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The Thorn (Rose Trilogy #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  5,033 Ratings  ·  366 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 wo
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Diamond Cowboy
Nov 01, 2015 Diamond Cowboy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2011 Katrece rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 13, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2011 Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2010 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Aug 15, 2014 Teri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michelle Pautzke
Oct 11, 2012 Michelle Pautzke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting, some parts slow but the more I got into it, the less I wanted to put it down!
Becky Day
Well written; I want to read the next in the series; quick read.
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Dec 04, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not a heavy read. Lewis does a good job of keeping the reader intrigued. I've never read her books before until now and wasn't sure what to expect. I certainly feel as if I've been transported into the world I'm reading about.
Oct 25, 2016 kimromie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis writes a good novel and I enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend the author to others. Thanks.
Dec 28, 2016 Marg rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Good. It was slow to start and had some typos in the book. It picked up, the characters were interesting and real. Though the ending didn't wrap things up at the end.
Janis Cox
Jan 12, 2017 Janis Cox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story. The characters are wonderful and I want to follow their lives and understand their thinking. Going to read the second one.
Nichole Reynolds
Dec 10, 2016 Nichole Reynolds rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Great series.
Faith Brooks
Oct 11, 2016 Faith Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book about the Amish community. I can't wait to get started on the last book in this trilogy.
Jan 17, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2014 Daphne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Mar 08, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 11, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Peggy Morgan
May 24, 2011 Peggy Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In “The Thorn”, Lewis’s most recently nominated title for the 2011 Christy Award, she returns to her beloved Lancaster County this time to tell the story of the Kauffman sisters as they struggle with their faith and their relationships with the men in their lives. Hen, the elder sister, is an impetuous woman who regrets her decision to leave her Old-Order Amish family to marry a worldly husband when she sees the negative effects of the modern world on her four-year-old daughter and her marriage. ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christy 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
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
Donna Monroe
Jul 23, 2016 Donna Monroe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Blown away again with another awesome story. Lewis is an exceptional story teller. Kept me interested from page 1. Nick uprooted from his alcoholic mother who promises to get her life back in order and come get him one day, is taken to live in an Amish community with the Bishop's family next door to Rose. Sad he never adjust to their way of living and continues to hope his mother will come get him like she promised. Rose feels compassion for Nick and befriends him. They grow up confiding in
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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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