A moving, incredible story!
Set in 1915, The Thorn Bearer follows Ashleigh and Sam on their journey to emotional healing. Both individuals have not had it easy growing up, though in different ways. Both also have scars that are not easily forgotten. This is where the beauty of this story comes out. Ashleigh and Sam's struggles are real and relatable. Readers can sympathize and understand, which is valuable in a story.
The theme of forgiveness is beautifully done. Some may think this theme is overdone in fiction, but I disagree. We need to be reminded just how important the act of forgiveness is. This book isn't preachy or in your face, but it does show the consequences of harboring bitterness instead of forgiving. It also presents the freedom that's found in forgiveness. The Thorn Bearer simply does an excellent job all around.
Overall, I was impressed. It's an easy read and the story drives you forward, making it effortless to turn pages. I can safely recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction, ages seventeen and up. You can't go wrong by checking this one out!
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
Ashley Dougall has a terminal disease and forgiveness is the only cure.
Ashley Dougall’s father stole her innocence, her selfish fiancé stole her heart, and unforgiveness is slowly stealing her life. Drawn by the desire to help others, she tries to escape haunting memories and enlists her services as a nurse in war-torn Europe. Along with her childhood friend and fiance’s brother, Samuel Miller, the fragile threads holding Ashley’s life in place one-by-one begin to snap. From the deck of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of WWI, Ashley must choose between forgiveness of the past, life in the present, and a Savior who is willing to help her face them both.