16 April 2020

The Thorn Keeper | Book Review + Giveaway

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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.

Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: February 28, 2016



I’m reading Pepper Basham’s Penned in Time series all out of order… A few years ago, I loved The Thorn Healer (Book #3), and despite my intentions, I only recently made time for The Thorn Keeper (Book #2). Here’s to hoping that it won’t take me another few years to get to The Thorn Bearer (Book #1)! Luckily for me, these books are perfectly enjoyable on their own (though I’m sure they’re even better in order).

In The Thorn Keeper, a tender and charming romance unfolds amidst the hardship of World War I. Through the challenges they must face (both inwardly and outwardly), it proves easy to fall in love with the characters—Catherine Dougall and David Ross—as they complement and uplift each other well. From beginning to end, their story is lovely.

Readers of historical romance, definitely do not hesitate to add this book to the TBR.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her most recent historical romance, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge, showcases her Appalachian heritage and history, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.

Pepper loves getting to know readers and other authors through social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You may also learn more about her on her website.


(1) winner will receive all three Penned in Time novels in print or ebook format plus a stained glass dragonfly!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 14, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on April 21, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you SO MUCH, Hallie!!!!!! I'm so glad they've been enjoyable backwards ;-) LOL

  2. Anonymous16/4/20 16:51

    Sounds like a great read.

  3. Anonymous16/4/20 23:50

    YAY! Thank you for sharing!!!! - JustRead Tours

  4. Sounds like a great series. Looking forward to reading.

  5. Sounds like a great series Cant wait to read!