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  • Writer's pictureGena Bessire

Book Review: Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham

Book Blurb:

Sometimes love means embracing the good, the bad . . . and even the impossible.

Dear Reader,

My name is Luke Edgewood, and there are few things in life that I require. Mainly black coffee. And flannel. And lots of solitude. And my dogs, Chewy and Indie. What I don’t need is romance, so I have no plans to change my thirty-year-old bachelor status anytime soon.

But my youngest sister thinks that by accepting a short-term construction job in the small European country of Skymar, I’m going to follow along in her footsteps and discover my own romantic adventure. Nope. Bah humbug. The End. This time, her rom-com-movie senses are totally wrong.

Or maybe not. Because I’ve met a Grace Kelly look-alike who is annoying . . . until she isn’t. But she is impossible. As in, nothing can happen between us because she is a literal princess. Even though that’s easy to forget when we’re working together to restore a castle-like orphanage in a secluded mountain town and “forced proximity” includes a small closet, a secret one-hundred-year-old journal, and the tactile memory of an off-limits royal in my arms.

Basically, the whole situation has turned into an ooey gooey magical snow globe of romantic tropes complete with cute kids and an actual ball. Now, even my sentences are starting to sound like mush. Ugh. Send high levels of testosterone my way—I’m going to need it.




Pepper saved the best for last!

In the book Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham, Luke Edgewood is the stoic, sometimes grumpy, flannel-wearing brother of the Edgewood siblings. He travels to Skymar, a small European country, for a set of construction jobs and ends up meeting his match in Elliana St. Clare. Ellie is a reformed princess who wants to prove she loves her country and is truly a new person with her royal priorities in line. When she meets Luke, a carpenter from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, she appreciates that he sees the “real” her—not the princess she has to be or used to be.

Pepper Basham’s delightful humor and dynamic characters shine in Loyally, Luke. I love the glimpses of Luke’s spunky sisters and cousin as they offer him unsolicited romantic advice via texts. The village locals and orphanage children of Crieff, the Skymarian village Luke is working in, are lovable and heartwarming secondary characters. Luke and Ellie’s budding romance had me cheering them on the whole way. Thank you, Pepper, for another great story. I have added Loyally, Luke to my list of favorites.

Request Loyally, Luke at your local library, preorder it at most retailers, or find it for sale on Amazon.

While you can read Loyally, Luke as a stand-alone book, it is most rewarding to read it after reading the first two.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Fiction. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


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