The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham ~ Review

The Thorn Keeper (Penned in Time #2)My Review:

Catherine Dougall has found peace and meaning, working as a nurse alongside David Ross, helping him to put back together hundreds of men torn apart by the battlefield.

David struggles to provide care for those in need, not only those wounded on the battlefield, but those in town from less reputable backrounds, and those who cannot afford to pay the town doctor. He is dependent on his grandmother for funds, which makes his difficult job even harder.

Can Catherine and David overcome their obstacles of class and past, to find a bright future?

Catherine has found peace and contentment, working as a nurse, since coming to Christ her life has changed drastically and there are those who are still skeptical. One of them being Jessica, David's sister. I loved how Catherine acknowledges her past and mistakes, and puts them behind her, she wants to help others to matter the cost, and finds joy in putting others first.

There is a lot going on this book, with a fast moving plot, and plenty of little twists along the way, Catherine is definitely a very busy lady! She is constantly giving herself to her nursing, orphan children, and helping cast off women make a self sustaining business for themselves.

I like David and how he begins to see Catherine differently over the course of the story, he knew her before her change, and at that point would have had nothing to do with her, but as he sees her grow in love and compassion for others, he comes to care for the woman she has become.

Overall, a fantastic heartfelt journey of love and determination to face up to the past. I liked how this book talked alot about new beginnings, and how the past doesn't control the future, God is bigger than all of that. David and Catherine are great friends, and it was good to see how their relationship grew.  I also liked Jessica, she is a good sister, with a true heart. Fantastic read, would definitely recommend!

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