Dr. Adelina Roseland is a speech pathologist whose life’s ambition is to move from the satellite campus in the mountains where she is teaching to become a full-professor at the flagship, the University of Virginia. She has been assured that if she can present a compelling professional success story, her ambition can be realized. Reece Mitchell is a young widower and a marginal cattle farmer at Mitchell Crossroads nearby. He has scheduled a Chicago interview in hopes of climbing the corporate ladder. At first the question is simply can Adelina’s professional expertise transform Reece’s mountain accent enough that the Chicago corporation will take him seriously. As sparks begin to fly, the question becomes whether Reece will feel he has been betrayed by a woman who is just using him to further her ambitions. Then, the question becomes whether pursuing vocational aspirations means more than small town faith and family and romance. This is the seventeenth romance novel by Pepper Basham who is from Carroll County, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is, herself, a speech pathologist, married to a preacher and living in Asheville, North Carolina.
Asheville, North Carolina: Woven Words Publications, a 2020 reprint of a 2016 release. 290 pages. Trade paperback.