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The Thorn (Rose Trilogy #1)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  4,361 ratings  ·  318 reviews
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 on the fringes of the church, and the unforeseen discoveries that change their lives.
Rose Kauffman, a spirited young woman, has a close friendship with the bishop's foster son. Nick dresses Plain and w
Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Diamond Cowboy
I enjoyed this book emmensly. It is a story of two sisters on the fringe of the Amish religion making a life in the Pennsilvania Douch country of Lancaster County PA.
I recommend this book highl
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Rose Kaufman and her parents live as Old Order Amish in southern Lancaster county Pennsylvania. She has an older sister named Hannah that is married to an Englisher and they have a young daughter named Mattie Sue. Hannah and her husband Brandon do not live as the Amish. Brandon is repugnant towards Hannah's family and the Amish world. In this first book of The Rose Trilogy, Hannah (nick-named Hen) and her husband are at odds against each other. As Mattie Sue grows, Hen sees the error in marrying ...more
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This story revolves around sisters Hannah (Hen) and Rose Ann Kauffman. Hen left the faith to marry Brandon, and Englisher, but after five years and a daughter she is longing for the life she left behind. She takes a job working in a fabric shop and soon starts wearing amish attire and making amish dresses for her daughter Mattie Sue, even though her husband is against it. When she decides to take a break from her marriage and move back home, will it be the end of her marriage, and how will the c ...more
Shari Larsen
This is the first book of The Rose Trilogy. It is the story of the two Kauffman sisters. Rose, a young Amish woman who joined the church at 15, has a close friendship with the bishop's rebellious foster son Nick, and is also being courted by Silas, a good Amish man. Rose also works doing cleaning and cooking for an English widower, but is curious as to why he never lets anyone upstairs, and she wonders what he is hiding. Rose is also primarily responsible for caring for their crippled mother.

This is the first book in The Rose Trilogy series, a new series by Beverly Lewis.

I was graciously sent this copy to review by Bethany House Publishers but am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest review.

The Thorn primarily follows the stories of two sisters, Rose Ann (aka Rosie) and Hannah (aka Hen). The two have taken drastically different paths with Rosie getting baptized into the church at a young age, and not even participating in a running around period. Hen however
Elizabeth Dyck
Beverly Lewis is along-time favorite author of mine, so I just had to get this book (and the rest in the series). Her books aren’t just romance novels they are inspiring and an encouragement to the people who read them.

The Thorn is the story of a young woman named, Rose Ann. Her heart is devoted to the Bishop’s foster son but has agreed to marry another.

Rose Ann and Nick have many fun times together, though some of the things they do are frowned upon by the church.

When Nick and his brother Chris
Why I wanted to read this book:

* I believe that no one does Amish fiction like Beverly Lewis and whenever she has a new book I'm the first on the list of requests!!

What worked for me:

* I absolutely loved the premise of the storyline for this trilogy. I think Lewis is really taking risks in this book and writing about taboo subjects within the Amish culture and shedding some light on them.
* Lewis portrays the Amish as real humans, not saints and that is why I really enjoy her books.
* Many of
Inspired Kathy
I've read at least a dozen other Amish novels by Beverly Lewis. I've enjoyed all of them. Unfortunately this one has been my least favorite. For some reason I still can't figure out I just didn't connect with the characters in this one or really care about the story. It was still a good read, one I don't regret taking the time to read and I'll likely read the sequels sometime in the future just to find out how the story ends. I think it was just a problem of having too high of expectations and b ...more
Zoe McCarthy
Like Beverly Lewis’s other Amish novels I’ve read, The Thorn, charmed me. I looked forward to each opportunity I could read further. Lewis gives us a look at how two sisters’ hearts battle luring desires. One to stand firm in her faith and the other to return to her faith. What I thought Lewis did well was to show good and bad aspects of pulls on our hearts, both physical and mental. Loyalty versus the right choice. Marriage versus the right faith. Choices aren’t easy.

I identified with ROSE KAUF
Oswego Public Library District
This is a gentle bittersweet read about a 'thorny' issue. As Amish young adults approach adulthood, they must make some big choices about joining the church or leaving the only community they have ever known. They are also expected to marry young and this process of dating and selection is highly monitored. Two sisters both grapple with the issue of marrying Englishers revealing how difficult it can be to merge these two ways of life. The Amish lifestyle is portrayed as perhaps just a little too ...more
This being the first Amish fiction novel I have ever read, I honestly had absolutely no idea what to expect. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the unique culture that this book brought to light and am very happy that I decided to give it a try.

I am not usually interested in multiple points of view, especially if the situation is just repeating in the point of view of different characters. However, Ms. Lewis did an excellent job of juxtaposing Hen's longing for home and Rose's anxiety about her futur
I really hate giving up on a book I do. But I gave this one until chapter 15 and it was such a snoozefest I found I was forcing myself to read it. I gave it a good honest try but there are too many other books on my TBR list to continue with this one. Don't get me wrong it's well written just totally boring to me.
Jul 22, 2014 Lwf rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lwf by: Mom
Mom gave me this entire trilogy last year, I just got around to reading the first in the series, "The Thorn."

This book is basically about two sisters, Rose and Hen, one who has left the Amish and married an Englisher and one who is single, still at home and caring for their mother who was injured in a buggy accident.

Hen, the married sister, begins to have second doubts about her English life and raising her young daughter with TV and English ways.

Rose is best friend with a foster son of the
Becky Day
Well written; I want to read the next in the series; quick read.
This is a gentle read about a 'thorny' issue. As Amish young adults approach adulthood, they must make some big choices about joining the church or leaving the only community they have ever known. They are also expected to marry young and this process of dating and selection is highly monitored. Two sisters both grapple with the issue of marrying Englishers revealing how difficult it can be to merge these two ways of life. The Amish lifestyle is portrayed as perhaps just a little too wonderful a ...more
I read books 2 and 3 in this series first. I wanted to know more about the Nick and Rose relationship. The first half of the book dragged for me, and I almost gave up reading it. I had it on my kindle, and had renewed it once, and had to put it on hold before downloading it again. I had read 51%. The second half of the book was much more interesting to me. Rose finds Mr. Browning has a slow daughter has been hiding in her bedroom and the attic. She makes friends with her, and has her dad bring h ...more
Michelle Pautzke
This book was interesting, some parts slow but the more I got into it, the less I wanted to put it down!
Read for

The writing is pedestrian, and the situations are eye-rolling, but in the end, damn if I didn't want to find out what happens to these characters. It's easy to see her appeal indeed - especially since most of her books are a trilogy or a series.

But, readers of this type of I supposed to WANT Hen to work it out with Brandon? He's horrible. All of the men are horrible - cranky, controlling, jealous, awful. I guess this is what a pre-femi
Rex Libris
I would say this was a typical Beverly Lewis young Amish woman finding her heart kind of story, but this story adds some additional elements to the story. The heroine of the story makes regular trips to the local public library and reads romance novels in the line of Jane Austen. In the story she is reading Emma and Lewis makes a feint like the young woman, Rose, will end up in the same way.

Other characters included an Englischer dad who moved to Amish to protect his autistic daughter, and Rose'
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3.75 stars


"Two Amish sisters divided by one sister's impulsive marriage to an outsider.
Hen longs for the Old Ways she left behind...
Rose is unsure of her own heart-devoted to the bishop's rebellious foster son, yet courted by another."
-from the back of the book

What I Liked:

I haven't read Amish fiction in awhile, so it was great to read some of that again! I hope I can get the next book soon cuz this one ended on a cliffhanger. Which I liked! I want to read more Amish fiction so
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Rose Kauffman is sure she will always be Amish, in fact she is so positive, she did not have a rumschpringe. She joined the church without having one. Will she regret doing that? She is positive that she will not regret it, she loves her life and she loves being Amish. Rose is stretched a bit thin with all the things she has to do, taking care of her mother, and her regular chores. Plus working for Mr. Browning cooking and cleaning, time often is not a commodity that is plentiful for Rose, but s ...more
Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House
September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0574-3
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Rose Ann Kauffman joined church when she was only fifteen to please her father and ailing mother. But she’s close friends with the Bishop’s foster son, a young man who has yet to join church and openly flaunts some of the English ways.

Hannah, Rosie’s older sister, married an English man, and they have a young daughter. But now, Hen is yearning for her Amish roots. She take
There are no Amish communities in New Zealand, where I live, but books on the Amish fly out the door of the library I work in. There is an appeal to reading about different lives and culture, and the choices people make. Perhaps it's because we lead such complicated lives now, with huge choices that a very prescribed, simple life seems so ideal?

this is the first in a trilogy about two Amish sisters. Hen - Hannah - fell in love with en "englisher" she met on a snowy night. Disobeying her family,
Clockstein Lockstein

The Thorn by Beverly Lewis is the first book in the Rose series. Rose Ann Kauffman has always been the good daughter in her Amish family. The youngest of several children, at twenty-one, she' responsible for caring for her disabled mother since her brothers are all married with families of their own and elder sister Hen left the community to marry her Englischer husband. Rose's long friendship with the bishop's foster son, Nick, may be the only thing keeping him from leaving the Amish, but what
Beverly Lewis is a wonderful storyteller with an ear for dialogue and her knowledge and affection for the Amish community is evident throughout. This book begins the Rose Trilogy. The story is mainly about Rose and her sister Hen. Rose is completely devoted to the Lord and the Church, having forsaken her running around time to join the Church early. She is working on her father's farm, helping out in the stables and to take care of her invalid mother. One day a week she cooks and cleans for a no ...more
The Thorn by Beverly Lewis is one of those easy read books that can leave you feeling good about yourself and with an unfulfilling story. It was enjoyable but never felt quite true to me.

Beverly Lewis is best known as an Amish fiction writer. She has a couple dozen books that show facets into Amish life. All her books seem to revolve the central themes of love and faith. My mom and I have been reading her books for years. Knowing how much my mom enjoys these books, I knew that this would be one
Paul Fergus
Has all the right ingredients, but too much ambition and not enough skill keep this book from being just right.

Split narratives are always a risky choice. They shouldn't be undertaken lightly, lest an author divide their narrative ammunition between two stories when one is all they can handle.

On the one hand we have Rose, the younger of two sisters dealing with the intrigues and daily life dramas of her community as she comes of age. Will she choose the good boy or the bad boy? Great stuff, lots
Beverly Lewis is a gifted storyteller. I enjoyed the story line about Rose who was a young woman with a love for her lifestyle and family. She has a heart for her sister who left the community and went into the world and was now facing marital issues that are heartbreaking to her family. The only real problem I had with the book is that it would seem, thus far, that the only faith real is Amish faith. Yes, one growing up in the Amish community would believe this. However, this idea is sadly not ...more
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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher's Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous best
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