Book 1 of the Rose Trilogy
by Beverly Lewis
The setting is Amish country in Pennsylvania. A beautiful place where Amish people live their lives, mostly isolated from the hectic pace of cities and suburbia. This story centers on Hen, her younger sister Rose and various people in their lives who seem to have their own needs that may not be best for these two sisters who were brought up in the plain ways of the Amish. Hen has married outside of the sheltered environment of her family. After realizing that her own daughter is not getting the type of love and discipline that she experienced in her own family home, Hen wants to find a way to return to her roots and remove her daughter from the fast ways of MTV on TV and being spoiled with worldly goods. Her husband is not cooperative in any way and claims to be agnostic. Rose is friends with a boy who was adopted by the Bishop, but has never really given up his worldly ways or become a true Amish son to the Bishop. Rose is interested in a Amish young man, who has shown interest in her and wishes to court her.
I really enjoyed reading this book. There are many characters within the book who add a lot of layers and texture to the main story. I've never read any of Beverly Lewis's other books, but look forward to reading more about Hen and Rose and how their lives progress. This book is worth reading and you won't be disappointed with the characters and the story. The book has definitely left me wanting more and as far as I am concerned, that is a high recommendation for this book.
Bethany House Publishers provided an ARC for me to read and review.