12 April 2016

Bonnie Roof's Review Of 'A Twist Of Faith' By Pepper Basham

A Twist of Faith
A Twist of Faith
by Pepper Basham
Firefly Southern Fiction (April 6, 2016)

Reviewed by Bonnie Roof
5 Stars *****



"Education is important. But I reckon a person can't get by without some food for the heart."

Handpicked for an experimental satellite program at Blue Ridge University in the rural Appalachian town of Ransom, Va., accent reduction specialist Adelina "Dee" Roseland, PhD is appointed the Assistant Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders.  Feeling her inexperienced, Dr. Alexander "Alex" Murdock - her immediate supervisor and research assistant of 4 years - plans to present Dee's research at the National Conference of ASHA, an annual speech-language pathologists' and audiologists' convention.

Driven and obsessed to achieve her dream job of full professor at UVA Charlottesville, Dee accepts a wager with Alex: take any hillbilly in town and pass her off as a sophisticated individual within the span of 10 weeks. The prize: the opportunity to present the research herself, with hopes of the coveted job offer. When unshaved, burly, rugged-looking Reese Mitchell arrives at Dee's job, clad in overalls and cap, to escort her to her new home at his family's rental house - his vowel mutilation convinces Alex that Reese is the perfect subject for the wager.

With the death of his stepfather from cancer and brother Trigg being unable to work due to cancer, both within 2 years - Reese feels the need to secure a more lucrative job to help pay bills and alleviate any danger of losing the family farm. Even though protesting, "I ain't up for feeling like an idiot to learn lessons on how to talk right" - Reese is convinced by Dee to participate in her "research" with a promise it will help him secure a position for which he has an interview scheduled in Chicago.

Having had a deceased father who worked long, hard hours, an alcoholic mother who spent too much time away from home, and only having felt the tenderness of love from her Granny Roseland - Dee has a different view of home and parenthood than Reese. Fearful of recreating her past, she instead focuses on her work.

Since the betrayal of deceased wife Jana, Reese has been both mother and father to 7-year old daughter Lou and toddler son Brandon. He fears becoming involved with another woman he can't trust. As Dee becomes attracted to Reese's gentleness and the safe feeling he provides, she feels guilt over the deception of the wager she has made.

Pepper Basham's first contemporary, 'A Twist of Faith', is a beautiful literary adaptation of My Fair Lady. Filled with realistic characters (including some 4-footed ones, such as Gypsy the cow and Haus the smiling hound), humor, forgiveness, reconciliation, love, faith, tenderness, amazing quotes, and realization of new dreams only God could provide - I found 'A Twist of Faith' heart-warming and a joy to read!  

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Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of 'A Twist of Faith' for my honest opinion, which I have given.

A TWIST OF FAITH by Pepper Basham may be purchased through AMAZON .

GIVEAWAY: Bonnie Roof is generously providing an e-book copy of 'A Twist of Faith' for one blessed commenter. To be eligible, please leave your email address written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself against spammers. 

50 comments:

  1. Yay!!! Thank you so much for this review!! I'm glad you enjoyed the journey to Mitchell's Crossroads :)

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    1. It was an honor to read/review 'A Twist of Faith', Pepper - I pray I did it justice!! It's an inspiring fun story of love, faith, and lessons learned - loved the quotes!!

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    2. P.S. Pepper, I so appreciate your taking the time out of your busy schedule to be with us on OWG!! Thank you!!

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  2. Thank you for your intriguing review BONNIE! Sounds fun but really tender at the same time. I'm looking forward to reading this, Pepper!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Noela!! 'A Twist of Faith' truly is both - fun and tender, you will enjoy it.

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    2. I love the entire clan in this story!! Hope you will too :)

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  3. BONNIE, thank you so much for the great review! Pepper Basham has been on my radar for quite some time...love the look of her historicals! PEPPER, thank you so much for being with us on OWG!

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    1. Diana, my pleasure. I love love the time period of my historicals! But I'm so glad I get to write in both genre. It's loads of fun with a lot of learning

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    2. Thanks, Diana!! I relate to having Pepper "on your radar" - there never seems to be enough time to read all the wonderful books/authors we'd love to read. It's easier for me to fit books in my schedule if I am on an author's influencer team, as with Pepper.

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  4. Bonnie, lovely review!! I have heard so many great things about this book, I wan't to read it. ;)
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Hi, Susan!! All those great things are true - 'A Twist of Faith' is a beautiful book, I don't think you will be disappointed. Thanks for your comments, enjoy!!

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  5. The My Fair Lady adaptation sounds intriguing! Looking forward to reading her writing! Thanks for sharing your review.

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Heidi!! 'A Twist of Faith' IS intriguing - a fun book with elements of love, faith, a little drama, and some beautiful quotes also. Pepper is a gifted writer, so glad you want to be acquainted with her writing!!

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    2. Heidi,
      You are a super amazing promoter!! Thanks for all the shares! I can't wait to see what you think of this story

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  6. BONNIE, I love your review! I'm looking forward to reading ATOF!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comments, Caryl, and your support of OWG and Christian Fiction!! You will find 'A Twist of Faith' to be such a sweet, enjoyable story. Good luck in the drawing!!

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    2. Caryl,
      I'm looking forward to hearing what you think on ALL of my books...since you've been the winner of each one in some fashion or other.

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  7. Thank you for the review. This sounds like a great book.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Hi, Susan!! So many elements to enjoy in 'A Twist of Faith' - humor, love, family - including some sweet children, faith, a bit of drama, and some inspiring quotes!! Good luck and thanks for your comments!!

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  8. I'm so glad you reviewed "A Twist of Faith", Bonnie. While I haven't read this one (yet), I have read both of Pepper's historicals and they're absolutely wonderful. She has a beautiful gift for writing and I couldn't wait until she got published, because I had already read snippets that she had posted from some of her stories, and I knew they would be good. I was not disappointed. Thank you for your review, Bonnie. I can't wait to read ATOF! :)

    bookwarp(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. If you enjoy Pepper's writing style, Angi - I feel sure you will enjoy her contemporary, 'A Twist of Faith', as well as her historicals. Yes, I so agree that she is a gifted writer. Thanks for your wonderful comments and good luck in the drawing!!

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    2. Angi!! Thank you for that sweet praise. You've been such an amazing encourager along this very looong road. I truly appreciate your kindness :-)

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  9. Certainly a different kind of wager. Looking forward to seeing how this story unfolds.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. LOL, a very imaginative wager on Pepper's part, eh - Mary?? You may not find out how it unfolds until the very end, however, I think it will please you. Thanks for your great comments!!

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    2. Mary,
      I'm a speech-language pathologist by day so I had LOADS of fun using my profession to play around with accents. It was a fun book to write!

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  10. Susan, I hope you'll have an opportunity to read it :-) I'm glad you've heard good things.

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  11. Hi Pepper! I'm following you and this book all over the internet, it will be mine, lol ;) Hi Bonnie! Great to see you both!

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    1. LOL, hi, Beth!! There is praise for 'A Twist of Faith' in lots of places right now-it's a winner!! I hope you have the opportunity to read it soon. Thanks for your fun comments!!

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  12. I love the cover! I want to know what they laughing about. Can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the review.
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    1. It's a beautiful cover, isn't it - Heather?? I love it too!! You'll find out what all the fun is about when you read 'A Twist of Faith'. It will be more than worth the wait. Thanks for your wonderful comments!!

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    2. Oh Heather! They're laughing about quite a lot :-)

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  13. Thanks Bonnie for this review,really sparked my interest! Never read one of Pepper's stories before,but this one sounds great. Love the idea of My Fair Lady with twist! Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You'll love it, Lynne - 'A Twist of Faith' is indeed My Fair Lady with a twist (pun intended, LOL)!! Glad my review encouraged you to read it - it's a delightful story by a gifted author. Thanks for your sweet comments and your continual support!!

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    2. Lynne,
      I hope you'll enjoy it! I certainly enjoyed writing it and meeting this fun family.

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  14. Great review Bonnie! I love the book cover and the story sounds very interesting.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thank you, Tina!! It's a fun cover, isn't it?? The story inside is just as fun. Thanks for your comments and support, Tina!!

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    2. Tina,
      I think the cover matches the story very well.

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    1. Thanks, Kim!! Good luck in the drawing and thanks for stopping by. Please leave a way to contact you, should you be our winner!!

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  16. Great review on a spectacular book! Thank you for such a chance.
    breannaherron AT icloud DOT com

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    1. Hi, BreAnna!! 'A Twist of Faith' is indeed a spectacular book, hope you have the opportunity to read it very soon. Thanks for your kind comments, please stop by OWG again soon!!

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    2. Bree,
      Thanks for the sweet words!

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  17. I can't wait for my Twist of Fate what a lovely cover awwwh so playful. I hope to be reading soon on my vacation during my move on my downtime. Thank you for thinking of your readers.

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    3. 'A Twist of Faith' will be an awesome vacay read, Carla - guaranteed enjoyment!! Everyone seems to love that beautiful cover. Good luck, thanks for your wonderful comments!!

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  18. Just looking at the cover makes me think this will be a fun read. Looking forward to reading A Twist of Faith.
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    1. The cover of 'A Twist of Faith' makes one smile, doesn't it - Kay?? It is, indeed, a fun read - however, has so many other wonderful elements to offer also. So glad you're looking forward to it!!

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  19. Bonnie, I'm so glad you liked ATOF! Just love it! I hopped onto the "Pepper Basham Books" bandwagon a tad bit late, but now that I'm caught up, I can't wait for her next ones! (No need to enter me. =))

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    1. I'm looking forward to future releases from Pepper also, Annie!! I enjoyed a recent interview from her relating how she has been more comfortable including more humor in her contemporaries than historicals. I think she mentioned she is working on 3 books and a novella right now - WOW!!

      I always appreciate your wonderful comments and support, thank you so much!!

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