The Thorn

The Thorn

eBook - 2010
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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 bishops 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? Roses 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?
Publisher: [S.I.] : Baker Publishing Group, 2010.
ISBN: 9781441213112
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBook
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc


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Jun 03, 2012

Driving through Lancaster this Spring and seeing this author's books for sale in the Amish farm stores, I became interested in reading Amish fiction to see what Amish values and cultural aspects would be embedded in the story including the dangers of the outside world...the Englisher. I was not disappointed in Lewis's book in providing me with these insights.
I was disappointed, however, in her writing ability. This book needs editing as reading over and over about the Hen's and Brandon's marital problems became tedious. These problems result from Hen's desire to return to her Amish roots leaving behind her husband's English ways in order to raise her daughter as she was raised and are not even resolved in this book. The reader has another 2 novels in this trilogy to finally see how Hen's and Brandon's problem is resolved. That isn't the only problem that is not solved. Rose Ann and her relationship with Silas and Nick is addressed again in the other 2 books in the series. While the author has a worthwhile plot idea, it is the execution of that idea that makes reading this novel a bore.

May 22, 2012

I never knew I would enjoy reading Amish stories. Beverly Lewis has so many it was hard to chose from, so I decided to start with the Rose trilogy. The story started out a little slow, but I kept reading and it wasn't long before I couldn't put the book down! Such a wonderful story. Can't wait to start the next book in the trilogy.


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