It’s universally known that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, right? But guess what, I found the exception! Pepper Basham’s The Thorn Healer’s stunning cover equivalently matches the beautiful and heart-warming story.
Here’s the Blurb:
Jessica Ross’ scars run much deeper than the wounds of a world at 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 and, much to Jessica’s dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of them.
August Reinhold has not only found kinship with Jessica’s grandparents, but as they share their granddaughter’s letters from the Front, he discovers a surprising bond drawing him toward the independent and beautiful woman. Displaced by a war and a painful history, he find Hot Springs and the intriguing, Jessica Ross, a tempting place to start over. Determined to scale the heights of her bitterness and show her the power of love, August faces more than just Jessica’s resistance, but a more devious design to harm the civilian sailors housed in Hot Springs.
Will August’s tender pursuit show Jessica the healing and hope she needs, or will bitterness force her into the hands of a ‘true’ enemy waiting to destroy much more than her heart?
Starting from page one, I was wonderfully swept into the gorgeous setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains. But to me, I was more captivated by the complex character of Jessica Ross. Being a nurse at the warfront of WWI, she’d been exposed to death, hatred, and every sort of evil that lies beyond the battlefield. The scars on her body are not comparable to the ones scored on her heart. Layers of bitterness stretched across her soul, but God’s grace outspreads the hardened depths.
August’s character was well-developed and genuine. He encountered prejudice at every turn, yet his spirits never fatigued. Very inspiring. His gentle yet confident nature stole every scene, leaving me championing for a blossoming romance between him and Jessica.
Yes there were some extremely emotional parts, but there were also moments of humor shining through engaging banter. As the story progressed spiritual gems unearthed, leaving me refreshed and strengthened. The scarlet thread of love’s healing power and residual fortitude is woven throughout the pages, and somehow wrapped around my heart.
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 a finalist in ACFW’s 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, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, or her author Facebook page where you can sign-up for her newsletter.
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*I was provided a copy of The Thorn Healer. All opinions are my own.