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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2023

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The world could do with a little more kindness and positivity and random acts of singing, don’t you think?

Dear reader,

My name is Penelope, and while I may not be a real-life princess, I’ve been told I possess a certain fairy-tale heroine quality. I wield optimism as my weapon of choice, don amazing shoes and vintage hats whenever possible, and speak in musical references. All of which perfectly qualifies me to succeed in my new role as a marketing intern at the historic Darling House theater on the island of Skymar.

Only . . . it seems this internship position is going to be a LOT bigger than I thought. The Gray family, who owns the theater, has been stuck in a rut of darkness ever since the loss of their matriarchs. Now all that’s left is a dying theater, a reclusive grandfather, three siblings, and an adorable seven-year-old girl who desperately needs some pixie-dust magic.

So that’s what this story is about. My plans to save the theater! (Plans that, somehow, keep being stolen by a local competitor.) And an anonymous online theater troupe. And two single brothers who may be vying for this American girl’s heart . . . until they’re not (or maybe they just want me for my ideas too). And a dream job offer that will require me to make a truly heart-wrenching decision.

I may not excel at finishing stories, but I promise to see this one through to its happily ever after.



  • Charming contemporary romance
  • Perfect for fans of Dear Mr. Knightley and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

The world could do with a little more kindness and positivity and random acts of singing, don’t you think?

Dear reader,

My name is Penelope, and while I may not be a real-life princess, I’ve been told...

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I was really looking forward to this book after having read Authentically Izzy last fall. I think Positively Penelope is even better. It helps to read Authentically Izzy first, since Basham doesn’t waste any time in this new book to introduce the country of Skymar or the relationships between Izzy, Luke, Penelope, and Josephine. Once again, I had a horrible time putting the book down, laughed hysterically, and stayed up way too late to finish it. I loved it, and I do hope Basham writes one for Luke now!

"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own." #PositivelyPenelope #NetGalley

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this was a great romance novel, it had what I was hoping for when looking at the description. I really enjoyed the characters and their romance aspects. It worked well overall and I enjoyed the way the author wrote this. Pepper Basham does a great job in telling the story and keeping me invested. I can't wait to read more from Pepper Basham.

"People made a great deal of sacrifices for what and who they loved. For their dreams.An uncomfortable ache gnawed in his chest. He’d once thrived on dreams. Music, laughter, loyalty, family, love. But piece by piece his world had fallen apart and, well, he wasn’t certain what to believe in anymore, except his slow-growing faith, Iris, and his family."

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This book is a positive delight from the first line to the last. I adored Penelope in Izzy's book and she screamed for her own book, so I couldn't wait to dive into the pages of this novel. On my goodness, it was a true, laugh out loud joy to read this book. The story was filled with twists and hiccups, but there was such delight and fun. And fairy tales. And princesses. And Julie Andrews. Gene Kelly. All the things I adore. In one place. And such fun. And the kissing. Pepper does enjoy writing kissing books. I highly recommend this sweet, fun, romantic romp of a book. It was wonderful!

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Penelope's sister, Izzy, met her soul-mate in the island kingdom of Skymar. Now Penelope is doing an internship there for her college degree. She is working toward a career in theater production and this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Her introduction to the country of Skymar was less than stellar and her first impression was a bit off-putting. Never-the-less, the intrepid Penelope is not going to let those curmudgeonly vibes dampen her spirits nor her ideas for helping the theater she has been assigned to help. Through her work, she helps Grandpa Gray find his feet again, she helps Matthias Gray overcome his deeply imbedded pain, and she brings the family's theater back to life, all while sprinkling her brand of pixie dust over everything.

Pepper Basham has written a very non-formulaic romance novel that is laugh-out-loud hilarious. I would guess that 90% of the novel is epistolary through the media of text messages and emails. The reader has to get over halfway through before there is any real narration to the story. She has included overt, dastardly villains; and some sneaky villains who are a bit more clandestine with their shenanigans. There are a couple of mystery characters that are hard to figure out but whose identities are revealed later on in the book. They all add to the warp and weft of the book to make a cohesive story come to life. Penelope's "never say die" attitude is one of the most endearing aspects to the book and her work ethic in bringing the theater back to its former glory are something to behold. The float in the parade was the cherry on top of the sundae that was Penelope's magic.

This is a fun, five star book, with two thumbs up, and a parade float that will take you straight to Narnia.

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This follow up to Authentically, Izzy was perfect! I’m not even a huge lover of musicals, but this book had me *almost* wanting to hum along! We met Penelope in the first book, but not like this. She is all sunshine, sweetness, and sassiness and if her brand of optimism could be bottled, the world would be a lovelier place! Penelope took Skymar by storm and no one was safe from her charms, especially Matt and his adorable daughter, Iris! The only problem with this book is that it ended!

I was given an advanced copy of this book and all opinions are expressly my own.

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Authentically Izzy was my favorite book from last year so I had high expectations for this. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. Penelope is at first a lot to take in with her big personality and childish optimism. But as the story unfolds, you get to know her for who she is, and soon wish you had more of her traits.

I loved all the musical references! And Audrey Hepburn quotes!

Huge Thank You to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read this ARC!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Positively delightful!!! I seriously could get lost in a world of never ending stories between Izzy, Penelope, Luke and Josephine. These characters are so much fun! Their texts and emails to each other are a hoot, in addition to being loving family correspondence. From the bookish Izzy to the musical theatre and positively fashionable Penelope, I can hardly wait for Luke's story.

"I've found that leading with positivity is a great way to face any situation in life, even if my older siblings doubt my logic." "Don't get me wrong. I'm not a leader. But I am a...what's a good description? An encourager with an innate herding impulse? LOL."

Penelope is a force to be reckoned with her positive attitude, her singing, her fabulous ideas, her hard work, her baking skills, and her ability to see potential in everything and everyone. There is no one quite like her and she earns the love of many in this foreign island of Skymar where is is completing her internship. She loves fairy tales and suddenly finds herself having fairy tale moments with some of the sweetest people. I fell in love with Penelope, the Gray's, especially the-at-first-grumpy Matthias, his sweet, sweet daughter Iris, and Grandpa Gray.

Royalty, dancing, romance, mystery, villains, family history, the importance of community, and a ball! Such a delightful story, and I absolutely loved all the Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn and Gene Kelly references!

I highly recommend Positively Penelope (and you must read or listen to Authentically Izzy first).
Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own. I can't wait for my preordered copy to arrive for a special place on my keeper shelf.

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As a fan of Izzy, I had high hopes for Penelope, and I was not disappointed. The characters in this book make you wish you knew them in real life. And the positively quirkiness of Penelope is so endearing.
I love that Pepper writes beautifully hilarious rom-com books that you want to read over and over again.

Thank you netgalley for the arc copy!

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I think that this was absolutely perfect. I couldn't have enjoyed it more. This was as good. I loved it.
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This book was such fun! I needed this!
I enjoy a cute read, and this one met my expectations all the way!
I read this book in one afternoon!
I could not put it down!
These young ladies have quite the story to tell.
The girls are such a delight to get to know through texts, letters, and emails!
This title made my soul feel full and satisfied.
Fans of Izzy will be sure to delight in Penelope's story, too!
Penelope is a friend that you definitely don't want to let go of!
My favorite thing about this book was the humor that Basham adds throughout the novel. My other favorite thing is the bond that these young ladies have. Something that I've yearned for all my life, and I love finding it through books like these.
Thank you, Ms. Basham for bringing that joy to life once more!
5 stars for a job well done!
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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"Love is worth it all".

What a beautiful and absolutely wonderful story from start to finish! If it's even possible, I love this book even more than Authentically, Izzy. The happiness and hope and love spilled over every page and I never wanted to put it down. Can I give 10 stars?

Please tell me there is a story coming soon for our favorite brother Luke? I'll be first in line.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Pepper Basham has done it again! This was an absolute delight. The plot was well-paced and captivating from start to finish. The characters were charming and witty. I highly recommend this fun and quick read! Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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Ahhhh, one of my favourite trios is back!! I didn’t think it was possible after loving Izzy’s story so much, but I loved Penelope’s story even more!

From the prologue alone, I was grinning like crazy. In fact, the entire book had me laughing so hard that a couple family members checked in to make sure I was okay. Just peachy & reading top-notch humour. Seriously, if you need a spoonful of sugar & laughter — read this book!

A few of my favourite highlights being…

✨ The humour
✨ The classic movie references
✨ “Did you just turn Chris Pine into an adjective?”
✨ Alllll the Julie Andrews’ references
✨ Luke in protective big brother mode & showing up for Penelope. (And just Luke in general, haha!)
✨ Grumpy-Sunshine
✨ Iris!
✨ Penelope’s “Mary Poppins” bag… this is so me 😂
✨ Matt calling Penelope, “the pixie”
✨ No love triangles, miscommunications, or third act breakups!

But for all the laughs, it wasn’t fluffy or mindless. It was heartfelt with a giggle — amusing and yet woven together with deep, thoughtful themes. It’s a story about friendship, community, family & belonging, dealing with grief, and the meaning of true love (being that you shouldn’t have to change yourself to make yourself acceptable to others). And of course, the power of a little “magic.” 😉

All I can say is that I loved every minute of this book, it gave me a dose of laughter & sunshine just when I needed it, and I cannot wait for Luke’s story next! 😍

*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

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These books are so dreamy and I never want them to end! Penelope is such a great character and someone you instantly want to be friends with. She has such joy and exuberance inside of her. Grandpa Gray is another fascinating character as well as Iris! Gosh, I can't say enough good things about this book and hope the author has the next one out as soon as possible.

Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

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