Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Review: The Rose of Lancaster County by Murray Pura

 The Rose of Lancaster County-The Complete Series

The Rose of Lancaster County - The Complete Series 

From Amazon:

Rose Lantz is overjoyed with her life. Her Amish family has a lovely farm in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, she has a good friend in Lydia Beiler who loves to quit with her, her faith in God is strong and her Amish community warm and supportive, and she is engaged to be married to a handsome young man. But she came to the American Colonies when she was 10 and can still remember the persecution the Amish people fled in Germany. So when Lydia is accused of witchcraft by those outside the Amish community she is quick to help her friend's lawyer and speak up on behalf of Lydia during the trial. But her passionate defence of Lydia draws attention to her and soon it is Rose who is facing charges of being a witch. The charges sound so convincing that friends and family turn away from her. Even her fiancé breaks off his engagement. Soon Rose is on her own to face her accusers with no one to help but God. And one brave young man she had never paid any attention to before.

Murray Pura was born and raised in the Mennonite country of southern Manitoba. He began writing at an early age and his first story was published in a US Christian magazine when he was 16. Since that time Murray has published more than a dozen books and has been the recipient of a number of writing awards. His works include the Amish American novels A Bride's Flight From Virginia City, Montana; The Wings of Morning; and The Face of Heaven. A pastor for 25 years, Murray currently lives and writes in southern Alberta.

My thoughts:

As I read The Rose of Lancaster County, I was taken back to a time when innocent people were declared witches and burned at the stake. The emotions run high as the the author Murray Pura describes the peacefulness of the Amish lifestyle shaken by the accusations of misguided villagers.  Everything is described so vividly that I felt shock and scared at times but yet hopeful throughout.  

I admired Rose for her bravery to speak her mind and to never give up on finding true love.  She leans on God as she comes to grip with the loneliness of  finding out her friends may not be as loyal as she hoped.  

I just kept turning the pages in this book, never wanting to skip a word for fear I might miss something!    It was that good.  I can't wait to read the next installment of this series!  

A wonderful wonderful read!  

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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