Have you read about King Josiah’s reaction when he first heard the words of the Book of the Law in 2 Kings 22:11, 19? How he wept and tore his clothes in humiliation and sorrow for guilt over his sins and those of his people? Or the way the people of Israel responded to the reading of the same in Ezra’s day? (Ezra 10:1) How they wept bitterly?
We tend to treat sin too casually these days. To shrug and say “Oh yeah, maybe I shouldn’t have done that. Sorry, God.”
When was the last time you allowed the Holy Spirit to shine the light of the Word into your heart and reveal your sin? To show you how you have fallen short so you can truly repent? Have you grieved over the wrong you have done and sought forgiveness?
God desires us to have a heart that is tender towards Him and ready to turn from sin. To sorrow over our sin so we seek His help to stop walking in it. For us to love one another deeply and to show His love to the world.
To do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before Him.
(Micah 6:8 paraphrase mine)
A Match for Emma
by Pepper Basham
Series: Mitchell's Crossroads #3
Publication Date November 21, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: West Virginia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
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?
I would like to thank Pepper Basham for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: Charming the Troublemaker, A Match for Emma
Pepper Basham’s books are like comfort food for the soul.
I had just finished a story that was tough to read as it contained difficult subject matter and I was, frankly, a little disturbed despite the happy ending. I knew what I was supposed to read next; in fact, I had five books that I was “supposed” to read before A Match for Emma. Nevertheless, I knew I needed a book that would make my heart happy and so I cheated and snuck this one in instead. And it was exactly what I needed!
My mascara is now slightly smeared and my throat is a little sore from holding back deep, gulpy kinds of tears. Yes, I should have expected this. Having read as many of Pepper Basham’s books as I have, I knew it would be heart-warming. I knew it would deal with deep heart issues in a sensitive way. And I knew it would be sweetly romantic and even swoony. It caught me by surprise anyway.
Emma’s intentions were good and she did care about others. Really. Yet in the midst of her best intentions, pride got in the way. As a result, she treated someone in a manner that was filled with hurt, resentment, and unforgiveness. When she was given a glimpse of her heart, she broke. She saw her sin the way God sees it and was sorrowful for it.
I have always loved Jane Austen’s Emma and honestly never dreamed I would read anyone’s retelling of any of her stories and like it more than the original. A Match for Emma has exceeded my expectations and I do indeed love it more. This could be because of Emma’s heart change and how clearly it points to Jesus. Truly, I cried through this entire portion of the story. If you have ever dealt with pride and mistreating others, this will both convict and encourage you!
If you have read many of my reviews, you may have noticed that I don’t talk about kisses the way some reviewers do. Honestly, that isn’t something I’m comfortable with generally. Unless they are inappropriate, in which case I will alert my readers. I do have to say that Jon and Emma’s first kiss was greatly anticipated and was one of the sweetest kisses I’ve ever read about and, it almost brought me to tears. And this was even before I got emotional about Emma’s heart issues! I don’t remember ever having this reaction to a kiss before. I won’t explain why it was so moving because I want to let it be a complete surprise for you when you read it yourself!
Aside from the amazing heart lessons, incredible characters, and overall fantastic writing, I really appreciated that the author didn’t find it necessary to try to make this a retelling that simply changed the time and place but kept all the other details. There were enough similarities but not so many that it was predictable. And some familiar parts of the story were reworked in such a way it created a mystery that was solved and resulted in a surprising revelation. And how can you not appreciate the plays on the names? Mr. Knightly – Jon Noble, for example!
If you enjoy Christian romance that is more than just a sweet story, be sure you read A Match for Emma. And make sure to keep lots of tissues handy!
(1) winner will receive:
- a Paris cube decorative tote
- a paperback copy of Jane Austin’s Emma
- a paperback copy of A Match for Emma (or another Mitchell’s Crossroads books, if preferred)
- a “love” ornament
- a mug that reads “You’re my cup of tea”
- a 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 shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight November 19, 2019 and last through 11:59PM EST on November 26, 2019. Open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics.Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of the stops!