(Blog tour & Giveaway!) Touching! The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham

 

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Series: Penned in Time
Genre: Fiction,
Historical, Romance, Christian
Publisher: Vinespire PublishingPublication
date:
 December 6, 2016

Number of
pages:
 327 
Fiction,
Historical, Romance, Christian



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.



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 finds 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 bring
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?

 
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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, Facebook, Instagram,
or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.
 
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1. Holiday – Christmas

2. Cookie – Preacher Cookies (aka chocolate/oatmeal no bakes)

3. Date option – Nice dinner and then the local bookstore…maybe ending with a stroll through the park
or drive through the mountains

4. Tea – sweet, warm or cool

5. Vacation location – UK….EVERY time!

6. Animal – wolf, followed quickly by labs

7. Scripture – (One of my favorites) Ephesians 3:14-19

8. Chocolate – ALL, but I guess my favorite is dark

9. Restaurant – I really like Carrabas, but I’m open for a new favorite

10. Book genre – romance…all kinds

 
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He’d learned hard lessons on
patience—lessons, no doubt, she’d push to the edge if his first few days with her proved typical. But
he’d found his home in Hot Springs. He’d never known what it meant to belong somewhere until he’d
run to the assistance of Dr. Carter when a woman collapsed at the train depot a few months after his
arrival to the camp. From that moment, the gentleness and forbearance, the trust, offered by Dr. and
Mrs. Carter began the long and sweet healing August’s heart needed.

A place of belonging.

And Jessica’s entrance, along
with the three-inch block of resentment on her shoulder, threatened to wedge distance between August
and his beloved Carters. If nothing else, he had to win her indifference, but he wanted much
more.

“You have had a busy entrance,
no?”

She slid him a glance from her
periphery and continued moving forward without a response.

“It must be difficult returning
after so long. Much has changed for you but stayed the same for your small town.”

Her sudden exhalation of air
broke the quiet and she shot him a heated look. “My small town hasn’t stayed the same from where I’m
standing, Mr. Reinhold. The flood. The camp.” She focused ahead. “Not the same at all.”

“The spirit of your town is the
same. Kind people, like your grandparents, and the beauty of the —”

“You need to understand
something.” She stopped on the trail, her palms planted on her hips as she turned the full brunt of her
fiery gaze on him. “We are not going to be friends.”

He combatted her statement
with a shrug. “I am an optimist.”

She groaned and resumed her
frantic pace up the hillside, slowed only by the limp in her stride. Silence moved between them like a
wall. August glanced up at the afternoon sky, awash with a mixture of clouds and sun. He had to return
to camp by dusk or he would endanger the freedom his good name allowed.

“Just because you think you
know my grandparents doesn’t mean you know me.” Jessica’s words erupted in a harsh whisper, fueling
her steps to an even faster rhythm.

He kept the pace. “No. But
knowing the kindness and the welcome from your grandparents has made me wish to know you as well.
They assure me you can be kind.”

She turned the power of those
emerald eyes on him, her mouth dropped wide. “Of course I can be kind. I’m a nurse, for heaven
sakes.”

“I would not see the two as
related.” August shoved his hands in his pockets, holding his grin in check. At least he had her talking.
“Nurses have always brought needles and stings to me.”

Her brow tilted skyward.
“Perhaps you deserved the needles and stings.”

The grip on his smile loosed
completely. “No doubt, Nurse Ross. No doubt.”

Her gaze hesitated in his before
she jerked her attention back to the path ahead and tightened her jaw into a line of defense. The fiery
glint in those large eyes fascinated him. He knew the gentleness and longing braided through her letters,
the dry humor and compassion infused onto the pages. But those eyes added a dimension of depth he’d
failed to anticipate. Fascinating. Challenging.

 
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Review:  The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham is a book that will touch your heart. This book deals with the pain, heartache, love, loss, faith and so much more.  This story will surly draw you into it right from the start.  Be sure to have a few tissues on hand. I love the roles that Jessica and August have in this story. The things that they deal with I think are a valuable lesson that can be applied in some of our own lives. I know that this story is fiction but it truly touched my heart. I am looking forward to reading more of Pepper’s books. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars! 

 
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Charlie the Tramp by Russell Hoban

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK 

Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.” 

 

An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition. 

 

Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children’s picture books about a badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know – bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, and Emmit Otter’s Jug-band Christmas. 

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR 

Lillian Hoban (1925-1998), one of America’s favorite children’s book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban’s books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children’s literature. Lillian Hoban was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for ten years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences. 

Plough editor Sam Hine says, “As a parent of young children I’ve rarely found new books of this quality. So, like many other parents, I find myself returning to the books of my own childhood. Among these Charlie the Tramp was a hands-down favorite. We’re thrilled to acquire the rights to this timeless classic and make it available to a third generation.” 

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:  http://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/short-stories/charlie-the-tramp 

AMAZON:  https://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Tramp-Russell-Hoban/dp/0874867800/  

 

Review:  Charlie the Tramp what a cute story about a little beaver that wants to do other things other than being a beaver. This story will surly delight the young child in your life. Will Charlie do the jobs of a beaver? I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest opinion. 4 stars!

 

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(Spotlight & Giveaway!) Season of Miracles by Alexa Verde

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Seven Inspirational Romances of Faith, Hope, and Love (the set includes new novel by Alexa Verde Season of Miracles). Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory? Nurse Lana Smith gives herself a gift for Christmas, a fresh start in a small town. After escaping a dead-end relationship with a celebrity, she avoids her patient’s grandson, a pro football player. When Arturo gradually thaws her frozen heart, can her Christmas wish for family and affection come true? Football is Arturo De La Vega’s life, but he returns to his hometown to help his ailing grandfather. Lana challenges Arturo to reach for stars of faith and love. Is Arturo’s quest for glory worth crushing Lana’s dreams and sacrificing his heart’s true desire?

Would you like to read Season of Miracles? Here is the linkhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0QJJNK

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Tanika Fitzgerald’s ‘Miscarried Joy’ Prize Pack Giveaway

Are you in a season of waiting—waiting for an answer from God, waiting for a change? Be encouraged by Tanika Fitzgerald’s new book, Miscarried Joy. Tanika transparently shares her deeply personal and disappointing experiences of losing her babies due to miscarriage. There were times when she felt God was the cause of her pain. Miscarried Joy has something for anyone who needs help pushing through incredible pain to conquer discouragement, walk in faith and birth their purpose. God’s delay in your life could be a set up for your greatest calling to be fulfilled.

Conquer discouragement with the help of Miscarried Joy and enter to win Tanika’s Hope Fulfilled Prize Pack.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 18. The winner will be announced December 19 on the Miscarried Joy blog.

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Letitia Suk’s ‘Getaway with God’ Travel Bag Giveaway

Do you need a day away from busyness and stress to transform your life? Schedule a day and learn how to make the most of your time of refreshment with Letitia Suk’s new book, Getaway with God. You’ll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you’ll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

Get ready for your own getaway with God by entering to win a travel bag set from Letitia.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Getaway with God
  • A Vera Bradley XL Duffel Travel Bag
  • A Vera Bradley Cosmetic Trio
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 16. The winner will be announced December 19 on the Litfuse blog.

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Marvelous! The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston

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The Cherished Quilt is book three in An Amish Heirloom Series by Amy Clipston. This book is absolutely marvelous! You will be riveted to your seat the whole time. Characters and story line that is so well written that you feel as though you are part of the story. You are going to love Emily Fisher and Christopher Hochstetler’s story. Get yourself a glass of sweet tea while you enjoy this story. Be sure to order your copy of The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston today. 5 stars!

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens is book three in A Sunset Cove series by Colleen Coble. Colleen has written a book will have you setting on pins and needles with all the twists and turns and unexpected happens. I couldn’t put this book down it was that good! You are going to love Kate Mason and Drake Newham’s story. Be sure to order your copy of Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble today. It also makes a great gift. 5 stars!

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Review of Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

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About the book: 

 

Pursuing Gold (Elk Lake, October 2016)

With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis.

With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gCb1pb

 

About the author:

 

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children

and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She’s a columnist for Leading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today’s crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio.

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Cynthia L. Simmons book is a great piece of historical fiction. There is so much to this story. This novel is set in the Civil War time period. I love Peter and Mary Beth and the rolls they play in this story. 4 stars!

 

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(Spotlight & Giveaway!) Season of Miracles by Alexa Verde

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Seven Inspirational Romances of Faith, Hope, and Love (the set includes new novel by Alexa Verde Season of Miracles). Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory? Nurse Lana Smith gives herself a gift for Christmas, a fresh start in a small town. After escaping a dead-end relationship with a celebrity, she avoids her patient’s grandson, a pro football player. When Arturo gradually thaws her frozen heart, can her Christmas wish for family and affection come true? Football is Arturo De La Vega’s life, but he returns to his hometown to help his ailing grandfather. Lana challenges Arturo to reach for stars of faith and love. Is Arturo’s quest for glory worth crushing Lana’s dreams and sacrificing his heart’s true desire?

Would you like to read Season of Miracles? Here is the linkhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0QJJNK

Bio:

Alexa Verde writes sweet, wholesome books about faith, love, and murder. She penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She can claim her 15 seconds of Amazon fame with her books climbing to the #1 spot in Hispanic American and #3 in Christian Mystery & Suspense. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. 

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Giveaway to one randomly chosen commenter:

 One Kindle copy of Christmas Blessings:  To enter be sure to let Alexa know what your favorite Christmas memory is in the comment section below. You must leave your name and email address also. Your email address can be in the (DOT) (COM) format. Giveaway ends 12/9

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever! Veggietales

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever! This book is written by Melinda Rumbaugh. This is a board book that will surely capture the eye of the young child in your life. Pictures that are beautifully illustrated and a story that is just the right length to keep their attention. A most wonderful way for the young child in your life to learn the true meaning of Christmas.  Will look forward to reading this story with my granddaughter. Be sure to order your copy of The Best Christmas Gift Ever! 5 stars! I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.

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