A Christmas Gift for Rose

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A Christmas Gift for Rose

Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.

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 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?

Don’t miss award-winning author Tricia Goyer’s first Christmas novella.

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Reviews

  • By The Book says:

    A Christmas Gift for Rose is a beautiful portrayal of God’s desire for His people to belong not only to Him but to each other. The characters are genuine — their emotions real and believable. I loved Mam and Dat, the Amish couple struggling in their marriage, who found new life and love after taking Rose into their family. A heart-warming book – definitely put this one on your list of Christmas-time reading.

    Recommended.

  • A Book Lover says:

    The characters and plot were engaging. It held my attention and I could not wait to see what happened next. Recommended. 🙂

  • This is a heartwarming story, much more so because it is inspired by a true story. What would someone do when their identity and their beliefs are questioned? AA novel of true love and what a family really is.

  • I would recommend this book to someone who is in of need of heavenly guidance and help from those they love. This story was engaging and held my attention. It was a very short, quick, read that I just couldn’t put down.

  • This was a great story and I know it’s hard sometimes to say that about a story that has a war in it, especially World War II when so much was lost. I had an uncle who landed on D-Day and my Dad’s side of the family is steeped in military as so was he. He spent 22 years in the Army, so I know military life like the back of my hand.

    I am glad though that Jonathan made it back alive and that Rose knew another young man who had come home from the war fine but had a lot of mental issues. She was able to meet another man named Curtis, by accident one day in a store who knew about the war and she asked him if he could talk to her neighbor’s son, Harold who had the mental issues. Or was it an accident that Curtis was there?

  • 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!

  • Slow It Down says:

    Christmas is an iconic time and the perfect setting for this tale of hope and love. The characters come alive through dialect, the town around them, and even the weather plays a part. Tricia Goyer has crafted a sweet, feel-good story that will have you hanging onto her every word and clutching a tissue as well.

  • 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.

  • Rose has such a hard time dealing with finding out the truth about herself, that she is not Amish by birth, that when Jonathon finds out, he tries to find a way to help her. Jonathon, her beau, has been dealing with his own problems as well, returning from the war is not easy for any man, but returning to an Amish community has its own difficulties. Between Jonathons help and what she is able to find out on her own, Rose is able to come to terms with her history and realizes she is a part of two families now.

    A Christmas Gift for Rose is a very heart warming story about faith, family, and love, for any time of the year.

  • I’m a fan of Amish fiction. I also adore Christmas. And I enjoy historical fiction set around WWII. So all of these things together in one book is almost too much to bear. Almost – I did manage to read this book and enjoyed it greatly.

  • 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. 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!

  • Tricia Goyer always delivers an entertaining and heartwarming story and A Christmas Gift for Rose is no exception. Christmas time, the Depression and the love of family create the perfect setting for this tender tale of forgiveness and redemption. I adored Jonathan and the Yoder family from the beginning, although I had a harder time warming to Rose. I soon realized that Rose had to undergo a transformation and her heart had to soften in order for her to be truly happy. Once the secret of her past was divulged, her healing could begin- if she would only allow it.

  • This is a great novella for the Christmas season. It is set in the post WWII era. Not only is it a tender romance, but you’ll learn about the Amish and their view on war. You will also find out the difficulty of “becoming” Amish if not born into it. I recommend it.

  • This novella combines three of my favorite elements: Christmas, World War II, and the Amish. While everyone may not relate to the search for one’s birth parents, the search for one’s own identity, along with the questioning of family beliefs, is a universal theme for most readers. Jonathan’s determination to follow his conscience is inspirational, and a departure from the more popular view of the Amish as peaceful conscientious objectors. One of the more interesting characters was Harold, a young soldier whose wounds are not physical, but mental and emotional. If this had been a lengthier novel, I would have liked to have seen more of this character and his recovery.

    This book is available just in time for a good holiday read or to give as an early Christmas gift.

  • Although “A Christmas Gift For Rose” is a shorter format novella, it is full of everything that I look for in a good book. The plot is to-the-point with few wasted words yet was satisfyingly complete. It was easy to become quickly caught up in Rose’s story and to share her joys and sorrows. Jonathan was a true hero in so many ways but his devotion to Rose was admirable.

  • A beautiful Amish Christmas story set in the WWII era written by Tricia Goyer – what more incentive do you need? This was a real sweet story, quick and easy to read and has no trouble capturing and keeping your attention.

    The character development was excellent. I took an instant liking to Rose, what a sweetheart! You get totally wrapped up in her and her family’s lives.

    What really gave this story the twist was the touch historical fiction! Amish/Romance/Historical Fiction – all wrapped up in one! If you are a lover of Amish fiction you won’t want to miss this sweet love story.

  • Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love. This is Tricia Goyer’s very first Christmas novella – and while novellas tend to be light, easy reads, this goes a lot deeper than normal with its characterization and plot. This is a very enjoyable and moving read.

  • This newest book by Tricia Goyer is based on a true story. Tricia has brought her characters to life when you read each page. Rose has always had the same dreams and nightmares for as long as she could remember. Throughout Rose’s story she continues to rely on her faith. This was a heartwarming and a little sad story.

  • This is a Christmas book; but not a usual Christmas story. It is a book that explores the vileness of war while showing how God really does “ work all things together for good.” From soldiers returning from the battlefield to the mood of communities in this post-war period of time, Goyer allows us to get a sense of this important historical era in our country.

    This is a wonderful book, made even more special by the fact that it has a Christmas setting. I highly recommend it.

  • WV Stitcher says:

    Wow, “A Christmas Gift For Rose” is a great kick off for my holiday reading season.While classified a novella, this little book had plenty going on. I found the characters interesting. Rose especially had plenty going on, finding out about her past had her questioning who she really was, but truthfully deep down she already knew! Jonathan also went against the grain to join up with the military getting to serve while helping instead of fighting.I really loved the story and when I realized that it was actually based on a true story well, it made it even more special.Overall there were emotional ups and downs within the pages of this one, and the author does an amazing job of allowing the reader to feel those emotions.

  • By The Book says:

    Three authors, four books and a whole lot of reading pleasure! Here’s my take on these talented authors’ books:

    Holy Night – Colleen Coble revisits her Aloha Reef series in this Christmas themed novella featuring Leia and Bane. This novella may be short in length, but long on suspense, romance and that Hawaiian feel that fans of this series love. Perfect reading on a cold December evening when you are longing for warm breezes and a little romance.

    Silent Night – The characters in Colleen’s popular Rock Harbor series are reunited for a Christmas season to remember. But first some search and rescue suspense is in order. There’s warm family times to balance the frigid air surrounding the action in this novella length book. Another good choice for fireside reading during the holidays.

    A Christmas Gift for Rose – A Christmas Gift for Rose combines the best of Tricia Goyer’s writing genres, Amish and historical, with the Christmas spirit to create a lovely holiday gift for her readers. The setting is Ohio Amish country just following WWII. America is just learning about the cost of sacrifice for the young men who served overseas. A beautiful portrayal of God’s desire for His people to belong not only to Him but to each other.

    Plain Peace – The final chapter in Beth Wiseman’s Daughters of The Promise series, Plain Peace can easily be read as a standalone. Love vs. legalism and compassion vs. judgment are the themes of this touching contemporary novel. And while the Amish seek to live a simple life, it is clear that trouble and trials are universal. God’s grace, love and mercy shine from the pages of this book.

    Recommended.

  • Tricia has done it again with the telling of a great Amish story and making you feel for the characters as if you knew each of them personally.

  • Four incredible and heart warming stories that will fill your soul with love, courage and strength. Each story brings with it a variety of life lessons and touches your heart. They remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season – of family, love, self discovery and faith.

  • The IE Mommy says:

    This book was not at all what I expected! I guess that’s why they say never judge a book by it’s cover. Holy Night looked to me like a glorious Christmas story when in fact, it’s full of mystery and suspense, which I actually prefer!

    Holy Night is right up there with Colleen Coble’s other full length novels that I have always loved. I can’t wait to start her next Novella Silent Night. I hope it’s just as intriguing!

  • A secret, hope, family, finding where one belongs, love, God’s provisions, and sacrifice are just the beginning. This is an excellent way to kick off the season and will make a wonderful Thanksgiving/Christmas read! I highly recommend it.

  • For fans of Coble’s Rock Harbor series, “Silent Night” is a wonderful chance to catch up with Bree and Kade and their dog Samson as well as other familiar family and friends from previous novels in the series. With a wintery Christmas setting, the short novella offers a mystery that is quickly resolved as well as a surprise or two for Bree.

  • 3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! says:

    Holy Night; Leia is finally going to have her dream wedding. I was hooked on this novel and loved the suspense part of it. A person has claimed that he will kill her sister if she does not follow his directions.

    Silent Night; What a nice story to read during the holiday season. The author Colleen Coble has once again given us a novel of faith, love and a mystery to solve.

    A Christmas Gift For Rose; Wow! What a beautiful story. It is hard to believe that it is based on a true happening. Rose has grown up very happily except for nightmares that she cannot figure out.

    Plain Peace; Anna Byler is a young woman of faith. She sees herself denying her faith even as she struggles to do what she wants with her own life. This story has secrets that are kept and therefore causing many problems.

  • Goyer’s Amish stories always have a unique twist to them and this one is no exception. In spite of this being a novella, Goyer succeeds in crafting a story with several layers. Rose’s black-and-white worldview is turned upside down when she discovers that she was born into an Englisch family, and her crises of identity and faith are well-portrayed, as are the angst and confusion she she experiences regarding the return of the man she always planned to marry and the role he played in World War II, which ran counter to everything she believes in.

  • The IE Mommy says:

    Silent Night is another thrilling Novella from Colleen Coble this holiday season! I finished Holy Night earlier in the week and this one was just as exciting!

    Bree and her husband Kade do search and rescue missions near their home by Lake Superior. When someone goes missing and they begin the search, they never could have imagined the personal connection that will hit close to home.

    I love how Coble connects all the different characters in ways you don’t see coming. The thing I enjoy about these Novella’s is that nothing gets dragged out! Everything comes to a head pretty quickly.

    A lot of times with mystery and suspense type novels, the inevitable just gets dragged out longer than necessary. With both of Coble’s Novella’s, just when you can’t take the mystery any longer, it’s resolved!

    Silent Night was a great read and another hit from Coble. She has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

  • Holy Night: I am a sucker for Christmas novellas and I love books by Colleen Coble so combining the two was a match made in heaven for me. This was my first time to read any of the Aloha Reef series , but I will be reading more I can assure you. This novella was so enjoyable that I did not want to put it down. It has all my favorite elements in a story, romance and suspense with a smattering of the past touching the present. A great quick read.

    Silent Night: As a creature of habit I had to read this book first because that is the way the lyrics of the song go. As I began reading this book, I could not put it down. I was captivated by Bree, Kade Lauri and all the other characters in Rock Harbor. This is a perfect read for a cold or rainy night to just curl up in your easy chair or bed.

  • Moments says:

    Do not miss out on this party or any of these books! All four of these books are excellent ways to relax and look forward to this Christmas season! Colleen Coble has been one of my favorite authors for a long time now and I was thrilled to get the chance to read some more books by her! “Holy Night” is a well-written mystery filled with secrecy, love, and lessons to be learned. I was expecting a sweet Christmas story, and was surprised when I started to read the book and Eva is kidnapped and Leia is faced with tough choices, but I was immediately hooked on the story and had to keep on reading page after page!

  • All four of these amazing novels are guaranteed to spark the warmth and love that each of them brings in unique ways through the characters that have to endure challenges beyond what any of them ever imagined. Forgiveness and hope are the keys to unlock the roadblock to love and faith that will found whenever anyone is courageous enough to take the leap of faith. Love is truly the greatest gift and that is just what you’ll find in each of these heartwarming novels. I received these four novels compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. There is truly something for everyone in this Christmas Book Tour and I rate these a 5 out of 5 stars. They all have a predominate place in my Christmas library collection.

  • Wow, four great books from three awesome author that I love! These are four books you don’t want to miss reading. They all make a nice read for the Holiday Season, but if you don’t get a chance to read them during the season, they make an awesome read for just anytime! Three of them are novellas so they are a quick read at one setting…and Plain Peace is a full size book that will take you a day or so longer. Either way, you will have many hours of special entertainment and enjoyment from these three very talented ladies.

  • I have never read a Tricia Goyer book before, but when I saw that this was based on a true story I was really intrigued. I really love historical and period books. Being set during war time was something I could get into. It didn’t take long for me to want to know the hows and whys of everything and everyone. From almost the first page you can get really caught up in the story. It reads quickly too, or at least you don’t notice the time pass as you read along. This is one book I am sure you will enjoy!

  • The IE Mommy says:

    I really enjoyed the story of Anna in Plain Peace and love the appropriateness of the title, a Daughters of the Promise Novel.

    The Amish are referred to as “plain” people but everything in Anna’s life seems quite complicated for a people known of simplicity and peace. No matter how simple your lifestyle, relationships can be tricky and Anna seems to have her hands full with these!

    When a new boy in town Jacob shows interest in her where other boys haven’t, she is thrilled. However, she is thrown by the mixed signals that often come in the beginning of relationships. To further complicate the matter, her Grandfather that raised her is also the Bishop in the town. She has to wonder if other boys have been scared off because of him or is it something about her? Will Jacob stand strong or will he be scared away too? He has enough of his own problems in his family and a challenging relationship might not be high on his list.

    Jacob and Anna’s story isn’t much different than a young couple who isn’t Amish. While they live a simple life, there is never anything simple about love.

    Their story will touch you and encourage your in Plain Peace.

  • This is, hands-down, without a doubt, my most favorite Tricia Goyer book so far. I have to qualify it like that because Goyer’s books keep getting better and better, but this one is beyond amazing.

    That’s probably partly because it’s a true story. I think that no matter how incredibly creative an author is, the stories that God writes are always better than what we can come up with, and this one is no exception. Based on the story told to her of an Amish person’s grandmother, it rings truth and honesty and heartache and love all at the same time.

  • A Christmas Gift For Rose is not the first book I’ve read by Tricia Goyer, I’ve read a few others, and it was another good read. I found the story very interesting and liked the characters. I liked how there were a couple surprises in the book and how my guess about something turned out to be correct.

  • Silent Night – I must say I have fallen In love with the characters of Rock Harbor. Silent Night has a great storyline with depth and just enough suspense to keep you turning the pages at a rapid pace.

    Holy Night – Holy Night is a short story, and while I don’t read novellas very often simply because of the length of the book, I found myself completely engrossed in the story.

    A Christmas Gift for Rose – I could plainly feel the war going on in Rose’s heart and mind. She was Amish but, yet, she wasn’t. It was an emotional tug of war but I loved the fact that she didn’t have to face it alone.

    Plain Peace- The storyline was just great and covered a broad range of issues such as, the death of a child, diabetes and adultery. The plot was fully developed and came to a beautiful, complete end.

  • I loved the romance between Rose and Jonathan and with all the surprises in the book this made for a great read!

  • I’m such a sucker for Christmas stories and this is one of my favorites. Goyer did a great job with the characters and storyline I wanted to keep reading nonstop but unfortunately couldn’t do that. This is an emotional tale set in the depression era. Rose discovers she was born an englischer but left with her Amish family. She also discovers she has four brothers. Now she’s torn between living an Amish or English life.

  • I loved this book, the story of Anna and Jacob and the struggles they had is heartwarming. The characters and situations are believable… a story of love, hope, and forgiveness. A wonderful feel good book perfect for Christmas time. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Though this is a short read it’s packed full of action, suspense, and romance. Love the characters, Rock Harbor, the Christmas season, everything about this novella!

  • I thought this was a good romance and enjoyed the suspense as I was expecting a heartwarming Christmas story. The characters are good people that anyone would like to have as friends.

  • I must say that when I first received a copy of this book I was not sure that I would like it. I thought to myself, “how could a man like a book about an Amish girl”? I was pleasantly surprised and to my delight this book was a reminder of what we can do with faith in God and a loving family on our side!

  • Three authors, and four books, each one will put you into the Christmas spirit. From the shores of Hawaii, to the Amish counties of Ohio, and Rock Harbor.
    Each of these books will be fan favorites, as Holy Night, and Silent Night by Colleen Coble visits her Rock Harbor series and the Aloha Reef series.
    A Christmas Gift for Rose combines Tricia Goyer’s most favored talents of history and Amish story telling.
    Plain Peace is the final chapter in Beth Wiseman’s Daughter of Promise series, which can be read as a stand alone.

    While these are novella’s they are rich in the true meaning of Christmas. Not only will they put you in the holiday spirit, they remind us all about what is important during this season.

  • Silent Night: Love Love Love this novella!!! And this author!!!…It’s a beautiful story filled with Faith, Hope, growing up, and coming together!

    Holy Night: This Novella was really entertaining!…Happy endings, fabulous scenes, and a love that goes deep is what you’ll find in Holy Night and much, much more!

    Plain Peace: I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!…Some of the scenes where hilarious and I laughed so hard while others where so touching…A Must Read and a heartwarming book all the way around!

    and A Christmas Gift for Rose: A secret, hope, family, finding where one belongs, love, God’s provisions, and sacrifice are just the beginning. This is an excellent way to kick off the season and will make a wonderful Thanksgiving/Christmas read! I highly recommend it.

  • I made a mistake I have not read the previous five books in this Rock Harbor series, however, it is a mistake I intend to correct. Bree Matthews is search-and-rescue and she has Samson, her specially trained dog to help her. The minute I hear search-and-rescue I immediately feel the immediacy of the moment. Someone is missing, there is trouble involved and there is no time to waste. Colleen Coble knows exactly how to bring all of that to the story and more. Danger, suspense, mystery, a missing parachuter, family troubles and Christmas, “Silent Night” has it all. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you flipping pages to keep up with the story. Ms. Coble has done an outstanding job. I want to have more stories about Bree Matthews at Rock Harbor.

  • Tricia Goyer has an attention to details that help draw you into the story as well, of course, as her marvelous characters. World War II and the repercussions of being in the war and being a pacifist and against it. This is the climate that Rose finds herself in when the war is over and Jonathan comes home. This is a story of the real meaning of Christmas and finding yourself and accepting others. Both Rose and Jonathan are presented in such a real manner that you feel as though they are friends of yours and when the book eventually ends you are sorry to see them go. “A Christmas Gift For Rose” is an exciting book with the romance taking top priority as each of them deals with their individual issues. Ms. Goyer has done it again. I liked this book a lot.

  • all grown up says:

    By the titles of these two novellas, I thought they were going to be your generic, something bad happens on Christmas eve, is resolved by Christmas day miracle type stories that you might find in a Lifetime movie, boy was I wrong!

  • Four books that will allow you to sit and enjoy this time of year. Each story is unique and you will love getting to know these characters. I laughed and I cried as I read these books. They stir up the emotions in a wonderful way and you’ll love how their faith in God always seems to shine through.

  • Welcome to Christmas in September. In true Tricia Goyer style she has written a heart warming Christmas novella, that is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.

    Rose’s internal struggle with who she is and what she should do is real and very believable. She was completely dependent on her Heavenly Father which was apparent throughout the story.

    I highly recommend this book!

  • Well, Tricia Goyer has done it again with another wonderful Amish story just in time for the holidays. There is never a dull moment in this book, and I was pleased to read about the real life inspiration behind this story. This is full of emotion, love, and of course, the strength of the Amish people. Tricia is a master at painting these people flawlessly without any kind of judgment nor criticism.

  • Holy Night and Silent Night were a delight to read. Don’t think for a minute that because they are short stories that they aren’t excellent.

  • Holy night: How do you choose between the person you fell in love with and your blood? I would have to pick my sister. I do not know how I would live if something happened to her because of me. 4/5.
    Silent Night: This book was really sad. I felt for Bree and I think that every woman that has lost a child can relate. I loved Samson. He was like a modern day Lassie. He was such a good dog. 4/5
    Goyer: The newest book by Tricia Goyer is based on a true story. Tricia brings the characters to life when you read each page. Rose has grown up in a wonderful Amish family, who she thought was her own. 4/5
    Plain Peace: I always wondered if a Rumspringa was really ever strict. How can an Amish girl leave home and go somewhere that she has no idea about. How does she not get lost? 3/5

  • Kerrific says:

    Holy Night by Colleen Coble:
    I love a good mystery and that is exactly what I got from Colleen Coble’s Holy Night. The story of sisterly love is amazing! I can’t wait to read this one again!

    Silent Night by Colleen Coble:
    Silent Night is another amazing read! You’ll want to make sure you get this one when you pick up Holy Night because you won’t want to stop with just one of Colleen’s books.

    A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer:
    English or Amish? That is the big question for Rose. This story is based on a true adventure and Rose’s discovery of finding herself and where she belongs is one that will make a perfect holiday gift!

  • Kerrific says:

    I’ve loved the three of these books that I’ve been able to read. Perfect holiday classics!

  • If you’re looking for a few fun reads, look no further, from Tricia Goyer, to Beth Wiseman and Colleen Coble, you’re going to be well entertained with this great group of books!

  • Holy Night-Colleen Coble has pulled together a short and sweet story that at the same time is filled with mystery and suspense that keeps you guessing at each turn.

    Silent Night-Coble has a beautiful skill with words and an ability to drag you into a story where you can curl up and feel like you belong in the town of Rock Harbor.

    A Christmas Gift for Rose-
    A Christmas Gift for Rose is a beautiful story about love and finding yourself and finding where your home truly is. Tricia Goyer has shared with us an amazing story of love, faith and family just in time for the Christmas season. This book will pull at your heartstrings. A short and quick read, this is the book you will want to share with all your friends and family.

    Plain Peace-Beth Wiseman knows how to weave a story and create characters on all levels. Through this book you can see the struggle and process as Anna tries to figure out what to do and how to do what is best for her family. This is a beautiful story of faith and following your dreams for the future.

  • A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer
    The book is about Rose, who lives in an Amish community. She is living in the middle of The Great Depression. She is dating Johnathan, but he isn’t ready to get married. Johnathan went to fight in the Second World War, which affected Rose’s and Johnathan’s relationship. I liked reading the book–more like letting the Kindle read the book to me. It was a good listen.

  • I am generally a fan of Amish fiction, and this book was a typical one for this genre. I can’t really complain. The characters were strong, and the story was nice enough. The author has a familiar writing style, and it was nice to see the people relying on God when times were tough. It was intriguing to observe the way the Amish people have changed in light of our modern culture–that was my favorite part of the book.

  • Although I am not familiar with the characters nor this series, this was a much more enjoyable read than the author’s other Christmas book out this year. This book had a bit of mystery, excitement, and some expected romance. I enjoyed those portions of the book including the autistic girl featured in the book. I always appreciate it when author’s tackle special needs issues and demonstrate that these people can be fully functioning citizens.

  • All four of these books were absolutely stunning and the perfect reads to carry you through the upcoming holiday season!

    Holy Night combines mystery and suspense with the themes of Christmas and brings to fruition live in Hawaii! Great storyline and fantastic characters will grab your attention from the get-go and have you reading this novella very quickly! It sure did for me! A small book but large on impact to be sure.

  • Author Tricia Goyer is a favorite of mine because I love her gentle, yet meaningful stories. “A Christmas Gift For Rose” is a great example of this. Tricia takes a story straight out of history and gives it her magic storytelling touch to bring to life a wonderful holiday story of family, faith and love.

    If you enjoy Amish-themed novel, and ones with a historical touch to them, then I guarantee that you will adore “A Christmas Gift For Rose.”

  • I haven’t read any of the previous books in Colleen Coble’s Aloha Reef series, so I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. Even though I wasn’t familiar with the characters, I still liked them and thought the story was good.

  • Silent Night was a great novella, though really short. I loved reading another story about Bree and her family – I loved the Rock Harbor series and Abomination (which is one of my favorite reads).

  • I don’t read a lot of Amish fiction, as it is not one of my favorite genres, but every once in a while it’s nice to take a break from my favorite genres and read a book that isn’t my normal cup of tea. 🙂 I haven’t read any of Beth Wiseman’s books before Plain Peace, but I’ve heard good things about her books, so I thought this one would be a good Amish read and it was!

  • Holy Night – Suspense Filled Christmas in Hawaii:
    “Holy Night” is short but sweet and is a good way to catch up with your favorite people from one of Coble’s earlier series. It is the perfect read for a winter evening when you have only just a bit of time to indulge.

    Plain Peace – http://www.amazon.com/review/R2OLDBCF0IQHK5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

    “Plain Peace” may be the most entertaining Amish novel I have read thus far. Although it deals with several serious issues and delivers a strong message of faith, this novel is peppered with so many humorous incidents that it kept me amused the entire time it took to read it. I especially enjoyed the scenes with Anna’s grandmother.

  • “Plain Peace” is all about marriage. Anna wants to get married, her grandfather, the Bishop, has strict ideas on her marriage, how keeping secrets in a marriage is harmful and what happens in a marriage when there is the death of a child. There is also a focus on secretly hoarding and how that affects people. Then there is the romance. This is a book about what is important in life: family, faith and forgiveness. Ms. Wiseman knows how to create characters that live on the page and that we get to know and love. Get ready for an interesting read that will keep you emotionally involved.

  • Disclosure: Aubrey received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.

    Aubrey’s Rating: 5/5 stars

    Aubrey’s Review: Plain Peace is the first book I have ever read by Beth Wiseman but it won’t be the last. It is the 6th book in her Daughters of Promise series set in Lancaster. While the book is faith based it was not a story that pushed an agenda onto the read. God and faith was in the background where the story of Anna and Jacob was front and center.

    Anna, was raised by her grandparents. Her grandfather is the bishop and very strict. A lot of people find him to be too strict. He has banned a lot of things the previous bishop allowed. Anna and others are worried that Anna will never find a man to date because her grandfather has scared them off. I really liked Anna’

  • Disclosure: I received a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Colleen Coble is fast becoming one of my favorite new-to-me authors. I only wish that I’d realized that this was part of a series when I signed up to partake in the blog tour through Litfusegroup so I could have read them all first!

    I would definitely suggest reading the other books in the series if you want to know more about what’s going on.

    For a novella, this packs quite the punch. Leia and Bane are putting the finishing touches on their wedding when Leia’s little sister, Eva, comes up missing. {finished review can be found at http://onceuponabook.net/angieleigh-holy-night-an-aloha-reef-christmas-novella-colleen-noble/}

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    Another book by Colleen that I should have paid attention to when signing up to read and review! As if my wishlist on Amazon wasn’t long enough already!

    The one thing I loved about Silent Night is that the mystery//suspense wasn’t played out for too long. Call comes in, Bree and Samson head out, things happen, loose ends of the mystery were tied together, and that was that. Then there was time for the two backstories to cleared up and sigh…happily ever after!

    Things were just a little too neatly tied at the end. I would have loved the epilogue to be continued as it’s own book, not tied up in a few pages. Overall, though, I really enjoyed reading about Bree and Kade and Samson and look forward to reading more about them.

    Just a note: This is a novella and if you’re reading on a Kindle – which I did – the story ends at 55%. The rest is some Reader’s Group questions, Colleen’s bio, and a look at Tidewater Inn.

  • These novellas were a delight to read. Don’t think for a minute that because they are short stories that they aren’t excellent. In Silent Night, we meet Bree Matthews. She has a career in the field of search and rescue. As she prepares for the Christmas season alongside her husband, we find that she has been suffering from the pain of miscarriage. Her sister-in-law arrives and seems to have more information on a missing person case than Bree feels comfortable with. We follow Bree on this case and her road to fulfilling her dream of having a baby. I related to story on so many levels: wanting to have a baby and dealing with family during the holiday season. Bree learns to work through the pain and how to go on with life in the midst pain.

    In Oh Holy Night, Colleen Boble ties some of the characters in from her Aloha Reef series. It a great romance that will also keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense. This story deals with trust and why it is vital in every relationship.

  • This is a good short easy inspirational read. It’s heartwarming for this time of the year.

  • The book is about Bree. The scene is Christmas Time and everyone is preparing to deal with annoying relatives. A mama is coming to visit, who really hasn’t been there for her child. Kade and Bree seems to be happy. Kade and Bree have a son named Davy and a dog named Samson. Bree is grieving from a miscarriage. Then her sister, Lauri, visits. Someone, a parachuter is missing and Lauri may know more than what she has revealed

  • The book is about a wedding but it may not go as planned.

  • The book is about Anna, who is looking for her future husband. Anna lives with her grandparents, who are very strict. It does not help that Grandpa is the Bishop. Anna does not want a life, similar to her grandparents, filled with secrets. Jacob moves to Lancaster County and develops an interest in Anna, but the community tries to deter them from dating.

    I do love how the book contains a family tree, just in case you didn’t read the first few books in the series. Next, the book contains a mini Amish dictionary, which helped when reading the book.

  • I’ve lived most of my life in Amish country in the midwest and grew up with going to schools with several of them. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as Amish love stories before. So with a skeptical heart I dug right into this book by Tricia Goyer.

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