The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham | My Review

About 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 Review:
I did not think I could enjoy a novel as much as I did this novel's predecessor, The Thorn Bearer. But Pepper Basham's sophomore novel blew me away from beginning to the unforeseen end.
We first met both main characters, Catherine Dougall and Dr. David Ross in The Thorn Bearer when he leads her to placing her shattered dreams, heart and life in the hands of the Ultimate Lover of even the most lost souls.

With WWI raging ever nearer the homefront of Ednesbury, England, Catherine and David grow closer through common goals in caring for patients and orphans alike, while Catherine finds a new purpose to her love of fashion and out of gratitude for her own redemption. The deep grace this beautifully real fictional character comes to find and extend to those around her is not only a sound example to emulate in real life--but it shows the life changing power of Christ's love. Faith, coupled with action, could be one phrase to sum up this novel.
Beyond the war, Catherine and David both invidiually and together are truly tried by fire through out the novel. Conniving relatives, dreams seem to slip thru their fingers only to come truer than they ever could have hoped for and it is such a beautiful story. I don't want to giveaway any spoilers! Their romance is swoon-worthy, tempered with such a sweetness even in the face of a world war and a surprising twist near the last third of the book.

The rich tapestry of the tangled threads of what goes wrong, what does go right, the surprises and the scarlet thread of redemption through every word makes this a story not soon forgotten. Five stars to The Thorn Keeper.

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 herWebsiteFacebook page or on Twitter.

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


  1. Can't wait to read this book from Pepper! :)

  2. This was such a beautiful review. THANK YOU, Meghan! And thank you for your sweet encouragement to me as a writer.
    May the Lord make your stories come alive with his love too :)

  3. Sounds like a fabulous novel. Thanks so much for reviewing, Meghan. :)


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