Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham

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An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912

Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

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.


This is another hit in my book about the True Crimes series. I love it because it’s mixed with fact and fiction and the author has done her research well.
I’m totally getting a lot of enjoyment out of this series and let me tell you it’s the best series ever written!
Wonderful characters and a cool plot to go along with it.
This book sure didn’t disappoint either as I read and learned about the events unfolding in this story.
I loved the way the mountain people talk. I did have a few places in the book where I didn’t understand but I soon enough figured it out. Here’s a few of my favorite quotes:
“The Lord your God is in your midst. Here. And Greater than your fear” How true this is! I am so glad He is!
I picked this particular quote because that’s what I’m going through right now with all the new changes in my life. I think I’ll write this down somewhere where I can remember it!
Here’s another one I especially loved “God ain’t sittin up in heaven watchin a show down here in Earth.” He don’t mind gettin His hands dirty.” “Else He’d never sent the Savior.”
Granny Burcham a lady who is far wiser than anyone I’ve ever known even in real life. I love her a lot.
Even though Granny is a supporting character I felt she was my own Granny. How I miss my own!
I didn’t really want the story to end. It was so good and I finished it one sitting.
I highly recommend this book and I if you’re anything like me I believe you’ll enjoy it as much as I have!
My thanks to Netgalley and Barbour publishing for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. 

Pepper Basham
Pepper D Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl. When her grandmother called her a “writer” at the age of ten, Pepper took it as gospel and has enjoyed various types of writing styles ever since. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley.


  1. Lori, thank you so much for this!!!! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Appalachia :)

  2. Nice review, Lori. This was such a good story! I enjoyed Ava and Jeremiah.


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