As common with this particular author, the book was full of suspense. There were more than enough twist and turns in the storyline to make the reader find it difficult to put it down. Just when you think you know what will happen there is a turn of event. Great reading as always.
Rose Kauffman is still living in the past with only the memories of Nick Franco to keep her going. After Nick is suspected in his foster brother's death, he leaves the People, which leads to the silencing of his bishop step-father. Known by the community as the "rebel" instead of a grateful son, Nick knows he doesn't have a chance with either Rose or his family. Rose is left with the hope that he will someday return to them, and her feelings for Nick refuse to fade. Will Nick ever come back and make things right with the People, or will she always have to wonder what could have been?
Hen and her husband, Brandon are at an impasse. He insists she will be happy as a modern wife, and she tenaciously clings to her old-fashioned Amish upbringing. When Brandon has an accident which incapacitates him for a time, Hen brings him back to the Dawdi Haus to temporarily live with her and their daughter Mattie. Will they ever resolve the conflict between opinion of lifestyles, or will they loose their marriage to difference of convictions?
This final installment of the trilogy was good despite the rushing of the last 20 pages with Rose's intended. Lewis wraps up everybody's story in this final book, and not everyone has a happy ending. I was actually pleased that not everything turned out the way I expected, which is different from mainstream Amish culture media that exists today.
Lewis has a way of giving us a story that is full of twists and unexpected turns, and even though the end may be relatively happy, it is more realistic to real life in that it's not all sunshine and flowers the whole book through. It has just enough dose of reality to make it realistic. A thoroughly good read, and recommended to anyone and everyone.
"The Mercy" by Beverly Lewis is Book Three in The Rose Trilogy. The main characters of this book are two Amish sisters, Rose and Hannah, better known as Hen.
Hen has returned to her Plain life with her daughter, Mattie Sue in tow. She is taking care of her Englisher husband until his sight returns, hoping they can mend their differences.
Rose's chance of finding love in their community is becoming increasingly low. She keeps busy taking care of their family home for Mamm and Dat since Mamm's accident. She does not have a lot of time left for herself.
Bishop Aaron is still on probation or silencing as the Amish call it, removed from his ministerial duties due to his son's behavior. Rose has had a hard time understanding why the bishop's son Nick just up and left town after his half-brother's death.
Will Nick return to Lancaster County and explain his involvement? Will Hen and her husband work their problems out or will they go their separate ways? Will Mamm always be in extreme pain succumbed to a wheel chair? Will Rose ever find true love? The answers to all these questions can be found in "The Mercy," by Beverly Lewis.
This was a wonderful book. I love Beverly Lewis' style of writing. She makes you feel like you are part of the story, seeing in first hand. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes a good clean novel. It can be read alone or in sequence with the other Rose Trilogy books.
I received this book free from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.