I was so excited to open my mailbox a few weeks ago to find an advance reader’s copy (ARC) of Beverly Lewis’s new book The Thorn which is the first book in the new Rose Trilogy. My expectations for this book were met and exceeded.
Have you ever known what you wanted, and yet didn’t? Were so sure of the path your life was to take, and yet found yourself questioning if this way was the right way? Have you ever wanted to just forsake it all and start over? I’m sure most of us have at one point or another. It is no different for others, no matter what their culture and religious belief. Meet Rose and Hen. Two sisters with a lot of the same questions. A lot of the what ifs. What if that accident had never happened? What if Hen hadn’t met him? What if the Bishop and his family hadn’t taken in that foster son? Questions that really can’t get answered in this life.
Rose wonders how her life had turned out if her mom hadn’t of had that accident eleven years ago. Would she have been married by now? Would Hen have left home and their community? Rose finds herself caring for her frail mother after Hen leaves home prior to joining church to marry a man outside their faith. Her best friend is the Bishop’s foster son whom everyone says is up to no good. Then, Rose gains employment for the mysterious Englisch widower a few miles away. What is he hiding?
This story is riveting. I was drawn in and became a part of it. It was like I was a part of the Kauffman family, sharing their sorrows and joys. I love books that make me feel like I am a part of the story. I was so glad to finish it, yet I was also upset that I was done at the same time and I have to wait for the sequel.
This book is about so many things. The themes include faith, family, tradition, childrearing, duty and honor. These are all addressed within the context of the story unobtrusively. The plot isn’t contrived like other works of fiction I have read and the story flows beautifully.
I believe that a good work of fiction is more than just “brain candy.” While I do enjoy reading some “fluff” on occasion, I have never found Beverly Lewis’s writing to be such. The stories she tells are engaging, yet still impart important lessons for everyone.
I highly recommend this book. It is engaging, entertaining and insightful. Even if you have never read any of her work before, this is a great one to start with. And if you are like me, you will be anxiously awaiting the release date for the sequel.
I was given an Advanced Readers Copy of The Thorn written by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my reading it and writing and publishing an honest review. All opinions are mine and mine alone. No other compensation was received..