Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Thorn

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?

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If you would like to read the first chapter of The Thorn, go HERE.

Book Description

Beverly Lewis is considered to be one of the leading authors when it comes to giving readers a insider's view to Amish life.       If this book is a reflection of that insider's view then I am very disenchanted and disappointed.

This book centers around two sisters:  Ruth and Hen.    

Hen left home to marry an outsider.     She now has a young child and has become dissatisfied with the world.    She longs to go back to her Plain life.      My problem with this story line?     She is supposed to be the Christian in this situation.    However, she goes against every Biblical principal.    She doesn't try to work with her husband on the situation.     She leaves her home and goes back home to live.     She wants him to conform to her Plain way of life.        Her family does encourage her to reconcile with her husband, but the church only gives her advice to help her entice her husband towards the Plain life.

Ruth is the "good" daughter.    She joined the church early to avoid worldly temptations.    She has done everything by the book with one exception.    She has befriended the bishop's foster son.     She is the only one who can get Nick to come out of his shell.      At one point the bishop suggests that Ruth be allowed to court Nick so that they can tempt Nick to join the church and save his eternity.     Wow.

This is the first book in the "Rose Trilogy" which means that the story lines begun in this book will be continued in the next book; however, the ending of this book was so incomplete.    There is a huge difference between a cliffhanger "to be continued" and a frustrating "what happened?".    

With all due respect to Mrs. Lewis, this is not her best work.


ruthhill74 said...

Sounds somewhat intriguing. I've added it to my list. Thanks!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Glad to get your review... I go through phases with Amish fiction. I've borrowed a set from my sister to read, and I have another set here that I want to read. Most of the Beverly Lewis ones I have read, I have enjoyed, but I may end up skipping this set. Thanks! :)