TOP 5 Reasons
The Thorn Bearer
#1 The Heart
The heroine of this story, Ashleigh Dougall, is a survivor. Despite great personal tragedy she has a will to live and to love. With dignity and grace, the author leads us through the darkest alleys of Ashleigh's personal struggles. I promise no spoilers with my reviews, but I will tell you that the resolution is beautiful. No trite platitudes or easy resolutions. This is a story of faith and forgiveness with a very sensitive heart.
#2 The History
The release of The Thorn Bearer coincides with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania in World War I. I never dreamed that would be a favorite part of the book for me. I only watched Titanic once. That's right, I never found shipwrecks to be very romantic. Yeah ... well ... Mrs. Basham knows how to tell a story and keep you on the edge of your seat. The details of her research mercilessly wretch you back in time to experience the intrigue of a world of both fact and fantasy.
#3 The Hero
A good romance needs a great hero. The Thorn Bearer has Sam Miller. He has a dime-a-dozen name. He's not a duke or a prince. He makes at least one serious blunder. He is human, after all, but Sam is not any ordinary man. For Ashleigh Dougall, he is a life-line to her weary soul. For the reader, he keeps the pages turning and the romance sparking.
#4 The Writing
Seamless. Captivating. Heartfelt. Truly enjoyable.
#5 The Title
Seriously? Yes. Once the identity of the Thorn Bearer and the theme of his sacrificial healing is clear ... well, the title is genius. Be that as it may, the masterful delivery of the themes of faith and forgiveness hidden in the title are what I love most about this book.
Bravo, Pepper Basham!