A Christmas Gift for Rose
Tricia Goyer has penned a heartwarming, Amish Yuletide tale set amongst the snow-covered hills of Berlin, Ohio, and of a young Amish woman's search to find out which world she truly belongs in---the Amish or the Englisch.
When her fiancÃÂ©, Jonathon Fisher leaves Rose Yoder and their Amish community to become a medic working in field hospitals during the war, she turns her back on him. Though still in love with Jonathon, Rose feels he has betrayed his faith by joining the war, and feels he is more Englisch than Amish. However, she has many lessons to learn about judging others when her world is shattered by the news that she was adopted and that her birth parents were not of the Amish faith. Rose searches for answers, and in doing so she finds out the meaning of true love, self-sacrifice, and God's plans for her life.
This is a wonderful read for any time of the year...truly thought provoking and enriching! Tricia Goyer touches on some deep issues that will leave the reader reaching for the tissues---adoption, shell shock and PTSD, and feelings of rejection. But she does so with finesse, compassion, and dignity to the sufferers...leaving no doubt that trusting in God is the answer to life's deepest problems. Nicely written, with realistic characters and storyline, A Christmas Gift For Rose gets a thumbs up from me!
January 25, 2014
Perfect Amish Christmas Story
Well, Tricia Goyer has done it again with another wonderful Amish story just in time for the holidays. There is never a dull moment in this book, and I was pleased to read about the real life inspiration behind this story. This is full of emotion, love, and of course, the strength of the Amish people. Tricia is a master at painting these people flawlessly without any kind of judgment nor criticism.
My favorite thing about Tricia is the way she seamlessly incorporates the Christian faith into each of her books. She never preaches, but she shows faith in action. While the story is somewhat predictable, it is a good kind of predictability. If you like Amish books, I call this one a must-read in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
January 3, 2014
An Amish Historical Fiction Romance
I would classify "A Christmas Gift for Rose" as an Amish historical fiction romance with an emphasis on the historical romance. Set near the end of World War II, this story opens with the main character, Rose, feeling both heart-broken and perplexed. Her ex-fiancÃÂ© has just returned from an overseas tour of duty as a medic. His choice was controversial and suspect because the Amish are pacifists. His people expected this man to go to jail for refusing to serve rather than volunteer before even being drafted. Rose has heard all of their worries, complaints, and judgments and feels she must stand firm in her decision not to marry after all. She hasnÃ¢ÂÂt heard his side of the story, though.
And RoseÃ¢ÂÂs life is about to change with unexpected news about her own, shaky standing among her people. Rose will have to come to terms with who she is and to whom she belongs as everything she believes is hers will seem to be taken away.
I enjoyed reading this story and appreciated how author Tricia Goyer handled such subjects as military service, post-traumatic stress, poverty, and adoption. Readers who favor historical fiction with an enduring message will want to read this book.
I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary eCopy for this honest review.
December 10, 2013
A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer is a touching and emotional story that deals with war, love, and Amish life versus life as an Englischer. Rose grew up during The Great Depression in a loving Amish family in Berlin, Ohio. She is engaged to Jonathan but she breaks the engagement when he enlists in the Army and goes overseas to serve as a medic during World War II. The Bishop and others in the community tell her that she should forget Jonathan for he has gone against everything that the Amish believe about war and fighting. When Jonathan returns to the community, he does everything that he can to change RoseÃ¢ÂÂs mind about marrying him by explaining that he worked as a medic and did no fighting. In an unexpected way, Rose learns that she was actually born into an Englischer family but was left with the Yoder family when her birth parents moved west hoping for a better life. Shortly after learning that she was born an Englischer, she also learns that Curtis who works at the grocery story is her brother and that she has three other brothers. After Jonathan learns of RoseÃ¢ÂÂs birth family, he leaves town and does not tell Rose where he is going or if he will be back. She is torn between remaining Amish or becoming an Englischer and she is also trying to decide if she should marry Jonathan.
Tricia Goyer did an excellent job in the writing of this book. It is a little book but a big story. The characters are so well developed that they come to life and I felt as if they were friends. Dialogue was gripping and kept me turning page after page and not stopping until I had finished the book. The description of all the scenes/actions taking place were vividly described so well that I was right in the middle of whatever was taking place. There were several surprises in the story and they just added to the enjoyment of the story. I really like that the author showed the faith and love of the main characters and how they looked to God for guidance and forgiveness. I especially liked the way the author ended the story and it left me wanting more. Would be nice if Tricia writes a sequel.
I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a great Amish story with a wonderful ending. Being based on a true story makes it an even better book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan as part of the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
November 6, 2013