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The Thorn Bearer (Penned in Time) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 7, 2017
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Now, I'm NOT a huge fan of historical or period novels. My ideal genre is modern suspense and mystery. When I have the opportunity to read a historical novel, I read with a critical eye and a rather large amount of trepidation.
In other words, it takes a powerful period story to grab and hold my attention. Which is why I'm thrilled to tell you about Pepper's novel. Her plot is a fresh take on World War II, focusing on the destruction of the Lusitania.
Pepper knows the proper balance between description and detail versus action and dialogue. The pacing keeps the story moving in a nice rhythm. And also important: the dialogue is suitable for the time period of the novel.
And for a period tale, her prologue is powerful and unique as well. Tragedy stole Ashleigh's innocence and has left her feeling like damaged goods. As the story unfolds we see her take more emotional blows that would topple any woman.
Enter Sam Miller. He isn't movie star handsome, wealthy beyond means or a player. He's a gentle man with a deep affection for Ashleigh as a little sister. Watching the relationship between Sam and Ashleigh develop made me want to tell women everywhere one thing:
THIS IS THE KIND OF MAN YOU WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH!!!
Wow, that felt good! Pepper has made a huge mark in the faith fiction marketplace, and I'm eager for more stories. "The Thorn Bearer" is the first in a series, and I have discovered that she plans on tackling another genre in the near future.
So, my thanks to my friend Casey Herringshaw for my advance copy of "The Thorn Bearer" in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I loved the book so much I bought a copy! Highly Recommended.
I don't think any of us can ever truly (in our humanness) understand why God allows bad things to happen in our lives - even if we know in our minds that a lot of it has to do with the free will we've been given. Some of us suffer the consequences of our own actions but the stuff that is hard to understand is when the innocent suffer the consequences of someone else's sin. This book addresses the hard subject of abuse by a parent to a child. But it also shows the powerful way God can take the brokenness of those children and turn their lives into a powerful testimony of grace.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series! :)