Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Thorn (Rose Trilogy #1) - Beverly Lewis

Summary from Good Reads: Lancaster County, with its rolling meadows and secret byways, may seem idyllic, but it is not without its thorns. THE ROSE TRILOGY is the stirring saga of two Amish sisters on the fringes of the church, and the unforeseen discoveries that change their lives. Rose Kauffman, a spirited young woman, has a close friendship with the bishop's foster son. Nick dresses Plain and works hard but stirs up plenty of trouble too. Rose's sister cautions her against becoming too involved, but Rose is being courted by a good, Amish fellow, so dismisses the warnings. Meanwhile, Rose keeps house for an English widower but is startled when he forbids her to ever go upstairs. What is the man hiding? Rose's older sister, Hen, knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man. Unable to abandon her Amish ways, Hen is soon separated from her very modern husband. Mattie, their young daughter, must visit her father regularly, but Hen demands she wear Amish attire--and speak Pennsylvania Dutch, despite her husband's wishes. Will Hen be able to reestablish her place among the People she abandoned? And will she be able to convince Rose to steer clear of rogue neighbor Nick?

Rose Kauffman takes care of her paralyzed mother but she has not been involved in any youth activities since the accident.  Rose longs to go to singings again.  But she has spend time with Nick, the bishop's foster child, who is an Englisher who has not accepted the Amish ways.  Rose has been the only person to connect with Nick.  Nick works with Rose's father caring for their animals and working on the farm.

Rose's sister, Hen, left the church and was never baptized, married Brandon, an Englisher.  After being married five years and having Mattie Sue, she decides that she missed her Amish ways and wants Mattie Sue to learn them as well.  Brandon want nothing to do with the Amish, her family and any form of religion.  Hen is torn between being respectful to her husband and following her heart.

I really enjoyed the first book of this series!  I have not read any book from Beverly Lewis in over a year and I think I am reading another great series.  I started The Judgement right away and I am loving how the stories are unfolding!

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