Historical, Romance, ChristianPublisher: Vinespire PublishingPublication
date: December 6, 2016
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
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?
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.
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
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
“You have had a busy entrance,
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
“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.
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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