cover image Authentically, Izzy

Authentically, Izzy

Pepper Basham. Thomas Nelson, $16.99 trade paper (434p) ISBN 978-0-8407-1498-5

A long-distance romance anchors this cute contemporary from Basham (The Heart of the Mountains). Izzy Edgewood hasn’t had much luck with dating, but she’s content with her quiet, small-town life, surrounded by books and her dog. Though Izzy is initially wary of using the online dating profile her cousin made for her, she logs on after an underwhelming blind date and starts corresponding with Brodie, who shares her love of The Lord of the Rings. Believing that he’s too good to be true, Izzy suspects her cousin of concocting Brodie and pretending to be interested in her to boost her confidence, but Izzy keeps talking to him and discovers that he’s real and lives in Europe. “Life is too precious to hesitate when God offers the opportunity for something even better than what we imagine,” Izzy decides, determining to embrace her feelings for Brodie despite the distance between them. When they finally meet in person, it’s charmingly awkward, but they develop a strong connection that enables them to navigate the complexities of a long distance relationship and deal with their emotional baggage. Basham primarily tells her story through emails, texts, and dating app messages, a quirky approach that complements the adorable leads. Filled with humor and grace, this is perfect for fans of Denise Hunter. (Nov.)