The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas Romance by Cindy Woodsmall (review by Cathy)


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?


My Review:

A totally different look into an Amish community!  I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end.  The small community in West Virginia is one I was unfamiliar with and that’s one of the things that made me want to read this.  Of course, I love this authors work.

I liked Rose immediately and found her longing for change to be quite natural given her circumstances.  It was sad to me that she’d been treated so harshly by her own family. I liked Joel and was very happy with the decision he made concerning Rose and his kids.

The progression of their relationship moved slowly and of course that added an element that I really liked.  I find I like the maturity of Ms. Woodsmalls’ characters and her approach to telling their story.

This is a book that will definitely leave a lasting impression on fans of both Amish and Christian fiction.  I received a copy of The Angel of Forest Hill from Blogging for Books and have given my honest opinion.




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