The Thorn Healer

The Thorn Healer

by Pepper D. Basham

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Overview

Jessica Ross’ scars run much deeper than the wounds of a world at war. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past and the German influence on her nightmares, she returns home to the sleepy Appalachian town of Hot Springs, NC, only to find the renowned Mountain Park Hotel has been converted into a ‘prison’ for displaced Germans and, much to Jessica’s dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of them.
August Reinhold has not only found kinship with Jessica’s grandparents, but as they share their granddaughter’s letters from the Front, he discovers a surprising bond drawing him toward the independent and beautiful woman. Displaced by a war and a painful history, he find Hot Springs and the intriguing, Jessica Ross, a tempting place to start over. Determined to scale the heights of her bitterness and show her the power of love, August faces more than just Jessica’s resistance, but a more devious design to harm the civilian sailors housed in Hot Springs.
Will August’s tender pursuit show Jessica the healing and hope she needs, or will bitterness force her into the hands of a ‘true’ enemy waiting to destroy much more than her heart?

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BN ID: 2940153845647
Publisher: vinspirepublishing
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 625 KB

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The Thorn Healer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Pepper Basham continues to write stories that sneak in and take up residence in my heart. The power of her words moves my soul. Make sure you grab your tissues before you crack the pages of this one! August has found himself far from the place of his birth, but is quickly realizing that "home" is not necessarily where you come from. Will he find the freedom and the peace to find a home with the woman he loves? Jess has seen her fair share of trials and heartache. It is no wonder that she is resentful and cold towards those who have hurt her. Will she see Jesus' love through someone she can only see as the enemy? Can her heart of stone be warmed with the everlasting, never failing love of her Heavenly Father? Filled with so many opportunities for hate and resentment, Jessica Ross begins her journey of faith with a hesitant step. The world can be a cruel place. And we all bear scars. Too easily we can allow that betrayal and pain to blind us to the caring love of God. The one love that will never fail us, never leave us. The one that can heal our pain, take away our anxiety and our nightmares. Sometimes God uses the most unlikely of people to express His love to us. I pray that as you read The Thorn Healer you will witness the powerful beauty of healing and restoration in Him. In addition to tissues you may need to keep a fan and fainting couch nearby. August is quite the swoony hero! And as Pepper says so eloquently, "Keep reading and swoon often!" I received a free copy of The Thorn Healer. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
The Thorn Healer is an engaging and heartfelt story that’s simply packed with nuggets of wisdom and subtle life lessons. Jessica Ross has experienced the horrors of war and betrayal. Coming home was supposed to help her escape the memories that haunt her but reminders of the war are all around her, even in her tiny mountain town. August Reinhold has hurts of his own but he’s quietly determined to win Jessica’s heart, no matter how long it takes. I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through Singing Librarian Books Tours. The opinions expressed are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Ahhhh! To hold another book by Pepper D Basham. The Thorn Healer is book three from her Penned in Time series. So far, this one is my favorite by her yet! She really knows how to create a unique plot and The Thorn Healer is no exception. I just love Jessica and August and saw how they grew throughout the book. I highly recommend this beautifully written historical. 100 stars.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
The third book in the penned in time series, The Thorn Healer, takes place during WWI. It was very eye-opening regarding the prejudices and lack of modern medicines for the time period. Even though as time marches on and we progress with conveniences and technology, human nature remains sadly the same so it seems. A group of German soldiers were caught on American soil in the town of Hot Springs at the beginning of the war. They were captured and made to stay inside an encampment behind a fenced in enclosure. The towns people hated and despised them simply because they were German. One of the Germans, August, was allowed to be out during the day because he had medical experience and helped a local doctor. The doctor's granddaughter, Jessica, has arrived back in town after serving as a nurse for two years during the war. She has experienced much death, destruction, and injuries during this time, including for herself a limp and partial hearing loss. And much emotional trauma. She trips and almost falls exiting the train but August is there and catches her. She is immediately attracted to him but that dies as soon as she realizes that he is German. This novel touched me in the way faith and forgiveness was betrayed through some of the characters. A very good lesson for me today. The fact that medicine even at the early 20th century was still so primitive was surprising to me. A simple blood transfusion today is so easy and safe but during that time was dangerous and the donor had to be put to sleep with the possibility of not waking up. Thyphoid and influenza were almost death sentences in the really severe cases. You would find nearly everyone walking around in the epidemic areas wearing cloths over their noses and mouths. But in spite of our progress, we still have prejudice, racism and disease that sometimes is a sure death sentence. Even in Bible times these things were evident. Our human sin nature will remain until the Lord comes back. It was rewarding to see the progression of these characters throughout the story. And Pepper Basham sure knows how to write heart pounding, swoon-worthy romance. Don't worry, there was plenty of romance included too. I highly recommend this book, and even though you certainly should want to read the first two books in the series, it's not required to fully understand and enjoy this one. I received this ebook free to read and was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
SylviaM More than 1 year ago
Emotion, passion, and devotion are a few of the expressions running through my mind when I think of Pepper D. Basham’s, The Thorn Healer; book three in the Penned In Time series. If you enjoy historical romance novels bursting with passion, fire, and drama, then this is the book for you. The Thorn Healer contains lovely tidbits of fashion, trends, politics, and lifestyle nuggets that mark the setting of this 1918 period piece. The first chapter opens with a gripping scene and sends the reader on an entertaining ride at full speed throughout the course of the novel. I was glued to the pages and had to keep reading! Nurse, Jessica Ross (the heroine), returned home to Hot Springs, North Carolina after serving in England and France in what we now call WWI. I was a little taken aback by Jessica’s take-charge, sometimes abrasive attitude and personality. After awhile, as I kept reading, I liked her better and admired the author’s ability to make all three of the heroines in this series be different from one another; all people aren’t exactly alike in real life. Jessica is very competitive and confident, vocal and vivacious. One realizes that underneath her bold and dynamic outer layer, are physical and emotional war wounds to overcome. Jessica has to learn to depend on God and find out that He is sovereign and loving, even in dark, unexplainable circumstances. I like how kind and loving she is to the orphans in her life. Life has placed her in a situation outside of her comfort zone, but Jessica accepts the challenge and grows up as a result. The heroine’s largest obstacle in her path to true love comes in the form of the great enemy of WWI— a German! The main pesky, problem with this German is---- nothing. He is perfect. August Reinhold, our hero, is so wonderful I just smile thinking about him. This man has an upbeat, loving, stable personality. He is a breath of fresh air in the middle of all the dark, moody, brooding heroes of some other Christian fiction novels I have read. August is witty in his own way, and loves to laugh. He spreads joy wherever he goes. I love that. As always, romance in a Pepper Basham novel is top priority. Sparks fly between Jessica and August from their first meeting. Pepper Basham certainly knows how to write beautiful moments and swoon-worthy kisses. More than that though, is the author’s ability to write love and romance on a deeper level. I love the way August continues coming back and keeps pursuing Jessica even though she dislikes him. He knows they will be together one day and waits patiently for her to love him back. Her process of slowly learning what a treasure he is a joy to watch as the story unfolds. I was almost crying happy tears when she finally gives him her heart. Sigh. Pepper Basham writes in an entertaining style and includes a cast of supporting characters with interesting stories as well. The Appalachian Mountain setting gives this WWI period story a unique flavor. I really enjoyed hearing the dialect and cultural traditions of the mountain people. It made me feel right at home. Much story, drama, and emotion are packed into The Thorn Healer. It is difficult to describe this book in a few paragraphs. You will just have to read it for yourself. Basham has written another fine novel for your keeper shelf. * I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book by the author for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Characters to Engage the Emotions I love a novel that opens with a quotable, a "truth universally acknowledged," if you will. So when I began Pepper Basham's latest and read the first two lines, I was irrevocably hooked: "Wounded men came home war heroes. Wounded women, spinsters." I expected to be drawn in from the first chapter because I have read her books before and they never disappoint, but after those words, I found it hard to put the book down and my wildest expectations for this book were shattered. The characters in this book really engaged my emotions and sympathies. Perhaps it is because both are wounded and held prisoner by people and things beyond their control. August finds himself in a camp because of his nationality and bad timing while Jessica is held hostage by memories and the actions of a man she thought she could trust. And while the primary characters remain the focus, the secondary ones are also realistic and engaging, especially the children; they spoke to my heart, of a childlike faith and trust in God, even when it seems the worst situation has become reality. For me, the theme of restoration blessed my soul as I read of another’s brokenness and halting progress toward healing. The picture of broken and scarred things becoming stronger and more beautiful as they are restored under careful hands is a beautiful depiction of God’s care and concern with His world-weary children. The enemy would have us believe we are abandoned, but God is right there, waiting to put us back together again if we will allow it. I have enjoyed Ms. Basham’s books before, but this one is my favorite so far. Great historical detail and a unique setting provide the backdrop for excellent storytelling. The compelling plot and true to life characters combine with just a hint of mystery and suspense, making for an irresistible romance that I highly recommend to those who enjoy historical romance or stories set during WWI. Really, a reader can’t go wrong with anything written by Pepper Basham and her books are perennial favorites on my own keeper shelf! I received a free copy of this book from the author but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite fiction series I’ve ever read. The Thorn Healer brings us the story of two souls fighting for freedom in different ways. August is fighting for freedom from the hatred and hurt the war has caused while Jessica is struggling with great bitterness and shame. I loved following those two and seeing them work through their differences. Their story unfolds beautifully. I have to say August was my favorite character. His kindness and patience and honesty were so endearing. I was anxious for our girl to fall in love with this hero. I loved how he represented the Lord’s unfailing love to Jessica. What I loved most about our heroine was her strength and passionate heart. Their romance grew very naturally and those kisses… Wow! Her grandparents, the children, and extended family were adorable in their roles as well. It held my attention to the very surprising end. What a powerful story of God’s unconditional love and redemption. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly encourage you to. Pepper Basham has become one of my favorite authors. Such beautiful, inspirational stories. I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
A_N More than 1 year ago
I have read the two previous books in the Penned in Time series and loved each of them. While I am sad to see this series end, this book was the perfect ending to a wonderful series. In a time of huge prejudice towards the Germans in WWI we see trust, acceptance, and faith restored after it has been shattered. The beauty of the Appalachian mountains is breathed onto every page and I felt like I was there with Jessica and August. August is a swoon worthy hero who loves without walls, he is determined to win Jessica's heart. Pepper pens great stories that evoke emotions and keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning. I finished this one around 2 am this morning. Well worth being bleary-eyed this morning. Highly recommended!