The Angel of Forest Hill - Cindy Woodsmall

The Angel of Forest Hill

By Cindy Woodsmall

  • Release Date: 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 43 Ratings


A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.

Because of Joel’s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God’s providence—is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?

An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ’s birth.

When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Vir­ginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.
As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?


  • Lovely Christmas Amish novel!

    By Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader
    The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall is a lovely Amish romance. Rose Kurtz is the only daughter in the family. She has eleven brothers and their needs dominate the household. Her mother has never had a kind word for Rose. Then one day the Bishop comes by to ask a very large, life altering favor from Rose. There is a family in need in a small Amish community. Joel Dienner just lost his wife, Florence (died giving birth). He needs someone to help with the children (two children in addition to the new baby, Grace). There are only eight families in this little Amish community. They would love to help, but they all have their own families and responsibilities. Because of the circumstances, Rose would have to marry Joel. Rose knows this is her chance to get away and she agrees. The two marry, but they each have their own bedroom. A year later Joel is finally starting to come alive again. Rose has been a big help with the kids and with Joel’s business. Her suggestions have even helped his business become profitable. Four years later the two of them are still in separate bedrooms. But they are attracted to each other. They spend more time together and get to know each other. Joel helps Rose overcome her fears. Erma, Joel’s former mother-in-law, is very nasty to Rose. Joel talks to her and, unfortunately, lets it slip that Rose and Joel have never consummated their marriage. Erma hot foots it over to the Bishop to tell him. The Bishop (Joel’s father) has no choice but to take this issue to a higher authority. Just when Rose and Joel are ready to move forward with their relationship, they might be ripped apart. Join Rose and Joel in The Angel of Forest Hill. The Angel of Forest Hill is a special book. You will be drawn in right from the beginning. The book is well-written, has good characters, and a beautiful setting. The story is told from Joel and Rose’s point-of-views. I give The Angel of Forest Hill 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). It is a sweet story, but it does have a predictable ending. The Angel of Forest Hill is lovely book that will help you get into the spirit of Christmas. It is a short novel (208 pages) that can be finished in just a couple of hours. I do wish the author had provided an epilogue. I would have liked to find out how Rose and Joel fared. Did they have kids? Did Rose end up having a good relationship with her mother? There are a couple of recipes at the end of the book.