Monday, September 23, 2013

"A Christmas Gift for Rose" Review

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 as she prepares to marry, she’s thrown into confusion when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when the family moved on 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?

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

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About the Author: Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published over thirty books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee.

In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by Tricia is also on the blogging team at, and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR.
Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired.

Learn more about Tricia at

My Take:

It's Christmas in September again in the publishing world, and the first one on my list is A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer. Since my husband and daughter have been singing Christmas songs around the house for weeks now, I guess it is appropriate!

The plot of this novella - an Amish person finding out that they were actually born English - has definitely been done before in the realm of Amish fiction. However, there was a bit of an added twist to this one considering the fact that not only was Rose born to an English family, but she was, in her eyes, abandoned. This main plot point and the fact that the book took place right at the end of World War II gave it a more unique feeling overall.

I have read all of Tricia Goyer's Amish fiction, and the main thing I enjoy about the way she writes in this genre is how the message of Christ's salvation comes through clearly. I was a bit disappointed in this novella that that message didn't seem to be as clear or as strong as in her past books. The message was there, and there was a lot of talk about God and His plans, but I didn't feel the depth of Christ's love and His salvation from sin as much as in her full-length novels.

The ending of this novella is just outstanding. It is so heartfelt, and the imagery had me feeling as if I was standing right there with Rose as she experienced the moment.

A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming tale filled with all the warmth and love of the Christmas season.

I will give A Christmas Gift for Rose ... 3 ½ BookWorms.

A Christmas Gift for Rose
A novella by Tricia Goyer
Zondervan Publishing
Publication date: September 24, 2013

I have had the pleasure this year of being on the Launch Teams for Tricia Goyer's fiction books, and it has been a delightful experience!

Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her first Christmas novella, A Christmas Gift for Rosewith a Christmas Gift giveaway! 

Enter to win a NEW Kindle Fire HDX for you AND one for a friend!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX and one to give away to a friend!
  • A Christmas Gift for Rose, by Tricia Goyer for you and your friend!
Four second place winners will receive:
  • A Christmas Gift for Rose Christmas pack (includes a recipe card, bookmark, a signed book plate, discussion questions, and a Gathering & Giving handout!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. All winners will be announced October 21st at Tricia's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Tricia's blog on the 21st to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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