Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review: The Thorn

Just finished reading Beverly Lewis' newest novel The Thorn. This book is the first in the trilogy and centers around the family of Rose Ann Kauffman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Much of Rose's young life revolves around caring for her mother who was involved in a tragic buggy accident years prior and has since been in a wheel chair. When she's not caring for her mother, Hen is often found helping take care of the families horses with the adopted Bishop's son, Nick, who works for Hen's father. Nick is still resistant after many years of living in the Amish community and while many in the community feel he will never be Amish, Rose feels a strong friendship with Nick. Could this relationship threaten her relationship with her new beau Silas?

Rose's sister Hen, leaves the Amish to marry an Englisher, but when her own daughter, Mattie Sue, takes up some not flattering habits, Hen wonders what her life would have been like if she had been raised Amish. Hen makes the difficult decision to move home with her daughter to sort out her feelings. Will she be able to mend the relationship with her husband?

I enjoyed this book, but felt the beginning was a little slow. I felt that there were a few good story lines beginning, but it took awhile for things to happen. The end of the story picked up pace, and left me wanting to know what is going to happen to the characters. I'm anxious to read the next book in the series, too bad it's not released until April 2011.

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