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When You Look at Me (A Pleasant Gap Romance Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1463 KB
- Publication date : October 25, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- ASIN : B07GJ47L7Q
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,307 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The secrets of Aunt Millie's house and past relationship with Lucas are selling points, too, as are reunions with other Pleasant Gap characters. I kind of wanted Pepper to delve deeper into Millie and Lucas' story, but I seem to recall her doing something like that in Façade; I still need to check that out.
There are some problems that, while not deal-breakers, will jar you out of the story. First off, where on earth was Pepper's editor? The indents in the Kindle edition are so wide that it felt like my eye was jumping all over the place. Words are misused or misspelled, punctuation is absent or misplaced...ugh! I told myself this kind of thing comes with the territory for Kindle editions, but honestly...no, it doesn't. It's sloppy and irresponsible, particularly when the writing is otherwise engaging--for the most part.
The pace drags at various points, and sometimes characters are not given the time or development they need. Other than Henry and Julia, I don't feel like I knew anyone--except Nate Jenkins, who, I'm sorry. I know he's supposed to be this loud, opinionated, yet loveable Papa Bear type--but no. He's often a complete jerk, just because Wes and Henry don't fit his definition of manhood. That's not being protective or taking time to warm up to someone. That's called being judgmental and unfair. Why anyone, especially his wife, tolerates it, I have no idea.
With all that said, though, this latest Pleasant Gap novel is...pleasant, if you can get past the visual and grammatical issues (and I totally understand if you can't). I definitely want to read Sophie and Rachel's stories; the little I saw of them had me intrigued. This is probably more a 3.5 rating, and a good bet if you want to pass the time with something light and warm, with just a dash of historical intrigue.
The pairing of introverts Julia and Henry was so cute to watch as it unfolded, each seeing courage and strength in the other, but not in themselves. I loved their awkward musical "dance" around each other until they had no choice but to realize they were meant for each other. There were so many hilarious moments while they were discovering this, the cupcake scene, the roadside delivery and Henry's feeling slightly light-headed and Julia's attempt to steal a pantry kiss!
Basham has done a fantastic job with a wide variety of characters and portraying each of their personalities. I loved them all, from the overbearing gruff dad, Nate down to the adorable youngest kids, Nathan, Peter,Emily and what's not to love about smiling dimpled baby Rose!
Not only does Basham excel at storytelling and character portrayal , but her quotes and words of wisdom are worth remembering, I highlighted quite a few,
From Henry, "Don't allow your past to steal something God has clearly brought into your present."
From Sophie, "sometimes God uses what we least expect to bring us what we need the most."
From Aunt Mille, "Cradle time with a careful hand. We are only given a small number of hours and days with those we treasure." and "Love well and fiercely and with abandon so that when the pain comes, you have the comfort of knowing you lived."
I just loved everything about When You Look at Me, experiencing a full gamut of emotions. Pepper Basham continues to write with extraordinary skill, depth and insight while delivering an entertaining read. I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve for the next Jenkins sibling. And I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of a wedding or two, or three, in the next book! Actually, I could see Nate having a fit at having to marry off all four of his daughters at once since Eisley's already got the December wedding in the works, and Julia will be graduating. A double wedding at the least!
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear...this is a story of courage, of fighting those fears to find a happy ending.
Though I was provided an early copy by the author, I had already purchased this book. I was not asked for a review. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story Pepper Basham. My heart is bursting with love right now. Her books are real and awe inspiring.
Top reviews from other countries
Faith is a huge part of When You Look at Me, showing God’s grace through trials and joys. The mystery of Julia’s aunt Amelia added an extra layer of intrigue and romance, a golden thread in this gorgeous tapestry.
When You Look at Me is a wonderful story and easily earns five stars. Highly recommended!