This was a fantastic novella. Rose Kurtz and Joel Dienner get married because Joel’s wife has died and he needs someone to help him care for his three very young children. Rose had problems in her home where she grew up so she has trouble getting close to Joel. Joel tries to get it through her heart that he does love her after being together for 4 years. Rose needs to learn that she is worthy of love. I received this book from bloggingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion.
This original Amish Christmas novella from best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall promises to warm the hearts of her many fans with its Old Order Amish ways, touching romance, realistic faith experiences, and holiday-season family drama. When Rose Kurtz first arrived in Joel Dienner’s home four years ago, the Amish widower had been completely grief-stricken by the shocking loss of his wife during childbirth. At the recommendation of the bishop, Joel’s father, Rose is asked to become his bride and take care of his two small children and newborn baby, nestled in the tiny Amish community of Forest Hill in the eastern Appalachian mountains, far from Rose’s home. After four years as just housemates, Rose is wondering if Joel finally has opened his heart again–but she fears it isn’t with her. She loves the children she has been raising with a mother’s love, and she may care for Joel more deeply than he cares for her. But maybe, with a Christmas miracle, Joel could see his “angel” as she really is.
Cindy Woodsmall is a “New York Times” and CBA best-selling author of fifteen works of fiction and one work of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now-empty nest.