I never read any Amish fiction before I read some of Tricia Goyer’s books. A Christmas Gift for Rose is now my third Amish read from Tricia.
Set in the last two months of 1945, A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer (Zondervan, 2013) follows Rose Yoder, a young Amish woman who was set to marry her love, Jonathan Fisher. However, Jonathan joined the war three years prior to serve as a medic overseas, an act very unheard of and somewhat disapproved of in the pacifist Amish community.
When Jonathan returns, Rose feels angry and betrayed, though Jonathan feels as dedicated to both her and their Amish ways as ever. Rose journeys through learning more about her own past and learning about forgiveness and ever-present hope from God.
It took me a while longer than usual to grow to like Rose. She’s unforgiving and moody in the first half of the book. But, as readers learn more about Rose’s past, we can understand a little more about her reactions in the book’s present. The book moves quickly through action and the side characters are extremely interesting, especially the Ault family and Curtis Williams. This book discusses two deep topics with reverberating repercussions – adoption (both worldly and spiritually) and effects of the world wars, on both the home front and those who served. In fact, these two themes hold stronger presences in the book than the romantic relationship between Rose and Jonathan.
Rose’s story is inspired by a true story, which adds to the book’s intrigue.
If you’re interested in Amish fiction or either of these major themes, you’d likely enjoy reading A Christmas Gift for Rose.
What changes have you witnessed in your own life path? How has God reminded you of His presence through people He has placed in your life?
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I received no other compensation.
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