My Review of ‘The Angel of Forest Hill’ by Cindy Woodsmall
Review of The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall
The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall was a very real and yet very sweet Amish romance. One that will pull at your emotions, and yet leave you smiling and laughing at the turn of each page. It was a perfect read during these chilly days, where all you crave is a warm drink and a good book. I love when I can get my hands on these wintery Amish reads, and have yet to find myself disappointed, especially with Cindy Woodsmall’s Christmas romances.
Rose Kurtz grew up in an Old Order Amish household where she helped her mother tend to her father and eleven brothers. As back-breaking as her job was, and no matter how hard she worked, Rose was almost a ghost amongst her family. If she wanted to be noticed, she only need make a mistake and her mother would be there to scold her or put her in her place. Rose didn’t think things could get worse, but that was until she found herself being shipped away to Forest Hill, without even so much as a goodbye from her family.
Joel Dienner was in shock and unaware of the woman who was brought to help aide with the care of his children after the tragic loss of his wife. With a newborn to care for, a household to tend to, and a business to run, Joel was in over his head. When the proposal comes from his father to take in Rose and make her his wife, for the sake of his kids and their need for a mother, Joel finds himself with no choice but to agree to the partnership.
As the years pass, Joel and Rose find themselves content with their arrangement, so content they become unaware of the yearnings within themselves as their relationship starts to truly take root. Before either of them has the chance to explore these feelings further, a beautiful woman who was recently widowed shows up in Forest Hill and begins to stir things up between Rose and Joel.
With their favorite time of year fast approaching, Joel and Rose find themselves entangled in drama, and unable to free themselves from assumptions and misunderstandings that threaten to ruin their Christmas festivities. Will the ghosts of Joel an Rose’s past make it impossible for them to get past their insecurities and fears, or will they make the hard decision instead to face their problems head on?
This is a book that definitely grows on you the deeper you get into it. I found the emotional trials each character faces very relatable, especially Rose with her introverted manner of approach to everything. If you’re an introvert like me, you’ll totally relate to that inner voice that over-thinks too much, and that outer-voice that never says how it feels often enough. It makes the interactions between Rose and Joel adorably frustrating!
-I received this book for free through blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.