Friday, December 16, 2016

Rebecca Reviews ~ The Thorn Healer (Penned in Time Book 3) by Pepper Basham

Vinspire Publishing, December 5, 2016
Jessica Ross' scars run much deeper than the wounds of 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. To Jessica's dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of the treacherous internees.

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 finds 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 bring 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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Rebecca's Review
5 STARS!!!

"Sometimes God sends a special someone along to love us in a way that mends our scars and our hearts, as none other can."

Jessica Ross is scarred, both inside and out. Although the outward scars have left her with slight physical imperfections, it is the inward scars that threaten to destroy her; the result of brutal war -nurse experiences festering into blisters of anger, bitterness, and fear. When she returns to the idyllic small town of Hot Springs, North Carolina to seek refuge, she is incensed to discover that her childhood home revolves around a German internment camp; even her gentle grandfather seems to have formed familial relations with a young German assistant to his medical practice.

August Reinhold has been utterly fascinated with Jessica Ross for months through her letters home to her grandparents, but when he rescues Jessica along the street corner of Hot Springs, her lovely features and volcanic spirit erupt before his very eyes. August is quite certain that she despises him, based on his German ethnicity, but he calmly determines to crack her self-protective barriers and use his uncanny ability to re-craft broken things to full advantage. It won't be easy, for Jessica's life takes on unexpected responsibilities and additional admirers, whose motives may not be so sincere. And the fact remains, August is a German prisoner, with no freedom to make any choices regarding his future. 

For anyone who has ever struggled to soften an unforgiving heart, uproot a spirit of bitterness, or trust God with an uncertain future, Pepper Basham has written a beautiful story that will resound within the hearts, minds, and spirits of so many readers, for she points the way to the Master Healer.

I received a copy of this book from the author. All of the opinions expressed above are entirely my own. 

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

~Happy Reading~ 



  1. Thank you SO much, Rebecca! I'm thrilled you loved this story and have been on this journey along with me :-)

    1. Pepper, Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by and leave a comment! It is greatly appreciated. I know Rebecca doesn't give out 5 STARS very often so it means this is an AMAZING story!!! Have a happy weekend, my friend!

  2. Sounds like an interesting read. Are you on Goodreads?


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