Thursday, January 19, 2017
Book Review~The Angel of Forest Hill
Book Description: 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 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: Cindy Woodsmall is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors, so I am always excited to read her latest book! Then add in my favorite season, Christmas, and you have a recipe for a great book. The Angel of Forest Hill was a sweet story of love and forgiveness. The thought of a young woman agreeing to marry a stranger (and they marry for life, no divorces) and care for his children is just hard to imagine. Rose and Joel's relationship grows over the years, but Rose still hangs on to so much hurt from her childhood and the harsh way her mother treated her. I enjoyed this story and its characters. It was a quick read at just 196 pages, and includes two recipes as well.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.