Friday, October 4, 2013

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer (Review)

  • Hardcover: 192 pages

  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 24, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0310336785

  • Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.
    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 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?

    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this historical Amish novella set at Christmas time. The year is 1945. Rose's fiancé has come home from the war. As an Amish man he is not supposed to fight. He chose to be a medic on the front lines. It put Rose in a hard place back home with everyone looking at her and talking about him and her. She ends up breaking up with him. He comes home and wants to get back together because he loves her. She still loves him but has a hard time accepting everything that happened. Then she finds out she was born English and left by her parents with her Amish parents. She starts to question everything she believes in and develops more compassion for him. Jonathan decides to track down her birth family as a Christmas present to her. And to possibly prove his love or get a second chance at a life with Rose. The characters and plot were engaging. It held my attention and I could not wait to see what happened next. Recommended. :)

    Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by Tricia is also on the blogging team at, and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

    In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at

    Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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