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Authentically Izzy Pepper Basham



In this bookish new contemporary romance, it’s hard to meet people when you spend more time with fictional humans than real ones.

Izzy Edgewood is a wannabe bookstore owner, quote queen, and Lord of the Rings nerd who has been waiting for Prince Charming to sweep her off her sneakered feet. But it’s hard to meet people when you spend more time with fictional humans than real ones. Which is why her pragmatist cousin Josephine decides to take Izzy’s future into her own meddling hands and create an online dating profile for the hopeful romantic.

To Izzy’s shock (and suspicion), Josie’s plan works. Soon, she’s dialoguing with a Hobbit-loving man named Brodie who lives in a small town an ocean away from her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But is their shared love of books, family, and correspondence enough to overcome Izzy’s fear of flying and the literal distance between them? And is a long-distance relationship even worth considering when a local author has been frequenting the library where she works and is proving to be a perfectly fine gentleman?

In this epistolary novel from award-winning author Pepper Basham, bookish dreams and happily-ever-afters collide to create a beautiful sort of magic that’s even better than fiction.

Dear Izzy—I feel certain there’s a book-loving man living relatively nearby waiting to speak bookish to you ’til death do you part. You just haven’t met yet.


". . . an absolutely adorable, charming, sweet romance that genuinely made me laugh out loud. A wonderful escape you’re sure to fall in love with!”

—Courtney Walsh, New York Times bestselling author

"Pepper Basham delivers a delightfully, joyful story brimming with all of the bookish quotes, heart-swooning moments, and the kind of characters who will find their place in your heart."

—Goodreads Reader

“I can’t remember the last time I’ve read such a truly wonderful romance. Basham's Authentically, Izzy was smart, funny, and adorably bookish. I smiled all the way through and finished it with my cheeks hurting."

—Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author

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Pepper Basham


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance "peppered" with grace and humor. Writing both historical and contemporary novels, she loves to incorporate her native Appalachian culture and/or her unabashed adoration of the UK into her stories. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the wife of a fantastic pastor, mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus. 

Connect with Pepper at

Facebook: @pepperdbasham
Instagram: @pepperbasham
Twitter: @pepperbasham
Pinterest: @pepperbasham


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