Fiction Book Reviews, Pepper Basham, Swoony Saturdays, The Thorn Healer

Swoony Saturdays – August Reinhold

Welcome! Welcome! Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.


Branson..will he be next heart throb when Dan Stevens (Matthew) exits in Christmas episode in Season Three:

Who? August Reinhold

Where can we find this dreamboat? The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham (released April, 2016)

Personality summary: Oh my! If you like a gentle, caring hero with a quiet strength, determined spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor, August is your man. With a past that left him wounded and a present that has left him a prisoner, August faces his life with an optimism born through trial. His easy confidence and observant nature gives him an advantage with fiery and furious Jessica Ross in a way that totally knocks down the steel-guard she has around her heart. With patience and kindness, along with some great skills on the badminton court, his steady pursuit tends her wounds and her spirit, helping her look beyond her pain to the beautiful opportunity he presents.

What makes us swoon?Aviary Photo_131236339965708023

His steadfastness

His gentleness

Proficient in swoon-worthy letter writing

His relaxed personality

His compassion

Quiet strength


Excellent with kiddos

A man of few words, but the ones he wields are powerful

Loyal heart

Allen Leech, Tom Branson....doesn't really matter I just LOVE HIM!:

There’s such a kindness to him that makes him beautifully attractive

Along with a dashing smile, the fresh scent of pine is with him wherever he goes

Author Barbara Brutt says this about our swoony hero, “I like how patient and gentle he was, especially with a fiery and headstrong woman…where most men might try to ‘tame’ her by force. He never did that.”

Kissing level of such swooniness: August is definitely a #4 kisser and by the end of the book, you get the sense he can quickly move to a #5 when given ample opportunity.

Downton Abbey: Tom Branson (Allen Leach) ,daddy and Baby Sybbie. Heart explodes <3 <3 <3:

Basic hero type: August’s gentle, easygoing personality meets all the expectations of our Knightley hero with a little Wentworth thrown in. His letter writing skills and depth of feeling exhibit more of Wentworth’s and his humor, gentleness, and overall likeability (with a good dose of directness) matches our Knightley. His steadfast devotion to those he loves, particularly to wooing Jessica Ross’ wound-hardened heart into a malleable offering he longs to cherish. With his patience and perseverance, there’s a good chance he’ll win the desire of his heart…and end up transforming hers in the process

How can I meet this swoony mister? The Thorn Healer is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christianbook

Kissing Levels & Hero Types

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