Swoony Saturdays – Samuel Miller

by | May 20, 2017 | Swoony Saturdays | 11 comments

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.

Samuel Miller

 Who? Samuel Miller (Sam)

Where can we find this dreamboat? The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham (released May, 2015) debut. Add to Goodreads HERE.

Personality summary: Loyalty is a key component to Sam’s personality. He’s a defender of the right and is a faithful friend and confidante. One deterrent to Sam’s overall jovial and kind demeanor is the bitterness he harbors against those who’ve deeply wounded him, but once he realizes how grace demands forgiveness, his heart opens wide with an even deeper love and gratitude than he had before. The sweetest romances are born of friendship, so when Sam’s affections turn to his best friend, Ashleigh, there is no way she can withstand the appeal of such steadfast, fun, and tender emotion.

The Thorn Bearer - NovelWhat makes us swoon?

His ready humor lightens moods

He’s a rescuer

Lifesavers…of the yellow variety

Heart of GOLD

He has a tender protectiveness for those he loves


Sam is always ready to give a helping hand

Boyish Charm

He sets you at ease/calms

When he realizes he’s in the wrong, he seeks forgiveness


Kissing level of such swooniness: Sam is a solid 4 kisser, but when he thinks he’s lost the woman of his dreams, those kisses bump up into the 5 range.

Basic hero type: Sam has a whole lot of Knightley in him but a little of Captain Wentworth too. A faithful friend and devoted lover, resentment could deter him from making the wisest choices, but good sense, honest friends, and a steadfast Savior, soften his hardened head and awaken his reluctant heart.

How can I meet this swoony mister? thethornbearer-500x750-1

Ashley Dougall has a terminal disease and forgiveness is the only cure.

Ashley Dougall’s father stole her innocence, her selfish fiancé 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 best friend, 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.

You can find The Thorn Bearer on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads as well.

Kissing Levels & Hero Types


  1. Beth Erin

    *sigh* SAM! I think i need to reread a certain series in the very near future!

    • pepperbasham

      I need to reread that book soon. I LOVE how their friendship turns into romance 🙂

  2. Paula S.

    Finished this one about a week ago! Great story handled a very touchy subject very well! Put Sam in my corner any day! Swoon worthy indeed! Thanks Pepper!

    • pepperbasham

      YAY, Paula!! Now I’m curious what you’ll think of book 2 and Catherine’s redemption 🙂

  3. Carrie

    oh my heart! I’m swooning over these pics! <3

    • pepperbasham

      Of course you are, Carrie 😉

  4. Fiction Aficionado

    Well hello, Sam! I can’t help thinking we’ve met before! You look familiar somehow… 😉

    It’s been too long since I read this book. I obviously need to revisit it soon! ❤️

  5. courtney207

    Oh, Sam and his lemon lifesavers!!!! 🙂 He’s so great. The way his friendship with Ashleigh is the foundation of their romance was perfect — he’s definitely a Knightley type!

  6. Arletta

    I haven’t read any of Pepper’s books yet but I’m looking forward to reading “Just the Way You are”.

    • pepperbasham

      Arletta, I hope you enjoy it! It was such a fun book to write


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