Not by Sight

by Kate Breslin

This WWI era spy novel really surprised me! There were so many fun twists and turns. When a high society, suffragette, Grace, works on a farm to help out the soldiers, she is most surprised to find a man wearing a disconcerting, metal mask as the owner of the property. As she digs deeper, she realizes that they have met before…in the most terrible circumstances. She knows that he will never forgive her if he finds out who she is. Meanwhile, he is desperately seeking to uncover her identity and motives.

Lots of fun. Characters had great depth. I felt like the hero was a little bit hard to like, but it didn’t really take away from the story. God was central throughout and, historically, it was fun to see another side of WWI, instead of the soldiers at war. I definitely recommend!

Thank you, Bethany, for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

The Thorn Bearer

by Pepper D. Basham

I don’t even know where to begin. I have never read a novel that tackles such a difficult subject with as much clarity, truth, and passion. Sexual abuse is something that over 50% of women have suffered with at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, when it happens, it makes the victim feel dirty and like they are the only ones. I would know. It came to me in the form of a “friend” when I was 10 years old.

In this first book of a trilogy, Ashleigh Dougal’s childhood was stolen from her by her father. This book is a story of forgiveness. It is a story of the love of our true Father in Heaven. I can’t emphasize enough how important this topic is. It is so overlooked in our culture, yet so important. Pepper takes this topic and runs with it. She doesn’t hold back. She shows the fear, anger, hurt and bitterness. She also shows the love and peace that is gained from forgiveness.Tucked inside a wonderful romance, you will find more depth here than most books you’ll ever read.

Aside from that, there is some very rich history in this story. From the sinking of the Lusitania ship (a passenger ship shot and sunk by the Germans) to the war torn London, Pepper intertwines history, romance, and real life wounds being healed.

I absolutely recommend this book. I think that every woman should read this because chances are very high this book will be dealing with something in your life. It shows real people with real life problems (sexual abuse is only one). Please pick this up for you and one for a friend. Release date is set for May 7th.

Solid 5 Stars. Wish I could give it more!

Thank you so much, Pepper, for giving me a copy of this book to review. As always, this is my honest review. Here’s to many more! AND HURRY UP!!

BTW, if you would like to see my Face-Off with Pepper, just CLICK HERE! It’s one of the most fun yet!!