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A Christmas Gift for Rose

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  380 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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 u ...more
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published September 25th 2013 by Zondervan (first published September 12th 2013)
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Andrea Cox
Emotional, sweet, and deep, this little Christmas story soared onto my favorites list. It was a beautiful love story while not getting cheesy or messy in sappy ways that drive me bonkers 98% of the time. A single bad word hampered this one from being a full five stars. However, this charmer's a keeper for me.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Zondervan
September 2013
ISBN: 978-0310336785
Genre: Amish/Christmas

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 k
Tara Bentley
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tricia has once agan crafted a sweet romantic story, this time by blending two favorite worlds… historical fiction and amish fiction. At heart, it’s a classic love story.

Rose is a woman dwelling on the pain and rejection of having the man she loves leave their way of life behind to enlist. With the war over, Jonathan has returned and now she must confront her feelings. Does he have a place in her life if their community won’t accept him? But before Rose can listen to her own heart her life is tu
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I really liked this unique story and it's even more special when you know it's inspired by a true story. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to find out you weren't really who you thought you were, especially that you come from the English, outsiders to your Amish community. I liked that she had to reexamine her life, her faith, and her attitudes not only because of this, but because of her fiance going to help in the war. I was pretty frustrated with her attitude at first, because it was ...more
Rhonda Gayle
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tricia Goyer has written the sweetest Christmas story I have had the pleasure to read! I love the parallels she draws to Heidi, as Rose volunteers at the local Amish school once a week and reads a chapter to the class. I won't spoil it though and tell you how it relates to Rose's special story. I have always thought of adoption as the most precious way to tell I child: "We CHOSE you for our family!" Rose is having a hard time understanding how her Englisch family could have abandoned her to her ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish-books
My mother and I really enjoyed read this book. It wonderful story
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a great story and a lesson to learn all wrapped up in a Christmas romance story. I enjoyed reading this one night before Christmas. This book kept me flipping pages till the end.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet story. I felt like these were characters I could root for, even though they didn't always make the right choices. I especially liked Rose's journey of feeling like she didn't belong anywhere, to understanding her place in God's plan.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’m so excited that there are already Christmas fiction books available and this one caught my interest right away! Rose is a seemingly typical Amish girl who has been raised with a loving family and has fallen in love with an Amish boy. Then one day this boy makes a crucial decision to enlist into the army as a medic leaving Rose and most of their small community in stunned humiliation. Rose decides to end their relationship while he is away and the Bishop approves of her decision. The Amish ar ...more
Kathleen E.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sunday, October 13, 2013
A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer, ©2013

Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming tale of sacrifice, deep love, and discovering one's true identity.

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
Created for Home
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I have been so very blessed recently with being on the launch team for Tricia Goyer’s fiction releases for the year. The newest offering that I got to read and review right now is A Christmas Gift for Rose. This is a book that I needed to read at this stage in my life.

Rose Yoder was a good Amish woman. One who knew her place in her society, what she wanted to do with her life and how it was going to happen. However, that all changed when Jonathon, her beau decided to enlist in the armed forces d
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tricia Goyer’s latest novella made me feel like giving gifts to everyone I know—and not just because of the beautiful cover!

What I loved best: This story celebrates the many ways we can gift the people around us. The book is filled with characters who learn to listen without judgment, exercise kindness and mercy, take personal risks for their fellow men, and treat strangers like family.

I especially loved the two sets of parents who know a love so big, they sacrifice their own happiness or co
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Christmas Gift for Rose is a sweet novella that can be read in one evening. Set at the end of World War II, it tells the story of two people trying to find their way: Rose, an Amish woman who learns she was born Englisch, and Jonathan, the man Rose loves ... a man who broke Amish tradition by becoming a medic during the war. Rose struggles greatly with the newfound knowledge of her past; if she wasn't born Amish, can she really be Amish?

While Rose's anguish over her past and how that would inf
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Rose is content to stay true to her Amish roots. This is why she broke up with her boyfriend, because he decided to join the military in the medical department, and Amish are not to go to war. But then Rose finds out a secret that changes her whole life. I really enjoyed really A Gift for Rose. Roses’ concerns are heartfelt because she is torn between her Amish beliefs and the love of her life, or so she thought he was. But she just can’t seem to find just where she fits
Laura A. Grace
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed "A Christmas Gift for Rose" and was surprised how much character development Tricia was able to do in a novella! The reader was able to have a very in depth look into Rose’s and Jonathon’s heart where where there was anguish, doubt, hope, love, and surrender to God’s will as well as the meaning of family. With this Tricia really wrote the story in a fast paced way, but it wasn’t rush! I actually really liked in that format because it kept the story flowing with again great chara ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Tricia Goyer has penned a heartwarming, Amish Yuletide tale set amongst the snow-covered hills of Berlin, Ohio, and of a young Amish woman's search to find out which world she truly belongs in---the Amish or the Englisch.

When her fiancé, Jonathan Fisher leaves Rose Yoder and their Amish community to become a medic working in field hospitals during the war, she turns her back on him. Though still in love with Jonathan, Rose feels he has betrayed his faith by joining the war, and fee
Lindsey Silvestrini
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love things that start getting me in the Christmas Spirt so what better way to start than with Tricia Goyer’s latest A Christmas Gift for Rose? Just the cover alone got me in the spirit and the book itself did not disappoint!

I have long been a fan of the Amish and Christmas among the plain was an interesting idea to me. I wasn’t sure how people who promote the simple and plain way of life would celebrate Christmas. Unlike most, their focus is not about the tree or decorations or Christmas shop
Jodie Wolfe
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rose Yoder's heart is broken when the man she loves chooses to join the Englisch during World War II instead of remaining in her Amish community. When he returns, Rose isn't sure she can ever trust her heart to him again.

Jonathan Fisher has evidenced many atrocities as a medic during the war and still carries the haunts from what he has witnessed. His sole desire upon returning is to woo back the woman he loves. Will she ever forgive him for the choice he made in leaving her?

Christmas novels are
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: amish, christmas
Rose is heartbroken when her fiance Jonathan volunteers as a medic during WWII. Why would he betray her, his family and his community? She knows in her head that the "right" thing to do is cut off all ties from him, but her heart insists on rebelling against her better judgement.
But then she finds out a secret that changes everything she once held dear. She is English!
Jonathan on the other hand persist that it is only God who can determine who is His, that salvation is not a birthright for Amis
Tina Watson
I needed tissues for the message was so POWERFUL!!

I loved this book, but then I have loved reading all of Tricia Goyer's Amish books.
The way that God moves through Tricia Goyer's writing to send/give us, readers, His message . . . is His miracle. Do you feel your soul, maybe your heart, and or maybe your faith is being questioned? Then I highly recommend this book and no it does not have to be Christmas to read it. I can tell you this, the message was one that I needed to read by the end of the
JoJo Sutis
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-it-2013
Fans of Amish Fiction will NOT want to miss A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR ROSE!!!
The story centers around Rose and Jonathan, an Amish couple headed for marriage…or are they?
Rose was upset that Jonathan joined the war effort- that goes against their beliefs, and she’s afraid that this is only the beginning of Jonathan turning his back on the Amish beliefs altogether. But when Rose discovers she was born into an Englisch family, will she be able to forgive the man she loves?
I love Amish fiction and Tricia
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I enjoyed this little short story, as much as any of Tricia's other novels. Set in the 40's we are shown how WWII affected the Amish and the English alike. Rose's story was heartbreaking, but you could easily relate to it. I have to say I was surprised at the ending, because until the very end I had someone different picked to be Rose's English family. So that was fun, a great surprise. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone as a great story for Christmas (or anytime of the yea ...more
Laura  Lane
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys Christmas novels.
A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer is a gentle story of a young Amish woman whose best laid plans are going awry. It begins with her love, Jonathan, going off to World War II to serve as a medic. This is a major no no for the Amish. Other young Amish men sat out their days in prison or government work programs for dodging the draft as conscientious objectors. When the community finds out Jonathan went to war, they pressure Rose over his decision.

She then found she was adopted which leaves
Rachel Brand
Rose Yoder has always felt a little different from her siblings in her love for pretty things and desire to decorate her family home, but she’d never considered leaving her Amish community. Her dream to settle down and start a family of her own is put on hold when her beau, Jonathan Fisher, signs up to work as a medic during the Second World War. Rose is conflicted, as she loves Jonathan but doesn’t believe he’ll be comfortable settling for an Amish life after all he’s seen of the world. But her ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was both an enjoyable and informative quick read. As I don't know much about the Amish, this story, based on an actual happening, gave me new insights into the Amish lifestyle. I am now wanting to read more. The story centers around a young woman coming of age in her Amish community in Ohio in 1945. She discovers something about her past over the holiday season which brings her to new understandings about faith, though she underwent a lot of self-doubt in the process. I highly recommend thi ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a stand-alone novel by Tricia Goyer that takes place in an Amish community right after WWII ends. It was very interesting to see how the Amish community dealt with the war - and one of their own (Jonathan) volunteering to become a medic. His decision affects his intended, Rose, and their future together - but not as much as the secret Rose's mother reveals to her shortly before Christmas. A very interesting story line about true faith and the definition of family. Excellent read.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Goyer's story is inspired by an actual event that occurred during the Great Depression to two families of different faiths. It is a nice, quick faith-based read and a major plus is that is has very short chapters.
Pam Jackson
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just my thoughts

This was one of the best books I have ever read! There was so many twists and turns, to keep you reading! Just when I thought I had things figured out another year jerking twist happened! It's so full of the love of God and family we all crave!
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the best novella I read! Usually, since they are short, you don't get a fleshed out story. But this was great! Such a great book! I loved the story! A few quotes I liked as well. A good story about learning to trust God and being thankful for what you have. I also liked seeing the historical aspects from World War II. I'm used to reading WWII fiction that takes place in Europe. It's nice to see what things were like in USA during that time.
Laurie Carlson
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Amish book lovers and ANYONE else
Recommended to Laurie by: Blog Tour, but it's Tricia Goyer - need I say more? I LOVE her writing!!!
This is a Christian Fiction Amish story that could be read and enjoyed during any time of the year, not just Christmas.
This book takes place in 1945, during World War II, when even the Amish had to use ration books as certain items including food were rationed to save for the war.
Many men, including the Amish, felt it their duty to voluntarily sign up to fight in this war/fight for our country in this war, very similar to most wars, even today. Although for WWII, many of the men, even the Amish,
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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, 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 thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two tim ...more
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