporary novels, she loves to incorporate her native Appalachian culture and/or her unabashed adoration of the UK into her stories. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the wife of a fantastic pastor, mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. Her newest novel is The Mistletoe Countess, a historical romantic romp with a dash of mystery and a bunch of humor too. You can learn more about Pepper and her books on her website at www.pepperdbasham.com.
From Author Website
The Mistletoe Countess is my first Pepper Basham book and now I’m wondering why I haven’t read one of hers sooner! Grace is one of my favorite female heroes, partly because I saw much of myself in her. I appreciated her strength and desire to see the positive in a difficult situation.
Frederick was great, too, though I enjoyed Grace so much, he was a bit overshadowed. I loved how Grace brought out his best self and how sweet he was to her (though the heat level, even though they were married, was more than I generally prefer). Marriage of convenience stories are some of my favorite and the way Grace got into her situation fit her perfectly.
Add in the books and the attempt at amateur detective work—it made for a positively delightful story! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Pepper Basham’s next book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.