The Thorn Keeper

The Thorn Keeper

by Pepper Basham


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ISBN-13: 9780997173215
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/28/2016
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 848,564
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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The Thorn Keeper 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
EMarieH More than 1 year ago
A beautiful tale of love, forgiveness, and redemption. With exquisite detail and deeply emotional scenarios, Pepper Basham reveals to us that love truly does conquer all. The Thorn Keeper is an amazing follow up to The Thorn Bearer, drawing me right back into the lives of the characters I came to love in the first book. I was particularly anxious to read Catherine's story, considering how we were left in the first book. Before I even finished The Thorn Bearer I wanted to know what would happen to this reformed flirt who found herself in a bit of trouble during a very difficult time. Mixed with the harsh reality of war, we also learn a lesson of unconditional love that wrapped around my heart and held on tightly. The Thorn Keeper broke my heart with unexpected twists and mended it with the powerful message of not only a romantic love, but the unconditional, everlasting love of God, offering me everything I came to expect from this author after reading the first book. This is definitely my new favorite trilogy! :)
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
If you were to ask me right now, what my favorite book of the year is...I would mumble and grunt for a few minutes and then rattle off a list of at least 10 books. But without a doubt, The Thorn Keeper will be at the top of the list. The Thorn Keeper posses a certain eloquence that enraptures you from the very beginning. I can't count the number of times that I had tears in my eyes as I read (tearing up right now in fact, thinking about the message of this story), or squealed with delight, or wanted to purse whomp someone, and there was one instance that I was in such shock, I literally felt like I was going to hurl. Out of all the books that I have read this year, The Thorn Keeper is the one that touched the depth of my soul in a way that completely turned my world upside down. The romance is so sweet and quite passionate (all clean of course), but that only scratches the surface of the content of the book. Whether through decisions in our past or reasons unknown to us, sometimes we have been given difficulties that we have to walk through. We would not recommend making those choices and hope that others are spared the pain and suffering we have endured. Yet even though it is hard, we would not be the people we are today if we had not gone through it. God has brought us through the valley...Not so that we can look over our shoulder and long to be back on the other side, but to look forward and press onwards. Do not let your dreams be forgotten along the way. Even if it doesn't seem as if they can or will ever come true. If God has placed a dream in your heart, never let go of it. Whether it is ministry, missions, art, dance, fashion or family. In conclusion, I would have to say that Pepper Basham's books are among the best I have ever read. Filled with hard lessons and real life, balanced with passion and faith. Only a very talented author can take someone whom I despised in book one, bring them to redemption, and within 36 pages of the book they find a way to worm their way into my heart. Catherine and David's journey of discovering true love is so very tender. When life throws them a curveball, will they rely on their own strength to make it through, or will they trust in the love of the Father to carry them? In order to truly understand and appreciate Catherine and David's history, I highly recommend reading The Thorn Bearer first (which is another favorite of mine). I purchased a print copy of The Thorn Keeper for my personal enjoyment. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
StellaPotts77 More than 1 year ago
There are so many things I love about this book but at the top of the list is the lesson on how God loves us in spite of our mistakes and our past. Kathryn has a tainted past...carrying a child out of wedlock, but God has forgiven her and changed her to a woman of love and compassion. Dr. David Ross is fighting his own battles but can't help admiring and falling for Kathryn. There are lots of unexpected twists in the story and it will keep you reading until the very last page. I do recommend reading, The Thorn Bearer, Book one in the series first or a lot of the time you will not understand some things that have happened. I won this book in a contest with no requirement for a review, positive or otherwise. All views expressed are my own.
Sadie More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. There is romance and mystery in this historical fiction. Pepper has done a great job creating characters that are so relatable. This story is written during World War 1. David and Catherine are trying to find a way that they can be together but their past is working to keep them apart. Catherine is a new Christian who is struggling between her past and being new creation in Christ. David is a doctor who is struggling between his love for Catherine and what society and his Aunt expect of him in order to keep his struggling hospital going during the war. The love between these characters is so refreshing. I couldn't put this book down. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
This is a book for your keeper shelf. Book 2 of the Penned in Time series, “The Thorn Keeper”, ‘kept’ me on the edge of my seat with intrigue, danger, and…romance. Set in the midst of World War 1, the story of Dr. David Ross and Catherine Dougall unfolds as they face trials that could ultimately tear them apart, including a past that Catherine would like to forget. As rumors spread and threats are made, a sinister plot emerges, causing more havoc between them. Pepper Basham is quickly making her mark as an author, writing yet another beautiful story. Packaged with angst, drama, and many swoon-worthy moments, she ties it all together with the ribbon of God’s love and forgiveness, a reminder of what God offers to all of us. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mikal_H More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: I don’t even know where to start. Captivating. Sweeping. Swoon-worthy. Pepper Basham writes historical with such beautiful, poetic prose, you can’t help but be caught up in her sweeping romances. And when I say it’s a romance, I don’t mean it’s just a romance between a man and a woman. It’s a romance between a man, a woman, and God. Pepper weaves faith so naturally into her stories, and The Thorn Keeper is no exception. From Catherine’s spiritual journey closer to the end of The Thorn Bearer to her continued journey and growth in this book, you’ll experience her transformation from a pretty not-so-great character to a woman who loves and lives passionately, both for the Lord and for her dreams. Dr. David Ross is a man who loves quietly—albeit also passionately—and not only supports and encourages Catherine in her dreams, but deeply cares for what happens to her. He is there to help her not just overcome, but flourish. A man who truly loves God, people, and, well…Catherine. I can’t say enough about Pepper’s writing. It’s solid, endearing, and again, so poetic. I seriously can’t do her justice in this review. The only thing I can do is tell you that I loved this book and you need to read this. Start out with The Thorn Bearer if you haven’t already read it, then continue with this one. And just for your info, there will be a third book later this year, if I’m not mistaken. (WAHOO!!)
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Always passionate and witty, Pepper Basham is a new addition to my all time favorite authors! Be prepared for a swoon-worthy adventure because The Thorn Keeper delivers! There are so many great elements that make this story wonderful. Set in England during WWI, our heroine, Catherine, is a new Christian seeking to grow in her faith while dealing with the consequences of her past transgressions and Dr. David Ross is a strong, quiet hero dedicated to serving others while maintaining proper and professional boundaries. Pepper's delightful storytelling immersed me in her world. Drama, romance, and suspense all unfold on a solid foundation of faith, scriptures, and God's grace. I anxiously look forward to seeking out Pepper Basham's future titles. I won this title from the author through a giveaway on and requested the title through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
I can tell you right now, this book, The Thorn Keeper will be in my year end top lists. I know, a tad bit unfair to all those books I've yet to read, but there's still room for them for sure. I'm just letting you know (ahead of time) the magnitude of how I enjoyed and love this book, and the characters, especially Catherine Dougall (Kat). Nothing can prepare me with the level of completeness and perception Pepper wrote about Catherine in The Thorn Keeper. Her journey in Christ - her change, her compassion and selflessness developed like a well seasoned jambalaya, with all the right ingredients balanced to fully enhanced its flavors as it stewed together. Only in Christ can a person's beautiful nature be completely and utterly uncovered and exhibited. Catherine's big heart, and her passion to doing what is right in God's eyes humbled me. Like many, she carries the thorns of her past. In her mind, she thinks she's unworthy for any additional blessings the Lord has in store for her, especially a man as good as Dr. David Ross. Yet, it is through this self-denial we see how she's transform from a broken mess to something luminous and whole, just as a quilt sewn together from many pieces. "God will see you through this. Trust Him to surprise you with more love than you could ever have imagined on your own. He will take the remnants of your life and fashion them into something new. Something beautiful." Catherine's our protagonist, but other characters perfectly round out the story with so much depth. Jessica's critical and bitter reactions towards Catherine reminds us how others can be blinded by our past. However, as Christ's light emanate from a redeemed Catherine, we see that nothing can smother the work of God. Madame and the girls gives us spontaneity and animation, bringing the whole story to life! We can't forget the appearances of Ashleigh and Sam, the main characters of The Thorn Bearer. I'd especially enjoyed the fact that Pepper continued the growth of sisterly bond between Ashleigh and Catherine. Then, there's the very innate goodness of David and the easy banter between him and Catherine that will have you smile, laugh and even sigh at times. Tears will pool and fall. Yet, Catherine's cleverness and resourcefulness, coupled with David's genuine gift of service is a perfect partnership and the perfect pair to fall in love with. I know, I'm getting excessively long in my ramblings here, but The Thorn Keeper enraptured my heart to its full extent, as capable as a story can. (Very similar to Julie Lessman's Daughters of Boston series.) This is one that resonates with me and reminds me our broken past of choices does not define us. God can and will work miracles for us. He not only forgave us for our sins through the death of His son, He will instill change in us, as long as we ask and trust. And with that comes blessings beyond our belief. "Don't underestimate God's ability to work miracles, but most importantly, don't underestimate his joy in overwhelming you with His love." A story of God's love and His relationship with us. A story of forgiveness and redemption, compassion and service, The Thorn Keeper deserves a place in your heart and on your shelves. For my full review and additional quotes, see the original review first posted on Just Commonly blog. NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this book through Singing Librarian Tours for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Thorn Keeper is the second installment of the Penned in Time series. This book is wonderful. Characters learn the lesson of redeeming oneself. Best book written by Pepper Basham to date. Looking forward to more by her in the future. 100 stars.
TS1 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Basham knocked my socks off with this read! I cannot begin to articulate the beauty of Catherine Dougall's story. It's a book that EVERY believer needs to read. To know that God can turn your old self and ways and refashion them for a new self and skills to glorify Him in the Kingdom. *I received a free copy through SLB tours in exchange for an honest review.
Meghan_G More than 1 year ago
I did not think I could enjoy a novel as much as I did this novel's predecessor, The Thorn Bearer. But Pepper Basham's sophomore novel blew me away from beginning to the unforeseen end. We first met both main characters, Catherine Dougall and Dr. David Ross in The Thorn Bearer when he leads her to placing her shattered dreams, heart and life in the hands of the Ultimate Lover of even the most lost souls. ( Can be read as a standalone; Ms. Basham expertly weaves in the backstories and what occurs in book 1, The Thorn Bearer, into this amazing novel) With WWI raging ever nearer the homefront of Ednesbury, England, Catherine and David grow closer through common goals in caring for patients and orphans alike, while Catherine finds a new purpose to her love of fashion and out of gratitude for her own redemption. The deep grace this beautifully real fictional character comes to find and extend to those around her is not only a sound example to emulate in real life--but it shows the life changing power of Christ's love. Faith, coupled with action, could be one phrase to sum up this novel. Beyond the war, Catherine and David both individually and together are truly tried by fire through out the novel. Conniving relatives, dreams seem to slip thru their fingers only to come truer than they ever could have hoped for and it is such a beautiful story. I don't want to giveaway any spoilers! Their romance is swoon-worthy, tempered with such a sweetness even in the face of a world war and a surprising twist near the last quarter of the book. A Downton Abbey-esque twist, let me tell you, that will have you up way too late reading to see if a happy ending is possible. The rich tapestry of the tangled threads of what goes wrong, what does go right, the surprises and the scarlet thread of redemption through every word makes this a story not soon forgotten. Five stars to The Thorn Keeper!
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I didn't think anything could topple Pepper Basham's first book, The Thorn Bearer, from its pedestal as one of my favorites. And while it's solidly still high on the list, The Thorn Keeper exceeded it in every way! No sophomore slump here... not at all. The beauty of Pepper's prose immediately sweeps you into the story where the characters (most familiar if you've read The Thorn Bearer) guarantee you won't be putting down the book until you've savored every last word. Catherine - sassy, sweet and strong in spite of her brokenness, yet in many ways uncertain. David - focused, dedicated and true but carrying the weight of forced burdens on his shoulders. When he turns that focus and dedication and true-ness in Catherine's direction??? SWOON!!! I mean... seriously. Make sure you have a fan handy. And a fainting couch. And you'll find that you suddenly develop a craving for peppermint. Or maybe that last part was just me. At any rate, trust me when I say that the romance in The Thorn Keeper is delicious and toe-curling and oh-so-heart-clenching. Perhaps the thing I like best about The Thorn Keeper (after the romance, of course, because - who am I kidding - we all know that's my favorite part of most books!) is the message of restoration. Pepper's exquisite & poetic way with words combined with the poignancy of Catherine's story will bring hope to anyone who feels that their past mistakes have nullified their present or future dreams. I highly recommend The Thorn Keeper for any fans of historical fiction, kissing books, and Christmas. ('s not a Christmas book. Just trust me on this one.) (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
kristine-morgan More than 1 year ago
If you love romance, you will definitely want to read Pepper Basham's books. The Thorn Keeper is Catherine and David's story and takes place right after The Thorn Bearer, Ashleigh and Sam's story. World War one is raging , Ashleigh and Sam have returned to the United States. Catherine has been completely transformed by G-d's redeeming grace, but still must face the consequences of her actions. She bears the humiliation of being a 'fallen' woman with grace. She throws herself into helping Dr. David Ross set up a hospital for the wounded soldiers. I love Pepper's characters! David, Catherine and all of the others seem to live and breathe! I find myself wishing for a way to time travel so that I could go visit. The town is charming, but as with all places there is a serpent in the garden. David's Aunt Maureen, town matriarch and avowed enemy of Catherine's family, is determined to ruin Catherine and anyone who does not meet her standards. There are definitely some swoon-worthy scenes, and the kisses! Be still my heart. :) So brew a pot of tea and settle in to visit another time and place. I can't wait to return to Edensbury in book three! I was given this book by the author, but all opinions are entirely my own.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
I am still sitting here all aglow with the beauty of the words penned by Pepper Basham. God has truly gifted her with an amazing talent of story telling. I read the first book by her, The Thornbearer, and it was good, but The Thornkeeper surpasses it ten fold. The story of Catherine is a story of God's love and redemption. Even knowing God has forgiven her for her past sins, Catherine has a hard time forgiving herself and accepting that she is worthy of anything good. Dr. David Ross sees her as God sees her and admires her spirit and determination to help those less fortunate. They work together patching up wounded soldiers that have been injured in the war.Their relationship blossoms and grows as the pages are turned in spite of circumstances and those wanting to cause them harm. I loved the supporting characters as well, most of them anyway. Of course there are antagonists to make things interesting, surprise happenings that catch you unaware, all set during WWI. If you love to read historical romance, touched with a little mystery, and surprises, you'll love this novel. No fear if you haven't read the first book, this one can be read as a standalone. But after reading The Thornkeeper, I'm sure you'll want to go back and read The Thornbearer. I was given this ebook to read and give my honest opinion, which I have done.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The Thorn Keeper is the second book in the Penned in Time series by Pepper D. Basham. This book tells the story of Catherine Dougall and her new faith. She has a reputation of manipulation so others judgement of her has her feeling filled with self-doubt. Then she gets pregnant. Dr. David Ross is a kind doctor but he also feels like Catherine should reap what she has sown. His life has been one of careful plans to help give him an upstanding reputation. He sees how Catherine has reformed and wants to give them a chance. This book is filled with a lovely story of romance and redemption. Once I picked up this book, I did not want to put it down. I feel the author does a good job of showing faith without making the book preachy. I think the characters are believable and the story is one that could be read again for the feeling the reader is left with. I highly recommend this book.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book set in England during World War I. The characters at this estate turned into a war hospital seemed real. Catherine is so thankful for the changes God has made in her life but still has to face the consequences of her past actions. Dr. David Ross tries to save lives and limbs with a shortage of supplies and help while his grand aunt tries to control the town. I will definitely be looking for more books by Pepper Basham. I won this book in a giveaway through Singing Librarian Books.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
A Story of Grace and Redemption After reading Pepper D. Basham’s debut novel, I eagerly anticipated her next book in the Penned in Time series. I knew ahead of time that this second book would be about Catherine, and I was intensely curious to see how the story would play out; Catherine did not get much sympathy from me in the first book, so I wanted to see how the author would bring me around. And bring me around she did! Catherine’s story, which readers learned part of in the first novel, was the perfect vehicle for sharing grace and how God can redeem the very things which condemn us—in fact turning consequences of our sin into something beautiful that God can use to further His kingdom and bring Him glory. The sin may be different for each person, but the need for redemption is just as great for me as it is for someone with a past similar to Catherine’s; the difference is often that she and the women she tries to help are more aware of their need than many. There is a constant tension between appearances and true worth, between playing a part and doing what is right, and even between compassion and rules that govern polite society. Without preaching to the reader, Ms. Basham shows us the difference and where we may uncomfortably identify with the pretenders rather than the heroine. I loved the historic details in this novel—one of the reasons I read historical fiction is to learn as I’m entertained. Fine points, like not naming a child until he was a few months old because they didn’t want to get attached if he wasn’t going to survive, help add realism and depth to the fictional story. Due to the continuing storyline and the first part of Catherine’s story being in The Thorn Bearer, I would encourage readers to start there. I would also caution that some scenes are suitable for more mature teens on up based on two particular instances that sharing would be spoiling. Nothing gets overly graphic, but one in particular was shocking and the other was an intense scene where the curtain draws at the right time. As with her other work, the prose is stunning in The Thorn Keeper; metaphors and even subtext add beauty to the storyline, including when the parallels are left unfinished for the reader. It isn’t just a good story, but a story enhanced by the way it is told. With nods to classic literature, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.