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Posted May 1, 2011
The Judgment by Beverly Lewis is the second book in the Rose Trilogy. Rose Kauffman's Amish community is still recovering from the tragic death of Bishop Aaron Petersheim's son, Christian and foster son Nick Franco's running away. Rose's friendship with Nick makes her one of the few people not blaming Nick for Christian's death, but she's trying to focus on her new engagement to Silas Good. Elder sister Hen has returned home to live with her daughter Mattie Sue leaving her Englischer husband, Brandon, behind. But he's furious over Hen's seeming betrayal and is beginning to file for divorce and full custody of Mattie Sue. Hen and Rose's mother Emma is still battling crippling pain from a decade old back injury, and the suffering seems to be leading her toward death. This historical Amish story, it takes place in 1985, is thoroughly compelling. Lewis shows that the Amish face the same problems the rest of us do: loving the wrong person, the death of a child, facing tragedy and pain, divorce and broken marriage. The difference is that these characters do it all while trying to remain within the will of God, making their decisions complex and often incredibly difficult. Hen is a bit wishy-washy, but she comes across as very real. How would an Amish woman who has married an Englisch man in haste, deal with the natural differences that arise in marriage? How can she respect his authority as her husband and trust in God's will to be done when threatened with the loss of her daughter? Rose is also torn, between a good man she should love and a tormented man she shouldn't. Rose learns some lessons and gains maturity in this book as she really starts to evaluate her own feelings and acknowledge them. I was so sad to come to the last page of this book; I wasn't ready to say good-bye to the characters within. This just may be Lewis' finest work.
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Posted August 24, 2012
Kept me on edge! Though l do admit rash feelings towards Silas...oh how l wish he loved Rose! They made a great couple! Good book anyways....ENJOY!
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Posted June 14, 2011
The Judgment is the second book in the Rose Trilogy following The Thorn. We take up where The Thorn leaves off but you don't have to read book one to understand book two, which I think is excellent since it had been awhile since I had read the first book. As much as I love Beverly Lewis, I personally didn't think this was one of her best books. It seemed to drag along in places making a little more difficult to read. However, I did like the fact that Amish families have the same trials & tribulations as we all do in the modern world-- Illnesses, family discord, lost loves, and even divorce. Sometimes I think we tend to believe the "simple life" is so much easier than our modern life. No electronic devices, material things, and the rushing around of our daily lives. I think after reading The Judgment my perception has changed a bit. Is a book considered "historical" if it takes place in 1985? That's over 25 years-although it doesn't seem like it! It made me laugh to read that this was a "historical" book-I usually think that means 1940 or earlier. Guess that's my age showing.. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars given the fact that the story line was a little weak. Hopefully the next book follows along with a little more meat in it. I received this book free from the publisher through the LibraryThing book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Posted June 26, 2012
Part 2 is very good too. It is very well written and you are captivated the minute you start reading it. You can't wait to find out what happened after the first book and they flow very well together. I like that there is a Prolouge and an Epolouge in every book too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 15, 2011
The Judgement is the continuing story of Rose Ann Kauffman and her family. Loved getting reacquainted with everyone. Rose Ann is now secretly engaged to Silas Good, her sister Hen and niece Mattie Sue are living in the Dawdi House. Her Mamm is still struggling with the constant pain from her accident. Rose is still missing Nick, and the Community is morning Christian.
Mattie Sue is missing her Dad, who won't accept that Hen misses the Simple Life. Don't know what the answer is going to be here. Brandon is adamant that he wants Mattie Sue to come home. He is threatening a divorce and custody.
I can't wait for the next book with the answers...some things looks so promising. I love absorbing myself into this family. Another great book from Beverly Lewis!
Posted April 30, 2011
Posted April 29, 2011
We pick up where we left off in the book The Thorn with Rose Ann Kauffman, who struggles with the close and intimate friendship she shared with Nick, the foster son of the Bishop, who left town the eve of his brother Christian's accident. The town believes that Nick is to blame and they are holding the Bishop accountable for seeing that Nick returns home and makes amends for Christian's death.
The town believes that Nick never truly wanted to be a part of the Amish life. Yet Rose knows deep in her heart the kindness that is within Nick. After all their late night rides as children growing up, she longs for the day when she might see him again. Yet love of a new kind is lingering in Rose's future, a proposal from Silas Good. Only when the love of his life, Rebekah, returns to town to help with the upcoming birth of twins to her family, will he stay true to Rose?
Hannah or Hen still remains estranged from her husband Brandon Orringer. Taking her daughter Mattie Sue back to her plain ways, she struggles with her father in knowing which path is the right one to take to repair her marriage. What lies at the heart of the matter, is that Brandon is set on his English ways and keeping both Hen and his daughter in his home without the Amish influence. He shows up unexpectedly to speak to her father, only to inform him that he is giving Hen two weeks to come to her senses or he will begin divorce proceedings and will seek full custody of Mattie Sue.
In the sequel, The Judgment by Beverly Lewis, we see what becomes of the Kauffman sisters Rose and Hen in their struggles to do what is best in the heart but as in the eyes of God in this beautiful Amish romance novel. I love that Rose can hold on to great memories of Nick, despite all the negativity that townspeople have about him and tries her very best to help her sister Hen resolve the issues in her marriage being married to an English man. She tries to teach her that she must remember what brought them together and what is best in God's eyes for them all.
I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and must say I felt right at home once more with Beverly Lewis' characters in The Judgment once more as they manage through some difficult seasons together as a family. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars again! If you haven't read the Thorn, you may want to pick this one up first to read to gain an understanding of the characters histories although you can read this one as a stand alone as well and still enjoy it.
Posted April 15, 2011
Beverly Lewis was the first author that I read about the Amish and I think I have almost all of her books on my shelves. I have not read the first book in this series "The Thorn" and her third books comes out in September 2011 "The Mercy"
As I started to read this story I wish I had read the fist book as it details things that are in this book and I was missing. But all in all this one was good also, as Hen had left he English husband Brandon and with her little girl Mattie Sue came back to live at her parents farm. Rose and Silas are engaged but can she forget Nick?
Their Mother was in a lot of pain after her accident that had left her in a wheel chair, but she would not go to a doctor to see if something could be done. Will they lose their mother also.
As the story continues I begin to learn more about the family and things that had happened in the first book. The Bishop son had been killed in an accident and the foster son Nick had left his home. Rose and Nick were really good friends and she missed him very much.
This book as all of Ms. Lewis' is a joy to read and I was really surprised at the way the book finished up, it was something I really was not looking for.
Thanks to Baker Publishing for this book for my review.
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