Charming the Troublemaker REVIEW & FIRST LINE FRIDAY

Today my “First Line Friday” is extra fun! I’m also sharing my review for “Charming the Troublemaker” AND there’s a GIVEAWAY!! Thanks to Pepper, one of you lucky readers will win a free ebook copy of her new release. You’re going to LOVE it! πŸ™‚

Here’s my REVIEW:

Once again, Pepper Basham had me laughing and tearing up with another adorable story in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series. I was delighted to be back in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Mitchell family to watch Rainey’s story unfold. Only, it’s so much more than that. I fell in love with the whole cast of characters and wished for each of them a β€œHappily-Ever-After”.

Rainey’s a mom on a mission, ambitious and strong. The handsome, new doctor in town quickly flips her world upside down. Awww, Alex. πŸ˜‰ They’re both searching for happiness, purpose, and healing. Rainey is struggling to forgive her ex and afraid to open her heart to someone new. Alex carries his own baggage from the past, including a tense relationship with his father and shame over previous mistakes. They both long for a new beginning and β€œCharming the Troublemaker” is all about second chances. What’s not to love about that, right? πŸ™‚

If you’re new to this author’s work, you’ll undoubtedly be entertained by her witty dialogue, charming characters, and rich settings. There’s always a beautiful Spiritual message woven delicately throughout. And the romance will leave you blushing! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read her next book!

I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was requiredβ€”all opinions are my own.




When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it did on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne. When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?


And the first line is:

“Loser ex-husbands and freezing January afternoons left a nasty chill.”


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32 comments on “Charming the Troublemaker REVIEW & FIRST LINE FRIDAY
  1. Heather says:

    Happy Friday Savanna! This looks like an interesting book–I’m still trying to finish The Thorn Bearer. πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week my friend!

  2. YAY!!! Savanna!!!!! Oh thank you! Thank you!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed Alex and Rainey’s story.
    Isn’t Ransom so much fun???

  3. Caryl Kane says:

    I LOVE PEPPER! Happy Weekend Savanna! πŸ™‚

    SEPTEMBER 1943

    Esther’s father halted the lazy swinging of the porch swing. – While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin

  4. Iola says:

    I haven’t read any of Pepper’s books yet, but I hear nothing but good things about them!

    I’m currently reading The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright, which looks like it’s going to be full of suspense. Here’s the first line:

    Death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised.

    And I’m sharing from The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay over on my blog.

  5. Ellie says:

    I think this will be the first book by Pepper Basham that I will read. It looks so good!

    I’m sharing the first line from A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade on my blog today, but I’ll share the first line from a book near the top of my TBR pile here. β€œBlizzard-like conditions are expected to last through the evening.” That line is from The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips.

  6. Happy Friday!

    I’m showcasing The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner on my blog this week. So, here I will share a line from the book I’m currently reading, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan. I’m just starting chpt. 15, so that’s the line I’ll share:

    “On Monday morning, Kate heard her email ping and saw the message was from the Northern District of Georgia. Her heartbeat sped up as she clicked to open it.”

  7. Susan Dyer says:

    Oh so jealous!!! I need to read this book very very soon!!

    My first line is from a book I’m going to be reading soon Hope Travels Through by Loni Kemper Moore…..

    The first time Dad picked me up at the Evansville airport in his 1976 Corvette, I should have recruited a fairy godmother. Not that I believed in such things.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Beth Erin says:

    I LOVE CTT!!!

    My current read is An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
    Eton College, Berkshire, England, 1797
    “The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soon, leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood.”

  9. Megan Potter says:

    This is the first line from a book nearby and it’s also the book I’m currently reading.
    ‘Her father would never forgive her.’ Not by Sight – Kate Breslin

    After your review I now have to go and find books from this author! πŸ˜€

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I loved that book by Kate Breslin. Thanks for sharing, Megan.

      I can’t wait for you to check out Pepper’s books. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have. πŸ™‚

  10. MS Barb says:

    “When Petty Officer Jordan Somerton stepped onto the lido deck of the cruise ship “Summer Seas,” he’d have gladly given a month’s salary to be on land.” from “Christmas Captive” by Liz Johnson

  11. Joan Arning says:

    Bryn drew the queen of diamonds from the stack of playing cards on the wobbly table between her and Charlie Branson.

  12. Pam K. says:

    I loved the first book in this series so am really wanting to read Charming the Troublemaker. I’m currently re-reading Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner, this time for book club. The first line is: “The English cottage, bramble hedged and golden stoned, looks as timeless as a fairy tale except for the bobbing Mylar balloons tied to the front gate.”

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That’s a beautiful first line, Pam. Thanks for sharing that. I really want to read that one.

      Can’t wait for you to read CTT. You’re gonna love it! πŸ™‚

  13. Trixi says:

    I’m reading a MUCH anticipated book right now: Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon!! I’m a huge fan of her writing and am really excited for this new suspense series (Code of Honor). I’ve also read her contemporary series Hope Harbor and can’t wait for Pelican Point coming out in April. It’s set on the Oregon coast where I live πŸ™‚

    Here’s the first line or two:
    “Hello Matt. Long time no see.” As the words slithered through the clammy night air, a jagged shaft of lightening illuminated the speaker’s face for one brief instant.

    She never fails to completely pull me in from the very first sentence!!

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