The Thorn Bearer

Renee Ann Smith —  May 19, 2015 — 12 Comments

“From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh Dougall must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all.” ~Amazon blurb for The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham~

Pepper Basham

A few years back I met Pepper Basham at the American Christian Fiction Writers‘ Conference. At the time she was an unpublished writer—but not anymore! How fun to see Pepper attain her dream by earning publishing contracts for several manuscripts!

Recently, I was privileged to review Pepper’s historical fiction novel, The Thorn Bearer.

The Thorn Bearer is set during 1915 and focuses on Ashleigh Dougall, a young woman crossing the Atlantic on the Lusitania with two men—one she doesn’t love but can’t get rid of and the other she does love but can’t have.

Pepper’s novel reminds me of the dramatic, Gothic romances I read in high school. The story has a beautiful, innocent heroine who is hiding a painful secret, a conniving sister, a set of abusive, neglectful parents, and a hero who is handsome and good but takes half the chapters to realize he’s in love with the heroine! Thus Ashleigh must forge ahead in life without 20th century society’s normal protections—parents or husband—by relying on her own pluck and ingenuity.

In spite of these odds, we readers know Ashleigh will win the day because she has a pure heart and a grandmother who teaches her what’s right.

The Thorn Bearer has all the good stuff that makes it fun to while away a day or so in another world—with the added benefit of Spiritual Truth! Exactly what those grand adventures I read as a teen were missing.

I really enjoyed Pepper’s debut novel! The graphics in this post show some of my favorite quotes from story. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, or share them on Facebook!

Pepper Basham Thorn BearerPepper Basham Thorn Bearer****Don’t miss the chance to grab your copy of Pepper’s engrossing novel at this link. Right now it’s a $3 Kindle deal!

Pepper BashamAs a little girl, Pepper D. Basham fell in love with storytelling while listening to her granny share oral history. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley.

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

12 responses to The Thorn Bearer

  1. This sounds just beautiful. I have a long plane trip coming up and this sounds like perfect reading material. Thankyou Renee….Mimi xxx

    • Mimi,
      It’s definitely better reading material for a plan trip than a ship one 🙂 My characters are boarding a ship with a very dangerous future.
      I hope you enjoy the story

  2. Renee Ann, How fun to find you from Jauna Mikels today with this review?! It is fun to read how y’all met and about the book.

    May I invite you to #DanceWithJesus linkup each Friday at You would honor us by sharing your words there too. Susan

  3. Hey Renee,
    Love those images and quotes – so beautiful, words and pictures. I was your link neighbor on Bookfinicent this week, and glad I got a look that those pictures!


  4. Sounds interesting. I think I’ll check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for sharing the review of Peppers book with us here at Tell me a Story. It is always wonderful to meet someone and later on they are blessed to become a sought after writer. The book sounds exciting and intriguing.

  6. Thanks for this lovely quotes an beaitiful written post. I found you via the link-up from: Tellme a story.

  7. Inspiring words! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  8. I love these quotes and the graphics you made for them. (What font is that you used? I love it!) Thanks for joining us at Booknificent Thursdays this week! Always great to have you!

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