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, were drafted during this time. (This part is unlike our recent wars where the draft has not needed to be implemented.)
Rose's boyfriend, Jonathan, willingly signed up for this war on his own, and Rose had very mixed feelings about it. She didn't know if he would come back, or if he did would he be Amish or as an Englischer? Would the war change him? Rose no longer knew if she would be his bride, or not, or if she would have to consider becoming Englisch if he so chose that and still wanted to marry her. Would she be able to become an Englischer?
Rose had a lot of difficult feelings to deal with during such turbulent times.
This book even deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when some of the soldiers returned home, in particular, Harold. It was not known by this name during the 1940's, but he is dealing with this on a daily basis, and most all of the Amish understand he is going through something emotional from the war. War has not changed at all during all these years, just some things have now been given official names. War is war, and personally I can't imagine fighting in one, or how I would feel after.
In addition, during this time, Rose finds out she is adopted, and now does not feel as if she is a 'real' Amish person, because to be Amish, wouldn't you have to be born into an Amish family? She wasn't. What about her real parents? Why did they give her away? How is her boyfriend, hopefully fiance', going to take this news? Will he still want to marry her after finding out she really isn't Amish after all?
Rose really wrestled with the idea that she 'feels' she is not a 'real' Amish person and really had to work out her feelings about this discovery. Is she Amish or isn't she? This is the very difficult question she must come to terms with, and with the help of others, too. This is not easy for Rose, and takes up a good part of this book as she goes through this harsh reality.
One of my favorite quotes from this book was:
"when God gives us more than we can handle it is also possible that a miracle will soon be walking our way. All we have to do is pray."
I found this book to be a quick, enjoyable, read that happens to take place during the holidays. I found this book to be very realistic especially as it relates to today, too. My opinion, Tricia Goyer CAN WRITE! I love reading her writing! I think you will enjoy it, too! I look forward to ALL of her books!
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