Book Review, “The Angel of Forest Hill,” Cindy Woodsmall author


The Angel of Forest Hill, by Cindy Woodsmall, is An Amish Christmas Romance. It is a beautiful story filled with sacrifice, devotion, and love.

Rose Kurtz, Old Order Amish, is asked to leave her family in Pennsylvania—including all eleven brothers—and travel to West Virginia to help Joel Dienner with his three young children when his wife dies shortly after childbirth. For practical reasons, she agrees to marry Joel, in name only, and care for them. Years later, as Joel finally moves past grieving his first wife, the two of them begin to grow closer. But when those around them discover the state of their marriage, pressure comes to annul it and go their separate ways.  They must decide whether or not that’s what they truly want.

I enjoyed this book.  Rose’s sacrifice to stay with the children seems incredible, but it also helps her escape a difficult home life. Joel’s pain at his wife’s sudden death is unbearable, but he eventually works through it. I especially liked the way Rose and her mother death with their issues together toward the end of the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.


I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.




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