Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Christmas Gift For Rose By Tricia Goyer Book Review

/ / A Christmas Gift For Rose / /

/ / Review By Madi / /

Book Title: A Christmas Gift For Rose
Author: Tricia Goyer
Source: The Litfuse Publicity Group
Number Of Pages: 183
ISBN: 978-0-310-33678-5
Publisher: Zondervan
Year Of Publication: 2013
Madi's Rating: 5 Out Of 5 Stars
/ / Book Description / /
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?
/ / Madi's Book Review / /
 What a sweet way to start off the season! I know that Thanksgiving and Christmas are a while away yet, but this cooler weather is making me long for those lengthy winter days. A Christmas Gift For Rose was just the thing I needed to transition from Summer to Fall. Reading Christmas novellas  is one of my favorite cool weather activities (right after highschool football - Go KACS Knights!). Christmas is my favorite holiday (I'm sure many of you feel the same way). I'm the kind of person that will sit on my coach wearing sweatpants in the middle of June to watch a Hallmark-Christmas-Movie-Marathon. I just can't get enough of it! Before you know it my family will be gathering around the fireplace, drinking hot chocolate. It gives me joy just to think about it! But I digress.
Rose was raised in an Amish home, and she loved every minute with her family. The only thing dimming her joy was her beau, Jonathan. The Amish believed war was wicked, and contributing to it was an unforgiveable transgression. When Jonathan ran off to enlist as a medic on the battlefield, Rose was crushed. Though he never shot a single bullet, he was still supporting battle, wasn't he? Rose wondered if he could ever be content to get back into his old Amish life-style after tasting a bit of the outside world. She dreaded anything that had to do with the English (non-Amish), and here was the man she had planned on marrying fighting with them!
Once Jonathan returned home, at first, Rose would have nothing to do with him. Though she still had feelings for him, she refused to let him be such a big part of her life again. Then one day that all changed. Rose found out something surprising about herself that made her take a step back and reconsider her views on English people. Had she been wrong? Could there be more to life than being a respected member of her community? Feeling like she didn't have a place in the world where she belonged, Rose started a journey toward peace and love.
I LOVED this book. L.o.v.e.d it. It's a short, cozy story that had me oblivious to the world, wondering what was going to happen next to dear Miss Rose. I don't know how much to say without spoiling it for those of you who plan on reading it in the near future, but let me just say this: this is one of the best Christmas novellas that I have ever read. I'm usually not too fond of novellas because most of the time I don't feel like I get the whole story in such a short span of time, but I had no such trouble with A Christmas Gift For Rose. Every moment was described wonderfully, every scene was played out to perfection, and I don't feel like I was missing some huge part of the story like I usually do when I read books this short. I can't wait to read more from Tricia Goyer! I've heard great things about her, but this is the first book of hers that I personally have had the chance to read. Well, let me just say, hopefully it won't be the last!
 ~Madi For The Literary Maidens
Note: I was provided with a free hardcopy of A Christmas Gift For Rose by the Litfuse Publicity group in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not paid to write this review, and all thoughts expressed are completely my own and totally unbiased.

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