“The Angel of Forest Hill” by Cindy Woodsmall is a wonderful holiday book. Of course, Ms. Woodsmall is a great writer of Amish romance fiction and this book is one of those.
Rose Kurtz is the only daughter of twelve children in the Kurtz family. She has been doing the work of a grown woman since she was seven. Her mother is definitely NOT the motherly type, mostly finding fault with everything that Rose does and is. Rose has learned to keep her emotions and concerns to herself, saying nothing, which spares her further condemnation and humiliation. The bishop of the Amish community comes to the Kurtz’ farm and asks if Rose would be willing to help out another Amish family in Appalachia. The mother is not recovering after the birth of her third child, the other two being toddlers. The father needs help that the community cannot continue to give him, so after being with the children for a few weeks, Rose is asked to marry Joel, but have a marriage in name only.
The story continues and after a few years Joel finds that he is in love with Rose. Before he can talk to her and convince her that their marriage should be a true one, the community gets involved and things get out of hand. The resolution to their dilemma is simple and it is satisfying when they find they are of the same mind.
I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Penguin Random House.