The Judgment (The Rose Trilogy, Book 2)

by Beverly Lewis

Paperback, 2011



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Bethany House Publishers (2011), 336 pages


Rose Kauffman is engaged to Silas Good, a well-liked Amish fellow, so why does she still pine for Nick Franco, the former foster son of the bishop? Especially now that Nick has left the Amish community under a cloud of suspicion after the death of the bishop's biological son. Meanwhile, Rose's older sister, Hen, has returned to live at her parents' farm with her young daughter. Hen and her modern husband, Brandon, are separated by mutual agreement, although he is threatening to sue for custody of their daughter if Hen does not return soon. Will the judge rule in Brandon's favor? Is there any way Hen can reestablish her place among the People without sacrificing her marriage?

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LibraryThing member wearylibrarian
Rose and Silas are engaged to be married but Rose still thinks of Nick, the bishop's foster son who left Lancaster County and is suspected in the death of the bishop's son. Hen has left her English husband and is now living in the dawdi house on her family's property. She is unhappy and missing her
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husband and to make matters worse, he is suing for custody of their child.

It took awhile to finish this book. I had a hard time staying interested in it.
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LibraryThing member rjmoren
This second book in Lewis' Rose Trilogy left me hanging and wanting to read the third in the series. I was able to read it without having read the first book. The story is told through the eyes of two sisters. Each of them have romantic woes related to outsiders, Englischers. This one really
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intrigued me as I wanted to see how the Amish deal with marriage outside their faith and simple life. Hen has left her outsider husband to return home to her plain ways. She has brought her four year old daughter and therein lies the problem with her husband. He wants them both home but does not see the importance of sheltering their daughter from the world. Hen's sister, Rose, is engaged but realizes her beau does not love her nor does she love him. I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this story of family, love, and faith.
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LibraryThing member gandybugs
I love the simplistic picture that Beverly Lewis paints for the reader. Having not read the first book in the trilogy, I felt that I was missing a lot. Usually an author will review the big events that happened in the first book, but this was not the case in this book. (I must admit it does annoy
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me when reading a series to have to “re-read” the previous books, so I guess I can not complain about this too much- I will just have to buckle down and get the first one!)

I loved the intertwining of the Plain life and the English life with Brandon and Hen’s marriage and the struggles that Hen had not only as a wife, but also as an Amish woman and as mother.

I found this book to be very entertaining, refreshing and a nice, light book to read. I look forward to reading the 1st book in this trilogy as well as the 3rd, when it comes out. I am never disappointed when reading a Beverly Lewis novel.
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LibraryThing member rphalliburton
An Advance Reading Copy about life in an Amish community.

Hen had married an "outsider" but has now come home with her 4 year old daughter. Her husband is threatening to file for divorce and sole custody of Mattie Sue.

Rose is engaged to Silas but realizes he loves Rebekah and Rebekah returns his
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love. Rose still has feeliings for Nick.

Hen's and Rose's mother, Emma, was injured in a buggy accident and is in a wheel chair unable to walk. She is in consant, terrible pain but refuses to see a doctor.

Problems abound but trust in God goes a long way to solutions.

At times I felt the book was a little slow; then remembered that was the Amish way of life - slow.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
Enjoyable read. The life of the Amish is always interesting to see and how the deal with things that are not usually a part of Amish life. Rose is engaged to Silas but is attracted to Nick and is trying to decide what choice she should make.
Hen has returned to her parent's house with her daughter
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and must deal with how to deal with her separation.
good read, third book should be just as good.
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LibraryThing member itsJUSTme
I liked this book a lot! I do want to remind people though that this is the second book in the series. I did not realize this, I thought it was the first. I was a l little confused at first, but I soon caught on as to what was happening.

Beverly Lewis sure has a way with character development! I
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loved the people in this book, especially Hen,. She was my favorite. But... boy what a jerk her husband is! Beverly even has a way with jerks, LOL. Now I really want to read the third book so I can find out what happens.

This is a very nice, quick and enjoyable read. Of course if you love all things Amish then this is a series you won't want to miss. I thought this book traveled right along and kept my interest all the way through. This is a Christian book so no sex or swearing.

Thank you - LibraryThing: Early Reviewers for this advanced copy to review.
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LibraryThing member kitchenwitch04
I think at one time I might have stated that I really didn't care for the Amish fiction written by Beverly Lewis. I had based this assumption on the fact that most of the books that I had scanned at the library that were written by Ms. Lewis always seemed so tragic - and I wanted to read happy
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books with happy endings. What I have discovered since reading quite a few books by this author, is that although many of her books DO deal with tragedy and sorrow, they also deal with strength to overcome, stong faith, and heartfelt determination. As I read this book which is the second book in The Rose Trilogy Series, I again realize, that in every life there is indeed struggle, but also so much more too. I now can say that I DO immensely enjoy reading this author. This particular book was a great quick read for me, and although I haven't read the first book in the series, I have already reserved it at my local libray, and will also request the third one when available. If you love to read about the Amish like I do, you should give this book a chance....but do yourself a favor and start at the beginning and read The Thorn first. That all being said, I truly enjoyed this book. Thanks to the Early Reviewers program for providing me with the opportunity to give other authors a chance - I was really missing out!!
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LibraryThing member WCallister
I have not read the first book in the series but the story was easy to pick up. Beverly Lewis did not disappoint. I am a big fan of her books and this was just as good.
LibraryThing member EdnaT
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Apr 10, 2011

The Rose Trilogy book 2
ISBN: 978076420600
Bethany House, Publishers


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
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"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 LibraryThing: Early Reviewers for this advanced copy for my review.
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LibraryThing member iluvf14
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member SABC
Romance, mystery, and family drama intertwine deep in the heart of Lancster County's Amish country. THE JUDGEMENT is Book Two in a gripping saga from Beverly Lewis.
LibraryThing member mwortinger
This is book # 2 in the Rose Trilogy. I had to go back and read the first one to understand what was going on. I enjoy reading about the Amish and it helps to understand their lifestyle a little.
Rose, Hen's sister, has fallen for the bishop's foster son, Nick while engaged to Silas. Hen has
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returned to her parents Amish farm with her daughter, Mattie Sue after separating from her plain husband. He is threatening to sue for custody and divorce if she doesn't return home. I'm am looking forward to #3 to see what happens. Rose and SIlas have called it quits, but will Nick come back in the picture? And what about Hen?
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LibraryThing member mrsjason
I honestly have no idea what's gotten into Beverly Lewis. Normally I love her books because she usually isn't preachy in her books. She's one of the few Amish authors who shows how their faith might not be as ideal as other books make them out to be. Several of her other series have even shown how
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the teachings of the Amish aren't even Christian. Usually I can always go to her books to show an unromanticized and realistic portrayal of the Amish as a culture and not as a utopia. However, I have had MAJOR problems with this new series of hers. This series has been nothing BUT preachy!

First the good: Once again I enjoyed Rose's story and I look forward to seeing where it leads to. I'm not quite sure at this point where her eventual path will lead but I am quite invested in her part of the book and was eager to learn more about her. I didn't really get into the parts with Beth but her relationship with Silas and Nick is good stuff. I felt that Rose is a more dimensional character than Hen is and seems to be more compassionate and thoughtful.

However I still cannot stand Hen. She is still very wishy washy and again, i don't know why she wants to stay Amish other than her reasons of it's safe, it'll keep her daughter innocent or it's the "right and only" way to raise a child. I seriously almost threw this book up against the wall because I was so annoyed at Hen. I'm really not sure what Lewis is trying to say here because through Hen we are made to feel like everything that is not Amish is bad, even down to calling your parents Mom and Dad. I also do not like the implications that one cannot remain faithful to God or the church (have other issues with that) if they have higher education. Hen seems to be very fixated on how Madonna is evil as well. There just seems to be so much legalism in the book and not real issues of honest faith. I swear to God if Brandon becomes Amish in the last book, I am going to boycott Lewis' books from now on. It's just the heavy implication that the only right way is the Amish way that is bothering me very much.

From almost all the reviews of the first book that I have seen and all the reviews of this book, it seems that I am one of the very very few people who feels this way. Most other reviews have been praising everything that goes on in the books and keep talking about how they want to live the Amish way. After reading this book, if living the Amish way means living like Hen then I would run away with a pole as long as the United States.
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LibraryThing member Robin661
The Judgment
Beverly Lewis
This novel is the story of an Amish family that is torn apart by a mysterious accident to the main characters mother. The main story line is about 2 sisters and each one is finding her way through their family, faith and life. I found this to be a good character story that
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I breezed through quickly. I am glad I waited till all books were available before I started reading. That way I could finish within a brief period of time and not have to sit on pins and needles wondering what next. The characters are realistic and the events are realistic. Of course there are little things that seem less believable although when you know some things about the Amish being accepting of the Lord's Will and plan in their life, it is more understandable. This story has a climatic ending that made me want for more. I am sincerely thankful that Ms. Lewis writes series, because sometimes a writer can get you so caught up in the characters and their world that I hate to leave it. It was an enjoyable book from start to finish.
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LibraryThing member adaynasmile
Another great book! Started the third almost immediately after finishing this one because I didn't want the story to end. The first section of this (and the next) are a bit repetitive and I wish she would kinda skip explaining so much but I understand why authors do, and just deal with it.
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Heartbreaking story that will have you longing for more!
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LibraryThing member lyssa73
this one was more interesting than the first, but it gnawed at me.
LibraryThing member judyg54
This story picks up where book one (The Thorn) left off. Rose and her sister Hen are both trying to figure out their future. Rose must decide if her new beau is really ready to be married to Rose, and Hen must decide what to do to keep her marriage and her from falling apart and her daughter taken
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from her through divorce. Rose will befriend a young girl named Beth and Hen will end up caring for her husband after an accident. Once again, the author leaves you hanging at the end, so on to book three I will go (The Mercy). A different look at the Amish and their concerns and the way they handle hardships in their life.
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I have read other books by this author though I can't remember if I read the first book in the trilogy. I think I did, but a while ago.

The plot seems fairly predictable (at least in where it is going) though there are some twists along the way.

From what I have read in Amish fiction different
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communities have different rules. There's a remark made in this book that Nick pursuing/getting a GED (or college education) would mean he could never become Amish. I don't think that's true as long as Nick hadn't already made the commitment to join the church and live under the Ordnung.

A different Amish fiction book had a former non-Amish woman who decided to join the Amish. I can't remember if she had any college education, but she probably would have at least had a high school diploma or GED. She was still allowed to join the Amish church in that location.

Another Amish fiction book indicated that sometimes the bishops did allow "higher education" (beyond the 8th grade level) if it would benefit the entire community. The example in that book was a veterinarian (or vet tech) who would be able to help the community treat their animals for diseases and problems.

So, as long as Nick was willing to put his ideas of higher education behind him, I'm not sure why he couldn't return to the Amish community and perhaps even join church.



When I said the story is predictable, I meant I was able to predict early on in the book what I suspect will happen by the end of the trilogy.
1. I suspected Silas and Rose would not end up married to each other (that appears to have happened in this book since they broke off their engagement).
2. I predict Silas and Rebecca will end up as a couple.
3. I suspect Nick and Rose will end up as a couple--not quite sure how Nick will return to the Amish faith (as I suspect he will have to in order for Rose to consider him as a husband as I don't see her choosing to leave the Amish faith--I believe if she did, she'd be shunned since she has already joined the church.)

I hope that Hen and Brandon will work out their differences and remain married. I am not sure if Brandon will agree to join the Amish (and again, this would be another circumstance that would challenge the "those with higher educations can't join the Amish church") or if they will remain outside the Amish church but keep many of the changes that Hen wants/proposed.

I hope that Emma gets some relief from her pain.

I wonder what will happen with the Brownings. Beth thought that they would have to move to be with her grandmother once the grandfather died--but there's been no confirmation of that by her father. There's also an upcoming visit with Beth's aunt (which I'm guessing will happen in book 3).
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