About: (From Beverly Lewis' website)
The Rose Trilogy is the stirring saga of two Amish sisters, and the events and decisions that change their lives.Spirited Rose Ann Kauffman has long enjoyed a close friendship with the bishop's rebellious foster son. Rose's older sister, Hen--who knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man--cautions her against him, but Rose is being courted by another, and so dismisses the warnings. Hen Kauffman Orringer's impulsive marriage to an outsider divided her from the People, a decision she regrets now that she has a daughter of her own. As Hen struggles to reclaim aspects of Amish culture, her very modern husband pushes back, and the two soon come to an impasse. Can she find a way to reconcile her longing for the Old Ways with the life she has chosen?
Why I wanted to read this book:
- I believe that no one does Amish fiction like Beverly Lewis and whenever she has a new book I'm the first on the list of requests!!
- I absolutely loved the premise of the storyline for this trilogy. I think Lewis is really taking risks in this book and writing about taboo subjects within the Amish culture and shedding some light on them.
- Lewis portrays the Amish as real humans, not saints and that is why I really enjoy her books.
- Many of us have went against our parent's wishes, but few of us are ever shut out of a way of life because of it. I'm intrigued by how strictly the Amish adhere to their customs, even though they themselves may not agree with what the Bishop dictates, they nonetheless follow it.
- The sister relationship in this book has many different layers. I loved both girls, Hen and Rose. I could easily understand how Hen's falling in love with an outsider made her make a rash decision to leave her Amish roots behind her. It isn't until she has her own child that she realizes something very important is lacking in her life and the life she wants her daughter to live.
- I can not wait until the next installment because I really need to know what is going to happen with Hen's marriage and Rose's love interests!!
- I have found myself just a smidgen in love with Nick who is the Bishop's foster son. He remembers enough of his previous English life that prevents him from embracing the Amish way of life.
- I thought that Lewis made Hen's husband too much of a jerk. I can understand how he may be upset because she wants to start dressing plain again, but he takes it to an extreme that borders on abusive.
My Rating: 4.75/5
Source: My public library
The Thorn, Rose Trilogy Book 1
By Beverly Lewis
Published: September 1, 2010 Bethany House
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