The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham || My Review

Ashley Dougall has a terminal disease
and forgiveness is the only cure.
Ashley Dougall’s father stole her innocence, her selfish fiancĂ© stole her heart, and unforgiveness is slowly stealing her life.  Drawn by the desire to help others, she tries to escape haunting memories and enlists her services as a nurse in war-torn Europe.  Along with her childhood friend and fiance’s brother, Samuel Miller, the fragile threads holding Ashley’s life in place one-by-one begin to snap. From the deck of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of WWI, Ashley must choose between forgiveness of the past, life in the present, and a Savior who is willing to help her face them both.


My Review

New favorite author alert! If you are a fan of the film Titanic, the show Downton Abbey or a fan of Author Roseanna White's Edwardian romances--you need to pick this book up. 
Ms. Basham expertly weaves both historical and spiritual settings/themes through out the book--so much so I could not put it down. What was refreshing for this romance is that the two main characters, Ashleigh and Sam began as close, childhood friends and we get to watch their romance grow, blossom and deepen even in the face of such tragedies like the Lusitania sinking and caring for war orphans and wounded soldiers from WWI front.
What most left an impression on me were the characters. Both Ashleigh and Sam have secrets, struggle to forgive and come to God's grace. Their friendship is tested when feelings surface, a tragedy strikes, and the fragility of life sends them into each other's arms--but there are still secrets. The twists and turns both of the happy, swoon-worthy romance and the heartrending ones left me swiftly turning the pages. I laughed, I cried--a lot--and the impact of the spiritual themes woven expertly, and not preachy via the characters journeys left me convicted and bolstered in my faith. Basham's debut novel is especially refreshing in its crystal clear message of redemption for the broken, and restorative grace. A sweeping story from start to finish with such a great happy ending.



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, and proud AlleyCat over at a group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015, and has already garnered its first award with Readers’ Favorites International Awards. Pepper’s second and third books in the series arrive in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuts in April. You can connect with Pepper on her WebsiteFacebook page or on Twitter.
Meghan M. Gorecki
Meghan M. Gorecki

Words, history, and grace color my days here in The Burgh where I seek out the perfect coffee and red lipstick.