Jessica Ross has returned from serving as a nurse on the front lines in WWI to her hometown of Hot Springs, NC, bearing physical scars, anger, and mistrust after witnessing the horrors of war brought on by the Germans. Much to her disdain, a temporary camp has been set up in town to house German men until the war is over. Although her grandparents have formed a bond with one of the internees- August Reinhold- Jessica is bent on holding onto her bitterness and anger seeing August in the same light as her ruthless captors during the war. Through his friendship with her grandparents, August has fallen in love with Jessica as they have shared her letters from overseas. After meeting her in person, August is determined more than ever to sway Jessica’s affections by showering her with tenderness, gentleness, and care letting Jessica see the man he truly is instead of the monstrous image Jessica has undeservedly cast him as.
Once again Basham has given readers a beautiful love story! August’s tenderness and gentleness as he tries to show Jessica his true nature was a pleasure to experience as he slowly disassembles the walls Jessica has built around her heart. And what sweet expressions of love he shares with her! Every woman wants to hear her beau proclaim that he is “overwhelmed” and “intoxicated” by her love and affection! Great romance!
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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader's Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW's Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer - released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer's Alley.