Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Thorn Book Review and Giveaway

The Thorn (The Rose Trilogy)
The Thorn by Beverly Lewis is the first novel in The Rose Trilogy, her newest Amish fiction series.  Young Rose Ann's best friend is a young man named Nick who was adopted by the bishop's family nine years ago.  They are neighbors and Nick employed by Rose's father, but Nick is not Amish and does not want to be.  Rose Ann's sister, Hen, who married an English man now wants to be Amish again despite her husband's protests and their poor daughter Mattie Sue  is caught between them.  Rose Ann's employer is hiding something and Rose Ann is interested in being courted by Silas Good.  Will Nick leave the Amish and will Hen return to her rightful place with her husband?  How does Rose Ann handle all of these changes?

I was very intrigued by all of these forbidden situations among Rose Ann's family.  I felt as I read through this novel that things were very unsettled and actually it didn't seem like there was a conclusion to many of these situations which is why I'm really looking forward to the next book.  I thought Beverly Lewis did an excellent job developing characters and creating conflict.  She really captures the spirit of the Amish and weaves a very entertaining novel with plenty of drama and a few surprises.

*This book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this book and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*

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