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.
My review: I really liked this unique story and it's even more special when you know it's inspired by a true story. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to find out you weren't really who you thought you were, especially that you come from the English, outsiders to your Amish community. I liked that she had to reexamine her life, her faith, and her attitudes not only because of this, but because of her fiance going to help in the war. I was pretty frustrated with her attitude at first, because it was all about her, how she felt, how people viewed her, and she seemed pretty selfish. At the same time I could understand, too, because we can all be like that. When she finally started listening to the wisdom of her family and fiance, she was able to regain perspective. It was interesting to see the effects the war had on her fiance and other men who had gone through it, both mentally and physically. It reminds me how thankful we should be that these men went and fought for freedom, giving their lives in one way or another. It was also eye-opening to see how the Amish viewed their own who went. I loved the focus on adoption and that adoptees are chosen, just like God chooses to adopt us as his children. Check it out, especially if you like Amish fiction!
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About Tricia: 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.
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