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The Amish don’t go to war, but Rose’s beloved, Johnathan feels compelled to enlist as a health aide to help treat the wounded for which he prays for daily. This Christmas novella is set in 1946, following the end of World War II and finds Rose torn between the man she loves and the Amish community she has always called home. Just as she comes to grips with the actions of her beloved and accepts the choices he has made, her own history draws into question her right to be part of the Amish community. Based on a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a delightful and uplifting story of love, compassion, and faith.
A Christmas Gift for Rose reminds us that family is not always determined strictly by birth or circumstance, but by God’s grace and the greatest of all gifts, love. The author effectively communicates her intended message that in discovering our true selves people are better able to understand the path that God has chosen in our lives. The story is an emotional tale with a large amount of soul searching by the main characters. Although, I didn’t find this book to be a page turner I couldn’t put down, I did enjoy returning to it to read the next chapter and reflect on the decisions and choices we all make in life that impact those we love. I recommend curling up with this novella as a special and reflective Christmas read paired with hot cocoa and a peppermint stick.
Reasons to Read: A Christmas Gift for Rose is a fascinating glimpse into the Amish community through the perspective of a young woman in love. The details have been researched thoroughly by the author and the story is enjoyable and emotionally warm.
Reasons to Pass: The book has several emotional components that will likely impact those sensitive to child loss or abandonment.
Category: Amish Romance
Suggested Rating: PG This book contains adult decisions and life choices that may be unsuitable for young children, but the material could easily be discussed in a family setting.
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