Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II---only to discover she's an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind---Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.
This little novel packed a very big punch! It is the sort of story that makes you want to read more about the time period and made me very sad that it had to end. If only there was a way to ask Goyer to write a sequel to their story! The setting was one I had never considered before through the Amish's eyes, and as it turns out, I loved it.
Between the time setting of WWII, the mystery of Rose's past, and the uncertainty of her future with Jonathan, this was a spectacular novel that is not to be missed! As the mystery of her life unravels, Rose discovers more about who she is and how the family she has is really the most important thing in her life. The best part was that Rose's story was based on a true story - and that just made this a spectacular read.
This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.
The story of Rose and her life changed by God's plan. His divine plan sometimes is not revealed until He is ready to unveil it.
Rose raised as Amish didn't remember being English. She is afraid to marry the love of her life. Her own life is full of dreams of her past she cannot figure out. And Jonathan went off to be in military - which Amish didn't do.
God brings two families together; an Amish and an English. Yet all of it is God's plan.
Jonathan could night in war because Amish did not believe in it. Yet he enlisted and worked in hospital. any Amish could not accept his. It put a wedge between him and Rose.
Be sure to have Kleenx's handy at times.
Romance, hardships, hard decisions, sacrifices and so much love. God's love is over all in every part of this story.
I'm so excited that there are already Christmas fiction books available and this one caught my interest right away! Rose is a seemingly typical Amish girl who has been raised with a loving family and has fallen in love with an Amish boy. Then one day this boy makes a crucial decision to enlist into the army as a medic leaving Rose and most of their small community in stunned humiliation. Rose decides to end their relationship while he is away and the Bishop approves of her decision. The Amish are known for being pacifists and participating in this war is something they don't do. She is angry, hurt, and feels like she doesn't know Jonathan anymore, that he is no longer trustworthy after making such a bold move.
I thought the overall opinion of the community was harsh for Jonathan and the way the women glare at Rose throughout the book was uncalled for. Then again, I know nothing of their culture and their ways__this treatment both Rose and Jonathan experience is brutal yet realistic.
Then Rose learns that her Amish family isn't her biological one and she spends the rest of the book looking for answers from her past and trying to figure out how to go forward with this new knowledge. There's one scene where she gets a new revelation of her Englisch family and her mouth makes an O, one second later after I'd read the same revelation my mouth made the same shape in total surprise!
There is a reference to the book Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Rose compares this story to her own for much of the book and it brought sweetness to the plot.
For some reason I kept picturing the actor Lucas Till as Jonathan, an Amish man turned Army medic and comes back the same yet not the same. Much of the book mentions other characters that fought in the war and even though they come back alive they suffered terribly at what they experienced while away from home. One neighbor suffers from PTSD and it was precious how Jonathan and others visit him and help him get his mind back.
It turns out that Rose is one of 8 children in her Amish family and even though her background is unique she is pure Amish in her thinking, her faith, her community, and especially with her family. She is given the ultimate Christmas gift from Jonathan that symbolizes the kind of love and future they will enjoy together. I was delighted in the answers she finds, but even more so in the way her family and God loves her. This book is sure to enhance the Christmas season for new and seasoned Tricia Goyer readers alike.
I want to thank Booksneeze and Zondervan for the review copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Rose is heartbroken when her fiance Jonathan volunteers as a medic during WWII. Why would he betray her, his family and his community? She knows in her head that the "right" thing to do is cut off all ties from him, but her heart insists on rebelling against her better judgement.
But then she finds out a secret that changes everything she once held dear. She is English!
Jonathan on the other hand persist that it is only God who can determine who is His, that salvation is not a birthright for Amish only.
Will there love bloom like roses in December or will uncertainties of the past cripple their future?
I really like Tricia Goyer and I love a good Christmas novella however even though I usually like anything to do with WWII I did not just fall head over heels in love with A Christmas Gift for Rose.
Sometimes it felt like the story was going too fast, like its Thanksgiving, BOOM! It's Christmas!
Still a good story and I did like the way it was based off of a true story.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Tricia continues to bring us wonderful books to read! I am really enjoying these Amish books by Christian authors! Thank you for sharing your talents and passions with all your readers!
In A Christmas Gift for Rose we follow Rose Yoder as she struggles with the fact that the man she loves leave to help the Englisch in World War II and turns her back on him, being encouraged by their Bishop and the community they grew up in...only to find out that she, herself, was born into an Englisch family! We find out how she came to be with the Yoder family and what most likely led up to her biological parents leaving her behind! This great story is inspired by true events. One of the great lessons in this book is that of discovering your own true identity! Rose struggles with this as she tries to choose what to do now that she knows she is Englisch, she recognizes the similarities between her and the main character in the book Heidi, which she reads to the children at the local school...but will she stay or will she go? What about the man she loves?
That pretty well sums it up...to get the answers to these questions, read the book and let me know what you think! Yep, short and sweet, just like the book! Some of my thoughts: One of the wonderful things I found in this story is how sometimes we might make choices that are not popular in our group of family and friends, but, in the end, the lessons learned end up helping us and others! Also, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the Amish view on their serving in the military. I mean, I understand their thoughts, but I also understand the views of those not part of the Amish, too! See question below to share your thoughts...
One of many quotes I'd like to share: "...it was time to let the future matter more than the past." (pg 121)
I would like to pose one of the included discussions to you: "During World War II most Amishmen chose to join the Conservation Corp or spend their time in jail or working on farms. How did the war impact these men and those in their community?"
Disclosure: As part of the Tricia Goyer 2013 Fiction Launch Team, I did receive a free copy of this book; however I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own!