A Twist of Faith

A Twist of FaithA Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham
Series: Mitchell's Crossroads
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Firefly Southern Fiction on April 6, 2016
Pages: 308

 

About A Twist of Faith (from the back cover):
Love does not have an accent …

Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.

For one, Adelina didn’t plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she’d tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.

But when Reese discovers that he’s a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina’s deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives?

 

Ain’t is not a word.”
“Put your ‘ing’ on the ends of words.”
“Light is made up of a diphthong, not one long, flat vowel.”
“Stand up straight.”
“Put away your toothpick.”

These are just some of the “bossy’ (per Reese) reminders that Dr. Adelina Roseland passes along to Reese Mitchell, as she teeters across the fields in her heels to conduct their speech lessons while he tends to his cows.

A Twist of Faith speaks my language.  It’s funny. It’s endearing.  It’s heartwarming.

If you love books that come with a dose of humor as well as faith, family, and flirting, then you need to be running right out to get a copy of this delightful book!

A Twist of Faith speaks my language.  It’s funny. It’s endearing.  It’s heartwarming.  And it’s got a swoony hero who chops firewood and has darling kids and says things like:

Her grin spread wide. “I’m on a list along with fertilizer, overshoes, and cattle feed.”  “There’s no need to be jealous, darlin’. You’re near the top of the list.”

Or how about:
“Want me to light your fire tonight?”
When Reese replayed the question in his mind, he was pretty sure he’d already started a fire–on his face. “I mean, do you want me to heat things up in here for you.”
Her eyes grew wider. His face got hotter.
“Let me fix you up a fire.” He pointed to the fireplace to rule out any doubt. “Right here. In the fireplace.”

Reese and Dee have so many great moments like this throughout the book. Their chemistry is both palpable and delightful as well as grin-inducing. AND THE KISSES!!!!!!!!!!! I must. mention. THE KISSES!! Whew. Goodness.

That’s all I’m gonna say about THE KISSES because otherwise I’ll either be a) talking about them the rest of the day or b) melted in a puddle of swoon and thereby useless to everyone. You’ll just have to read it for yourself and make sure you’re properly supplied with at least one fan (having a backup wouldn’t hurt), a fainting couch, a freezer, alternate sources of oxygen, easy access to paramedics should resuscitation be required… You know, the usual. 🙂

If I took away the humor and the chemistry and the swoony hero chopping firewood and THE KISSES, I would still be left holding a beautifully written story of family and faith and friendship.

But something I love the most about Pepper Basham’s books – and A Twist of Faith is no exception – is this:  If I took away the humor and the chemistry and the swoony hero chopping firewood and THE KISSES, I would still be left holding a beautifully written story of family and faith and friendship.  I fell head over heels in love with not only Reese but also his family – his kids, his mama, his siblings. If I had more time and space, I would wallpaper this post with my favorite quotes from his daughter Lou and his mama because I simply adore how they got under Dee’s skin and into her heart maybe even before Reese himself did.  The way Dee blossoms in her own spiritual journey as she observes the Mitchells’ steady and natural faith is one of my very favorite parts of the book, and it reminds me once again WHY I love reading Christian fiction.

Because, let’s face it…. love in real life isn’t a fairytale.  Actual kisses rarely measure up to fictional kisses. I love my husband, but if he ever went outside to chop firewood I would be too concerned to swoon.  But laughter and faith and family and redemption – these are real and true and possible.  And while Pepper Basham does write a mighty fine kiss and some exceptionally fine heroes, it’s in these elements of laughter and faith and family and redemption that her talent absolutely shines.

In summary, A Twist of Faith puts a delightfully Appalachian and modern spin on “My Fair Lady” – and does so with such wit and warmth that readers will be grinning like Haus the dog through the whole read.

In summary, A Twist of Faith puts a delightfully Appalachian and modern spin on “My Fair Lady” – and does so with such wit and warmth that readers will be grinning like Haus the dog through the whole read. The characters – primary and secondary… even tertiary, for that matter – will steal your heart and sometimes your breath, and the romantic tension swirls deliciously through any scene in which Reese and Dee share the page.  The message of faith is tender and organic – never preachy – and settles around your shoulders like a hug from Reese’s mama. Highly recommended for fans of Becky Wade, Denise Hunter, and even Kristan Higgins.  I can’t wait for more of the Mitchell’s Crossroads series or for whatever else Pepper has up her writing sleeve! 

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