Sunday, October 24, 2010

Review - The Thorn by Beverly Lewis

Book - The Thorn (1st book in The Rose Trilogy) by Beverly Lewis

Publisher - Bethany House

Description 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 Thoughts:

Bevery Lewis is a master storyteller. I have read several of her books and this one is the best she has ever written. Her seamless ability to change a "scene" from chapter to chapter amazed me. I was intrigued by this story and adored the characters. I loved stepping into the world of the Amish for a time and didn't want the book to end!

I saw some parallels between our Christian culture struggling with worldliness compared to The Amish families in this story, losing their children and interacting with the world around them. I was absolutely thrilled when the main character stood her ground time and again for what is right. Beverly provides plenty of godly wisdom through this story. I learned many things and was encouraged. I was entertained and educated. I highly recommend this book!

*Disclosure - I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.*


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