This was a sweet story that was a quick read for me. There are a few time jumps in the book to move it along and not make it into a long novel. As the story moves forward the reader gets glimpses into how things are progressing with this unconventional family. I thought that the author did a very good job of filling in the reader on what had transpired within the passage of time by reflecting on certain events or the way that Joel and Rose had either moved closer together or farther apart.
I really enjoyed the deep emotions tucked into this book, especially after the point that Rose and Joel began to individually realize that they had grown to love their spouse. There were plenty of ups and downs and misunderstandings that came from misreading each other and from meddling family members.
The Angel of Forest Hill was an enjoyable story to read as we move closer to Christmas. The only thing I really would have loved in this book would have been for it to have had an epilogue allowing the reader a peek into how life was going for Joel and Rose…perhaps six months or so in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.