For example, here is a scene from page 354 and probably my favorite LifeSavers® scene:
“Care for a LifeSaver?”
Her gaze met his, sweet love warming him all the way through. Oh yes, he was grateful God didn’t give him what he deserved. She was much too good for the likes of him, but as his father said, no one ever complained of getting something too good for them.
“Yes, thank you.”
He popped a yellow from his pack and offered it to her with a challenge in his voice. “Want a yellow?”
She snatched it from him and placed it in her mouth with a smile. “For the rest of my life.”
I loved LifeSavers® candies, and as a child, I loved sharing them with my friends. In addition to being an intense, heart-melting story, The Thorn Bearer brought back sweet memories for me. For those who have read The Thorn Bearer, you’ll see the analogy to needing a life preserver/life saver on the Lusitania, and on the spiritual level, the need for a life “Savior” in Christ. If you haven’t read it…well, what are you waiting for????!!
So to go along with this great story, here is a little LifeSavers® candy history:
1912 Clarance Crane wanted a sweet confection that would tolerate summer heat. He created the original Pep-O-Mint flavor, and with the help of a pharmaceutical pill maker, pressed the candy out round with a hole in the middle and wrapped them in cardboard. He called them “life savers” because they looked like little life preservers.
1913 Edward Noble buys Crane’s recipe and starts the LifeSavers® Candy Company. Between 1921 and 1925 he adds “Fruit drops with the hole”, flavors orange, lemon, and lime. He also develops tinfoil as the wrapper to keep the candy fresh.
1935 LifeSavers® adds cherry and pineapple flavors to the fruit mix creating what most of us know as the “Five Flavors.” (Psst…if you win the grand prize it includes a pack of the Five Flavors – Yay!)
1938 Butter rum flavor is added to the list of LifeSavers® flavors and becomes a popular flavor.
1942 – 1945 LifeSavers® Candy Company gives to the World War 2 cause donating 23 million boxes of LifeSavers® candies. Rolls of candy were packed into American G.I. field rations kits as a reminder of home.
There is much more history to LifeSavers® and I encourage you to visit http://www.life-savers.com/anniversary for more current history of this sweet, enduring treat!
Comment below and let me know what your favorite LifeSavers® candy flavor is and if you have any special memories that go along with LifeSavers® candies! (Psst…my favorite flavor is Tangerine, but I don’t think they make it anymore.) Also plan to visit Bookworm Mama on August 11th for the next Pinned in Time blog stop clue and your chance to win the grand prize! (Note: Pinned in Time contest rules, clue, and web link are at the end of this blog.)
I would like to thank Pepper Basham for inviting me to participate in this blog tour. I LOVE her books! If you have not read The Thorn Bearer or The Thorn Keeper please do so! You won’t be disappointed. Unforgettable characters, ‘can’t put the book down’ stories, beautiful romance, and strong faith elements that give you hope and encouragement when you face your own life’s struggles; yes these books have it all! Plus The Thorn Healer is releasing in November to complete the Penned in Time series. It is a great time to start reading!
Don’t forget that Pepper Basham also writes a contemporary romance series. The first book, A Twist of Faith, is a wonderful ‘twist’ on the story, My Fair Lady, set in rural southwest Virginia. It will make you laugh, cry, speak a southern dialect, swoon, and want to read it again!
One last note: I also want to thank Jo White with Wrigley company for helping me with the LifeSavers® history. I had no idea how much history this little candy had or what an impact it had on history. WOW! Thanks Jo!!!
Pinned in Time Scavenger Hunt Prize:
Basket filled with English goodies, plus a $25.00 Amazon.com gift card!
Pinned in Time Scavenger Hunt Rules:
- Each blog hop stop contains an image clue, with a link to a Pinterest Board filled with pictures related to the Penned in Time series.
- Using the image clue, find the corresponding answer image.
- Create a Pinterest board, titled “Penned in Time,” and pinned the answer image to your board, and hashtag #pinnedintime.
- Enter your pinned (answer) image link on the Rafflecopter entry form, correspond to the stop on the Blog Hop.
- Check out the other blog hop stops for more entries!
GIVEAWAY Rafflecopter Link:
PINNED IN TIME CLUE:
August 1 l Reading is My Superpower
August 2 l Mikal Dawn
August 3 l Just Commonly
August 4 l A Way With Words
August 5 l A Northern Belle
August 8 l Fiction, Faith, and Fun
August 9 l Stuff and Nonsense
August 10 l Gardens & Books & Good Things to Cook
August 11 l Bookworm Mama
August 12 l Faithfully Bookish
To connect with Pepper: www.pepperdbasham.com,
About The Thorn Bearer:
Title: The Thorn Bearer
Series: Penned in Time, Book 1
Author: Pepper D. Basham
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Release Date: May 7, 2015
When Ashleigh Dougall’s fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. In an attempt to escape her shame, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone.
Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend’s mistakes. Determined to help his childhood friend, Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and companionship as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in the love of his childhood friend.
Neither are prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship.
To Purchase The Thorn Bearer: https://www.amazon.com/Thornbearer-Pepper-D-Basham/dp/0990304272
About The Thorn Keeper:
Title: The Thorn Keeper
Series: Penned in Time, Book 2
Authors: Pepper D. Basham
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Release Date: February 28, 2016
With her past in shambles, how can she fashion a future of hope?
Catherine Dougall’s past of manipulation has left her future in threads. With a new faith, she longs to take the remnants of her life and make something beautiful, but shame, societies’ judgments, and the natural consequences of an unplanned pregnancy test her newfound hope. Dr. David Ross doesn’t help either. His kindness, sacrifice, and tenderness tempt her to impossible dreams. A fallen woman doesn’t merit a fairytale.
David Ross has made every effort to keep his life above reproach. His passion for the sick pump fresh purpose through his choices, but without financial support to maintain his war hospital, all is lost. When his notorious aunt offers an easy solution, David is tempted to give in to her demands, but his growing affection for the reformed flirt, Catherine Dougall, unwinds the careful wall around his heart and offers an unexpected choice.
When the worst of war tears them apart, can love renew the memory of what was lost or will tragedy steal away their hope forever.
From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War One, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who designs a masterpiece out of brokenness and fashions hope in the most unlikely places.
To Purchase The Thorn Keeper: https://www.amazon.com/Thorn-Keeper-Pepper-Basham/dp/0997173211