The Thorn Keeper - My Review  | The Engrafted WordThis is the second book I’ve read by Pepper Basham. It’s the second time I’ve been swept away by her romantic stories and the second time I’ve been touched to tears with her words. The Thorn Keeper is a book to read slowly and savor. It is so full of emotion and beautiful, bittersweet redemption. It’s not one I think readers will possibly forget.

I loved Catherine and David. These characters cling to your heart long after the the last page. I loved seeing the differences in their pasts and what God teaches them through the book. Their friendship is fun and beautiful, but their romance is sooooo much more. Oh boy, is it sweet and steamy! πŸ˜‰ LOVED every minute of it! For those of you with a heart for romance novels, you don’t want to miss this one, trust me.

I enjoyed the small bits of history pieced in and even survived a couple of the twists that really threw me for a loop! Wow, I did not see a few things coming. πŸ˜‰ The incredible dedication to their callings made me love these characters even more. Their hardships are real and applicable for a hurting world and their faith and healing in God is also very real.

While this book is part of a series and I was glad to see where things picked up with Catherine, readers can still appreciate this story separate from The Thorn Bearer. Every chapter pulled me right into the next and I have no doubt this book is gonna capture many hearts.

I already have both of the books in this series on my kindle, but I plan on getting them both in paperback as well. They deserve a spot on my bookshelf. They deserve to be read over again and shared with others. I hope all of you will take the opportunity to read this special story. Thank you, Pepper, for a beautiful journey.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy.



With her past in shambles, how can she fashion a future of hope?
Catherine Dougall’s past of manipulation has left her future in threads. With a new faith, she longs to take the remnants of her life and make something beautiful, but shame, societies’ judgments, and the natural consequences of an unplanned pregnancy test her newfound hope. Dr. David Ross doesn’t help either. His kindness, sacrifice, and tenderness tempt her to impossible dreams. A fallen woman doesn’t merit a fairytale.

David Ross has made every effort to keep his life above reproach. His passion for the sick pump fresh purpose through his choices, but without financial support to maintain his war hospital, all is lost. When his notorious aunt offers an easy solution, David is tempted to give in to her demands, but his growing affection for the reformed flirt, Catherine Dougall, unwinds the careful wall around his heart and offers an unexpected choice.

When the worst of war tears them apart, can love renew the memory of what was lost or will tragedy steal away their hope forever.

From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who designs a masterpiece out of brokenness and fashions hope in the most unlikely places.

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The Thorn Keeper - My Review  | The Engrafted WordPepper 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.

Her debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, arrives on May 7th 2015 in paperback, but can be purchased in digital form on amazon now. Her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, is slated to release later the same year. You can find her at or follow her writing antics on her Facebook page or Twitter.