Set near the end of World War II, the book offers a look at the struggle faced by many Amish in deciding how to deal with war. There are also glimpses into the trials faced by servicemen who bring home with them the horrors of war, and the impact those events have on their families.
One of the most interesting things about this story is the inspiration from which Tricia wrote it. During a trip to Amish country, she had the opportunity to meet and visit with some Amish couples. While there, she was told the story of the grandmother of one of the Amish men who was left in the care of an Amish family when her family moved away. That story grew into A Christmas Gift for Rose.
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About the book:
Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II---only to discover she's an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind---Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.
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USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and "Lead Your Family Like Jesus," (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.
You can find out more about Tricia at www.TriciaGoyer.com.