The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall

The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas RomanceHowdy folks! And Merry Christmas!! It’s been brutally cold here in the North East, but no worries because it just makes it feel a little more like Christmas is coming.  For the next couple of weeks I want to tell you about 3 different Christmas/Holiday stories and I’m really happy to share them all with you.

Today’s book is the Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall. If you recall, I did a book review last year on another new book by Cindy Woodsmall. You can revisit that book here. This book was a just as equally good.

First of all, Ms. Woodsmall writes so much differently about the Amish then most other writers. She makes them as modern people. Yes, they still live Amish and plain, but they use phones and Internet for business workings. I find that interesting. It makes the more “human.”

This book was about a girl named Rose. She was the only girl in her family of boys and her mother took advantage of her. Rose was basically being abused at home and consider worthless to her mother. So when the preacher comes by  with the proposition that a family may be in need of a nanny for a while her mother pushes her as fast a possible out the door.

When Rose arrives, a bold  woman Englicher, Elise, comes to aid her and drives her to Joel’s house where his wife is delivering their third child. Soon Rose learns that the children’s mother has died in child birth. Joel has no idea what to do, but the bishop tells Joel the best thing is to marry poor Rose so the children have a mother. Rose agrees that this is the best thing for the children, especially the infant daughter who will be greatly in need of a mother.

Fast forward 4 years, things are not much different for Rose or Joel. They don’t even sleep in the same room. They have discussions at night and do care about each other but their “marriage” is rocky. One day when Joel is upset with things around Christmas time, his mother-in-law of his deceased wife’s (who is also the town gossip), just makes him more upset. Joel accidentally spills that he and Rose have never consummated their marriage and that is why they haven’t had children of their own.

Weeks go by and Joel realizes there could be something between him and Rose and he starts building a bedroom just for them. At first, Rose is upset feeling that Joel is trying to court someone else, but soon  Rose becomes more anxious as she  learns of his real intentions and is falling in love with Joel. However, they have not communicated their true feelings to each other. Nevertheless, the Bishop and another elder stop by to discuss things with Joel. His mother-in-law reached them and told them of the situation. They give Joel the option of an annulment.

Will Joel take this proposition? Or is he really in love with Rose? Does Rose love him?

Well… You’re just going to have to grab a copy for yourself, aren’t you? Here are some online retailers to get the book. You can also try your local library and local bookstores to support economic growth in your community.

Amazon: Hardcover $10.85; Kindle $9.99

Christianbook: Hardcover $7.99 on Clearance Special; Ebook $9.99

BarnesandNoble: Hardcover $10.95; Nook $9.99

Let me not forget to mention I was able to receive this book for my honest to goodness opinion through the Blogging for Books Program. I just adore that program and the variety of books that are on there.

Again have a Happy Holiday this weekend! Next week stay tuned for my next holiday themed book.🎄

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Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

What a wonderful book! Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette. I believe this is the second in the series Out of Egypt. Set in the Exoimage001-1dus times as Moses is coming down with the Ten Commandments, the story gives a new prespecitve on that events and how the people handled the situation as well.

Shira is now trying to figure out where she belongs in the world. She doesn’t like weaving, knows she’ll never have children of her own, and feels worthless because of what happened back in Egypt. God doesn’t see her that way and wants her to open here mind to new horizons.

One day she meet Ayal, a shepard man and friend of her brother Eben’s. She helps him birth a little lamb. It seems natural for her to understand how to calm the mother and handle the birthing process. She also is attracted Ayal, but doesn’t let on. However, he soon shows interest in her, but he holds a secret that may scar Shira.

Through out the book the characters must learn to forgive themselves and how Yahweh has His way of dealing with things and teaching us where to go.

Will Shira find her true calling in life? Can she forgive herself and let go of the past? Will Ayal’s secret scar her or will she find it in her heart to forgive? You are just going to have to get a copy for yourself. 🙂

This was a very good book and I recommend it to young adults. It was a little challenging to read. This book has about 50+ chapters in it and at first it was difficult to become focused to read this book.

Lastly, don’t want to forget to mention I got this book to review from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. 🙂

Find this book at some of your local retailers today.

Christianbook: $8.49

Amazon: Kindle $8.13, Paperback $8.23

Barnes and Noble: Paperback $8.73 ; Nook $10.49

See  you next week for a Christmas story that I’m planning to share with you. 🙂

 

 

Books and short stories for the Holiday Season

Hi, folks… We got a great selection of short stories just for the Holiday Season. We’ll also cover two great books I’ve read this month. 🙂 I’m so happy to have been sharing with you all these great stories this year. I hope that we’ll be able to continue and grow our social network next year. 15 more followers would be a great acheivement for 2017. Let’s make that happen!

So next week, watch for upcoming holiday reviews and my latest book Shadow in the Storm. This book gives me mixed feelings on whether I like it or not. I’m about half-way so we’ll be doing a review on that shortly.