Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Review of "A Christmas Gift for Rose"
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 as she prepares to marry, she's thrown into confusion when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when the family moved on in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind---Englischers? And was her intended's gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?
MY REVIEW: Tricia Goyer has written the sweetest Christmas story I have had the pleasure to read! I love the parallels she draws to Heidi, as Rose volunteers at the local Amish school once a week and reads a chapter to the class. I won't spoil it though and tell you how it relates to Rose's special story. I have always thought of adoption as the most precious way to tell I child: "We CHOSE you for our family!" Rose is having a hard time understanding how her Englisch family could have abandoned her to her Amish family when she was very small. She is filled with doubts about her own identity.
Added to this, the love of her life, Johnathon has returned from working as a medic in WWII, and she feels that he has abandoned her and their Amish faith too. Her Englisch neighbor, Harold, fought in the war and has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which was referred to as "shell shock" at that time. Can Rose, Johnathon, Harold, and Rose's family help each other discover again the true meaning of family and Christmas? This is certainly a five-star book.
I received a kindle version of this book from booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.
In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.