A heartwarming novella based on a true story. This was a quick easy read and left you warmed by the love that saturates the storyâ€”the love of an adopted family; the love of a biological family; the love of a young couple; and the love of our Heavenly Father.
Nightmares plagued Rose for years. Now, when faced with the truth of why these dreams haunt her, she has to come to terms with who she really is. Rose wondered, could she be Amish, although she was born Englisch?
All the while, Jonathan struggles within himself after returning from WWII as an army medic. After all, his decision to enlist was not the Amish way. Would his community accept him even though he had lived among the Englischers?
"It jest seems like a good idea to come to peace with your past before you plan your future, does it not?"(A Christmas Gift for Rose, page 100) Can their personal struggles be overcome so that they can share their love?
I highly recommend this book as a beautiful way to welcome the celebration of Christmas and the gift we were so freely given through the birth of our Savior. Throughout this story you will learn of sacrifice, immeasurable love, and discovering who you are because of Christ's love for you.
As a member of Tricia Goyer's Fiction Launch Team, I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation has been given.
World War II has recently ended and Rose Yoder should have been married to Jonathan by now but he ashamed their community when he voluntarily joined the military as a medic, a decision that went against the Amish pacifist way of thinking. Rose wanted a good Amish life, not a worldly one. How could Jonathan have turned his back on her and their future? But perhaps the recurring nightmare Rose has had much of her life holds the secrets to the reason she has broken things off with Jonathan. Can Rose trust Jonathan with her heart and her secrets?
Jonathan knew he couldn't stand the Englisch gazes and comments and stand by and do nothing when so many other men were giving their all for the war effort. Even though the war is over, the results of his choice and the war itself may be with him the rest of his life.
Tricia Goyer has woven an Amish tale of love, faith, sacrifice, and forgiveness that is set in one of the most magical times of year--the Christmas season. It is full of surprises with the twists and turns that will keep you guessing. For an enjoyable afternoon read, pick up the new novella, A Christmas Gift for Rose, for your own reading pleasure or as the perfect gift. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the story felt complete even though short.
I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way obligated to leave a positive review.
"Rose couldn't get Jonathan off her mind. He'd captured a large slice of her thoughts since that first evening three years ago when he'd stared at her over the fire pit at the Yoder's place during a Singing. Distance had not lessened her care.
When he'd gone overseas, Jonathan had written and told her he worked at the hospitals away from the front lines. Rose should have been thankful, but as a pacifist he should have had no part in supporting the war - not even in the hospitals. If Jonathan had been drafted, that would have been one thing, but he'd volunteered. And while other young Amish men waited out the war on the home front, growing gardens in the small county prisons or working for the Conservation Corps, Jonathan had left their Amish community and traveled to a distant county with armed soldiers. He'd trained in their camps and made friends with outsiders. The shame! And she was the one left to see the disapproval in the gazes of her fellow Amish. To hear the women's comments around the sewing circle. She was the one who'd received a visit from a very unhappy bishop upon the discovery of what Jonathan had done and where he'd gone.
Pretty soon he's going to stop being Amish. Most likely he's already made that choice," the bishop had commented after it was discovered that Jonathan was in France. His disapproval had been clear. Though they were friendly with their English neighbors, there was a dividing line. Though invisible, the barrier was all Rose had been raised to know. There was "them" and "us." Rose knew there was no middle ground.
Being among the English had no doubt changed Jonathan. Supporting the war most likely did too. In all their months apart her feelings for him had never waned, yet how could she continue loving someone who had chosen to follow the world's way?" (pg 8).
In the latest novel from best selling author, Tricia Goyer, A Christmas Gift for Rose, takes us back to the Amish community located in Berlin, Ohio during 1945, where we see the struggle that is working in the life of Rose Yoder when Jonathan left the Amish to join in the war efforts as a medic. It goes against everything they both were brought up to believe. Now that he has returned home, she has assured herself that their relationship is over but why do these feelings for him continue to linger? What will happen when Rose discovers that she too was born English? What will happen to the feelings she still has for Jonathan or will the faith she was brought up on as an Amish woman be too hard to let go of?
I received A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer compliments of Zondervan Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the review is based on my personal opinion of the book. I love getting the opportunity to review books that bring not only a love for reading during the Christmas season but also share a wonderful message that lasts long after you finish the final page. Tricia Goyer is definitely one of my favorite authors so I LOVED being able to review this book just in time for the upcoming Christmas season. Trust me, you'll want to pick this one up if you love Christian Amish Romances set in the 1940's during a time of war for both the Amish and English communities. This shows what it really means behind sacrifice, deep love and discovering one's own true identity. The answers might just surprise you. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
Tricia's latest book is definitely a "to read" and one that I highly recommend. We are there through all that Rose must face. What is it like to learn that after all of these years, Rose isn't really who she thought she was? Instead of being Amish, she's...English? What about her relationship with Jonathan? What will become of them? How will their already torn relationship heal after such a blow? We follow along with Rose on her journey of faith, family, and love. We even discover parts of ourselves as we do so. Or, for me, that was how it was. I could relate to parts of Rose's story and even found myself seeing how God has worked in my own life.
I really enjoyed this sweet and quick read. This story is about the love of our fellow human beings and following God's Will. The true heart of this family is shown time and again.
Rose Yoeder is a lovely young Amish woman, who was engaged to a young man who enlisted in WWII. The Bishop and the Community repeatedly told Rose to forget him.
There are many secrets here, hidden memories, and so much love. When Johnathan comes home, Rose is so torn. Then her own life is shattered, or so she thinks. We travel with this family who have truly given their lives to Christ, and done what he asks.
I wanted more, but the story itself is so good. Be ready for so many surprises. Every time they turned around something new was happening. Don't miss this terrific book by Tricia Goyer, you sure won't be disappointed, I wasn't!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours and Tricia Goyer's Launch Team, and was not required to give a positive review.