The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas Romance(affiliate link)was an excellent book. In the first few pages of this book my heart ached for Rose as her mother criticized her and as she left her home without a goodbye. It made me want to be more careful with my words and more tender with my children. I felt deeply for the main characters, Rose and Joel. The utter brokenness Joel felt at the loss of his wife was believable. And the fact that Rose agreed to stay and marry a stranger was telling about how bad her childhood home life must have been.
I related well with some of Rose’s coping mechanisms, so much so that I think the author could have been describing me. I learned so much about myself through this character. And I think I will continue to grow as a person because of this book.
Normally, I don’t appreciate romance novels, but this was so much more than that. The authors style was different from other writers of Amish fiction that I’ve read, but I enjoyed it just as much. I found myself thinking of the characters often and took every opportunity to read a few pages. I also was inspired to live deeper and better. Joyfully there were a few smiles and giggles that I will treasure.
I loved the line,
“…God gave hope in the most trying times. Hope fell from heaven as quietly and gently as snowflakes.”
It’s so true and so beautiful. God is so good and faithful.
There were other special quotes I saved from this book, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you. Read it for yourself and enjoy!
*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this honest review.
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