Josie's Thorn

Rated 4.33/5 based on 12 reviews
Josephina McCrea plans to come to Utah for her parent's memorial service, and then return to New York; but her plans are about to be changed, she just doesn't know it yet... More

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About Lisa Vandiver

Lisa is a Best Selling Fantasy and Multi-Genre Author that has experienced a love for the arts since childhood.
As an Author, Lisa has published Romantic Suspense, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Horror, YA, Science Fiction, Poetry, and Adventure.
While working on her stories, Lisa buries herself deep in research to assure facts surrounding the location in her books are as accurate as possible. Lisa enjoys creating make-believe worlds and larger than life Characters. Therefore, look for new, exciting Novels from Lisa in the coming months.

Some of the Authors who have influenced Lisa are J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Edgar Allan Poe, and Colleen McCullough.

In addition to her writing, Lisa has experience as a Coordinating Producer and Co-Host, Proofreader, Editor, and Formatter.

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Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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Ica Iova reviewed on on Jan. 17, 2015

A freak accident and death forces Josephina to move back to Utah to settle her family's estate. But once there, she is faced with more than just having to save the family business. She also has to face her past and learn to trust the man who once broke her heart in order to save the family business.

The book is engrossing. With believable characters, a few twists and turns, I found myself glued to my sofa when I had a thousand other things to do. I hated to put it down before I finished it.

I recommend it to anyone who loves romance!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Linda L Barton reviewed on on Jan. 3, 2013

This is the first book I've read by Lisa Vandiver and I'm thrilled that I chose Josie's Thorn as my first experience of her writing talent. Ms. Vandiver wove a captivating story of two very interesting characters, Josephina McCrea and Jacob Rainthorn, and the difficult hurtles they had to make before they could put their painful pasts behind them and recapture the love they'd once shared.

Lisa Vandiver painted a vivid picture in my mind of the events in her story and I found myself talking to the characters at times as well as enjoying the roller-coaster ride this wonderful book took me on. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a passionate love story, mixed with mystery and danger.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Sandra Farris reviewed on on July 2, 2012

Lisa did a fabulous job with Josie and Jacob's story. Liked the mystery and was on the edge of my seat toward the end. Loved the setting and description was vivid enough I was there.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Susanna C. Mahoney reviewed on on Nov. 14, 2011

A romance story with mystery mixed in as the past comes to meet the future; two torn lovers separated are forced to cross paths again. Will they be able to get pass their regrets and help one another save her father’s lifeblood, her brother inheritance; the family ranch.

Once again this author has the knack of pulling together a memorable romantic, complex situations and high charged hints of mystery, secrets and human emotional perils tale. Which entertain this reader as I turned each page to see what action would occur next? It is not lacking action, drama or twists, which keeps the story racing to the conclusion. The human emotional toil of Josie Thorn and sexual impact is striking right at the center of human emotions, hot and lusty as the cover. The range of human emotions; laughing, crying and fearing for the colorful characters and their pets too makes this reader’s heart race as they are confront with life and death events.

This author has a gift to bring life to her characters as a reader it was exciting to bond with the independent strong male and the feisty fiery female characters and the rest of the ranch hands. Rallying for them as they journey together to solve the mystery, forgive their past and head into their future. As they face this dilemma; they become a target of a greed plot of having their ranch sabotage by friends or enemies, threatening all their lives. . Included in the plot are highly sexual tension scenes and dark mysteries which are intertwined in between the scenes as the story unfolds all for a vendetta. Will Josephina and Jacob regret their choices or find peace in the midst of the chaos. That is the challenge of this tale. It is a heartwarming exploration into what one will do for love and forgiveness
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Ey Wade reviewed on on Aug. 14, 2011

Due to a family tragedy Josie has to return to a place which meant nothing, but tragedy in her life, home. Beyond the guilt and fear for the one remaining member of her family, Josie now has to worry about the success of the ranch, saving her own life and protecting the secret she has kept hidden.

Lisa did a great job pulling me into this book. I love romance, especially when there is mystery and suspense intertwined.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Amy Tupper reviewed on on June 24, 2011

Synopsis: Josie's Thorn is a wild ride of novel about a young woman named Josephina who is forced under sad circumstances to return to the place she escaped, her family's ranch in Utah. While sorting out the messy business of running the ranch, Josephina must deal with Jacob, the boy she left behind. Only now he is a man, and she can’t hide from the truth - as much as she hates it, she still loves him. But what about the ranch? Someone is sabotaging it and there are multiple people with motive. Luckily, Josephina has Jacob to help her put a stop to it and save the ranch in a dramatic conclusion. Josie's thorn will pain her no more.

Review: This was a fast read. The characters spring to life early in the book, and the tension ratchets up quickly, building between them. The secondary characters of Esther and Charlie were just as real as the main characters. The author does a great job of using the environment of the ranch and its problems to push the main characters Josephina and Jacob to their breaking point. And the sexual tension was terrific. These complex layers of tension propel both the plot and the romance forward with surprise twists and turns. A very sweet story. I enjoyed reading this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jennifer Jackson reviewed on on June 21, 2011

This book was not without errors. There are multiple problems with spelling, formatting, and grammar. Scene transitions can be so disorienting I lost where the characters were at times. Many of the love scenes collided with moments of action in odd ways.
But, for everything I found wrong with it, I found something the author did right.

The storyline is very complex. There is a love story which is deep and years in the making. The action part of the story was good and the climax had very high stakes. You can cheer for this couple.
I loved the setting. The location feels perfect for this story. I could picture it quite vividly.
I also enjoyed many of the characters and the animal companions.

It is a solid novel worth seeing to the end.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
R.D. Wedgeworth reviewed on on May 10, 2011

Storyline was good and the visual imagery painted my mind as it jumped from the page enveloping me into the story. Minus the typos was a good read and the characters are strong.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Pink Maiden reviewed on on May 5, 2011

I could have sworn I left a review here, anyway. I thought the story line was very good and really liked the characters and the way they interacted. I think the author is off to good start but needs a little more practice.

What really took away from the story for me were typos, there were just too many to make the story enjoyable. There were also a couple of areas that felt like they were missing something, a paragraph or sentence.

I really feel that this author will do better with time.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Richard A. Custer reviewed on on April 26, 2011

Josie Thorn is reminiscent of the old 70's Harlequin romance novels my mom used to read. The covers of those novel would even entice me and I'm a guy! Lisa Vandiver's cover is just as inviting and I wasn't disappointed when I began reading her novel.

The lead character Josephina is a very engaging, strong-willed and yet fosters a gentle spirit underneath her seemingly harden dexterity. I love the way how Vandiver take her time in developing the characters within her book and makes the reader take an active interest from the begin of the book to its memorable conclusion. I could envision her book being a made-for-tv Sunday Night Movie on the Hallmark Channel!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Tanya Contois reviewed on on April 12, 2011

Josie's Thorn started off fast paced and didn't slow down at all through the book.The story was filled with suspense and mystery and I couldn't get enough of the incredible chemistry between Josie and Jacob.I cheered when they finally gave in to their love for each other and put aside all of the years of hurt and anger between them to raise their son as a family.Josie's Thorn gets 5 stars from me for having such believable characters,plenty of suspense,and a faithful animal companion named Bo.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Helmy Kusuma reviewed on on April 10, 2011

Years of repressed passion which yields in outbursts of lust!
For enhanced experiences, read by your spouse's side.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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