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.
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At only 178 pages, A Christmas Gift for Rose was a quick and easy read. However, these seemingly few pages hold a powerful and endearing story. Tricia Goyer packs a lot of truth into her story and emotion and tension that is palpable at times. She is an amazing wordsmith! Goyer captures Rose's emotion and transformation and the family life of the Amish in living color. Goyer is also on point in giving a picture of the family dynamics in this story. Her description and detail offers depth to Rose's and Jonathan's relationship. I appreciated being able to get the story from both of their perspectives rather than the one dimensional narrative way. I almost never provide quotes from a book of fiction that I read, but I thought these from A Christmas Gift for Rose were profound enough to share and they will give you a taste of the deep truths found in this relatively short story:
"Rose couldn't remember everything she'd written, but it was clear that her fears had shouted louder than hope's whispers." (pg. 107)
"You see, Dat thought your family needed a garden for food...and they did. But flowers feed our soul in a different way. They remind us of a God who creates beautiful things and takes notice of the tiniest detail." (pg. 133)
"It seems to me, Rose, the kind of ancestors you have is not as important as the ones your children have." (pg. 139)Don't miss this special time and amazing giveaway from Tricia:
Thank you Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of the book for the purpose of this review and blog tour!