A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group, Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Zondervan on September 25th 2013
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group, Netgalley
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Fiction, Holidays
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?
Looking for a book to ease into the holiday season without feeling as if it slapped you across the face and made you feel like you needed to start writing your list and checking it twice?
This book is a holiday novella but it isn’t overly christmasy!
I promise you won’t find yourself humming jingle bells or have an overwhelming desire to go trim your tree.
What you will discover is a sense of peace that is often easier to find during the holiday season.
About the Story
Rose imagines that her life would have been different. Perhaps she should already be married but the love of her life forsook the Amish way when he volunteered for the military.
Something bigger than Jonathan leaving her gnaws at her though and she can’t quite figure out a reason for her discontentment and the constant nightmares that plague her. Feelings of abandonment and a fear of loss seems to reach into the recesses of her mind and torment her for reasons she cannot fathom.
When Jonathan returns home from the war she is confused about how she feels about him. She wants to give them a chance but she worries that his time in the world will take him away from her and once again she finds herself questioning feelings that she can’t explain. Why does she feel so alone?
When a “secret” is revealed, Rose is more confused and lonely than ever. She feels as if her world has been crumpled and that she doesn’t belong anywhere. A still small voice keeps reminding her of His love for her but will she overcome her sadness to listen? Will she stop and recognize the message?
This book was a fantastic book about the love that a mother has for her daughter and the special love that goes into raising a child that God has trusted you with.