This time of year is my absolute favorite time of year as a book reviewer. Why? Because October and early November are when the Christmas fictions release. I kid you not when I say that I stalk my book sites, waiting for anything to appear that has a cover full of snow or sleighs or Christmas trees or candles or snowman butts or anything at all remotely resembling Christmas. What I didn’t expect, however, was to find an Amish Christmas fiction by Cindy Woodsmall. That thrilled me to no end.
You see, my very first review was an Amish Christmas fiction by Cindy Woodsmall. And I adored it. The story was everything you’d love in Christmas story; it was cozy, it was comforting, the characters were awesomely developed and Christ was the center of it all. So I had every hope that I would love this book, and I was not disappointed.
The book is just under 200 pages, so is a quick and easy read. The story is centered around a young woman named Rose Kurtz. She is the only girl in a family of twelve, and her childhood has been rough. She ends up being asked to leave her family and join another community to help a family in need. She leaves with high hopes that this might be the new beginning that she is needing; hoping to maybe find some hope at last. When she arrives, she finds that the wife of the family she was sent to help has passed away, leaving two small children and a baby behind. She agrees to marry Joel, the woman’s husband, to help with the children. It is a marriage born from need, not from love.
As time progresses, however, Rose finds herself wondering if maybe something more could come from this marriage after all. And just as she is starting to think that this might be the case, a beautiful young widow moves into town, creating a series of misunderstandings. The rest of the story is all about the healing power of love. Especially the love of our incredible Father in Heaven.
Start preparing your heart for the season, Friends. First, get out your Bibles. Read the Christmas story in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Then choose your favorite, and read it again. Read it on Christmas Eve. Read it to your family. Then get yourself some sweet Christmas fictions such as this one. I think you will find your soul starts to ready itself for the magic of this season, and for the Reason behind it.
Bottom Line: Time to get into a festive mood! Start with The Angel of Forest Hill and fall in love with Cindy Woodsmall books.
**I received this book from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.