The Thorn By Beverly Lewis

7 Sep

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, and the events and decisions that change their lives.

Spirited Rose Ann Kauffman has long enjoyed a close friendship with the bishop’s rebellious foster son. Rose’s older sister, Hen–who knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man–cautions her against him, but Rose is being courted by another, and so dismisses the warnings.

Hen Kauffman Orringer’s impulsive marriage to an outsider divided her from the People, a decision she regrets now that she has a daughter of her own. As Hen struggles to reclaim aspects of Amish culture, her very modern husband pushes back, and the two soon come to an impasse. Can she find a way to reconcile her longing for the Old Ways with the life she has chosen?

Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country, is a former schoolteacher, an accomplished musician, and an award-winning author of more than eighty books for adults and children, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times. Her novel The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Writing memorable stories set in Amish farmland brings Beverly continual joy and inspiration. Her own family heritage is Old Order Mennonite, but she has many dear friends among Amish communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information, visit

Q&A with Beverly Lewis

My Impressions:

On the surface, The Thorn by best-selling author Beverly Lewis, is a sweet novel featuring a good Amish girl and her family.  But Lewis brings to the quiet life of the Amish, a tension in the characters that most writers would not.  Rose Ann, the protagonist of the story, is a sweet-tempered young woman —  obedient, faithful and sacrificing.  Yet she is a very complex character.  Rosie, as her family calls her, is a great observer of the lives of those around her.  For all her steady and care-free ways, Rosie is empathetic of the struggles of others in her life — her paralyzed Mother, her unhappy English sister, her troubled employer and her best friend, Nick, who can’t seem to fit into his old English life or the adopted Amish life he has known for so long.  Lewis does an excellent job of fleshing Rosie out — making her a very believable character.

Lewis also introduces the reader to a number of mysteries — what happened the day of Mamm’s accident, what or who is Mr. Browning hiding, and others that I can’t share for fear of giving too much away.  And the book ends with most not resolved.  As this is book 1 in a 3 book series, it is no surprise that the reader will be anxious to get her hands on the following sequels.

All in all I very much enjoyed The Thorn. The rhythm of the book matches its subject and the faith of those featured.   There is a joy and peacefulness that permeates each page.

Highly Recommended.

(Thank you to Bethany House for the Advanced Readers Copy of The Thorn.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)


One Response to “The Thorn By Beverly Lewis”

  1. Inspired Kathy September 9, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Just stopping by for the Blog Hop.
    I love Beverly Lewis!
    I’ve got some great giveaways this week. Hope you’ll stop by to visit.
    ~Inspired Kathy
    I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
    Giveaway Links:
    Over The Moon by Diane Daniels.
    The Aristobrats by Jennifer Solow.
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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