This is one of my favorite fiction series I’ve ever read. The Thorn Healer brings us the story of two souls fighting for freedom in different ways. August is fighting for freedom from the hatred and hurt the war has caused while Jessica is struggling with great bitterness and shame. I loved following those two and seeing them work through their differences. Their story unfolds beautifully.
I have to say August was my favorite character. His kindness and patience and honesty were so endearing. I was anxious for our girl to fall in love with this hero. I loved how he represented the Lord’s unfailing love to Jessica. What I loved most about our heroine was her strength and passionate heart. Their romance grew very naturally and those kisses… Wow! 😉 Her grandparents, the children, and extended family were adorable in their roles as well.
It held my attention to the very surprising end. What a powerful story of God’s unconditional love and redemption. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly encourage you to. Pepper Basham has become one of my favorite authors. Such beautiful, inspirational stories.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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?
Pepper D Basham is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate. She enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of Seymour Literary Agency.