Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall

She's a young Amish woman who can never do anything right according to her mother.  She works all day, takes care of her brothers, helps in the garden and with the animals but it matters not.  Somehow she's always lacking.  So when her parents tell her they are sending her to another Amish settlement to help a newly widowed man, she's amazed.  He has children and one is a newborn.  How will she know what to do with a newborn?  But she goes.  If she's needed, she'll go.  And she'll ask God for help.

Waterbrook and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.

Rose learns quickly how to take care of the baby by contacting a friend who knows an association that helps.  She develops a friendship with the local vet, an opinionated female who speaks her mind.  She encourages the children and fits nicely into the household.  But when the period of mourning is over and people have to return home, she can't stay there alone with Joel.  It won't look good.  So they marry.  They don't share a bed but they share a life.

After four years, she knows she loves Joel but has no idea how he feels about her.  He is deciding he loves her, too, but when he argues with his mother-in-law he says something he shouldn't.  He tells her they sleep separately.  So she attempts to get him interested in an Amish widow and sends the father-in-law and the new bishop over to tell him that's unacceptable and he'll have to send Rose away. This love is new and strong and he's not about to do that but when Rose finds out he didn't tell her at the beginning, she's not sure he really loves her anymore.

My favorite part of the story is when Rose gets angry and jealous.  She always holds everything but when she finally lets go, watch out!

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