Review and Giveaway The Red Ribbon

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About the Book

Book: The Red Ribbon

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian historical/suspense

Release Date: October, 2020

Red Ribbon

An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912

Book 8 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned. The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

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My Review

The author takes the reader back in time to a mountain community broken by feuds and long malicious intentions divided on the grounds of something that happened before any of the characters were born. Feuds have been around since the beginning of mankind, back to Genesis. In current times the word feud is not used, rather grudge, unforgiveness, pain, splits, slander, lies, hatred. But should feuds be allowed to dictate lives generations later, even weeks or months later?

The feuds in The Red Ribbon destroy, kill, and maim lives that God means for good.  Yet, good is present in the lives of characters who believe God knows what is happening and has an answer to prosper and heal. This age hold story of impenetrable walls reads fresh, maybe too fresh in the world today.

A quote from the novel says “They wanted you to live, Ava. So, live with joy and freedom and love.” I want to do that too. Do I hold grudges? Unfortunately, I do, if not grudges then vivid memories lurking at the forefront of my mind of wrongs done to me. What would it be like to exist outside of feuds and damaging images and words?

The mountain dialect transports the reader to walk among the unique characters. But the thread of forgiveness and hope winds its way into my life. Joy, freedom, and love—a great reason to live.

About the Author

PepperBasham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains where her family have lived for generations. She’s the mom of five kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at the award winning Writer’s Alley blog. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in April 2015, and the second in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuted in April 2016.

More from Pepper

Feuds, Moonshine, and Family Loyalties by Pepper Basham

My upcoming release for Barbour’s True Colors series is really close to my heart…and pretty close to my house.

The Red Ribbon, my first foray into a historical suspense novel, takes place in the county where I grew up. Carroll County, Virginia, is a county on the border of Virginia and North Carolina, not too far from Mt. Airy (Mayberry).  Nestled in the foothills and mountains of the Blue Ridge, it is a part of the Appalachian Mountains, and with that comes similar histories as other backwoods Appalachian communities: feuds, moonshine, and family loyalties.

One thing I love most about my Appalachian upbringing is the intense closeness of family – and when I say ‘family’ I mean, of course, my mom, dad, and brother, but also my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents…the whole “gang”, as my granny used to say.

The closeness of family, and the protection of the family name, is a big deal in Appalachia. There’s a lot of pride in the way your ‘name’ is thought of throughout the community, so when someone insults your name, there’s a good chance the repercussions aren’t going to be pleasant. Especially back in the early 1900s, when The Red Ribbon takes place. In fact, insulting someone by “stealing a kiss” is one of the events that leads to The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre/Tragedy.

A long-time feud between the Allen family and the “Courthouse Clan” came to a head inside the Hillsville Courthouse in March 1912 and this event resulted in the largest shootout within a courthouse in Virginia history. The story followed with a nationwide manhunt and made national news until the sinking of the Titanic the following month.

Growing up in Carroll County, I knew a few things about this story. Rumors and whispers, really. Most folks didn’t talk about it because it still caused a stir among those who were descendants (because another thing about Appalachia is that families tend to stay on or around family land for generations). People still took “sides”. So, when I decided to write this book, I knew I was stepping into precarious territory. Not that anyone would start up a shootout nowadays because of a book, but because people still have some deep feelings about how their ancestors are portrayed in history, and since many of my family members still live in Carroll County, I wanted to tread carefully into the events of “The Allen Tragedy”.

What I discovered was a story that still held a whole lot of mystery even one hundred years later. Bullet holes still mark the courthouse steps from that fateful day, rumors still circulate about who was to blame, and no one knows who fired the first gunshot that began the tragic shooting.

I’m not a “scary” book writer or reader, but I love a good adventure, so this book takes the reader on an adventure into Appalachia to my neck of the woods, and follows the journey of Ava Burcham and Jeremiah Sutphin as they live among the illegal moonshiners, dirty cops, and mountain gunslingers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

(To learn more about the true events of the Courthouse Tragedy, you can read about it here: https://roanoke.com/news/virginia/the-courthouse-tragedy-gunfight-in-hillsville-in-1912/article_45d0d7f3-6e1f-57c4-83be-fceb3d98dafd.html)

Have you ever read a book set in Appalachia? If so, what was the title and what did you learn about the Appalachian culture? Have you ever visited the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Let’s chat mountain people, mountain ways, and mountain books 😊

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1032d/the-red-ribbon-celebration-tour-giveaway

Be sure to leave a comment and enjoy reading…

21 Comments

  1. Katie Gray

    This book sounds really interesting, what an interesting time period and am intriguing storyline. It also seems a bit ominous. Great review thank you for sharing your reads.

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    • margueriteg2016

      It is a great plot. I’m ready to read more of Pepper’s novels.

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  2. attennos39

    This is a series I want to read. These stories touch the heart of all of us. What lengths would you go to feel accepted and loved?

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    • margueriteg2016

      My thoughts exactly! I will read the series soon.

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  3. Andrea Stoeckel

    This is an author I have followed a while and with my love of historical fiction I’ve had this book on my list for a while

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  4. megan allen

    Oh my goodness!! This book is going to be absolutely amazing!! I need it right now!

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  5. conniepsaunders

    Great review!

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  6. pepperbasham

    Marguerite!!! Thank you so much for this!!! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains 🙂

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    • margueriteg2016

      I truly did. I’ll be sure to read the rest of the series.

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  7. Linda Dreher

    This bok sounds great. I have never read any books about the Appalachians or have been to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I have heard of a few books based there and they all sounded great. Loved the review and would love to read this book. Thank you for the chance!

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  8. Crystal

    Great review.
    Would love to read and review this book in print format. Book looks really interesting and intriguing.
    Hope I Win giveaway.
    Thanks for chance.

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  9. Roxanne C.

    Thank you, Marguerite, for telling us about the spiritual threads of Pepper’s book, The Red Ribbon, which is definitely a book to placed on the TBR a list.

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  10. Emma

    This sounds good! It’s on my TBR list.

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  11. Melissa Wenger

    Looking forward to reading this one!

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  12. Donna Irvin

    Looks suspenseful! Good review!

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  13. carylkane

    Wonderful review, Marguerite! I love Pepper novels. I’ve been enjoying the True Colors series. Thank you for hosting.

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  14. Debra Pruss

    I am not sure if I have read a book in the Appalachia mountains. I have been to the Blue Ridge Mountains. My Mom was born and raised in West Virginia. I love the mountains.

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  15. James Robert

    I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!

    Reply

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