“Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale.” With that opening line, Pepper Basham hooked me immediately. Add to that the setting of Asheville, North Carolina- one of my favorite places on earth, and I was an absolute goner for Hope Between the Pages. This book was a masterpiece!
I honestly can’t think of another book I have enjoyed as thoroughly as I did this one. I loved that the timeline was split between 1915 and today. Merging the story of modern-day book store owner Clara with her somewhat mysterious great-grandmother Sadie and integrating romance, mystery, and so many literary allusions makes me admire Basham’s skill as an author. This book has sweet, tender moments along with witty banter and intrigue. Clara’s quest to find the deed to her family’s bookstore leads her on a journey where she finds so much more than she ever expected.
This book exceeded my expectations and has earned a special place in my heart. I give it five big gold stars! Thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for the ARC. Opinions are my own!