The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas RomanceCindy WoodsmallWaterBrook / 2016 / Hardcover$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 16 Reviews
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KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Angel of Forest HillFebruary 21, 2017KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Angel of Forest Hill, by Cindy Woodsmall, is An Amish Christmas Romance. It is a beautiful story filled with sacrifice, devotion, and love.
Rose Kurtz, Old Order Amish, is asked to leave her family in Pennsylvaniaincluding all eleven brothersand travel to West Virginia to help Joel Dienner with his three young children when his wife dies shortly after childbirth. For practical reasons, she agrees to marry Joel, in name only, and care for them. Years later, as Joel finally moves past grieving his first wife, the two of them begin to grow closer. But when those around them discover the state of their marriage, pressure comes to annul it and go their separate ways. They must decide whether or not thats what they truly want.
I enjoyed this book. Roses sacrifice to stay with the children seems incredible, but it also helps her escape a difficult home life. Joels pain at his wifes sudden death is unbearable, but he eventually works through it. I especially liked the way Rose and her mother death with their issues together toward the end of the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Angel of Forest HillJanuary 1, 2017Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I bought my own copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I greatly enjoyed reading THE ANGEL OF FOREST HILL and getting to know Rose and Joel. I hurt for them as Rose dealt with impossible situations, a husband, numb with grief, the deceased wife's mother intent on destroying her life, her mother who listed everything she'd ever done wrong and called her worthless. I hoped Rose would find love and thrive in this story.
In some ways, the insecure Rose changed. She became strong and had thorns. But then something would set her back and she'd flounder. It was an adventure watching her take one step forward and two steps back, sometimes on the same day.
A good Christmas novella.
Bookworm4vr5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful Modern Amish Christmas story!December 20, 2016Bookworm4vrQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Last year I read another Cindy Woodsmall Christmas Amish book and I have to say that this book doesn't disappoint me either.
This particular book was about a girl named Rose. She was the only girl in her family of boys and her mother took advantage of her. Rose was basically being abused at home and consider worthless to her mother. So when the preacher comes by with the proposition that a family may be in need of a nanny for a while her mother pushes her as fast a possible out the door.
When Rose arrives, a bold woman Englicher, Elise, comes to aid her and drives her to Joel's house where his wife is delivering their third child. Soon Rose learns that the children's mother has died in child birth. Joel has no idea what to do, but the bishop tells Joel the best thing is to marry poor Rose so the children have a mother. Rose agrees that this is the best thing for the children, especially the infant daughter who will be greatly in need of a mother.
Fast forward 4 years, things are not much different for Rose or Joel. They don't even sleep in the same room. They have discussions at night and do care about each other but their "marriage" is rocky. One day when Joel is upset with things around Christmas time, his mother-in-law of his deceased wife's (who is also the town gossip), just makes him more upset. Joel accidentally spills that he and Rose have never consummated their marriage and that is why they haven't had children of their own.
Weeks go by and Joel realizes there could be something between him and Rose and he starts building a bedroom just for them. At first, Rose is upset feeling that Joel is trying to court someone else, but soon Rose becomes more anxious as she learns of his real intentions and is falling in love with Joel. However, they have not communicated their true feelings to each other. Nevertheless, the Bishop and another elder stop by to discuss things with Joel. His mother-in-law reached them and told them of the situation. They give Joel the option of an annulment.
Will Joel take this proposition? Or is he really in love with Rose? Does Rose love him?
Well... You're just going to have to grab a copy for yourself, aren't you?
Let me not forget to mention I was able to receive this book for my honest to goodness opinion through the Blogging for Books Program. I just adore that program and the variety of books that are on there.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A time of anticipation and a season of miracles!December 14, 2016Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Words.
They can cut to the core of who you are, even if they aren't true. We tend to focus on the negative ones instead of the positive things people say about us. If we don't stop it, it will force us to put up a wall between ourselves and the people we love in an effort to not be hurt by those who love us the most.
At least that was what Rose Kurtz believed. When the offer to leave her home and tend to an Amish family in a small community who needed someone to care for their children, Rose was offered up. Her community and family never dreamed it would be forever, but for Rose it was a chance to make a name for herself against what her mother and father said to her. That she never was good enough for anything including finding love. She was better off tending to her parents farm and household, caring for her 11 brothers than finding love anywhere else.
So when the opportunity came, Rose went. She never imagined she would walk into a home on the night the wife and mother died after childbirth. Even after a few weeks she imagined going home to a life she didn't want to be a part of. Here at least in the Dienner home, caring for Joel, and his three children, she felt she had a sense of purpose. However when Joel and his father came up with a plan for Rose to remain in the home, she never imagined marriage as a contractual agreement to care for his children would be the one she dreamed of. At least it prevented her from having to go home to a life she hated, and here she could raise and care for Joel's children as if she was their mother.
But when another widow shows us and garners Joel's attention, Rose believes that the feelings she had been developing for him is just another sign she isn't supposed to have a future. She wonders if there is hope for her at all and if love is just something for others but not for her. After 4 years of marriage with Joel, what did she expect? That he would honestly develop feelings for her?
I received The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. This is such a wonderful feel good Christmasy novel that reminds us all what it means to feel loved by those in our lives. I could relate to Rose's character the most because I dealt with the same self esteem issues growing up, wondering if anyone could love me. The best part is how Joel and Rose work on building their ability to communicate around the walls they put up to protect themselves and realize while they were keeping people from hurting them, they were also keeping themselves from the love they needed and deserved. There are also some amazing recipes tucked in the conclusion of this wonderful novel and well worth a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Pam Graber5 Stars Out Of 5Light in his grief...December 6, 2016Pam GraberQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rose Kurtz grew up following orders so when her father orders her to travel to West Virginia to serve as a mothers helper, she packs a small case and goes no questions, just obedient. She arrives at the home of Joel Dienner to discover that the mother she has travelled to help has died in childbirth leaving three children and a grieving husband to mourn her passing. Since the Amish community of Forest Hill is tiny, there is no one available to help Joel care for his children except the newcomer, Rose. He can hardly think straight as grief overwhelms his heart so when his father, the bishop, suggests that he marry Rose in order to secure a caretaker for his young family, Joel is at first repulsed by the idea. He cannot imagine replacing his wife so soon but he cannot keep the unmarried Rose as his helper unless he marries her.
Rose, on the other hand, sees a home where she is treated with respect and kindness. She has no desire to return home to a life of servitude where she is berated at every turn by her mother. And, three small children and one man are a whole lot different to care for than her 11 brothers and two parents! When Joel proposes a loveless marriage, she accepts. Her only requirements are that she and the children always be treated with kindness and that the children will never be beaten. Joel agrees and Rose steps into the role of Mama not Maam for his 2-year-old and 3-year-old boys and his infant daughter. As the years pass, Rose helps to draw Joel out of his grief and makes a home for herself with his family. She loves his children and she has fallen in love with him, too. Can Joel get past his grief to see the woman his wife has become? How long will he hold her at arms length when all she wants is to be held close to his heart?
If you are looking for a short Christmas read, this is the book for you! Joel and Rose are perfect together. I especially appreciated how gently he handled her fears when she first came to Forest Hill. I also loved how much more confidence Rose gained when she began caring for the Dienner family. Readers of Amish fiction will particularly enjoy this lovely, gentle, romantic Christmas story. I definitely recommend!