Book description: "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?"
My review: I really enjoyed reading this book, but I was very disappointed in the length! I couldn't believe when I got to the end that it was finished. The author had a great plot that was not nearly developed as fully as it could have been. There was a lot of room for the growth of her characters as well. I felt like I was rushed through the story. This is not typical of Cindy Woodsmall and it really surprised me. I think it is considered a full-length novel, but it is more like a novella to me. If you like short stories, this book is for you. It has a great story-line as well as great characters. I just wish I could have gotten to know them better. I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.