The Angel of Forest Hill is An Amish Christmas Romance written by Cindy Woodsmall. With 200 pages that include two cake recipes, this is the perfect book to get you thinking towards Christmas. Florence Dienner develops complications after giving birth and passes away. Her husband is left with 3 small children to raise by himself. The Dienner’s live in a very small Amish community that has no one that can step in to help them, so another Amish community helps out by sending one of their young ladies to help. For Rose Kurtz to stay and help Joel with his children after his wife passes, Joel and Rose must marry. Their marriage is a marriage of friendship and partnership built on the needs of Joel’s family. When the church becomes away that it is not a real marriage Joel is confronted with their recommendation to annul the marriage. But over the fours years Rose has lovingly cared for the family and their feelings have moved past those of friendship.
Rose was not raised in a loving family situation and she carries those issues inside her, but she is very loving toward Joel and his family. Rose is a very hard worker and puts the needs of others above her needs to the point she only takes a few hours a month to do what she enjoys. She also spends time talking with Joel about his canoe building business and gives him suggestions that help his business.
This is a cute story. I really enjoyed reading of Rose’s dedication to the family. This is a shorter story that can easily be read in a day, the perfect story to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire place. The story takes you to a simpler life without all the business of the English life. But it also shows the hard work the characters do to provide for their families. I enjoyed how Rose likes some of the English traditions and finds a way to have them in her life, even though they are not allowed by the Amish. I also enjoyed how she spoke English to the children when Amish tradition was not to do that. Even though Rose was raised feeling she was not good enough, the story shows she is a very strong, loving person.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and this is my honest review.
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