Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Amy Willoughby-Burle & The Year of Thorns and Honey

Posted January 28, 2021 by meezcarrie in Amy Willoughby-Burle, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway / 20 Comments

The Year of Thorns and Honey JustRead Blog + Review TourWelcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Year of Thorns and Honey by Amy Willoughby-Burle, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to host Amy today as she shares a yummy recipe from the book!

The Year of Thorns and HoneyTitle: The Year of Thorns and Honey
Series: Stand-alone follow-up to The Lemonade Year
Author: Amy Willoughby-Burle
Release Date: September 15, 2020
Genre: Clean Women’s Fiction

Nina is a photographer who really appreciates control. She likes to set up just the right shot with the perfect composition, but life is not always as pretty as her pictures. The lighting is off, the timing is wrong, and the subjects just won’t do like she wants them to.

She’s engaged to her ex-husband, her teenage daughter is testing all the boundaries, and her childhood memories have a For-Sale sign on them. She’s also keeping a secret about the chance of a lifetime, but what she’ll have to give up to get it might not be worth it. Just when she thinks she’s got it all figured out, an important someone resurfaces and forces her to take a hard look at what she really wants and why.

Life can be as prickly as it is sweet. Will Nina be able to let go of the perfect picture she had in her head and let her heart find the sweetness that life has to offer.


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hot honey cider

by Amy Willoughby-Burle, author of The Year of Thorns and Honey

The main character in The Year of Thorns and Honey is a food photographer, so food fun fits right in. I’m one of those people who loves to take a shot of a gorgeous plate of food. I also LOVE to cook. I’m a Food Network junkie and I love a beautiful cookbook like nobody’s business. Recently, my sons and I have set out on a food adventure. I bought The Adventurous Eaters Club written by Misha and Vicki Collins. It’s all about getting kids into the kitchen and opening up the palates through adventures with food. It’s a gorgeous book as well! We’re using that and Forest Feast for Kids (recommended in the resource pages of TAEC). Talk about beautiful, EASY, fun recipes for kids. Neither of these books are “kiddie” books. Parents will love them too. That’s actually part of the idea and the appeal. I digress, I’m just super excited about this at the moment.

Back to honey! I love honey for its look, taste, health benefits and so much more. It’s so easy to slip into a recipe and so delicious. One honey recipe that is perfect for chilly days still ahead is Hot Honey Cider

Hot Honey Cider


1 ½ cups of apple cider
1 tbsp of your favorite honey
a pinch of ground cinnamon
a smaller pinch of ground cloves
1 cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)


Combine apple cider, honey, and ground spices in a small pot and heat over low to medium for five minutes or until well blended and heated through.

Makes one average sized mug full. Double as needed and share.

Super simple.

We’ve also taken to using honey in place of sugar in lemonade and adding it to smoothies as well. As you can imagine, I’m all about honey at the moment and even have a pinterest page dedicated to the many useful and tasty properties of this amazing product. You can visit my page at:

A page I love – honey’s official website!

One of my favorite “recipes” is:

1 spoonful of honey
Eat and enjoy.

Something fun to do at a book club would certainly be to share honey recipes or favorite pinterest pages. One of these days when we’re able to host parties again, a honey tasting would be a fabulous affair!

Amy Willoughby-Burle

Amy Willoughby-Burle grew up in the small coastal town of Kure Beach, North Carolina. She studied writing at East Carolina University and is now a writer and teacher living in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and four children. She writes about the mystery and wonder of everyday life. Her contemporary fiction focuses on the themes of second chances, redemption, and finding the beauty in the world around us.

Amy is the author of the short story collection, Out Across the Nowhere, and the novels, The Lemonade Year and The Year of Thorns and Honey. Amy says, “God didn’t give me the desire to understand algebra or the knowledge of exactly when and where to use a semicolon, and I’m not that great of a speller, but He did give me a wild imagination, the ability to string words together, and the desire to tell stories. I hope I can do Him proud.”

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The Year of Thorns and Honey JustRead Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a The Year of Thorns and Honey prize package!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 26, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 2, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Year of Thorns and Honey by Amy Willoughby-Burle? What’s your favorite way to use honey?

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20 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Amy Willoughby-Burle & The Year of Thorns and Honey

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the JustRead Publicity Tours blog tour for “The Year of Thorns and Honey” by Amy Willoughby-Burle.

    Enjoyed reading the author’s post and getting the recipe for hot honey cider. We love apple cider but haven’t ever made it with honey. I will be trying it!

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.

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