Title: My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel’s Dream

Author: Pepper  Basham

Publisher:  Barbour Books

Publication: 01 Jan 2019

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Set in 1918, Laurel McAdams dreams of leaving the mountains to go to college with the hopes of becoming a teacher. Jonathan Taylor moves from England to Maple Springs, North Carolina to join missionary uncle.  He hopes that he can make a clean break from controlling father and discover his gifts. Drawn together for their desire to improve the lives of the Appalachian people, the friendship flourishes into a romance.  Faced with various challenges like angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel’s father drunken rages and bad news from England, will their love bloom?

What’s not to love about this book? Though I have been ploughing through this series, I was immediately drawn this one because of the beautiful cover. The characters were well-fleshed out with engaging conversations. One of the most endearing things about this story was the beautiful slow-growing friendship between Laurel and Jonathan. I  have not been able to stop thinking about this book and the possible tangents that their stories may have taken.  This is my first Pepper Basham novel and I hope that she would write another one for this series, possibly telling Kizzie’s story.

You might also like other titles in the My Heart Belongs Series that I have reviewed on my blog and/or Goodreads:

You can check out the complete list of titles here

Note: This book was provided by the publisher Barbour Books via NetGalley. Nonetheless. the views expressed are mine.

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