Quotable Quotes Invade Britallachian by Rebecca Maney
“Gracious sakes. I’ve squished a grandpa.” What an opener! It’s no wonder that Pepper Basham’s newest release is an entertaining mix of quips and quotables!
Eisley Barrett, a “whirlwind of red haired clumsiness”, is on the trip of a lifetime, travelling to England to research a family genealogical mystery. She and her children have been deeply scarred after her failed marriage and she is no mood for attraction to the opposite sex. But alas! Upon meeting the very handsome son of her British host, Eilsey firmly lectures herself that, “I have used up my happily ever after . . . . ”.
Christopher Wesley Harrison’s charm is nearly impossible to resist, once his initial icy demeanor begins to thaw. “Would you be my friend, Eisley Barrett, of the Blue Ridge Mountains?”, for “Acting is my job, not who I am.”
In spite of Wesley’s star-studded aura, Eisley remains cautious with her heart, insisting that “she was grass stains and gravy. He was cashmere and caviar.” But this “knight and nightmare all wrapped up into one” was “great with kids, easy on the eyes and (offered) free labor? Sounds like an advertisement from a dating web site.”
Full of inspirational truths such as, “fear will steal something beautiful if you let it”, “getting lost in the what-ifs steals your peace and future”, and “forgiveness takes a great deal of courage”; “Just the Way You Are” overflows with “snogging” in a closet-style romance . . . .surely, there is nothing a girl loves to hear more than . . . .
“And I like everything I see, just the way you are.”
Eisley Barrett has made a grand entrance, tripping over her own two feet in London's Heathrow International Airport, managing to land in a very unladylike position on top of Daniel Harrison; ironically, her gracious host during a long awaited venture into family history. Accompanying Mr. Harrison is his well-known son, Wesley, an actor whose torrid personal life has been splashed across the front pages of nearly every tabloid known to man, but conveniently never making it to Pleasant Gap, Virginia; Eisley's safe little corner of the world.
Christopher Wesley Harrison cannot imagine that the auburn haired beauty on his father's arm is as innocent as she seems. Every woman that crosses his path has an agenda, at least that is what he used to think, however there is something totally refreshing about this American single mom, who says what she thinks and apparently loses her footing in spite of her footwear choices. In fact, the more time that Wesley Harrison spends with Eisley Barrett, the more that he is convinced that his Lord above has finally humored his father's matchmaking schemes, aside from Eisley feeling like "she is grass stains and gravy. .. and he is cashmere and caviar", he is totally enamored with the woman.
Eisley doesn't know exactly what to think about Wesley Harrison, he just keeps showing up, acting interested in her traipse through an ancestral residence for clues about a generations-old mystery, wanting to know about her crazy family and acting like he sincerely wants to be her "friend". Friends are in the safe zone, aren't they? For Eisley's heart has been deeply scarred and her three young children need her to be realistic; she is not a princess in need of rescue by an English knight.
Honestly, this is one of the most entertaining books that I have ever read, with enough one-liners to fill the pages of an entire journal. Quite characteristically though, Pepper Basham has mixed her "happily-ever-after" positivism with just the right quantities of realism and truth, making the yummy "snogging in the closet" scenes as tasty as icing on a cake!
It was my privilege to receive a copy of this book from the author; the opinions are entirely my own.
Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".
Stay tuned tomorrow for a character interview with Wes!
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