Thursday, October 17, 2013

"A Christmas Gift for Rose" by Tricia Goyer (Review & Giveaway)

ISBN: 9780310336785
Zondervan - $15.99 Hardcover
My thoughts:  The story actually begins during the Great Depression of 1929 and entails the hardships on families. Some didn't have enough to eat. Some did. There was illness exacerbated by lack of proper nutrition. There was death and fear of death. This was the childhood of Rose and the beginning of her story.

The book opens when Rose is around 20 and is happily living in an Amish household as a devoted Amish Community member. She loves a young Amish young man, Jonathan, who veered away from the normal Amish non-violent, peaceful approach to war by enlisting in the military as a medic during WWII. The war is over and he is back in the Amish Community trying to again be a respected member.  Rose and Jonathan love each other but must overcome questions and doubts.

This charming novella explores the hearts of those who adopt and who are adopted. It explores the wonderful value on many levels that adoption provides. But mostly, this little book leaves the reader with the feeling of joy and fulfillment. It is a story of hearts-ease.

If you enjoy Amish reads, this little Christmas novella is sure to please you. If you're not particularly a fan of Amish novels, you will most likely enjoy this because of the story of sacrificial love that is told.

GIVEAWAY: One Chat With Vera reader will be chosen from the Rafflecopter entries below to receive a copy of A Christmas Gift For Rose. Will it be YOU???? Begins October 17 & ENDS October 31 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to USA mainland addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of A Christmas Gift for Rose from Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of Zondervan and the author, Tricia Goyer for the purpose of providing my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review. The giveaway copy is also provided by Litfuse.


  1. I remember my parents giving my brother and I Schwinn bikes for Christmas one year. We were both *elated*!!! :-)

  2. Probably have to a gift I received a few years ago. My grandmother gave me my grandfather's old family Bible. It dates back to about 1900. It was his father's bible. Grandfather passed in 2005 and Grandmother passed right before she turned 100 years old in 2011.

  3. I remember the Chatty Cathy that I wanted so badly.This ages me! I recall that everyone had one already, but my family had just immigrated from Germany and we didn't have lots of money. I didn't know that my mom had taken on a Christmas job during my school hours, so I didn't think that I would actually get this doll that I wanted so much. The job made my dream come true and I was elated.

  4. I've had three wonderful Christmas gifts ~ 3 of my 4 sons are December babies, so their births definitely outshone any other gifts I got those years!

  5. My most meaningful gift was a Big Wheel because I remember watching Easy Rider at a young age (only not fully understanding it until I was older) and I would pretend I was a motorcycle rider on the Big Wheel. I bought one for my kids for their birthday and they are totally disinterested in it.

  6. Many years ago, before families had multiple televisions in the house I was given a small black and white tv of my very own

  7. My most treasured gift was my Spotted Draft horse, Blake.

  8. Before my Mother's retirement, there was a young lady in her department that drew portraits. My Mom had her to draw a medium-sized portrait for me and one for my brother. She had matted and framed. When I open the gift, I cried. To me, nothing can replace this gift.
    Barbara Thompson

  9. My husband bought me a very special ring, after we'd been married 40 years. It is a treasure to me. I never will forget how excited he was to give it to me. It is beautiful and I always think of him, when I see it.

  10. I remember getting a quilt that had been made by my grandma. Its very special to me.


  11. My older sister and brothers made me a beautiful vanity with a mirror, bench and light blue satin skirt when I was about 10. I used it for years and loved it!

  12. My most memorable christmas gift was a new blue bike. My parents told us that since my dad didnt have a job in over a year it would be a simple christmas. When my sister and I woke up on christmas day we both got new bikes! I know it was a real sacrifice for them and I know we were blessed and they were blessed too to see the joy on our faces.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com/Merry S.


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