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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Thornbearer by Pepper D. Basham

Book Description
From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all.

When her fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed – who could ever love a soiled woman?

In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone.

Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend’s mistakes. Determined to help Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and protection as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in his best friend’s former fiancé and his own childhood companion.

As they travel across the Atlantic, neither is prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship.

When the truth of Ashleigh’s past explodes in the middle of war and Sam rejects her, Ashleigh must decide if God is enough – or if the double weight of her betrayal and past will crush her life forever. 

 Basham, Pepper. The Thornbearer. Vinspire. (Penned in Time, Bk. 1). May 2015. 356p. ISBN 9780990304272. pap. $12.99. HISTORICAL INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE
[DEBUT]Nurse Ashleigh Dougall is departing her home in North Carolina aboard the ill-fatedLusitania at the height of World War I, attempting to leave behind the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father and the rejection of her betrothed when he discovered the abuse. Unable to find it in herself to forgive either man for their betrayal, Ashleigh hopes that by offering her nursing skills on the battlefields of Europe she can escape her feelings of worthlessness. Sam Miller, Ashleigh’s childhood friend and fiancé to her sister Catherine, decides to accompany Ashleigh to England in order to watch over her. He also needs to see Catherine and determine exactly where their engagement is going after being apart for a year. Little does he know that by boarding the Lusitania he is embarking on his own voyage to finding true love and forgiveness. This is a story of many journeys—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Ashleigh and Sam must come to terms with events in the past and learn to be accepting of others and themselves. Themes of forgiveness, redemption, and grace are interwoven throughout their stories in Basham’s debut novel.
Verdict For readers who enjoy historical fiction, romance, and Christian fiction; a moving and enjoyable read.—Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Overland Park, KS

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