The Interlude by Lin Stepp


The Interlude by Lin Stepp is the most delightful contemporary Christian novel and part of the Smokey mountain series. I loved it.

The Interlude is a book that you do not so much read as experience. I longed to jump inside its pages. With full descriptions Lin Stepp paints pictures of both landscape and characters enabling the reader to ‘walk’ through the novel.

The characters were wonderfully drawn with realistic flaws and hang ups. They are warm and welcoming, opening their arms to encompass the reader. We travel alongside them as their companion.

Although there are the difficult themes of mental health and suicide, the book is not a gloomy read. The characters have a lighter side to them and have teasing interactions. Mental health issues range from mild to serious. It is always important to seek help and to surround yourself with people with love you and will support you.

There is the theme of trusting God and not leaning on our own understanding. When life is tough we need to make sure our foundations are built on the word of God. If we look to ourselves we will wobble. We need to lean on God at all times.

The church is not a social club where we network. It is a place of refuge where we press into God and where we support each other through life. Neither is the church a building. The church is the people and we carry God wherever we go.

There is a delightful five year old girl in the tale. Her mannerisms and speech have been perfectly captured by Lin Stepp. She is a joy to behold.

Within the novel there is something for everyone to enjoy. A cold case death rubs shoulders with modern day crimes to be solved.

I always adore Lin Stepp’s novels. They entertain, inform and wrap me in love. I can guarantee that when the last page is read, I will be left smiling – and eagerly awaiting the next feel-good novel by Lin Stepp to hit the shelves. You are definitely missing out if you have not read a Lin Stepp novel. Remedy that and buy The Interlude today.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Title: The Interlude
Series: Smoky Mountains #12
Author: Lin Stepp
Publisher: Mountain Hill Press
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2019

In this gentle, inspirational romance, Lin Stepp reveals the healing touch and deep peace the beauty of the Smoky Mountains can bring to a hurt and troubled heart.

Too much work, too much pressure, and too much heartache can lead even a strong young woman like Mallory Wingate to the edge of a nervous breakdown. Now her doctor and employer have insisted she take a space to heal and rest—so like it or not, she’s heading to her grandparents’ resort in the Smoky Mountains. Hoping to sleep and rest on the flight home, Mallory is entertained instead by an unexpectedly charismatic stranger, making her forget many of her problems and even making her feel deliciously female again.

Lucas James, flying home from a pro golfing event, hadn’t expected to enjoy an interlude of flirting with a pretty stranger on the plane. A stranger he never expected to see again but who turns out to be the granddaughter of his boss at The Millhouse Resort. Worse, he quickly learns she’s passed through a recent history of emotional problems that remind him all too painfully of his past wife. The last thing Lucas wants is to get involved with anyone like Cecily again. Surely it won’t be too hard to keep his distance while Mallory is at the resort.

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Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, businesswoman and educator. A New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, Lin now has sixteen published books, including her twelve beloved Smoky Mountain novels set in different locations of the Tennessee and North Carolina mountains, as well as a Smoky Mountain novella in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies. In addition, Lin’s first novel in a new Edisto Trilogy recently released, set on the South Carolina coast. Lin and her husband also write regional guidebooks, including a Smoky Mountain hiking guide and a Tennessee state parks book.  Stepp’s latest 2019 releases are The Interlude, set in the Greenbrier and Pittman Center of the Great Smoky Mountains and Claire at Edisto set at Edisto Beach, South Carolina. Lin enjoys keeping up with her readers on Facebook, Twitter, and through her monthly blog on her website at:

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With Spring Break upon us, author Lin Stepp wants to know: Where do you love to go on vacation – the mountains or the sea? Don’t worry – she’s got a book for you, no matter what you decide! Both books release on April 2, 2019, so pack your virtual bags and head to the destination of your choice. And the beauty of travel-by-novel is… you can easily visit both!

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