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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 uBorn 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?...

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  • Laura
    2018-11-19 09:34

    Title: A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSEAuthor: Tricia GoyerPublisher: ZondervanSeptember 2013ISBN: 978-0310336785Genre: Amish/ChristmasBorn 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? Inspired by a true story, A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSE is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSE is Ms. Goyer’s first Christmas novella. I think this is an absolutely stellar start to the Christmas season. Rose should’ve known the truth of her birth since her subconscious reminded her in dreams, but the memory got repressed enough that when she learned the truth as an adult it shattered her.Jonathon, her fiancé, was a wonderful man. He enlisted in the Army when he felt badly about other men’s sons being killed—and he’d serve WWII sitting in jail or forced labor if he didn’t enlist. As a medic, his job was to save lives, not kill. But that didn’t keep him from being rejected, both by the Amish and by Rose. I cared for these characters and wanted them both to find peace. The truth of Rose’s family came as a surprise for me. I’d expected a different family to be her true one. But it was perfect. Discussion questions are included. $15.99. 192 pages.

  • Tara Bentley
    2018-12-07 07:38

    Tricia has once agan crafted a sweet romantic story, this time by blending two favorite worlds… historical fiction and amish fiction. At heart, it’s a classic love story.Rose is a woman dwelling on the pain and rejection of having the man she loves leave their way of life behind to enlist. With the war over, Jonathan has returned and now she must confront her feelings. Does he have a place in her life if their community won’t accept him? But before Rose can listen to her own heart her life is turned upside down when a family secret is revealed.I loved this quick read. When life is so crazy, it’s often hard to find time to dive into a great story. But, Tricia’s words drew me in from page one and her characters were quickly drawn to my heart. This Christmas novella is the perfect mental retreat for the soul!

  • Veronica
    2018-11-21 07:25

    I really liked this unique story and it's even more special when you know it's inspired by a true story. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to find out you weren't really who you thought you were, especially that you come from the English, outsiders to your Amish community. I liked that she had to reexamine her life, her faith, and her attitudes not only because of this, but because of her fiance going to help in the war. I was pretty frustrated with her attitude at first, because it was all about her, how she felt, how people viewed her, and she seemed pretty selfish. At the same time I could understand, too, because we can all be like that. When she finally started listening to the wisdom of her family and fiance, she was able to regain perspective. It was interesting to see the effects the war had on her fiance and other men who had gone through it, both mentally and physically. It reminds me how thankful we should be that these men went and fought for freedom, giving their lives in one way or another. It was also eye-opening to see how the Amish viewed their own who went. I loved the focus on adoption and that adoptees are chosen, just like God chooses to adopt us as his children. Check it out, especially if you like Amish fiction!I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rhonda Gayle
    2018-12-06 09:38

    Tricia Goyer has written the sweetest Christmas story I have had the pleasure to read! I love the parallels she draws to Heidi, as Rose volunteers at the local Amish school once a week and reads a chapter to the class. I won't spoil it though and tell you how it relates to Rose's special story. I have always thought of adoption as the most precious way to tell I child: "We CHOSE you for our family!" Rose is having a hard time understanding how her Englisch family could have abandoned her to her Amish family when she was very small. She is filled with doubts about her own identity.Added to this, the love of her life, Johnathon has returned from working as a medic in WWII, and she feels that he has abandoned her and their Amish faith too. Her Englisch neighbor, Harold, fought in the war and has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which was referred to as "shell shock" at that time. Can Rose, Johnathon, Harold, and Rose's family help each other discover again the true meaning of family and Christmas? This is certainly a five-star book.I received a kindle version of this book from booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.About the Author:

  • Terri
    2018-11-19 06:38

    My mother and I really enjoyed read this book. It wonderful story

  • Vickie
    2018-12-10 06:22

    Such a great story and a lesson to learn all wrapped up in a Christmas romance story. I enjoyed reading this one night before Christmas. This book kept me flipping pages till the end.

  • Kate
    2018-11-17 06:28

    A very sweet story. I felt like these were characters I could root for, even though they didn't always make the right choices. I especially liked Rose's journey of feeling like she didn't belong anywhere, to understanding her place in God's plan.

  • Kara
    2018-11-21 12:39

    I’m so excited that there are already Christmas fiction books available and this one caught my interest right away! Rose is a seemingly typical Amish girl who has been raised with a loving family and has fallen in love with an Amish boy. Then one day this boy makes a crucial decision to enlist into the army as a medic leaving Rose and most of their small community in stunned humiliation. Rose decides to end their relationship while he is away and the Bishop approves of her decision. The Amish are known for being pacifists and participating in this war is something they don’t do. She is angry, hurt, and feels like she doesn’t know Jonathan anymore, that he is no longer trustworthy after making such a bold move.I thought the overall opinion of the community was harsh for Jonathan and the way the women glare at Rose throughout the book was uncalled for. Then again, I know nothing of their culture and their ways……this treatment both Rose and Jonathan experience is brutal yet realistic.Then Rose learns that her Amish family isn’t her biological one and she spends the rest of the book looking for answers from her past and trying to figure out how to go forward with this new knowledge. There’s one scene where she gets a new revelation of her Englisch family and her mouth makes an O, one second later after I’d read the same revelation my mouth made the same shape in total surprise!There is a reference to the book Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Rose compares this story to her own for much of the book and it brought sweetness to the plot.For some reason I kept picturing the actor Lucas Till as Jonathan, an Amish man turned Army medic and comes back the same yet not the same. Much of the book mentions other characters that fought in the war and even though they come back alive they suffered terribly at what they experienced while away from home. One neighbor suffers from PTSD and it was precious how Jonathan and others visit him and help him get his mind back.It turns out that Rose is one of 8 children in her Amish family and even though her background is unique she is pure Amish in her thinking, her faith, her community, and especially with her family. She is given the ultimate Christmas gift from Jonathan that symbolizes the kind of love and future they will enjoy together. I was delighted in the answers she finds, but even more so in the way her family and God loves her. This book is sure to enhance the Christmas season for new and seasoned Tricia Goyer readers alike.I want to thank Booksneeze and Zondervan for the review copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Kathleen E.
    2018-12-11 10:44

    Sunday, October 13, 2013A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer, ©2013Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming tale of sacrifice, deep love, and discovering one's true identity.Tricia Goyer's first Christmas novella, A Christmas Gift for Rose, is a stand-alone story to read anytime of the year. I liked looking into this family and experiencing their love and devotion. Stretching toward each other, hearing with listening ears and eyes to see unspoken need, they gave and cared beyond themselves. I especially liked how Rose's Mem cherished her and gave her room to grow. Unselfishly, they reached out to each other with affirmation. Love, that gave freedom, filled this novella.Berlin, OhioNovember, 1945Rose Yoder's intended has come home from the Second World War. Jonathan Fisher served as a medic, caring for injured soldiers in field hospitals. As he considered the Good Samaritan in the Bible, he couldn't stand by while others were in need of what he could give. There are those in his Amish community who do not agree with his choice and aren't certain he will remain as a Plain person. Rose, looking through the eyes of others, has broken her relationship with him.Harold Ault, a neighbor, is back home and has flashbacks of what he experienced during the war, causing him to vacillate between then and now. Jonathan and Rose individually show him compassion and talk to him as they would have during earlier days of being friends together.God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.--Psalm 68:6Rose is nearing eighteen as her parentage is revealed, differing from what she has known. She was birthed to an Englisch family. With uncertainty of what lies ahead, Rose questions who she is and where she fits in.I really liked this story, especially the ending brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat for her. A story to be shared by all ages, I would like to read a continuance of Rose's family in further stories!***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for inviting me to be part of this blog tour for Tricia Goyer's A Christmas Gift for Rose, and for sending me a copy for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

  • Created for Home
    2018-11-26 08:37

    I have been so very blessed recently with being on the launch team for Tricia Goyer’s fiction releases for the year. The newest offering that I got to read and review right now is A Christmas Gift for Rose. This is a book that I needed to read at this stage in my life.Rose Yoder was a good Amish woman. One who knew her place in her society, what she wanted to do with her life and how it was going to happen. However, that all changed when Jonathon, her beau decided to enlist in the armed forces during WWII. A thing a good Amish man would never consider doing at all because they believe in total pacifism. This shattered Rose’s dreams and hope for the future. A good Amish girl could never marry such rebel.Until she discovers a secret from her past that turns her world more on end than the decision of her beloved did by joining up to be a medic. A secret that she fears could cause her to be cast out of the only I community she knows and lost the people dearest to her.Can Rose reconcile her past? Can she move on and forgive Jonathon? Can she forgive the people in her past for what happened to her and move on into the future knowing she was loved and accepted?This book came at quite a time in my life. I’ve always struggled to fit in wherever I have been for the most part. I too carry secrets from my past that I am terrified would cause people to flee if they only knew. It is hard a lot of times for me to accept the friendship of my friends, the love of my husband and even the love of God at times, in ways similar to Rose. This book’s theme of love, acceptance, miracles, faith and overcoming one’s problems are masterfully woven throughout the story of Rose and Jonathon. It has helped me to accept the fact that my husband loves me for who I am, not because of my past, not because of who I may be in the future, but because I am me.I am so grateful to have gotten to read this book and to be able to share it with you. This is a book you don’t want to miss if you love stories of faith, family and the Christmas season. If you find yourself caught up in the business of the holidays that are quickly approaching, grab this book and read it to remind yourself what really matters and let yourself relax.I was given a copy of this book to facilitate the writing of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

  • Renee
    2018-12-03 10:32

    Tricia Goyer’s latest novella made me feel like giving gifts to everyone I know—and not just because of the beautiful cover!What I loved best: This story celebrates the many ways we can gift the people around us. The book is filled with characters who learn to listen without judgment, exercise kindness and mercy, take personal risks for their fellow men, and treat strangers like family.I especially loved the two sets of parents who know a love so big, they sacrifice their own happiness or comfort to gift a child with life.My advice: Grab copies of this heartwarming story—one for your family and the others to give away! Use them as Stocking Stuffers or add them to Gift Bags or Gift Baskets. The ladies in your life will thank you!(The story is suitable for all ages.) My favorite quote: "'Trust Me.' The words came as a gentle whisper to her soul."The main character, Rose, has a sweet relationship with her Heavenly Father. I loved how God’s sweet whisper in her heart encouraged her to trust Him even when she didn’t understand what He was doing. Just knowing He saw her and heard her cries, gave Rose courage and hope.Here’s the official book summary: Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself. 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 that 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?When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.***Thanks to Tricia Goyer & Zondervan for providing a copy of the novella for me to review.

  • Becky
    2018-12-12 07:30

    A Christmas Gift for Rose is a sweet novella that can be read in one evening. Set at the end of World War II, it tells the story of two people trying to find their way: Rose, an Amish woman who learns she was born Englisch, and Jonathan, the man Rose loves ... a man who broke Amish tradition by becoming a medic during the war. Rose struggles greatly with the newfound knowledge of her past; if she wasn't born Amish, can she really be Amish?While Rose's anguish over her past and how that would inform her future got to me at times (and if she were a real friend of mine, we would have had a few heart-to-hearts about what makes a family), I thought her struggle seemed realistic. I can't imagine the tailspin you'd be thrown into if you learned as an adult that you had been adopted.Jonathan is a man of great character—someone who listened to God at the risk of offending man and who was willing to sacrifice his happiness in order to help Rose find out who she was. His pursuit of Rose's heart is quite moving.A beautiful hardback book, A Christmas Gift for Rose would be a great stocking stuffer for the fiction lover in your life. I also hope that someday it will be made into a film—wouldn't it fit perfectly into Hallmark's Christmas lineup?As a member of Tricia Goyer's fiction launch team,I was provided a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, and no other compensation has been received.

  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    2018-12-10 11:43

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOKRose is content to stay true to her Amish roots. This is why she broke up with her boyfriend, because he decided to join the military in the medical department, and Amish are not to go to war. But then Rose finds out a secret that changes her whole life. I really enjoyed really A Gift for Rose. Roses’ concerns are heartfelt because she is torn between her Amish beliefs and the love of her life, or so she thought he was. But she just can’t seem to find just where she fits in life. Sometimes this book is a bit depressing because of the issues Rose and her family faces, as especially it happening during the Christmas Holiday’s, but sometimes that is how life is.Again Tricia Goyer delivers a heartwarming story with characters that you will love, and will warm your heart. A lot of situations happened leading up to Christmas day for Rose’s family, and they were able to enjoy a surprise because of this at their Christmas meal. And Rose was the one who benefited the most, because she is the one who received the most special gift. If you are looking for a really good Christmas read, this is a good one to read!I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

  • Diana
    2018-11-25 12:46

    Heartwarming!Tricia Goyer has penned a heartwarming, Amish Yuletide tale set amongst the snow-covered hills of Berlin, Ohio, and of a young Amish woman's search to find out which world she truly belongs in---the Amish or the Englisch. When her fiancé, Jonathan Fisher leaves Rose Yoder and their Amish community to become a medic working in field hospitals during the war, she turns her back on him. Though still in love with Jonathan, Rose feels he has betrayed his faith by joining the war, and feels he is more Englisch than Amish. However, she has many lessons to learn about judging others when her world is shattered by the news that she was adopted and that her birth parents were not of the Amish faith. Rose searches for answers, and in doing so she finds out the meaning of true love, self-sacrifice, and God's plans for her life.This is a wonderful read for any time of the year...truly thought provoking and enriching! Tricia Goyer touches on some deep issues that will leave the reader reaching for the tissues---adoption, shell shock and PTSD, and feelings of rejection. But she does so with finesse, compassion, and dignity to the sufferers...leaving no doubt that trusting in God is the answer to life's deepest problems. Nicely written, with realistic characters and storyline, A Christmas Gift For Rose gets a thumbs up from me!

  • Laura A. Grace
    2018-12-01 11:26

    I really enjoyed "A Christmas Gift for Rose" and was surprised how much character development Tricia was able to do in a novella! The reader was able to have a very in depth look into Rose’s and Jonathon’s heart where where there was anguish, doubt, hope, love, and surrender to God’s will as well as the meaning of family. With this Tricia really wrote the story in a fast paced way, but it wasn’t rush! I actually really liked in that format because it kept the story flowing with again great character development.Overall, I loved the basis of the story concerning Rose’s life (don’t want to say what exactly because I don’t want to spoil it) as well as Jonathon’s choices that he made concerning WWII! It was very interesting and a unique story about the Amish with a fresh perspective on the community! I also thought it was interesting how the author had written about how Rose compared her life to the story of Heidi while reading it to the school children! It gave me a new outlook on Heidi’s story as well as sympathy to Rose! If you’re like me and not a huge Amish fan, but do love the occasionally Amish story then this a perfect Christmas novella to read this upcoming season! It’s short and sweet while having a beautiful message!Thank you Litfuse and Tricia Goyer for a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review! I was blessed by it!

  • Lindsey Silvestrini
    2018-11-28 09:40

    I love things that start getting me in the Christmas Spirt so what better way to start than with Tricia Goyer’s latest A Christmas Gift for Rose? Just the cover alone got me in the spirit and the book itself did not disappoint!I have long been a fan of the Amish and Christmas among the plain was an interesting idea to me. I wasn’t sure how people who promote the simple and plain way of life would celebrate Christmas. Unlike most, their focus is not about the tree or decorations or Christmas shopping. They are more focused on the heart behind Christmas.Rose is a sweet young Amish girl with a fiancé who has started some trouble with his serving in a war the Amish do not believe in. When her already troubled heart gets a shock about her past and upbringing, it’s almost more than she can bear. Will she be able to get over her past to look ahead to the future?All of us have things in our past we’d rather others didn’t know but shame and running do not eliminate the past. It’s something that has to be accepted and embraced and Rose has a hard time adjusting to hers.A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming story about family, letting go of the past, embracing the future and celebrating the true meaning of the season.

  • Jodie Wolfe
    2018-11-18 05:43

    Rose Yoder's heart is broken when the man she loves chooses to join the Englisch during World War II instead of remaining in her Amish community. When he returns, Rose isn't sure she can ever trust her heart to him again.Jonathan Fisher has evidenced many atrocities as a medic during the war and still carries the haunts from what he has witnessed. His sole desire upon returning is to woo back the woman he loves. Will she ever forgive him for the choice he made in leaving her?Christmas novels are one of my favorite things to read as I ready my heart for celebrating the birth of my Savior. Tricia weaves a sweet tale of hope and faith in her new book. It is sure to touch the hearts of readers.I had the distinct pleasure of hosting Tricia for a speaking event at my church when she was on her research trip to my area of the country, which eventually resulted in this book. What a sweet honor to have the privilege of reading this tale.This book was provided free for review by Zondervan.

  • Bethany
    2018-12-08 09:35

    Rose is heartbroken when her fiance Jonathan volunteers as a medic during WWII. Why would he betray her, his family and his community? She knows in her head that the "right" thing to do is cut off all ties from him, but her heart insists on rebelling against her better judgement.But then she finds out a secret that changes everything she once held dear. She is English! Jonathan on the other hand persist that it is only God who can determine who is His, that salvation is not a birthright for Amish only. Will there love bloom like roses in December or will uncertainties of the past cripple their future?I really like Tricia Goyer and I love a good Christmas novella however even though I usually like anything to do with WWII I did not just fall head over heels in love with A Christmas Gift for Rose.Sometimes it felt like the story was going too fast, like its Thanksgiving, BOOM! It's Christmas! Still a good story and I did like the way it was based off of a true story.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Tina Watson
    2018-12-06 13:42

    I needed tissues for the message was so POWERFUL!! I loved this book, but then I have loved reading all of Tricia Goyer's Amish books.The way that God moves through Tricia Goyer's writing to send/give us, readers, His message . . . is His miracle. Do you feel your soul, maybe your heart, and or maybe your faith is being questioned? Then I highly recommend this book and no it does not have to be Christmas to read it. I can tell you this, the message was one that I needed to read by the end of the book."'Thank you for reminding me that the future is in God's hands.'" "'You're welcome. And remember, wherever you go, in body and mind, you simply need to call out to God and He is there.'"--quote from the book.Thank you to all of Tricia Goyer's publishing team, and her agent for seeing that her book got published..

  • JoJo Sutis
    2018-11-17 06:48

    Fans of Amish Fiction will NOT want to miss A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSE!!!The story centers around Rose and Jonathan, an Amish couple headed for marriage…or are they?Rose was upset that Jonathan joined the war effort- that goes against their beliefs, and she’s afraid that this is only the beginning of Jonathan turning his back on the Amish beliefs altogether. But when Rose discovers she was born into an Englisch family, will she be able to forgive the man she loves?I love Amish fiction and Tricia is top-notch! This is a quick read that will have you thinking about the story and characters long after you close the book.

  • Cindy
    2018-11-16 05:32

    I think I enjoyed this little short story, as much as any of Tricia's other novels. Set in the 40's we are shown how WWII affected the Amish and the English alike. Rose's story was heartbreaking, but you could easily relate to it. I have to say I was surprised at the ending, because until the very end I had someone different picked to be Rose's English family. So that was fun, a great surprise. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone as a great story for Christmas (or anytime of the year.) A 5star story, with a great ending!This book was provided for review purposes only.

  • Rachel Brand
    2018-11-25 06:27

    Rose Yoder has always felt a little different from her siblings in her love for pretty things and desire to decorate her family home, but she’d never considered leaving her Amish community. Her dream to settle down and start a family of her own is put on hold when her beau, Jonathan Fisher, signs up to work as a medic during the Second World War. Rose is conflicted, as she loves Jonathan but doesn’t believe he’ll be comfortable settling for an Amish life after all he’s seen of the world. But her own loyalty to her community is tested when she learns that she was originally born to an English family, and adopted by the Yoders as a young child. Knowing how her community treated Jonathan for serving during the war, she fears how they will treat her if they know she isn’t truly Amish. As Christmas draws near, Rose yearns to find out what happened to the family who gave her up for adoption. Perhaps learning the truth about her past will help her come to peace with her future. Will her discoveries aid her in finding her place in the world, or only confuse her further?Tricia Goyer is a prolific writer, penning Amish and Historical novels as well as blogging about her personal life on a regular basis. Most recently, I’ve been intrigued by Tricia’s articles on the children she and her husband have adopted into their family. When I saw that her Christmas novella was going to be an Amish Historical novel about a woman who was adopted, I couldn’t help but be intrigued—especially as the book was set at the end of the Second World War, one of Tricia’s favourite historical settings. Could she pull off this myriad of subjects without the novella feeling messy or rushed? I wondered. With a mixture of scepticism and excitement, I signed up to review this novel, and I’m definitely glad that I did. I will admit that it took me a while to warm up to Rose. Initially, she spent a lot of time worrying about her relationship with Jonathan (and the news of her adoption) and it took her a while to actually sit down and tell him how she felt. I will admit that I have been guilty of this type of behaviour in the past, so I have no doubt that it’s realistic, but the initial conflict between Rose and Jonathan felt drawn out given how rapidly things changed once they had a serious talk. As is incredibly common in romance novels, communication is the key! Once Rose and Jonathan got all their feelings out in the open, the story definitely moved faster.Rose’s adoption storyline is deftly woven into the historical setting of the novel, and it’s impossible to talk about one without the other. It might be difficult for some to read about a family forced to give up a child during the depression because they couldn’t support her, but I have no doubt that stories like Rose’s were incredibly common during this time period. Tricia is always excellent at bringing realism into her historical novels, and A Christmas Gift for Rose is no exception. While I don’t have any personal experience of adoption (although my youngest uncle is adopted), Rose’s reaction to the truth of her past felt believable. I particularly appreciated the way that her parents and siblings supported her and understood her need to learn what happened to her family. Some Amish families come across as harsh and unsympathetic—particularly the men—so it was a nice change to hear about Rose’s dad and brother helping her during this time. This novella also touches on the subject of how the Amish were treated during the Second World War. Although Murray Pura has written more detailed books on the subject of the Amish during various wars, Tricia’s brief treatment of the subject didn’t feel lacking in any way. My favourite part of this aspect of A Christmas Gift for Rose is that none of the storylines about the after effects of the war were tied up neatly. We’re still not certain if all the community members will welcome Jonathan back at the end of the novella, and the English neighbour struggling with PTSD has hope, but doesn’t know if he’ll ever completely heal. I know that most people like their Christmas stories to be tied up neatly, but that’s not possible when it comes to a subject like this, and I appreciated Tricia’s realism in this respect.Initially I was a little torn about the ending to this novel. A lot happens in the last few chapters, and although it miraculously didn’t feel rushed, I did wonder if some readers might find some of the final events of the novella to be a little implausible. Once I thought about it for a while, I decided that I was quite satisfied with the ending to A Christmas Gift for Rose. As I said, not everything is tied up neatly, and there are some things Rose will never get to find out about her family. But she, her family and Jonathan are all satisfied with the outcome to Rose’s explorations, and I believe I am as well. Although Jonathan was present in this novel less than I’d expected, I was happy with the way he featured in the final chapter of the novel. Rose and Jonathan’s storyline isn’t your typical romance, but the conclusion is sure to please any romantic at heart.If you’re sceptical about the possibility of an author being able to pull off a Historical Amish Christmas Romance set right after the end of the Second World War that deals with adoption and PTSD, take my word for it—Tricia knows what she’s doing with this novella. Tricia has long been a favourite author of mine, and this novella is a perfect example of her ability to create a touching story full of realistic characters that deal with difficult subject matters.Review title provided by Zondervan.

  • Rosemarie
    2018-11-28 09:25

    This is a stand-alone novel by Tricia Goyer that takes place in an Amish community right after WWII ends. It was very interesting to see how the Amish community dealt with the war - and one of their own (Jonathan) volunteering to become a medic. His decision affects his intended, Rose, and their future together - but not as much as the secret Rose's mother reveals to her shortly before Christmas. A very interesting story line about true faith and the definition of family. Excellent read.

  • Jane
    2018-11-24 06:45

    Goyer's story is inspired by an actual event that occurred during the Great Depression to two families of different faiths. It is a nice, quick faith-based read and a major plus is that is has very short chapters.

  • Donna
    2018-12-13 09:21

    Great book.

  • Laurie Carlson
    2018-12-10 09:47

    This is a Christian Fiction Amish story that could be read and enjoyed during any time of the year, not just Christmas.This book takes place in 1945, during World War II, when even the Amish had to use ration books as certain items including food were rationed to save for the war.Many men, including the Amish, felt it their duty to voluntarily sign up to fight in this war/fight for our country in this war, very similar to most wars, even today. Although for WWII, many of the men, even the Amish, were drafted during this time. (This part is unlike our recent wars where the draft has not needed to be implemented.)Rose's boyfriend, Jonathan, willingly signed up for this war on his own, and Rose had very mixed feelings about it. She didn't know if he would come back, or if he did would he be Amish or as an Englischer? Would the war change him? Rose no longer knew if she would be his bride, or not, or if she would have to consider becoming Englisch if he so chose that and still wanted to marry her. Would she be able to become an Englischer?Rose had a lot of difficult feelings to deal with during such turbulent times.This book even deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when some of the soldiers returned home, in particular, Harold. It was not known by this name during the 1940's, but he is dealing with this on a daily basis, and most all of the Amish understand he is going through something emotional from the war. War has not changed at all during all these years, just some things have now been given official names. War is war, and personally I can't imagine fighting in one, or how I would feel after.In addition, during this time, Rose finds out she is adopted, and now does not feel as if she is a 'real' Amish person, because to be Amish, wouldn't you have to be born into an Amish family? She wasn't. What about her real parents? Why did they give her away? How is her boyfriend, hopefully fiance', going to take this news? Will he still want to marry her after finding out she really isn't Amish after all?Rose really wrestled with the idea that she 'feels' she is not a 'real' Amish person and really had to work out her feelings about this discovery. Is she Amish or isn't she? This is the very difficult question she must come to terms with, and with the help of others, too. This is not easy for Rose, and takes up a good part of this book as she goes through this harsh reality.One of my favorite quotes from this book was:"when God gives us more than we can handle it is also possible that a miracle will soon be walking our way. All we have to do is pray."I found this book to be a quick, enjoyable, read that happens to take place during the holidays. I found this book to be very realistic especially as it relates to today, too. My opinion, Tricia Goyer CAN WRITE! I love reading her writing! I think you will enjoy it, too! I look forward to ALL of her books!I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Zondervan, and LitFuse Publicity in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa... Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2018-11-28 10:42

    "Rose couldn't get Jonathan off her mind. He'd captured a large slice of her thoughts since that first evening three years ago when he'd stared at her over the fire pit at the Yoder's place during a Singing. Distance had not lessened her care. When he'd gone overseas, Jonathan had written and told her he worked at the hospitals away from the front lines. Rose should have been thankful, but as a pacifist he should have had no part in supporting the war - not even in the hospitals. If Jonathan had been drafted, that would have been one thing, but he'd volunteered. And while other young Amish men waited out the war on the home front, growing gardens in the small county prisons or working for the Conservation Corps, Jonathan had left their Amish community and traveled to a distant county with armed soldiers. He'd trained in their camps and made friends with outsiders. The shame! And she was the one left to see the disapproval in the gazes of her fellow Amish. To hear the women's comments around the sewing circle. She was the one who'd received a visit from a very unhappy bishop upon the discovery of what Jonathan had done and where he'd gone. Pretty soon he's going to stop being Amish. Most likely he's already made that choice," the bishop had commented after it was discovered that Jonathan was in France. His disapproval had been clear. Though they were friendly with their English neighbors, there was a dividing line. Though invisible, the barrier was all Rose had been raised to know. There was "them" and "us." Rose knew there was no middle ground. Being among the English had no doubt changed Jonathan. Supporting the war most likely did too. In all their months apart her feelings for him had never waned, yet how could she continue loving someone who had chosen to follow the world's way?" (pg 8).In the latest novel from best selling author, Tricia Goyer, A Christmas Gift for Rose, takes us back to the Amish community located in Berlin, Ohio during 1945, where we see the struggle that is working in the life of Rose Yoder when Jonathan left the Amish to join in the war efforts as a medic. It goes against everything they both were brought up to believe. Now that he has returned home, she has assured herself that their relationship is over but why do these feelings for him continue to linger? What will happen when Rose discovers that she too was born English? What will happen to the feelings she still has for Jonathan or will the faith she was brought up on as an Amish woman be too hard to let go of?I received A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer compliments of Zondervan Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the review is based on my personal opinion of the book. I love getting the opportunity to review books that bring not only a love for reading during the Christmas season but also share a wonderful message that lasts long after you finish the final page. Tricia Goyer is definitely one of my favorite authors so I LOVED being able to review this book just in time for the upcoming Christmas season. Trust me, you'll want to pick this one up if you love Christian Amish Romances set in the 1940's during a time of war for both the Amish and English communities. This shows what it really means behind sacrifice, deep love and discovering one's own true identity. The answers might just surprise you. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!

  • Madilyn
    2018-11-25 05:48

    What a sweet way to start off the season! I know that Thanksgiving and Christmas are a while away yet, but this cooler weather is making me long for those lengthy winter days. A Christmas Gift For Rose was just the thing I needed to transition from Summer to Fall. Reading Christmas novellas is one of my favorite cool weather activities (right after highschool football - Go KACS Knights!). Christmas is my favorite holiday (I'm sure many of you feel the same way). I'm the kind of person that will sit on my coach wearing sweatpants in the middle of June to watch a Hallmark-Christmas-Movie-Marathon. I just can't get enough of it! Before you know it my family will be gathering around the fireplace, drinking hot chocolate. It gives me joy just to think about it! But I digress.Rose was raised in an Amish home, and she loved every minute with her family. The only thing dimming her joy was her beau, Jonathan. The Amish believed war was wicked, and contributing to it was an unforgiveable transgression. When Jonathan ran off to enlist as a medic on the battlefield, Rose was crushed. Though he never shot a single bullet, he was still supporting battle, wasn't he? Rose wondered if he could ever be content to get back into his old Amish life-style after tasting a bit of the outside world. She dreaded anything that had to do with the English (non-Amish), and here was the man she had planned on marrying fighting with them! Once Jonathan returned home, at first, Rose would have nothing to do with him. Though she still had feelings for him, she refused to let him be such a big part of her life again. Then one day that all changed. Rose found out something surprising about herself that made her take a step back and reconsider her views on English people. Had she been wrong? Could there be more to life than being a respected member of her community? Feeling like she didn't have a place in the world where she belonged, Rose started a journey toward peace and love.~I LOVED this book. L.o.v.e.d it. It's a short, cozy story that had me oblivious to the world, wondering what was going to happen next to dear Miss Rose. I don't know how much to say without spoiling it for those of you who plan on reading it in the near future, but let me just say this: this is one of the best Christmas novellas that I have ever read. I'm usually not too fond of novellas because most of the time I don't feel like I get the whole story in such a short span of time, but I had no such trouble with A Christmas Gift For Rose. Every moment was described wonderfully, every scene was played out to perfection, and I don't feel like I was missing some huge part of the story like I usually do when I read books this short. I can't wait to read more from Tricia Goyer! I've heard great things about her, but this is the first book of hers that I personally have had the chance to read. Well, let me just say, hopefully it won't be the last! ~Madi For The Literary MaidensNote: I was provided with a free hardcopy of A Christmas Gift For Rose by the Litfuse Publicity group in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not paid to write this review, and all thoughts expressed are completely my own and totally unbiased.

  • Bethany
    2018-12-05 11:36

    This was a short, yet sweet Christmas novella set in an Amish town and based on a true story, that is sure to be a delightful read accompanied by a warm fireside and a cup of cocoa, to read during the holiday season!This was the first book that I've read by Tricia that she had written by herself (I read The Swiss Courier, which she authored with another author, Mike Yorkey), and I have to say I really liked it! It was a very sweet quaint story that really made me get excited about the upcoming holiday season! Since this is a novella, it's shorter than a novel and the perfect size to read in a short amount of time. However don't let the size fool you as there is plenty of things going on. At first I though that since this story was so short, I wouldn't get a very good character development in the story. But I was pleasantly surprised when I read it, to find that this wasn't an issue at all, and actually the character development was quite well done. Main character Rose who is Amish, and the other characters too for that matter, were nicely developed in a short time, and I really felt like even though it was short, I got as much character development as I would have if it was a novel size. I loved seeing how Rose grew and dealt with her fears and anxieties, and loved the way the novella ended!This novella is not only a sweet fireside read, but it's also got a wonderful message of feeling important and feeling like you belong. In the story Rose finds out that she wasn't born to an Amish family. She was adopted at a young age, when she was sick and her poor parents were unable to care for her and feed her. So they let their Amish next door neighbors adopt Rose, and she grew up with them. Now it's nearly Thanksgiving many years later, and she finds out that she isn't Amish and that the family she grew up with isn't her real family. Rose begins to doubt, and have second thoughts about being Amish, and feels out of place among the Amish community members who were born into an Amish home. Though she's always been loved and well cared for in the Amish family, she feels out of place and like she doesn't really belong. Top it all off with her strained relationship with the man she once though she'd marry, and Rose is overwhelmed with the fear of the unknown, and feeling like she fits in. However by the end of the story readers see that once Rose learns to trust the Lord and realize her identity in Him, everything seems to pan out in the end.Overall I enjoyed this novella and would recommend it as a sweet, short Christmas read to get you into the holiday cheer. N O T E :: I'd like to sincerely thank Tricia Goyer, Thomas Nelson publishers and Litfuse Publicity group for the opportunity to receive a complementary hardback copy of A Christmas Gift For Rose to read and review. I was not paid to review this novella, and all thoughts expressed in my review are completely honest and unbiased.

  • Deanna Gottreu
    2018-11-19 08:43

    A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer is a touching and emotional story that deals with war, love, and Amish life versus life as an Englischer. Rose grew up during The Great Depression in a loving Amish family in Berlin, Ohio. She is engaged to Jonathan but she breaks the engagement when he enlists in the Army and goes overseas to serve as a medic during World War II. The Bishop and others in the community tell her that she should forget Jonathan for he has gone against everything that the Amish believe about war and fighting. When Jonathan returns to the community, he does everything that he can to change Rose’s mind about marrying him by explaining that he worked as a medic and did no fighting. In an unexpected way, Rose learns that she was actually born into an Englischer family but was left with the Yoder family when her birth parents moved west hoping for a better life. Shortly after learning that she was born an Englischer, she also learns that Curtis who works at the grocery story is her brother and that she has three other brothers. After Jonathan learns of Rose’s birth family, he leaves town and does not tell Rose where he is going or if he will be back. She is torn between remaining Amish or becoming an Englischer and she is also trying to decide if she should marry Jonathan.Tricia Goyer did an excellent job in the writing of this book. It is a little book but a big story. The characters are so well developed that they come to life and I felt as if they were friends. Dialogue was gripping and kept me turning page after page and not stopping until I had finished the book. The description of all the scenes/actions taking place were vividly described so well that I was right in the middle of whatever was taking place. There were several surprises in the story and they just added to the enjoyment of the story. I really like that the author showed the faith and love of the main characters and how they looked to God for guidance and forgiveness. I especially liked the way the author ended the story and it left me wanting more. Would be nice if Tricia writes a sequel.I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a great Amish story with a wonderful ending. Being based on a true story makes it an even better book.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan as part of the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.