I was so excited when this little book came in the mail. I love a good Amish book and I love Christmas. This book was such a fun read. It was inspired by a true story which made it so much better.
It is written in the time of World War II . Rose finds out that her life has been a lie ~ she is not really Amish at all. She was abandoned and taken in by her Amish parents ~ whom she loved with all her heart. Why did her birth parents leave her behind? Why had her family not told her the truth? What will the man she loves do when he finds out she is not really Amish? Will he love her? Will she even be allowed to stay according to the the Bishop? Does she even want to stay Amish? So many questions to answer in this little novella.
I loved this book and could not put it down. What a great Christmas gift this would make. I give it 5 stars!
Relaxing book to read during the holiday season...
October 10, 2013
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
I do adore Christmas books... I have at least... one, two, three, four, well never you mind! One more is just what I need. I mean like. ~smile~ Litfuse sent me a free copy of A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer in exchange for an honest review. (Just for you Mr. Government man!)
This book is well worth the asking price of $15.99. It's a gentle story of a young Amish woman whose best laid plans are going awry. It begins with her love, Jonathan, going off to World War II to serve as a medic. This is a major no no for the Amish. Other young Amish men sat out their days in prison or government work programs for dodging the draft as conscientious objectors. When the community finds out Jonathan went to war, they pressure Rose over his decision.
She then found she was adopted which leaves her feeling lost, alone, and afraid. Her decisions about how to handle the situations will shape her life forever. Tricia Goyer based this novel on a true story an Amish man told her of his grandmother growing up in the Great Depression and how her Englisch family left her with an Amish family to raise because of their extreme poverty.
This is a relaxing book to read during the holiday season that will encourage you to strengthen your faith and to be close to your family.
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I love Amish fiction and I love Christmas stories so I knew this would be a winner. To make it even better it was inspired by a true story, Win Win! It was a sweet, endearing read that went by way to quick. I know this is one I will read many times. You will be on a roller coaster ride with Rose one minute your going to be sad then next happy. Rose is in love with a man her community and bishop are telling her to forget. Rose loves him with all her heart and she can't get forget the man she loves can she? She does give in to the pressure but he comes back and wants her back. Can she take him back? Just when she thinks she has her life somewhat figured out a bombshell drops. Rose wasn't born Amish she was born an Englisher, left by her birth parents to live with her adopted parents.
Rose is all confused and upset, she begins to question everything she was taught as an Amish girl. Can Rose get all the answers to her questions? Can her and Jonathon find their love again? Will Rose meet her birth parents? Will she stay Amish?
A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer is a wonderful book that I'm so glad to have on my bookshelf. I know this is one I will read many times over. I also know that I must go find more of her books at the library!
thank you Booksneeze for sending me A Christmas Gift for Rose, I really loved it!
This book I felt was a lot like other Amish books. I LOVE them so it is always a joy to go through and read another one. It was especially interesting because I have family in Ohio near Berlin and we travel through there when we go to visit. The book was a good love story about how someone went away to help at the military hospital but did not go against his religious beliefs and came back to the Amish community. It's like there are two stories in one and then they come together. The second part was the girl, who was adopted by Amish, so she was born and Englisher. It was a fantastic book about how people from two different communities but not, come together and see how God can use their situations and lives. The girl finds her brother, or rather, he finds her and lives in the Amish community with her family.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes any type of Amish story, or good love story. Definitely one I will be reading again and giving to my mom for Christmas, as she also loves the Amish area and remembers going to Berlin.
Rose Yoder is as Amish as anyone could ever be and she dreamed of an Amish wedding to Jonathan Fisher. That is until Jonathan decided to join the ranks of World War II. All Rose can see is that Jonathan had turned his back on her and everything they stand for. The Amish are not fighters and she feels Jonathan was wrong in his decision. Rose's world is thrown off balance by what she sees as Jonathan's betrayal and, on top of a broken heart, she finds out her life isn't quite what it seems. Rose finally finds out the reason for her constant nightmares... She was adopted by the Yoders but, worse yet, she's not Amish. Can Jonathan and her family make her see that no matter who her parents were she is as much a part of the Yoder family as if she had been born into it?
Jonathan Fisher has loved Rose for years but he feels he can be more help on the battlefield administering medical aid to the soldiers than sitting in prison for his refusal to join. The one person that he hoped would understand has turned her back on him, he is on the verge of being ostracized by his community and is beginning to think he would be better off in the Englisch world. His love for Rose is what keeps him rooted in their community but Rose is pushing Jonathan away and it has nothing to do with him leaving and everything to do with the secret of her past. Can Jonathan help Rose forget the past and move into the future at his side? Will his Christmas gift help her to come to terms with past?
I have to say I truly adore Amish fiction and a Christmas Gift for Rose did not disappoint me. I could plainly feel the war going on in Rose's heart and mind. She was Amish but, yet, she wasn't. It was an emotional tug of war but I loved the fact that she didn't have to face it alone. Her entire family stood by her and Jonathan's support was heartwarming. Even though Jonathan was dealing with his own deamons he fought for Rose and gave her the greatest gift she could have ever hoped for. The characters were absolutely loveable and the storyline was definitely different than any I have read before. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into their lives, sharing the hurt and the happiness. Tricia Goyer is a new author to me and one I will be adding to my "Favorite's" list.
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review**