Inspirational – Historical – Romance Penned for Time Series

Book 1 THE THORN BEARER – Pepper D. Basham

4 stars

A beautifully written debut novel with memorable characters who are hanging on by a thread due to those they trust have betrayed them. The historical details about the Lusitania and her sinking are amazing without overwhelming the story. There is also the subject of child molestation which is handled with great care and does not offend the readers. Pepper Basham did her research in all aspects of the subjects her novel touches upon. Cannot wait for the next installment of the series. Summary – 1914-1915 – Ashley Dougall has to get away from the pain her father has had inflicted on her, the pain her fiancé caused her by breaking her heart. Her unwillingness to forgive is dragging her down. With her training as a nurse, she flees to war torn Europe to help those who need all the help they can get. Coming with her as a protector is Sam Miller, her friend from childhood and the man she is in love with. They travel on the Lusitania and are the lucky ones who survived the Germans torpedoing and sinking the ship. She helps with the wounded and sick in the hospital and soon finds herself very sick with pneumonia and she will need to find a way to forgiveness in order to survive the sickness both in her body and soul. (Vinspire Publishing, May). -Patsy Glans

Library Journal

Basham, Pepper. The Thornbearer. Vinspire. (Penned in Time, Bk. 1). May 2015. 356p. ISBN 9780990304272. pap. $12.99. HISTORICAL INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE
[DEBUT]Nurse Ashleigh Dougall is departing her home in North Carolina aboard the ill-fatedLusitania at the height of World War I, attempting to leave behind the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father and the rejection of her betrothed when he discovered the abuse. Unable to find it in herself to forgive either man for their betrayal, Ashleigh hopes that by offering her nursing skills on the battlefields of Europe she can escape her feelings of worthlessness. Sam Miller, Ashleigh’s childhood friend and fiancé to her sister Catherine, decides to accompany Ashleigh to England in order to watch over her. He also needs to see Catherine and determine exactly where their engagement is going after being apart for a year. Little does he know that by boarding the Lusitania he is embarking on his own voyage to finding true love and forgiveness. This is a story of many journeys—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Ashleigh and Sam must come to terms with events in the past and learn to be accepting of others and themselves. Themes of forgiveness, redemption, and grace are interwoven throughout their stories in Basham’s debut novel.
Verdict For readers who enjoy historical fiction, romance, and Christian fiction; a moving and enjoyable read.—Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Overland Park, KS


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