The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham

The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham

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The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham is a delightful Christian historical novel and the second book in the Penned In Time series. I would recommend reading the first book first as it follows immediately afterwards.

It is still 1915, but the focus of this novel is on older sister Catherine. God redeemed them and called them by name. She no longer defines her past as a new creation in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes we fear that we are not “good enough” to be used by God, but “I can use you right where you are. I can use you the way you are. “God uses us as he finds us and then he changes us. We don't have to clean up our action and then come. God says "Come" and then we will change with His love.

The novel deals with the topic of fallen women and their children. "How could someone put the mother's sins on his little head?" It is terrible for the modern reader to experience the stigma of unmarried mothers and their babies. A kind character looks beyond the situation and offers a helping hand.

We all have dreams. The best dreams are always God's dreams, which are far greater than anything we can ever imagine. "God dreamed bigger dreams for her than she could ever."

The whole novel is about love – God's love for a character and the love we have for each other. God's character is love. He commands us to love him and each other. I loved this powerful quote:

"His love is not based on what you did, who you are, or how much you love him in return. He loves."

This is a cracking series. You can now book three.

I got this book for free. A positive rating was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK title: The Thorn Keeper
Series: Written in time 2
Author: Pepper D. Basham
Editor: Vinspire Publishing
Release date: February 28, 2016
Genre: Historical romance

How can she shape a future of hope with her past in ruins?

Catherine Dougall's past manipulation has left her future in the thread. With a new faith, she longs to take the remnants of her life and do something beautiful, but shame, the judgments of society, and the natural consequences of an unplanned pregnancy test her newly discovered hope. Dr. David Ross doesn't help either. His kindness, sacrifice and tenderness seduce her into impossible dreams. A fallen woman doesn't deserve a fairy tale.

David Ross has made every effort to keep his life unrepentant. His passion for the disease pumps a new purpose through his decisions, but without financial support for the maintenance of his war hospital, everything is lost. When his infamous aunt offers a simple solution, David is tempted to give in to their demands, but his growing affection for the reformed flirt, Catherine Dougall, releases the cautious wall around his heart and offers an unexpected choice.

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

From the beautiful landscape of Derbyshire to the trenches of World War I, Catherine and David have to learn to trust a god who creates a masterpiece of brokenness and fashion hope in the most unlikely places.

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The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham

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Pepper basham is an award-winning author who writes romance full of grace and humor with South Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have been recognized at the Grace Awards, Inspys and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist at the RT Awards 2018. Her latest historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, shows her Appalachian heritage and history, as well as her love of humor and family. She currently lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC, where she is the mother of five great children, a language pathologist for about fifty others, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors via social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also learn more about them on their website at

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(1) The winner receives all three Penned in Time novels in print or e-book format and a stained glass bubble!

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