Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer, ©2013

Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming tale of sacrifice, deep love, and discovering one’s true identity.

author Tricia Goyer
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, Ohio
November, 1945
Rose 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 68:6
Rose 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.***

Double Kindle HDX Christmas Gift Pack from @TriciaGoyer!

Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her first Christmas novella, A Christmas Gift for Rosewith a Christmas Gift giveaway! 

Enter to win a NEW Kindle Fire HDX for you AND one for a friend!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX and one to give away to a friend!
  • A Christmas Gift for Rose, by Tricia Goyer for you and your friend!
Four second place winners will receive:
  • A Christmas Gift for Rose Christmas pack (includes a recipe card, bookmark, a signed book plate, discussion questions, and a Gathering & Giving handout!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. All winners will be announced October 21st at Tricia's blog.

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  1. It sounds like a wonderful and heartwarming story. Perfect for the Christmas season :) Thanks for another great review, Kathleen!

    1. Hi Anne,
      Complete in itself, it would also make a great trilogy series beginning. Very affirming and a keeper. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House