Once again, Lewis has a hit with the first book in her new Rose trilogy. The charming characters and captivating storyline underscore why Lewis has legions of loyal fans. They will all be anxiously awaiting the next installment.
Rose Kauffman has always been close to Nick Franco, the Bishop’s foster son, despite warnings that he is nothing but trouble. Nick refuses to join the church and the Bishop hopes Rose can change his mind. However, Silas Good, Rose’s beau, does not approve of their friendship. Rose’s sister, Hen, is having second thoughts about having married an Englischer and abandoning her Amish heritage. She does not agree with Brandon about how to parent their 4-year-old daughter, Mattie. Hen wants Mattie to learn the values she learned as a child. Will Rose be able to keep Nick from embracing the Englisch world that Hen now wants to reject? Will Hen have to choose between her marriage and her heritage? (BETHANY HOUSE, Oct., 352 pp., $14.99)
Leslie L. McKee