The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham


Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

With her newfound faith, Catherine Dougall hopes to take the remnants of her threadbare life and make something beautiful, even if society shuns every choice she makes.

Dr. David Ross must save his war hospital from ruin, but when his notorious aunt makes an offer he can’t refuse, he must choose between his surprising affection for a reformed flirt or his dreams.

From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who never forgets his children and fashions beauty out of the most broken things.

My Review:

Wow. I have been super busy without a lot of time for reading, but when I started this book, I could not put it down. It is the second book in the “Penned in Time” series and being set during WW1, has many unique qualities. It was amazing!

The storyline is unique by itself, but the historical detail of clothing design, hospitals, and the deep spiritual message sets this book apart from others.

It does deal with some harder topics like unwed mothers, suicide, and healing from abuse, so for that reason this would be a book for mature high schoolers or adults.It is all done from a Christian perspective so nothing is overly graphic, but just more mature content.

There is also a beautiful romantic thread throughout the book, of perseverance and healing. I will not give away the story, but this was a truly beautiful love story of sacrifice and love that overcomes obstacles.

I wanted to keep reading, but at the same time, did not want it to end.

This book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher to me. The opinions contained herein are my own.

This book is available for purchase from Amazon and other booksellers.

Go here to order… “The Thorn Keeper”

Make sure you read the first one though before this one. Book one is only $1.99 on Kindle at the moment. “The Thornbearer”



1 Comment

Filed under Book Reviews, Historical Romance

One response to “The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham

  1. pepperbasham

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this review, Martha. I’m THRILLED you loved Catherine and David’s story. It surprised me how much I fell in love with it as I began to discover who they were and how they complemented each other. SO MUCH FUN!!


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