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Amish Group Reads > December, 2018 -- The Angel of Forest Hill

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Barbara (goodreadscombarbara_beers) | 1492 comments Mod
The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall

A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.

Because of Joel’s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God’s providence—is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?

An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ’s birth.

When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Vir­ginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.

As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?

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Barbara (goodreadscombarbara_beers) | 1492 comments Mod
Who's reading this month's book besides me?

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Susann Williams | 20 comments I am. I haven’t started yet though.

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ANNETTE | 27 comments Requested from the library.

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Barbara (goodreadscombarbara_beers) | 1492 comments Mod
Susann & Annette -- I hope you enjoy this read as much as I did.

I finished but I wish it was a little longer. Rose and I are similar and I would have liked to see more of her after Christmas.

@Cindy Woodsmall -- is there a possiblility of a Rose sequel?

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Dede Janzen | 29 comments I read this book for a monthly group read. It was about Rose who left her family in Pennsylvania to help a widowed male, Joel, with his children in West Virginia. His wife had passed just before Rose arrived. Joel asks Rose to marry him for convenience of assisting him with the children and Rose accepts to stay away from her family in Pennsylvania. Years pass and both realized they have fallen in love for the other but don't know how to tell the other one. Then the Ex-mother-in-law intervenes and tells the Bishop that they have not consummated their marriage and everything goes up in an uproar and Joel and Rose finally tell each other their feelings about each other. But is it too late? Will there marriage have to be annulled by Amish Rules. Read the book to find out the ending to this Amish Romance.

I bought and finished this book prior to December first but the discussion wasn't up yet so I hadn't left my review. I really enjoyed it and thank whoever put it up for nomination!

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Susann Williams | 20 comments I just finished this and I loved this sweet book! I thought the author did a really good job of developing the characters and telling Rose and Joel’s story. I would like to read more about their story (what happens to them and their kids and even whether the community grows) though as someone suggested.

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