Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Thank you Blogging for Books
for this review copy.
OH, this was a vunderful gut novella! I enjoyed it so much. It was a book that really kept my interest. I read it quite quickly compared to many books I read. It's a classic theme of learning to let go of the past and embrace the future. The characters are so likeable, I'd love to know what happens next! 

I will say, this is an Amish novella, but the characters don't seem as bound to the old-fashioned traditions of their order as much as one would expect. You might say that they push the limits of their culture. 

This is a lovely book of redemption that just happens to climax during the Christmas season. It's a nice, light read for a quiet, and hopefully snowy, Christmas season evening.

A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.
Because of Joel’s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God’s providence—is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?

An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ’s birth.

When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Vir­ginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.

As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Thank you for your lovely and honest review, my friend. Cindy Woodsmall is a favorite author of mine and I know I would enjoy reading this book during the holidays :)

    Hugs to you!

    1. It was my pleasure, Stephanie. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I have not read this yet, it's on my list, smile.


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