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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Thorn by Beverly Lewis Book Review

From the Publisher:
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, 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?
My Review:
I love reading a good fiction Amish way of life book.  It makes me slow down, ponder their ways and just take in the simplicity of living.
This book is about introductions.  Yes, it has a story just not a defined finish.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters like I was a fly on the wall and living in their way of life.
A sister Hen, who leaves the Amish five years earlier to go and marry someone in the “world” comes back to the Amish community searching for something.  An Amish family fosters a child from the “world” and raises him like an Amish but then he leaves under suspicion.  Another sister plans for marriage but is she really in love?
All these questions….hmm.  I can’t tell you what happens! 
I was not impressed with this book as much as I had been with Beverly Lewis’ other works.  It lacked something, yet I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Maybe it will get better in the other parts of the trilogy, I can only hope.
I would still recommend this book in a heartbeat.  It was clean and uncovers a culture that is easily misunderstood.
Blessings to you!  You are loved!

Note:  I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only.  This review has not been monetarily compensated.  The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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