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The Thorn Keeper - Penned in Time Book 2- Pepper Basham

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Rating
★★★★★(Yes there are 6 stars)
"Heaven help me, you taste like Christmas!" (More Info)

I have decided to create a NEW rating category for my blog. Because this book has surpassed all the others this year. And I can, so why not? 

From the Back of the Book
With her newfound faith, Catherine Dougall hopes to take the remnants of her threadbare life and make something beautiful, even if society shuns every choice she makes. Dr. David Ross must save his war hospital from ruin, but when his notorious aunt makes an offer he can't refuse, he must choose between his surprising affection for a reformed flirt or his dreams. From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who never forgets his children and fashions beauty out of the most broken things.

My Thoughts
If you were to ask me right now, what my favorite book of the year is...I would mumble and grunt for a few minutes and then rattle off a list of at least 10 books. But without a doubt, The Thorn Keeper will be at the top of the list.

The Thorn Keeper posses a certain eloquence that enraptures you from the very beginning. I can't count the number of times that I had tears in my eyes as I read (tearing up right now in fact, thinking about the message of this story), or squealed with delight, or wanted to purse whomp someone, and there was one instance that I was in such shock, I literally felt like I was going to hurl. Out of all the books that I have read this year, The Thorn Keeper is the one that touched the depth of my soul in a way that completely turned my world upside down. The romance is so sweet and quite passionate (all clean of course), but that only scratches the surface of the content of the book.

Whether through decisions in our past or reasons unknown to us, sometimes we have been given difficulties that we have to walk through. We would not recommend making those choices and hope that others are spared the pain and suffering we have endured. Yet even though it is hard, we would not be the people we are today if we had not gone through it. God has brought us through the valley...Not so that we can look over our shoulder and long to be back on the other side, but to look forward and press onwards. Do not let your dreams be forgotten along the way. Even if it doesn't seem as if they can or will ever come true. If God has placed a dream in your heart, never let go of it. Whether it is ministry, missions, art, dance, fashion or family.

In conclusion, I would have to say that Pepper Basham's books are among the best I have ever read. Filled with hard lessons and real life, balanced with passion and faith. Only a very talented author can take someone whom I despised in book one, bring them to redemption, and within 36 pages of the book they find a way to worm their way into my heart. Catherine and David's journey of discovering true love is so very tender. When life throws them a curveball, will they rely on their own strength to make it through, or will they trust in the love of the Father to carry them? In order to truly understand and appreciate Catherine and David's history, I highly recommend reading The Thorn Bearer first (which is another favorite of mine). The Thorn Healer releases this December! You will find the link to add to Goodreads below.

I purchased a print copy of The Thorn Keeper for my personal enjoyment. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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About the Author
Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader's Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and most recently a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. You can get to know Pepper on her website, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer's Alley.

More Books by Pepper

The Thorn Bearer Penned in Time Book 1

Coming December 2016
The Thorn Healer - Penned in Time Book 3
Jessica Ross' scars run much deeper than the wounds of war. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past and the German influence on her nightmares, she returns home to the sleepy Appalachian town of Hot Springs, NC, only to find the renowned Mountain Park Hotel has been converted into a 'prison' for displaced Germans. To Jessica's dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of the treacherous internees.


  1. yay! yay! yay! I LOVE YOUR NEW RATING!! Yes that was in all caps because I all capped in my head when I said it ;)

    A thousand times yes to everything you said in this beautifully done review, my friend. This one has such a range of emotions that just reach inside the heart and grab you. One of my very faves <3

  2. Oh Rachel!!Oh oh Rachel!!! I am so touched by this review!!! This story is so close to my heart. I see my heart so much like Catherine's- wandering, in need of rescue, and constantly doubting how loved I am by the Perfect Lover of my Soul!! Catherine's beautiful transformation touches my heart EVERY time I read it!!! And David is her perfect match. THANK YOU THANK YOU for this!! Readers cannot know the sweet joy of knowing how much your words touch our hearts when our words somehow touch yours!!

    1. Oh Pepper!!! Thank YOU...For writing what flows from your heart and soul. And as a reader I can tell you, when a book touches the innermost parts of who I am, it is like you wrote the book for ME and there is nothing sweeter. <3

  3. I have tears rolling down my cheek just from reading your review! I loved Thorn Bearer, but haven't read this one yet. Will have to fix that very soon! (Like, before Thorn Healer :-) )

    1. Ooh trust me...there are more tears to come! YES! Read it soon he he!

    2. Oh boy!!! Fiction Aficionado - In my humble opinion, TTK is better than TTB...but I'm completely and unashamedly BIASED!

  4. WONDERFUL REVIEW! I SOOOOO Agree!! Pepper is amazing! Her books.. and The Thorn Keeper! Catherine Dougall is my FAVORITE character (surprising, since I didn't like her that much in TTB) in this series, and TTK may be my favorite one so far. However, I will wait until I can read the full series from beginning to end AGAIN to decide on that. *wink. (I know, despicable. making up excuses to read it again...)

    1. When Carrie told me that I would change my mind about Catherine, I didn't believe her...But WOW!!! Yes, she is one of my forever favorites! Hehe, I get to read the whole series quite close together hehe!

    2. No excuse is required to reread Pepper's books!

    3. HAHA!! Rachel and Annie!! I love rereading these books - though I cringe at some of the things I'd like to fix, there are sooooo many things I LOVE. I was delighted to bring Cathrine and David back into book 3 for a short snippet. Seeing them in their married bliss is so much fun!!

    4. I LOVE that part when Catherine joins in on The Thorn Healer!

    5. It is like me looking at the paintings I have done...if I changed that here...etc haha! Ahhh can't wait for TTH!!!!

    6. It is like me looking at the paintings I have done...if I changed that here...etc haha! Ahhh can't wait for TTH!!!!

  5. I liked that you have a 6 star rating! It must really mean an exceptional book! A great review on the Thorn Keeper.... Linda B

    1. This is the first one to get 6! Definitely deserves it. Thank you for stopping by!

    2. This is the first one to get 6! Definitely deserves it. Thank you for stopping by!


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