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Tuesday, December 27

Winter Reads: The Angel of Forest Hill


Waterbrook; 200 pages; $14.99; Amazon

Yes, it's two days after Christmas and I'm just now writing a review for the Amish Christmas novella, The Angel of Forest Hill by author Cindy Woodsmall. I've actually have had my review copy for awhile, but I've been extra busy as of lately, so I just got around to reading it yesterday.

The novella centers on Rose Kurtz, a young Old Order Amish woman who leaves her home and travels to Forest Hill, West Virginia to help a widow father, Joel Dienner, raise his children. After a short time, she agrees to marry Joel, though neither one has any romantic feelings for each other.

Three years passes by, and the two are still struggling with heartaches - Joel is still mourning his wife. And Rose is still dealing with the hardships she had suffered during her childhood.

With Christmas right around the corner, Joel and Rose hope to battle through their troubles and find a way to start anew.

Final Thoughts: The "getting married out of convenience" plot has been one to death in books, especially Christian fiction; though it does work well in The Angel of Forest Hill. At nearly 200 pages, the novella was a quick read for me yesterday afternoon. Both the main characters, Joel and Rose, are beautifully written. The overall pacing is pretty good; however, I do wish the story was a bit longer, so the plot could be fleshed out a bit more. In the end, I still enjoyed reading the title, and I do recommend it to other readers, especially those who have already read Cindy Woodsmall's other titles.


*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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