This book far exceeded my expectations! I truly enjoyed this Amish novel and I cannot wait to read the second book! Lewis brings all the characters to life and my heart goes out to Nick! This is my first Amish novel as well as the first book I have read by Beverly Lewis! Can't wait to read more! :) A great read!
The Thorn is the first in this series, but I had read The Judgement first so I was really glad to get this book so that I could see what happened to Rose's mama and why she was in a wheel chair and I also wanted to see how Christian died. Rose was all the way Amish so much so that she didn't even want to have her running around time as a teen and went ahead and was baptized into the church. She had her boyfriend Silas but she was also very good friends with the Bishops' adopted son Nick. Nick was a down beaten boy that was so alone when the Bishop adopted him and he had been into a lot of trouble and did not want to be an Amish.
Hen, Rose's older sister had left the community during her running around and married an Englischer.
She is now missing her old way of life and hates this her husband does and the things he watches on TV while their little daughter Mattie is in the room. Divorce is something that is just not heard of in the Amish community but she is beginning to want to leave her husband and go back home. She had never been baptized into the church so she was not shunned. But when she and little Mattie shows up at her parent's home, they are worried and begin to push Hen and try to make her see that her place is with . They push Hen and make sure that she knows her place is with her husband and that she need to go back to him.
As always Beverly Lewis turns out a great Amish book, and she was the author of the first Amish book I ever read.
Thanks to Baker Publishing Group for sending me this book to review.