Pepper D. BashamVinspire Publishing / 2016 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$15.935 out of 5 stars for The Thorn Healer. View reviews of this product. 11 Reviews
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Crystal5 Stars Out Of 5A Love Story That Will Overwhelm & Intoxicate!July 12, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Jessica Ross has returned from serving as a nurse on the front lines in WWI to her hometown of Hot Springs, NC, bearing physical scars, anger, and mistrust after witnessing the horrors of war brought on by the Germans. Much to her disdain, a temporary camp has been set up in town to house German men until the war is over. Although her grandparents have formed a bond with one of the internees- August Reinhold- Jessica is bent on holding onto her bitterness and anger seeing August in the same light as her ruthless captors during the war. Through his friendship with her grandparents, August has fallen in love with Jessica as they have shared her letters from overseas. After meeting her in person, August is determined more than ever to sway Jessicas affections by showering her with tenderness, gentleness, and care letting Jessica see the man he truly is instead of the monstrous image Jessica has undeservedly cast him as.
Once again Basham has given readers a beautiful love story! Augusts tenderness and gentleness as he tries to show Jessica his true nature was a pleasure to experience as he slowly disassembles the walls Jessica has built around her heart. And what sweet expressions of love he shares with her! Every woman wants to hear her beau proclaim that he is overwhelmed and intoxicated by her love and affection! Great romance!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Restoration and RomanceApril 4, 2017eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love a novel that opens with a quotable, a "truth universally acknowledged," if you will. So when I began Pepper Basham's latest and read the first two lines, I was irrevocably hooked: "Wounded men came home war heroes. Wounded women, spinsters." I expected to be drawn in from the first chapter because I have read her books before and they never disappoint, but after those words, I found it hard to put the book down and my wildest expectations for this book were shattered.
The characters in this book really engaged my emotions and sympathies. Perhaps it is because both are wounded and held prisoner by people and things beyond their control. August finds himself in a camp because of his nationality and bad timing while Jessica is held hostage by memories and the actions of a man she thought she could trust. And while the primary characters remain the focus, the secondary ones are also realistic and engaging, especially the children; they spoke to my heart, of a childlike faith and trust in God, even when it seems the worst situation has become reality.
For me, the theme of restoration blessed my soul as I read of another's brokenness and halting progress toward healing. The picture of broken and scarred things becoming stronger and more beautiful as they are restored under careful hands is a beautiful depiction of God's care and concern with His world-weary children. The enemy would have us believe we are abandoned, but God is right there, waiting to put us back together again if we will allow it.
I have enjoyed Ms. Basham's books before, but this one is my favorite so far. Great historical detail and a unique setting provide the backdrop for excellent storytelling. The compelling plot and true to life characters combine with just a hint of mystery and suspense, making for an irresistible romance that I highly recommend to those who enjoy historical romance or stories set during WWI. Really, a reader can't go wrong with anything written by Pepper Basham and her books are perennial favorites on my own keeper shelf!
I received a free copy of this book from the author but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
oktobemeOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful ReadMarch 30, 2017oktobemeOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An outstanding book!
cameracourt5 Stars Out Of 5Emotional depth, redemption, and love blend together in the wonderful conclusion of this historical series.March 29, 2017cameracourtQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Only read this story if you are prepared to engage every emotion known to man because you become so invested in these characters hearts. Examples include tension, fear, joy, uncertainty, and brokenness that turns to healing, ALL of which are bound in exquisite hope. The hope found in acceptance, family, love, and most of all, the hope found in Christ.
Jessica Ross has been an important, though secondary, part of 2 previous books in this series. With The Thorn Healer, her story is told fabulously. (note: this book can be read as a standalone!). She is instantly likable with her fun, feisty attitude and numerous scars just below the surface. She journeys through so much reminding her how much uncertainty one can face in life, AND how a sense of wholeness only comes through surrender to God. On top of that, she faces her own prejudices and understandable challenges when encountering August and his German countrymen in her hometown just after the catastrophes of WWI. And boy does she put up a fight facing down those issues! Talk about witty dialogue :).
While were discussing August, let me just mention how hes the perfect opposites-attract and most unexpected complimentary hero for Jessica. He catches her off guard with his honesty and strength of faith. As Jessica notes at one point, an apt description for him is a quiet fighter (ch 8). And the romance that eventually transpires between these two is signature Pepper with its spark, sweetness, and poignancy. As Pepper has said before, Augusts character demonstrates wonderfully the unconditional love of Christ for His bride.
This is a beautiful drama that explores much more than a romance or the aftermath of WWI. Instead, it delves deep into a story of faith, of the reminder that scars have little power over forgiveness, that God is the source of steadfast hope, and that fulfilling love is sometimes unexpected in its wholeness and form.
There are so many facets I could further discuss about this story. Like the supporting characters and their humor, or the historically accurate (and fascinating!) setting and events that take place in small town Appalachia, or the glimpse of favorite characters from a previous story, or the beauty of the LETTERS exchanged between certain parties. Or even the hold-your-breath ending. But I will leave you with this plea: read this series from Pepper. You will be blessed by its stories of faith and love.
Thank you to Vinspire Publishing and SLB for the complimentary review copy of this book. This is my honest review.
T. Robertson5 Stars Out Of 5The Thorn HealerMarch 29, 2017T. RobertsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My new favorite book!! I really didn't want the story to end. I absolutely loved taking this journey with Jessica & August!
This book truly has it all. Strong female lead character, a dashing man who's not afraid of a challenge, adorable tender moments, moments of pure laughter and joy, moments of heartache and tears, strong family bonds, a tight-knit community and most importantly a strong love of God and trust in Him!
I strongly encourage you to read this book, you won't be disappointed!
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