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I have been so very blessed recently with being on the launch team for Tricia Goyer s fiction releases for the year The newest offering that I got to read and review right now is A Christmas Gift for Rose This is a book that I needed to read at this stage in my lifeRose Yoder was a good Amish woman One who knew her place in her society what she wanted to do with her life and how it was going to happen However that all changed when Jonathon her beau decided to enlist in the armed forces during WWII A thing a good Amish man would never consider doing at all because they believe in total pacifism This shattered Rose s dreams and hope for the future A good Amish girl could never marry such rebelUntil she discovers a secret from her past that turns her world on end than the decision of her beloved did by oining up to be a medic A secret that she fears could cause her to be cast out of the only I community she knows and lost the people dearest to herCan Rose reconcile her past Can she move on and forgive Jonathon Can she forgive the people in her past for what happened to her and move on into the future knowing she was loved and acceptedThis book came at uite a time in my life I ve always struggled to fit in wherever I have been for the most part I too carry secrets from my past that I am terrified would cause people to flee if they only knew It is hard a lot of times for me to accept the friendship of my friends the love of my husband and even the love of God at times in ways similar to Rose This book s theme of love acceptance miracles faith and overcoming one s problems are masterfully woven throughout the story of Rose and Jonathon It has helped me to accept the fact that my husband loves me for who I am not because of my past not because of who I may be in the future but because I a A very sweet story I felt like these were characters I could root for even though they didn t always make the right choices I especially liked Rose s ourney of feeling like she didn t belong anywhere to understanding her place in God s plan Tricia has once agan crafted a sweet romantic story this time by blending two favorite worlds historical fiction and amish fiction At heart it s a classic love storyRose is a woman dwelling on the pain and rejection of having the man she loves leave their way of life behind to enlist With the war over Jonathan has returned and now she must confront her feelings Does he I really enjoyed A Christmas Gift for Rose and was surprised how much character development Tricia was able to do in a novella The reader was able to have a very in depth look into Rose s and Jonathon s heart where where there was anguish doubt hope lo Title A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSEAuthor Tricia GoyerPublisher ZondervanSeptember 2013ISBN 978 0310336785Genre AmishChristmasBorn 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 the truth of her birth 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 And was her intended s gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear Inspired by a true story A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSE is a heartwarming nov. 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 th.

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LikeI want to thank Booksneeze and Zondervan for the review copy I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions expressed are my own Such a great story and a lesson to learn all wrapped up in a Christmas romance story I enjoyed reading this one night before Christmas This book kept me flipping pages till the end I really liked this uniue story and it s even special when you know it s inspired by a true story I can t imagine how hard it must have been to find out you weren t really who you thought you were especially that you come from the English outsiders to your Amish community I liked that she had to reexamine her life her faith and her attitudes not only because of this but because of her fiance going to help in the war I was pretty frustrated with her attitude at first because it was all about her how she felt how people viewed her and she seemed pretty selfish At the same time I could understand too because we can all be like that When she finally started listening to the wisdom of her family and fiance she was able to regain perspective It was interesting to see the effects the war had on her fiance and other men who had gone through it both mentally and physically It reminds me how thankful we should be that these men went and fought for freedom giving their lives in one way or another It was also eye opening to see how the Amish viewed their own who went I loved the focus on adoption and that adoptees are chosen ust like God chooses to adopt us as his children Check it out especially if you like Amish fictionI received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review A Christmas Gift for Rose is a sweet novella that can be read in one evening Set at the end of World War II it tells the story of two people trying to find their way Rose an Amish woman who learns she was born Englisch and Jonathan the man Rose loves a man who broke Amish tradition by becoming a medic during the war Rose struggles greatly with the newfound knowledge of her past if she wasn t born Amish can she really be AmishWhile Rose s anguish over her past and how that would inform her future got to me at times and if she were a real friend of mine we would have had a few heart to hearts about what makes a family I thought her struggle seemed realistic I can t imagine the tailspin you d be thrown into if you learned as an adult that you had been adoptedJonathan is a man of great character someone who listened to God at the risk of offending man and who was willing to sacrifice his happiness in order to help Rose find out who she was His pursuit of Rose s heart is uite movingA beautiful hardback book A Christmas Gift for Rose would be a great stocking stuffer for the fiction lover in your life I also hope that someday it will be made into a film wouldn t it fit perfectly into Hallmark s Christmas lineupAs a member of Tricia Goyer s fiction launch teamI was provided a free copy of this book for review All opinions are mine and mine alone and no other compensation has been received Emotional sweet and deep this little Christmas story soared onto my favorites list It was a beautiful love story while not getting cheesy or messy in sappy ways that drive me bonkers 98% of the time A single bad word hampered this one from being a full five stars However this charmer s a keeper for me. Sh 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 fe.

Ella of sacrifice and deep loveA CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSE is Ms Goyer s first Christmas novella I think this is an absolutely stellar start to the Christmas season Rose should ve known the truth of her birth since her subconscious reminded her in dreams but the memory got repressed enough that when she learned the truth as an adult it shattered herJonathon her fianc was a wonderful man He enlisted in the Army when he felt badly about other men s sons being killed and he d serve WWII sitting in Arabian Challenge jail or forced labor if he didn t enlist As a medic hisob was to save lives not kill But that didn t keep him from being rejected both by the Amish and by Rose I cared for these characters and wanted them both to find peace The truth of Rose s family came as a surprise for me I d expected a different family to be her true one But it was perfect Discussion uestions are included 1599 192 pages 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 any that he is no longer trustworthy after making such a bold moveI 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 waysthis treatment both Rose and Jonathan experience is brutal yet realisticThen 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 surpriseThere 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 plotFor 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 backIt turns out that Rose is one of 8 children in her Amish family and even though her background is uniue 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 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 Rown 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 Ami.

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