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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? Will Rose marry Silas, even while struggling with romantic feelings for Nick? Meanwhile, Rose's old 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? Will Rose marry Silas, even while struggling with romantic feelings for Nick? 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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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? Will Rose marry Silas, even while struggling with romantic feelings for Nick? Meanwhile, Rose's old 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? Will Rose marry Silas, even while struggling with romantic feelings for Nick? 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?

30 review for The Judgment

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    A good read. More later on this book. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond

  2. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Life continues to be complicated for Hen and her younger sister Rose. Since Hen returned to live with the Amish and to live the Plain life, Brandon is determined to divorce her. Just as the divorce proceedings are starting, Brandon ends up in a serious accident leaving him blind as a result of a head injury. Hen takes him home to take care of him. Will this save their marriage or will Brandon continue to be determined to go on with the divorce? Meanwhile Rose is engaged to marry Silas Good. Unfor Life continues to be complicated for Hen and her younger sister Rose. Since Hen returned to live with the Amish and to live the Plain life, Brandon is determined to divorce her. Just as the divorce proceedings are starting, Brandon ends up in a serious accident leaving him blind as a result of a head injury. Hen takes him home to take care of him. Will this save their marriage or will Brandon continue to be determined to go on with the divorce? Meanwhile Rose is engaged to marry Silas Good. Unfortunately another girl moved back to the community and Silas seems to be quite taken with her. At the same Rose cannot forget her old friend, Nick, who ran away from the Amish community. Rose needs to know where her and her fiancé's loyalties really lie.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christy Lockstein

    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, Br 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    I have, on several occasions, come into a series from somewhere other than the beginning. This usually is not a problem for me because so many authors are good at getting stragglers like me caught up on what has happened in the previous books. For some reason, The Judgment didn’t do that very well. Throughout so much of the book, I felt like I was lost and trying to figure out what was going on. I just never felt engaged or really into the story. I think this would not have been a problem if I h I have, on several occasions, come into a series from somewhere other than the beginning. This usually is not a problem for me because so many authors are good at getting stragglers like me caught up on what has happened in the previous books. For some reason, The Judgment didn’t do that very well. Throughout so much of the book, I felt like I was lost and trying to figure out what was going on. I just never felt engaged or really into the story. I think this would not have been a problem if I had read The Thorn first, but unfortunately, I will never know. This book was pretty good, considering my being lost for some of it. I like Beverly’s writing and her take on Amish fiction. This is a genre that I continue to warm up to and Beverly Lewis is a writer that I will certainly read again, but I think because of her writing style, I will be better off starting from the beginning of any future series. Overall, The Judgement is a good book. I’m sure fans of Beverly Lewis will really enjoy it and I can imagine myself being a Beverly Lewis fan after reading more from her.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Dyck

    Book 2 in the series and it just couldn’t get better. Rose has agreed to marry Silas Good who has been courting her for the last months. But she can’t forget Nick, a friend that was closer then she realized. It was to late though, Nick was gone, perhaps forever. Hen is facing her own problems. She realizes that she has created most of them herself. If she wouldn’t have left her home to marry Brandon, she wouldn’t be here today. Brandon has given her the choice of either a divorce or giving up her Book 2 in the series and it just couldn’t get better. Rose has agreed to marry Silas Good who has been courting her for the last months. But she can’t forget Nick, a friend that was closer then she realized. It was to late though, Nick was gone, perhaps forever. Hen is facing her own problems. She realizes that she has created most of them herself. If she wouldn’t have left her home to marry Brandon, she wouldn’t be here today. Brandon has given her the choice of either a divorce or giving up her ideas of returning completely to the Amish. When Hen’s time is up, she goes to her husbands’ lawyer’s office and waits for her husband there. The time is ticking away and he still doesn’t arrive. Then they get the news: He has been in an accident and has been admitted to the hospital. The results are….(You will have to read the book if you want to know, because I’m am not going to tell you). I liked this book just as much as the first one. The last book is coming right up.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This series continues to be pleasant with most of the things happening as you want them to. In this book, the remaining bad guy is smote by the god to suffer in blindness, while a psychic girl inspires and amazes... but don't worry, the author regularly makes sure you know that the bible backs up her visions as ok and not some hell-sent-witchery. Vampire guy finds a tastier girl, and Mr. Werewolf is MIA, but I'm pretty sure things will all wrap up nicely in the next book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Allen

    The second book in the series did not disappoint! The story drags just a bit towards the middle but the ending was well worth the wait. Heartwarming and charming storyline. Eager to read book 3! Favorite Quotes: “Sometimes God says yes, or no, or maybe- or wait for a while longer... And sometimes the prayers we pray help change *us* most of all.” “Happiness isn’t wanting what you can get, but wanting what you have.”

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I really enjoyed this book... although I kept getting frustrated with some of the characters, mainly Hen. Two wrongs do not make a right... leaving your husband because you are pining for your Amish past is not the right decision. No wonder her husband took the actions he did - I can't say I blame him, even though he made wrong decisions too! Inspite of the characters making foolish decisions... this book was better than the first and I am looking forward to the resolution in the third book!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: THE JUDGMENT Author: Beverly Lewis Publisher: Bethany House April 2011 ISBN: 978-0-7642-0600-9 Genre: Inspirational/Amish/Women’s fiction Two Amish sisters, reunited by unforeseen circumstances… Hen left the Amish years earlier to marry an English man, one that has completely destroyed—even forbidden—her to interact with her family. When Hen takes her four year old daughter and leaves her husband to return home to think, Brandon responds harshly, serving Hen with divorce papers, and threatening Title: THE JUDGMENT Author: Beverly Lewis Publisher: Bethany House April 2011 ISBN: 978-0-7642-0600-9 Genre: Inspirational/Amish/Women’s fiction Two Amish sisters, reunited by unforeseen circumstances… Hen left the Amish years earlier to marry an English man, one that has completely destroyed—even forbidden—her to interact with her family. When Hen takes her four year old daughter and leaves her husband to return home to think, Brandon responds harshly, serving Hen with divorce papers, and threatening to take young Maggie and move near to his parents, and far from her. Rose is promised to Silas, but she still can’t forget dear Nick, who ran from the Amish community when his foster brother, Christian, is killed. But a new girl has returned to the community as well, and it appears that Silas has eyes for her…not so much for Rose. Plus, Rose’s mother is worse, and it appears to be all Rose’s fault. With the family in deep turmoil, neither sister nor their father, Solomon, has a moment’s rest. But when another tragedy occurs, it seems things will only get worse. THE JUDGMENT is the second book in The Rose Trilogy by Beverly Lewis. I was looking forward to reading this book by my long time favorite Amish author and it didn’t disappoint. I felt for Rose, her sister, Rose, and for Solomon, all three main characters in this book. I was also glad that Nick made a brief appearance in this book. I can’t wait for the third book in the series The Mercy, coming in September of this year. If you like Amish fiction you will want to read this book, beginning with the first book in the series, The Thorn. THE JUDGMENT doesn’t stand alone. $14.99. 330 pages.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    One of the things I love about Beverly Lewis’s books are the characters. “The Judgment” is no surprise either. They are wonderfully crafted and stand from the page in full three dimension. I feel I could step into the story and pick right up with the characters, as well as I know them after reading these two books. In the second book of The Rose Legacy, the reader picks up again with the characters and situations established in book one. I would recommend you read these books in order, you will h One of the things I love about Beverly Lewis’s books are the characters. “The Judgment” is no surprise either. They are wonderfully crafted and stand from the page in full three dimension. I feel I could step into the story and pick right up with the characters, as well as I know them after reading these two books. In the second book of The Rose Legacy, the reader picks up again with the characters and situations established in book one. I would recommend you read these books in order, you will have greater appreciation for the story as a whole. There was a twist about two-thirds of the way through the story I never saw coming. I became invested in the emotions and circumstances of the characters and how they would tackle each challenge. Several of the story threads still need to be closed and I’m anxious to see the decisions made in the characters. The plot can seem to meander, but Lewis has built a strong story and I know I will always be satisfied with where the story is headed. The story is building to a head and I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the third and final book out this fall. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review through CFBA.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    The Judgement 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 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 wond The Judgement 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 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 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This is the sequel to "The Thorn" (Book 1 in the Rose Trilogy). The major highlights of the book for me include Rose Ann's courtship with Silas Goode, and Brandon and Hen's impending divorce. Rebekah Bontrager, a childhood friend, returns to Lancaster County after her family had moved to Indiana. Known for being exceptionally beautiful, Rose Ann begins to have some worries when she sees her interactions with Silas. There's a lot more to this courtship that Rose Ann doesn't know yet... Despite Hen' This is the sequel to "The Thorn" (Book 1 in the Rose Trilogy). The major highlights of the book for me include Rose Ann's courtship with Silas Goode, and Brandon and Hen's impending divorce. Rebekah Bontrager, a childhood friend, returns to Lancaster County after her family had moved to Indiana. Known for being exceptionally beautiful, Rose Ann begins to have some worries when she sees her interactions with Silas. There's a lot more to this courtship that Rose Ann doesn't know yet... Despite Hen's best efforts (and some surprising support from her family), Brandon becomes increasingly nasty towards her and blatantly refuses to have anything to do with the Amish. This leads to some vicious confrontations and poor Mattie Sue sometimes getting caught in the middle. But this tumultuous marriage isn't through just yet.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    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. B 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!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Rose is engaged to Silas, a neighboring farmer, but she still thinks about Nick, the foster son of the bishop who left the Amish life and didn't tell anyone where he was going. What about the new girl in town, Rebekah who seems to have an eye for Silas. And what about her older sister, Hannah, who has left her Englisher husband and moved back to her parent's Amish farm with their daughter. I love all of Beverly Lewis's books, can't wait for the 3rd book in this series. I know these are romantic fi Rose is engaged to Silas, a neighboring farmer, but she still thinks about Nick, the foster son of the bishop who left the Amish life and didn't tell anyone where he was going. What about the new girl in town, Rebekah who seems to have an eye for Silas. And what about her older sister, Hannah, who has left her Englisher husband and moved back to her parent's Amish farm with their daughter. I love all of Beverly Lewis's books, can't wait for the 3rd book in this series. I know these are romantic fiction, which I don't usually read, but I really enjoy the Amish fiction, reading about the close families, helping others in the community, dependence on God and belief that whatever happens in life can be used by God for good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janet C

    Got hooked on this trilogy. Just ordered Book #3. Continuation of a story of 2 sisters. One thatreained strong in the Amish culture and one (Hen) that married outside the Amish faith before she was baptized. Hen now has decided she wants her "English" daughter raised the way she was in the Amish ways and the struggle now with her "English" husband. Rose, her younger sister, who is baptized realized she has fallen in love with Nick a foster child of her Bishop raised in the Amish way but who left Got hooked on this trilogy. Just ordered Book #3. Continuation of a story of 2 sisters. One thatreained strong in the Amish culture and one (Hen) that married outside the Amish faith before she was baptized. Hen now has decided she wants her "English" daughter raised the way she was in the Amish ways and the struggle now with her "English" husband. Rose, her younger sister, who is baptized realized she has fallen in love with Nick a foster child of her Bishop raised in the Amish way but who left now that he is of age to return to his "English" roots. I know that in Book Three all will be resolved....these are easy reads and pretty predictable. But I enjoy light reading with a spiritual undertone. This particular trilogy is realistic and well written unlike some I have read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherrill

    Beverly Lewis writes very nice little books with nothing disturbing and nothing particularly unhappy. She almost makes you want to be Amish. Even though the book was pretty predictable--like I think she does not need a whole trilogy to tell her story. Still I just had to know what happened after I read The Thorn and I suppose when the final book of this trilogy comes out in Sept I will have to read that one too because she is the master at leaving threads undone. It is sort of refreshing to read Beverly Lewis writes very nice little books with nothing disturbing and nothing particularly unhappy. She almost makes you want to be Amish. Even though the book was pretty predictable--like I think she does not need a whole trilogy to tell her story. Still I just had to know what happened after I read The Thorn and I suppose when the final book of this trilogy comes out in Sept I will have to read that one too because she is the master at leaving threads undone. It is sort of refreshing to read something that does not have to be immoral to tell the tale. I know this isn't great literature but still it is worth reading. I was able to read it in a day because of a long plane trip back from the Boston marathon--no I didn't run in it myself haha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I had never heard of the "Amish Romance" genre before a friend loaned me "The Rose Trilogy" by Beverly Lewis. She is a wildly succesful author in this genre, having written 70 bestsellers, with several adapted into movies. Coming off reading "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls I wanted to read something light, where everything works out at the end. The trilogy was a very quick read, with a simple romance at the core of the story. You can see the plot twists coming a mile away, and some of the w I had never heard of the "Amish Romance" genre before a friend loaned me "The Rose Trilogy" by Beverly Lewis. She is a wildly succesful author in this genre, having written 70 bestsellers, with several adapted into movies. Coming off reading "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls I wanted to read something light, where everything works out at the end. The trilogy was a very quick read, with a simple romance at the core of the story. You can see the plot twists coming a mile away, and some of the writing is a little corny, but it was an nice glimpse into the Amish lifestyle. I don't think this this type of fiction is for me, but I can see the appeal.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    My Thoughts: I love Beverly Lewis. She is the ultimate writer for Amish fiction. She always keeps me interested in the storyline and I can honestly feel the authenticity of her characters coming through the pages. I believe her writing and am always fully engaged with the plot. I'm so happy that book three will be out in the fall...the suspense is killing me!!!!!!!!!!!! Recommend? Of course....Lewis is hands down the Queen of Amish Fiction. I love that she usually writes trilogies and her stories My Thoughts: I love Beverly Lewis. She is the ultimate writer for Amish fiction. She always keeps me interested in the storyline and I can honestly feel the authenticity of her characters coming through the pages. I believe her writing and am always fully engaged with the plot. I'm so happy that book three will be out in the fall...the suspense is killing me!!!!!!!!!!!! Recommend? Of course....Lewis is hands down the Queen of Amish Fiction. I love that she usually writes trilogies and her stories have never failed to capture my attention and imagination.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The 3rd book in this series could not come out fast enough! I made the mistake of buying and reading the first two books of this series well in advance of the 3rd book's release. Needless to say I was standing in my local bookstore on the day of release with book mark in hand and ready to read :-) The author continues to bring the trials of 3 main families to life in the 2nd book of this series. It is easy to get involved in their daily life as this book is very well written. It is a pleasing th The 3rd book in this series could not come out fast enough! I made the mistake of buying and reading the first two books of this series well in advance of the 3rd book's release. Needless to say I was standing in my local bookstore on the day of release with book mark in hand and ready to read :-) The author continues to bring the trials of 3 main families to life in the 2nd book of this series. It is easy to get involved in their daily life as this book is very well written. It is a pleasing thing to be released from everyday problems in our own life by virtue of a good book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    In the second novel in The Rose Trilogy, Beverly Lewis continues her saga of the struggles Rose and her sister Hannah endure in remaining true to their beliefs while fulfilling their place in the world. Should Hannah sacrifice her Amish beliefs to save her marriage? Should Rose sacrifice true love to marry an upstanding Amish man? You won’t want to miss reading this novel while you ponder what advice you might offer these two young ladies.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    The Judgment is yet another in a long line of romance novels set in the heart of Amish Country - Lancaster, PA that is. I've only read this second part of the Rose Trilogy, but am confident I could predict the plotline of both the first and third books as well. The story is rather treacly and formulaic with unnatural dialogue, but if you're a big fan of either Christian romance or Beverly Lewis, you won't be disappointed. Writing: C Plot: C Level: Easy

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    A Quickie Review The story in this one is a little bit better than usual, but everything else is just more of the same, though that isn't a bad thing.  I'm curious to see how Ms. Lewis will wrap the series up in the series' finale.  As I said in my review of the first book: "If you've read any of Beverly Lewis' Amish books, you know what to expect, and that's what you'll get from this book." Score: 4.25/5

  23. 4 out of 5

    M.K.

    LOVED jumping back into some Beverly Lewis...it had been far too long. The Judgment follows Rose through shifting dynamics in her relationship with her betrothed, Hen through the murky waters of a failing marriage, and the lovable Beth who brings hope and joy to the Kauffman family. Now I'm just wondering what happens in the final book...glad I found it on the library shelves!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Troup

    I love Beverly Lewis, but this series is boring, bland, and hard for me to get into the story. I feel like I'm trudging through the mud with this series. While I do like books about the Amish this one leaves me cold. I will finish the series but I don't really care for the Rose Trilogy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marianne Stehr

    Does nothing good ever happen on an amish farm? These stories are killing me. I want happiness for these people I grow to love while reading the stories, but alas it is not to be, I am not sure I can wait until Sept 2011 to continue this story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    the continuing story of the Amish family. Unfortunately there are no surprises or new ideas with the characters. Old plot, not entertaining enough. The new twist in this story is that the neighboring bishop might lose his pulpit because the foster son he took in did not choose the Amish lifestyle.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    I really loved this book! I didn't expect to like it this much, but it was intriguing and mysterious from start to finish! I will most definately be reading the next one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    The Rose trilogy continues with the second book picking up shortly after the end of book 1 (The Thorn). Nick has left the Amish in an attempt to return to the English world. Rose is newly engaged to Silas, and Hen is continuing to struggle to find a way for her husband Brandon to accept her desire to return to her traditional values as an Amish woman. The girls' mother Emma's health is on a worrisome decline from the pain she suffers due to her accident she suffered from a decade ago that left h The Rose trilogy continues with the second book picking up shortly after the end of book 1 (The Thorn). Nick has left the Amish in an attempt to return to the English world. Rose is newly engaged to Silas, and Hen is continuing to struggle to find a way for her husband Brandon to accept her desire to return to her traditional values as an Amish woman. The girls' mother Emma's health is on a worrisome decline from the pain she suffers due to her accident she suffered from a decade ago that left her paralyzed. The Kaufman family has another special guest in their home named Beth, who is the daughter of the widow Rose works for once a week cleaning and cooking. Mr Browning's father has fallen desperately ill and so he has left Beth (grown physically but with the mind of a child), in the care of Rose and her family so he can tend to him. Beth grows very attached to Emma, and prays with her frequently and reads her poems from her little notebooks. While the family is worried that she could be overwhelming Emma, Emma seems to simply find blessing and comfort in Beth's care and attention. Rose tries to spend time at home to care for her family, but is also busy trying to devote time to her new fiancé.  Unfortunately there is a new girl in town (or rather, a girl who has returned to town after her family moved away a few years ago), and Rose is concerned over the affections she appears to share with Silas. After she sees Nick working in a homeless shelter, her emotions only feel more overwhelming as to what to do. Hen's husband has gone full swing with his lawyer-brother helping him in filing for divorce from Hen. He has threatened that he believes a psychologist would deem Hen as an unfit mother due to her impulsiveness and desire to raise their daughter as Amish. It is against Amish tradition to have a lawyer and so Hen's father is firm in believing that she shouldn't get her own lawyer to fight for her daughter. He believes it should be left in the LORD's hands to work out. Just as with the first book, The Judgment leaves you feeling the need to continue with the next book to see how the LORD works out each of the characters' dilemmas. Will Nick return? Will Rose choose him? Will Brandon have a change of heart towards Hen and hope to fix their marriage? Will Emma find relief for her pain? Hopefully these answers can be found in book 3 (The Mercy)!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    In this second of a three-part series, Amish girl Rose Ann Kauffman spends most of her days taking care of her mother who was injured in an accident a few years ago and can’t take pain meds. While Rose is engaged to Silas, but when Rebekah Bontrager moves back to the area to be a ‘mother’s helper,’ she notices with concern how friendly Silas and Rebekah are. Rose’s friend Nick, adopted son of the bishop and his wife, left the community and supposedly is living in Philadelphia. His failure to joi In this second of a three-part series, Amish girl Rose Ann Kauffman spends most of her days taking care of her mother who was injured in an accident a few years ago and can’t take pain meds. While Rose is engaged to Silas, but when Rebekah Bontrager moves back to the area to be a ‘mother’s helper,’ she notices with concern how friendly Silas and Rebekah are. Rose’s friend Nick, adopted son of the bishop and his wife, left the community and supposedly is living in Philadelphia. His failure to join church is putting his adopted father’s status in jeopardy. Rose’s older sister Hannah, known as Hen, married Brandon Orringer, an Englisher, about five years ago and has a four-year-old daughter, Mattie Sue. Hen’s husband is preparing to divorce her and obtain custody of their daughter until he is injured in an accident. And if that’s not enough, Gilbert Browning leaves his special daughter Beth with them as he travels out of state to attend to his very ill father. So many story lines and characters, both major and minor, to keep track of. In this volume the reader again constantly jumps from the head and thoughts of one character to those of another character. While I like the story lines, the constant change of viewpoint is a bit chaotic.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Despite having been thoroughly unimpressed with the first book in this trilogy, I had no other brilliant notions of what to read, so I picked this one up. I truly thought that this one boasted both better writing and a better plot than the first book. I appreciated that there was quite a bit of up-and-down in the story, not a clear and quick solution to any dilemma. On the other hand, I was a bit let down by how neatly and quickly one of the storylines resolves at the end of this book, as if all Despite having been thoroughly unimpressed with the first book in this trilogy, I had no other brilliant notions of what to read, so I picked this one up. I truly thought that this one boasted both better writing and a better plot than the first book. I appreciated that there was quite a bit of up-and-down in the story, not a clear and quick solution to any dilemma. On the other hand, I was a bit let down by how neatly and quickly one of the storylines resolves at the end of this book, as if all the struggle has led to one lightning-strike moment of resolution. I also wish that the dynamic between Christian and Nick had been better explored or explained. I can't figure out how Christian could have treated Nick so poorly for the decade or so that they've lived together, and everyone but Rose seems not to have noticed, instead thinking Christian a saint and Nick a wretch. I'm pretty sure SOMEONE else in the community would have noticed, and I'd think that a community of faith would have worked hard to resolve the conflict long before that many years had passed. (I kept expecting to find out that Nick had been more broadly abused, perhaps by the bishop, given his behavior.)

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