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  • Reanne Powell

Authentically Izzy by Pepper Basham

Authentically Izzy is sweet and adorable and an ode to nerdy book lovers everywhere.

Told primarily in emails and text messages, this story follows Isabelle Edgewood and her adventure of online dating, meddlesome cousins, and an unexpected romance with a man across the world who seems too good to be true.

This is a light read with an abundance of literary references. The characters are fun and the romance is sweet. It's the perfect gift for any book lover. (My teenage sister also read it and loved it!)

Contains light Christian themes and clean romance. The miscommunication at the end was a bit annoying for me personally, but it resolves quickly and definitely doesn't take away from the story. All in all, would recommend.


Overall: 4.5/5

Age: 14+

Romance level: 1/5


Find it at your local bookstore or buy it online:

Canada: Paperback - Kindle - Audio

From the back cover:

“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.”

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.


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