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A reclusive academic who would do anything to save her brother. A reluctant spy willing to risk his life to save the woman who broke his heart. Olivia Rakes has the unique gift of observation, which suits her well since she prefers her books over the general populace, but when her brother goes MIA over France, Livy’s unique skills and her determination to save her brother forc A reclusive academic who would do anything to save her brother. A reluctant spy willing to risk his life to save the woman who broke his heart. Olivia Rakes has the unique gift of observation, which suits her well since she prefers her books over the general populace, but when her brother goes MIA over France, Livy’s unique skills and her determination to save her brother force her into a world of espionage, deceit, danger…and the most frightening of all–romance. Agent Christopher Dawson has never forgotten his childhood friend, and first love, Livy Rakes, but since she broke his heart, he’s avoided seeing her for years…until the search for his best friend brings them both together in the most unlikely of ways. In a world where war changes the rules of life and love, can Christopher and Livy work together work together to unveil the mascarade before the enemy catches them?


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A reclusive academic who would do anything to save her brother. A reluctant spy willing to risk his life to save the woman who broke his heart. Olivia Rakes has the unique gift of observation, which suits her well since she prefers her books over the general populace, but when her brother goes MIA over France, Livy’s unique skills and her determination to save her brother forc A reclusive academic who would do anything to save her brother. A reluctant spy willing to risk his life to save the woman who broke his heart. Olivia Rakes has the unique gift of observation, which suits her well since she prefers her books over the general populace, but when her brother goes MIA over France, Livy’s unique skills and her determination to save her brother force her into a world of espionage, deceit, danger…and the most frightening of all–romance. Agent Christopher Dawson has never forgotten his childhood friend, and first love, Livy Rakes, but since she broke his heart, he’s avoided seeing her for years…until the search for his best friend brings them both together in the most unlikely of ways. In a world where war changes the rules of life and love, can Christopher and Livy work together work together to unveil the mascarade before the enemy catches them?

30 review for Façade

  1. 3 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    Pepper Basham takes on an intriguing take of espionage in this novella set in World War II. I don't believe the average person has any idea what went on in this war behind the scenes that saved countless lives. Admirable job in this one from an author I have come to love! I received a complimentary copy of this book which in no way influenced my review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This fast-paced espionage novella is a delightful read, filled with a great combination of danger and romance. This is my first historical read by Pepper Bashum. Even though this story of undercover spies in German occupied France could be serious at times, it was still filled with the witty banter and romance Bashum readers have come to expect in her contemporary novels.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    As always, I LOVED it! Pepper can write ANY sub-genre of Christian fiction and wonderfully pair it with romance! Facade is a fast-paced novella with a sweet romance and tense WWII intrigue plot. The friendship-turned-romance allows for depth and plenty of banter, the development of which is perfectly timed for tension with the spy happenings. It's a must-read for historical romance lovers. Longer review to come.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denise Hershberger

    I just finished this fabulous novella! For so few pages I almost felt I'd read a whole book! I loved the spy world in this book. I've always been intrigued by the men and women who serve as spies and live duplicitous lives. This story had some great surprises and some intense moments that left me wondering how Livy was going to manage. And I fell completely in love with Christopher! I loved his catchphrase he almost always used to announce himself. If you've read Basham's books before then you'l I just finished this fabulous novella! For so few pages I almost felt I'd read a whole book! I loved the spy world in this book. I've always been intrigued by the men and women who serve as spies and live duplicitous lives. This story had some great surprises and some intense moments that left me wondering how Livy was going to manage. And I fell completely in love with Christopher! I loved his catchphrase he almost always used to announce himself. If you've read Basham's books before then you'll be thrilled to know there are closet scenes ;). The romance in this book was perfect. I loved every moment of the love story. But I also enjoyed the elements of suspense! I actually find myself wanting a part two! I received an advanced copy of this novella. But I have also pre-ordered a copy of the collection it will be released in this review is my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Delightfully quirky, completely intriguing, and sweetly romantic! (full review coming soon) I read an advance reader copy of this story. No review was required. The opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Her eyes had always been his downfall - the mirror into the soul she fisted behind books and isolation." Christopher Dawson doesn't know whether or not his heart can survive another encounter with "Livy" Rakes; she broke his heart three years ago with her quickly announced engagement to another man, and like a romantic coward, Christopher fled to join the ranks of "operative" in Britain's elite Special Operations unit; plainly put, he became a spy. Now their country needs Olivia's unique set of "Her eyes had always been his downfall - the mirror into the soul she fisted behind books and isolation." Christopher Dawson doesn't know whether or not his heart can survive another encounter with "Livy" Rakes; she broke his heart three years ago with her quickly announced engagement to another man, and like a romantic coward, Christopher fled to join the ranks of "operative" in Britain's elite Special Operations unit; plainly put, he became a spy. Now their country needs Olivia's unique set of observational skills; she has already been trained, but abruptly returned to a civilian career, experiencing what she considered to be a failed mission after her partner was killed. Olivia Rakes "despised dancing. . . . . What else did she need? . . a pen, pencil, notepad and an Agatha Christie novel . . . . " until the father of her childhood friend persuades her to join him on the dance floor. It's rather obvious Captain Arthur Dawson is after more than social pleasantries, for her eyes soon meet those of a man across the room who still has the magnetism to pull her into a closet for a terse, long overdue conversation. As you might imagine, "Facade" brings a unique blend of romantic tension strung tightly between the tenderest of hearts; and like an accomplished harpist, Pepper Basham plays every note perfectly, in this heart felt, high stakes game of "facade". I received a copy of this novella from the author. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angi G.

    Pepper Basham is proving that she can write in multiple genres and make it look easy. Her latest book (a novella), “Façade” includes action, intrigue, and romance that is dropped into a WWll setting in German-occupied France. When her brother goes missing overseas, Olivia Rakes reluctantly finds herself working with Christopher Dawson, a man from her past. Through danger and espionage, Livy and Christopher must come to terms with each other, ultimately putting their lives as well as their hearts Pepper Basham is proving that she can write in multiple genres and make it look easy. Her latest book (a novella), “Façade” includes action, intrigue, and romance that is dropped into a WWll setting in German-occupied France. When her brother goes missing overseas, Olivia Rakes reluctantly finds herself working with Christopher Dawson, a man from her past. Through danger and espionage, Livy and Christopher must come to terms with each other, ultimately putting their lives as well as their hearts at risk. Strong characters help to build a strong storyline and that’s exactly what Ms. Basham has done with this story. I love Livy’s strength and Christopher’s need to protect her. Another top-notch read from Pepper Basham. *I received a complimentary copy for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky Smith

    From the first chapter, and even the opening line, I was completely engrossed in this story and could not put it down! It is full of intrigue, with breath-holding suspense; and I could almost actually feel the danger that was constantly lurking everywhere. The setting of WW II, the espionage with all of its tools, and the history in & behind this story make this a fascinating read! The twists caught me by surprise! Even though I had hoped for one of them, I had given up that hope it would ha From the first chapter, and even the opening line, I was completely engrossed in this story and could not put it down! It is full of intrigue, with breath-holding suspense; and I could almost actually feel the danger that was constantly lurking everywhere. The setting of WW II, the espionage with all of its tools, and the history in & behind this story make this a fascinating read! The twists caught me by surprise! Even though I had hoped for one of them, I had given up that hope it would happen. The character of Livy is extremely well-developed, being definitely strong & intriguing. I found myself cheering for her and wanting her to succeed. A truly fascinating & fun character! Even the book cover is amazing! This is a well-written story that has only whetted my appetite to hear more!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Pepper Basham takes on World War II and the role of British spies in this one. And what a fantastic ride she takes readers on! With the things we love about Basham’s writing (ahem, those kissing scenes, anyone?) and the addition of the intrigue and action, Façade is a story you have to read! There are so many things I love about this story. The heroine’s abilities and intelligence are fantastic but her naiveté when it comes to matters of the heart makes her likable. The hero is strong and an excel Pepper Basham takes on World War II and the role of British spies in this one. And what a fantastic ride she takes readers on! With the things we love about Basham’s writing (ahem, those kissing scenes, anyone?) and the addition of the intrigue and action, Façade is a story you have to read! There are so many things I love about this story. The heroine’s abilities and intelligence are fantastic but her naiveté when it comes to matters of the heart makes her likable. The hero is strong and an excellent match for Livy. The supporting characters are all enjoyable as well. This may be a novella, but the story pulls you in and latches on until the very last sentence. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Ashley

    I've read a couple of Pepper Basham's contemporary novels and loved them, so I was excited for her new novella set during my favorite time period of World War II. Facade did not disappoint. It was so good and once I reached the middle I could not put it down. There was danger, intrigue, suspense, and such a great romance. I found all the spy stuff super interesting and one of my favorite aspects of the story. Livy and Christopher were wonderful characters. Livy's super relatable and easy to like. I've read a couple of Pepper Basham's contemporary novels and loved them, so I was excited for her new novella set during my favorite time period of World War II. Facade did not disappoint. It was so good and once I reached the middle I could not put it down. There was danger, intrigue, suspense, and such a great romance. I found all the spy stuff super interesting and one of my favorite aspects of the story. Livy and Christopher were wonderful characters. Livy's super relatable and easy to like. And Christopher is just a genuinely good guy, so brave and caring. Facade's a quick, fast-paced read that I enjoyed very much!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Fascade is a great historical novella by Pepper Basham. She has the talent of writing stories from various genres and this time she tackles the World War II era. I enjoyed the suspense, action, adventure, and, of course, the romance. Fascade is most definitely a story not to be missed. I give it 4 1/2 stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    review to come

  13. 3 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    Review coming soon ❤ Review coming soon ❤️

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    As always, Basham exceeded my expectations with an exciting and romantic story set during WWII in German-occupied France. Livy and Christopher have a history together which creates delicious tension and dazzling moments between them. ;-) Fans of this genre will undoubtedly enjoy Façade. It is a fast-paced, hard-to-put-down novella. I received a complimentary copy from the author but was not required to write a review. I pre-ordered the book, as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Millet

    Espionage, romance, suspense. What a page-turner this novella was! I was immediately swept up in Pepper Basham’s historical novella set against WWII. Everything Pepper’s written I’ve adored, and this is no different. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    Pepper Basham has just moved right to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her books are just that good. She writes some of the best characters. Characters that are sure to stick with you for a long time. Likeable characters. Memorable characters. Just plain awesome characters. She also writes the best novellas. They never feel too rushed, too short, or incomplete. Her pacing is perfect. Facade is such an interesting story. It is full of intrigue and spying and it has one of my favorite story Pepper Basham has just moved right to the top of my list of favorite authors. Her books are just that good. She writes some of the best characters. Characters that are sure to stick with you for a long time. Likeable characters. Memorable characters. Just plain awesome characters. She also writes the best novellas. They never feel too rushed, too short, or incomplete. Her pacing is perfect. Facade is such an interesting story. It is full of intrigue and spying and it has one of my favorite story lines- friends first! I loved how Livy and Christopher worked together as spies to try and save her brother. I loved their banter. The romance was perfectly paced and totally believable. I loved Livy’s unique character. She has a gift of observing minute details. Details that most of us would miss and then, she is able to put those observances all together to see things and come to conclusions that most of us would not - umm....except when it comes to romance! Poor heartbroken Christopher! Livy unknowingly broke his heart and now he has to pretend they are engaged to save her brother. I loved Christopher! (Are you sensing a theme here? 😉). He was genuinely kind, caring, and perfect for Livy! Obviously, I am highly recommending this fast paced suspenseful novella! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Winnie

    I always enjoy picking up a Pepper Basham book, because I know I’m in for a treat. Whether it be historical fiction or contemporary, she knows how to draw me in and keep me reading. Of course, it helps that there’s always some romance thrown in. Well, make that a LOT of romance thrown in. With a setting in England and France during World War II, a quirky heroine and dashing hero, and a spying mission to perform, this book is entertaining and captivating. The characters are vividly drawn and ende I always enjoy picking up a Pepper Basham book, because I know I’m in for a treat. Whether it be historical fiction or contemporary, she knows how to draw me in and keep me reading. Of course, it helps that there’s always some romance thrown in. Well, make that a LOT of romance thrown in. With a setting in England and France during World War II, a quirky heroine and dashing hero, and a spying mission to perform, this book is entertaining and captivating. The characters are vividly drawn and endearing, and there’s plenty of intrigue, suspense, and heart-stopping adventure. Although this is a novella, it’s well-developed and fleshed out, and feels like a longer book. I would recommend this to those who enjoy clean historical reads. This book was included in a purchased collection called Timeless Love: Romantic Stories That Span the Ages, but the stories have also been published separately.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    This is a quirky fun novella. As with all of Ms. Basham's books to date she creates great dialogue, interesting characters with a sweet romance. This intriguing novella is set during WWII with a spy espionage plot. It moves along at a nice pace, not too fast or slow. There were some surprises that had me holding my breath wondering how Livy was going to get herself out of situations. This is a novella that is apart of the Timeless Love Collection. Look for my upcoming review of all the books in t This is a quirky fun novella. As with all of Ms. Basham's books to date she creates great dialogue, interesting characters with a sweet romance. This intriguing novella is set during WWII with a spy espionage plot. It moves along at a nice pace, not too fast or slow. There were some surprises that had me holding my breath wondering how Livy was going to get herself out of situations. This is a novella that is apart of the Timeless Love Collection. Look for my upcoming review of all the books in the collection.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Cindy Nipper

    FAÇADE by Pepper D. Basham Definitely not my preferred genre, but an exciting spy book!  It has a war, time period, like I enjoy, but very little to do with war, with the exception of the enemies they come into contact with!

  20. 3 out of 5

    Debbie

    I had a bit of difficulty getting into this book because I am so used to reading books based back in the 1800s or even earlier. But I decided the author deserved my attention and didn't give up. I'm so glad I didn't. The characters are well-devloped and the plot so interesting and well researched. I really liked the H/h both. The descriptions of the characters, scenes and all was very nice and brought you right into the whole book like you were really there. I believe you would like this book an I had a bit of difficulty getting into this book because I am so used to reading books based back in the 1800s or even earlier. But I decided the author deserved my attention and didn't give up. I'm so glad I didn't. The characters are well-devloped and the plot so interesting and well researched. I really liked the H/h both. The descriptions of the characters, scenes and all was very nice and brought you right into the whole book like you were really there. I believe you would like this book and it can stand on it's own. Pick up a copy. Enjoy! I purchased this novella through Amazon as part of the Timeless Love: Romantic Stories That Span The Ages collection and I leave my review voluntarily.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McDaniel

    My fangirl levels have reached soaring heights with this gem of a story! Seriously, Pepper D. Basham continually impresses me with her storytelling. I'm going to gush and gush about this beauty, Facade. Intrigue, romance, awesome spy gadgets <- I mean how cool is that! I LOVED the main characters and their tender-yet fun-banter. Livy had a unique gift of perception, which was invaluable to the war effort, but past failure was a tight fist around her confidence. It was endearing watching Chris My fangirl levels have reached soaring heights with this gem of a story! Seriously, Pepper D. Basham continually impresses me with her storytelling. I'm going to gush and gush about this beauty, Facade. Intrigue, romance, awesome spy gadgets <- I mean how cool is that! I LOVED the main characters and their tender-yet fun-banter. Livy had a unique gift of perception, which was invaluable to the war effort, but past failure was a tight fist around her confidence. It was endearing watching Christopher balance the desire to shield the woman he loved from the horrors of WWII with his innate propensity of helping her destroy her self-doubt. But the way for her to erase the fear was to walk right into the throes of war. Espionage. Watching their love blossom even in the most severe, nerve-wracking situations was intriguing! It was fast-paced to be sure, but it read like a full novel. The characters had depth. The plot consisted of twists and turns, leaving me guessing what would happen next. (Noticed I used "watching" several times, because that's what it felt like. This story reeled like a motion picture in my head!) I'm charmed. I'm heart-struck. I'm keeping this author on my reading radar! *I received a copy from the author. My opinions are my own.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Sandra

    Façade was my first read by Pepper D. Basham and I really liked it. It had just enough romance and mystery into it to make it enjoyable summer reading that was not too intense. I would have liked to read it a little faster than I did and maybe in two to three sittings, but it was just not that kind of a summer for me. I look forward to reading others by Pepper and I would highly recommend her books to others. Characters are interesting and well-developed, the plot moved along smoothly and the st Façade was my first read by Pepper D. Basham and I really liked it. It had just enough romance and mystery into it to make it enjoyable summer reading that was not too intense. I would have liked to read it a little faster than I did and maybe in two to three sittings, but it was just not that kind of a summer for me. I look forward to reading others by Pepper and I would highly recommend her books to others. Characters are interesting and well-developed, the plot moved along smoothly and the story ended well.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Andrea

    Better than Bond! Oh how I loved this spy adventure! Olivia Rakes is reluctant to re-enter the world of espionage. When her childhood friend, Agent Christopher Dawson tells her that her brother has been captured, she goes on the mission to rescue him. She discovers that Christopher loves her and much to her surprise, she loves him! There are great spy gadgets, hidden guns, blades, suicide pills and more. The kissing scenes are fabulous! *Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited

  24. 3 out of 5

    Marie

    I enjoyed the book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    Danger, intrigue, undercover spies... all written by Pepper Basham. It can’t be anything but good! Both main characters were wonderfully portrayed and the plot was excellent.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is the first book that I have read by this author! I really enjoyed this novella! It was a fun and interesting read! I love the historical romance in this book! This book kept me interested from the first few pages and I will definitely be reading more from this author!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Facade by Pepper D. Basham is a petit four. A dainty yet rich confection that you can pop right into your mouth or nibble. Although petit fours parade a variety of flavors, this petit four would be dipped in dark chocolate with perhaps a chipotle-inspired cake within. When Livy is approached to join an espionage group formed to fight the Nazis, she comes face to face with her childhood friend, Christopher. Time has not changed the bond that they bot On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Facade by Pepper D. Basham is a petit four. A dainty yet rich confection that you can pop right into your mouth or nibble. Although petit fours parade a variety of flavors, this petit four would be dipped in dark chocolate with perhaps a chipotle-inspired cake within. When Livy is approached to join an espionage group formed to fight the Nazis, she comes face to face with her childhood friend, Christopher. Time has not changed the bond that they both remember, but something new sparks between them. Under the guise of engaged couple, they risk their lives and their newfound love to save captured pilots. The characters leap off the page from the very beginning, and I grinned as I related to Livy's dislike of large, showy social gatherings. This whirlwind romance spun through dangerous nail-biting moments to heart-stopping kissing scenes. I also appreciated that their bravery came with a cost. For the record, I am quite taken with one spy gadget that Livy uses at the climax of the story...you'll know it when you see it. If you love history, romance, and good kisses, Facade is for you.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan L. Tuttle

    I was immediately pulled into this book from the very first page. I loved the intrigue that Basham added into her story, using the background of spies during the war as her setting. You could tell she'd done her research which only enriched the characters' stories. As I've come to expect, her plot moved a pace that kept me flipping pages. Between her leads' chemistry and the mission they'd embarked on, I couldn't wait to see what happened next. They were definitely two people I rooted for on man I was immediately pulled into this book from the very first page. I loved the intrigue that Basham added into her story, using the background of spies during the war as her setting. You could tell she'd done her research which only enriched the characters' stories. As I've come to expect, her plot moved a pace that kept me flipping pages. Between her leads' chemistry and the mission they'd embarked on, I couldn't wait to see what happened next. They were definitely two people I rooted for on many levels. She balanced romance with a hint of suspense. Created a strong female lead and paired her well with the right man for her. And snuck in a few lighthearted moments as well. All-in-all this novella was a lovely read that reminded me of why I've come to enjoy Basham's books so much. ***I received an advanced copy of this book and was in no way compensated or compelled to write a review. All opinions given are my own.***

  29. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Facade by Pepper Basham is a novella about World War II and the Resistance in occupied France. If anything piques my interest it is spying in WWII. Facade reminded me of a documentary I watched recently about how the British trained people for the Resistance. This novella had so many interesting facts incorporated in it about how the Resistance operated. The romance was one of my favorite plot types: Childhood friends who had a misunderstanding and met later to work together on a problem. Livy an Facade by Pepper Basham is a novella about World War II and the Resistance in occupied France. If anything piques my interest it is spying in WWII. Facade reminded me of a documentary I watched recently about how the British trained people for the Resistance. This novella had so many interesting facts incorporated in it about how the Resistance operated. The romance was one of my favorite plot types: Childhood friends who had a misunderstanding and met later to work together on a problem. Livy and Christopher were childhood chums. Circumstances led them on different paths. Due to the War, they find themselves in France, posing as an engaged couple. They get in a few sticky situations, but they are trained operatives. Can they get past old hurts and reach their goal? Pepper has a thing for closets in each story that I have read by her. You won’t want to miss the closet scene in this one! The romance sizzles! Hang on for a bumpy ride with an exciting conclusion. * I purchased thus ebook from Amazon. All opinions are my own.*

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    A handsome spy. A brillantly, gifted educator. Missing Allied pilots. Christopher Dawson is on a mission to gather information and rescue soldiers who have fallen into enemy hands. Olivia Rakes wants nothing to do with the war, especially those who want to exploit her gifts of audio and visual observation and recollection. But when her beloved brother, Charlie, goes missing behind enemy lines she seizes the opportunity to rescue him. As she and Christopher dodge bullets and play cat-and-mouse wi A handsome spy. A brillantly, gifted educator. Missing Allied pilots. Christopher Dawson is on a mission to gather information and rescue soldiers who have fallen into enemy hands. Olivia Rakes wants nothing to do with the war, especially those who want to exploit her gifts of audio and visual observation and recollection. But when her beloved brother, Charlie, goes missing behind enemy lines she seizes the opportunity to rescue him. As she and Christopher dodge bullets and play cat-and-mouse with a shrewd enemy, Livy discovers her heart belongs to a man she can't live without. Is choosing the greater good worth the sacrifice of her heart? With the enemy closing in will she even have a choice? Swoon-worthy, romantic, adventure by inspirational, story-artist, Pepper Basham! I read Facade in the Timeless Love multi-author compilation.

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