20 November 2019

A Match for Emma | Book Review + Giveaway


Emma Mitchell may enjoy sprinkling romance into the lives of others, but her own plans involve a single first-class ticket to culinary school in Europe.

When her best friend, Jon Noble, suddenly moves back to Ransom, Emma’s fairly certain her life can’t get any better…until her matchmaking schemes nosedive, her culinary future falls flat, and a life-long friendship begins to teeter on the brink of something unexpected.

With a little inspiration from Jane Austen’s classic and a touch of Blue Ridge charm, will Jon and Emma discover that what they need the most may be the last thing they’re trying to find?

Release Date: November 21, 2019



The third Mitchell’s Crossing novel, A Match for Emma quickly reminded me that I have not read enough from Pepper Basham. From the very beginning, it is a delight to read, bringing a smile to my face again and again.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, Emma Mitchell’s story involves matchmaking schemes, unwanted setbacks, and a best friendship with the potential for so much more. Through it all, Basham proves adept at giving the classic a contemporary, Appalachian feel. She transports the essence of the characters and their struggles, spinning them in a fresh way, full of charm, humor, and depth. It is a story easy to recommend to contemporary romance readers.

Now, after reading (and loving!) A Match for Emma, you can bet I will be reading A Twist of Faith and Charming the Troublemaker ASAP.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her most recent historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her Appalachian heritage and family history, as well as her love for humor and family.

She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. Her upcoming release, A Match for Emma, is the third book in her popular Mitchell’s Crossroads series.

Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors through social media. You may also learn more about her on her website!


(1) winner will receive a Paris cube decorative tote, paperback copy of Jane Austen’s Emma, paperback copy of A Match for Emma (or another one of the Mitchell’s Crossroads books, if preferred), a ‘love’ ornament, a mug that reads “You’re my cup of tea”, and Misty Mountain handcrafted soap (made locally) – the scent is Mountain Berries!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 19, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 26, 2019. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

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  1. YAY!! Hallie!! I'm so glad you were able to read book 3 as a stand-alone and still enjoy it! I tried to write it that way! But...I can't wait to see what you think of the others in the series too. Thank you SO much for this wonderful review!!!

  2. Sounds like a great read.

  3. Thank you so much!

  4. The cov er is inviting and the book sounds amazing. Thank you for the chance

  5. This book sounds so charming! I can't wait to read this series too.

  6. Pepper is one of my MUST read authors!