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With her mother ill, Rebecca Miller must take care of the house, the farm, and her younger siblings. Although she feels trapped at times, Rebecca is determined to fulfill a promise made to a dying friend. Then she meets a boy with good looks and a mischievous glint in his eye who just might help her keep her vow. Levi Cooper was born into an Amish community and lived there With her mother ill, Rebecca Miller must take care of the house, the farm, and her younger siblings. Although she feels trapped at times, Rebecca is determined to fulfill a promise made to a dying friend. Then she meets a boy with good looks and a mischievous glint in his eye who just might help her keep her vow. Levi Cooper was born into an Amish community and lived there until his father died and his mother married an Englischer. When shunned by their Amish relatives, they lived as Englischers. Now haunted by painful memories and on the path to self-destruction, Levi meets a lovely Amish girl who is looking for adventure. Rebecca's growing attachment to Levi could lead to the loss of everything she holds dear. And will the secrets he keeps separate them forever?


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With her mother ill, Rebecca Miller must take care of the house, the farm, and her younger siblings. Although she feels trapped at times, Rebecca is determined to fulfill a promise made to a dying friend. Then she meets a boy with good looks and a mischievous glint in his eye who just might help her keep her vow. Levi Cooper was born into an Amish community and lived there With her mother ill, Rebecca Miller must take care of the house, the farm, and her younger siblings. Although she feels trapped at times, Rebecca is determined to fulfill a promise made to a dying friend. Then she meets a boy with good looks and a mischievous glint in his eye who just might help her keep her vow. Levi Cooper was born into an Amish community and lived there until his father died and his mother married an Englischer. When shunned by their Amish relatives, they lived as Englischers. Now haunted by painful memories and on the path to self-destruction, Levi meets a lovely Amish girl who is looking for adventure. Rebecca's growing attachment to Levi could lead to the loss of everything she holds dear. And will the secrets he keeps separate them forever?

30 review for Rebecca's Rose

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is an Amish fiction/Clean Romance, and this is the 2nd book in the Forever After in Apple Lake series. I enjoyed the first book in the Forever After in Apple Lake, but this one was better I think. I loved the two main character's. The ending was so good. This book also had some turns I would have never saw coming, but they where so good. (*) This is an Amish fiction/Clean Romance, and this is the 2nd book in the Forever After in Apple Lake series. I enjoyed the first book in the Forever After in Apple Lake, but this one was better I think. I loved the two main character's. The ending was so good. This book also had some turns I would have never saw coming, but they where so good. (*)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I fell in love with Ms. Beckstrand's more recent books so I decided to go back and read her earlier ones. So, when I found REBECCA'S ROSE at a garage sale, I didn't think twice. I snagged. I absolutely loved Levi. He was a dear, sweet boy, though I was sad about his drinking problems and I wanted him to get over what hurt him so bad he felt the need to drink to dull the pain. Rebecca made me la First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I fell in love with Ms. Beckstrand's more recent books so I decided to go back and read her earlier ones. So, when I found REBECCA'S ROSE at a garage sale, I didn't think twice. I snagged. I absolutely loved Levi. He was a dear, sweet boy, though I was sad about his drinking problems and I wanted him to get over what hurt him so bad he felt the need to drink to dull the pain. Rebecca made me laugh. She was scared to death to do anything but since her best friend died before she achieved every item on her bucket list, Rebecca was determined to do it for her even if she scared herself to death. Not only did she scare herself, but she nearly killed herself, too, at least twice. The first half of the book was really good, and laugh out loud funny. The second half was more depressing and I found myself skimming a lot. There were some surprises, but otherwise, the second half was much more predictable than the first half. I enjoyed reading this book, and if you, like me, fell in love with Ms. Beckstrand's more recent books, then you might want to go back and read the earlier ones. Recommended. Ms. Beckstrand writes humorous Amish Romances like none other.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Disclosure: Yes, this is written by my daughter-in-law's mother. :) I have never read this genre before -Amish romance/inspirational -but I thought Jennifer did a fantastic job of telling a romantic story against the backdrop of the battle between worldly influence and the values and lifestyle you believe in. Also loved the theme of redemption. This is Jennifer's second novel, and although I really enjoyed the first one as well (Kate's Song), I think this is the better of the two. Disclosure: Yes, this is written by my daughter-in-law's mother. :) I have never read this genre before -Amish romance/inspirational -but I thought Jennifer did a fantastic job of telling a romantic story against the backdrop of the battle between worldly influence and the values and lifestyle you believe in. Also loved the theme of redemption. This is Jennifer's second novel, and although I really enjoyed the first one as well (Kate's Song), I think this is the better of the two.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn E

    This is the second book in Jennifer Beckstrand's "Forever After in Apple Lake." I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series, Miriam's Quilt. This is the second book in Jennifer Beckstrand's "Forever After in Apple Lake." I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading the third book in this series, Miriam's Quilt.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    I was originally interested in this book because my husband's cousin Jennifer wrote it, and I read her first book in the Apple Lake series and enjoyed it. I am so impressed with her writing and ended up LOVING this book. Have to say, I enjoyed it even more than the first one, and was sad it was over. Can't wait for the 3rd book in the series. I was originally interested in this book because my husband's cousin Jennifer wrote it, and I read her first book in the Apple Lake series and enjoyed it. I am so impressed with her writing and ended up LOVING this book. Have to say, I enjoyed it even more than the first one, and was sad it was over. Can't wait for the 3rd book in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was a well-written Amish romance. This second novel in the Forever After in Apple Lake series surpassed the first in my opinion. It was as emotional as the first novel, and the characters were well drawn. In this novel, however, the crisis between the protagonists was a lot more believable. This is definitely a new favorite.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chesney

    I cried. Felt my heart break for Rebecca and Levi. And even smiled a few times. Great story about forgiveness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pam Pavkov

    Rebecca's Rose is the second enduring love story written by Jennifer Beckstrand in her series Forever After in Apple Lake. The characters are very realistic and likeable. I was drawn to Rebecca because of her strong family values. This story is based on faith, love, and forgiveness. Rebecca Miller is totally devoted to her family. At the age of nineteen she finds herself running the family farm and tending to her younger siblings. Her mother has been confined to bed because of illness. Rebecca is Rebecca's Rose is the second enduring love story written by Jennifer Beckstrand in her series Forever After in Apple Lake. The characters are very realistic and likeable. I was drawn to Rebecca because of her strong family values. This story is based on faith, love, and forgiveness. Rebecca Miller is totally devoted to her family. At the age of nineteen she finds herself running the family farm and tending to her younger siblings. Her mother has been confined to bed because of illness. Rebecca is determined to honor a promise made to her dearest friend before she passed but circumstances don't always remain the same. When Rebecca meets Levi Cooper she starts to rethink her life. Levi has a secret he is keeping from Rebecca which could change her life forever. The journey between these two characters is truly amazing. I discovered I had formed and unfair opinion of one of the characters and had to rethink it half way through the story. With so many twist and turns in this story the author keeps her readers interest until the end. I was not given a complimentary copy of this book to read and review. I was not approached to post a favorable response. I have rated this story with five stars for meeting my expectations of a wonderful story that I can highly recommend to others who enjoy the Amish genre. Congratulations to Jennifer Beckstrand on releasing her second inspiring story in this series. She always delivers fantastic stories for her readers enjoyment.

  9. 5 out of 5

    J.C. Morrows

    Right away you can see what a talented and versatile writer Jennifer Beckstrand is. Kate’s Song dealt with some pretty serious issues and so does Rebecca’s Rose. But the differences between the two situations is like looking at night and day. These are no cookie cutter stories. And full marks to Miss Beckstrand for originality and intrigue. Originality because, unlike so many other books – I’ve not read anything else that sounds just like this one. Intrigue because Jennifer Beckstrand is the kind of Right away you can see what a talented and versatile writer Jennifer Beckstrand is. Kate’s Song dealt with some pretty serious issues and so does Rebecca’s Rose. But the differences between the two situations is like looking at night and day. These are no cookie cutter stories. And full marks to Miss Beckstrand for originality and intrigue. Originality because, unlike so many other books – I’ve not read anything else that sounds just like this one. Intrigue because Jennifer Beckstrand is the kind of writer that dribbles information out a tidbit at a time. It keeps you guessing but it also keeps you reading and it makes for a very interesting journey. Fair warning: there is mention of a graphic (in my own humble opinion anyway) movie early in the novel and the book deals with some pretty serious situations but, unlike other writers who leave you feeling as if you’ve read a soap opera, Jennifer Beckstrand simply leaves you feeling as if you’ve read about something that actually happened. She shows us real life as it collides with the Amish community and she does it well! God has blessed her with an amazing talent and, while I’m not certain some of the material will appeal to everyone, it certainly does leave you with the feeling that you’ve been reading fact and not fiction. And in my book, that’s quite an accomplishment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB (taken from Amazon.com) With her mother ill, Rebecca Miller must take care of the house, the farm, and her younger siblings. Although she feels trapped at times, Rebecca is determined to fulfill a promise made to a dying friend. Then she meets a boy with good looks and a mischievous glint in his eye who just might help her keep her vow. Levi Cooper was born into an Amish community and lived there until his father died and his mother married an Englischer. When shunned by the BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB (taken from Amazon.com) With her mother ill, Rebecca Miller must take care of the house, the farm, and her younger siblings. Although she feels trapped at times, Rebecca is determined to fulfill a promise made to a dying friend. Then she meets a boy with good looks and a mischievous glint in his eye who just might help her keep her vow. Levi Cooper was born into an Amish community and lived there until his father died and his mother married an Englischer. When shunned by their Amish relatives, they lived as Englischers. Now haunted by painful memories and on the path to self destruction, Levi meets a lovely, adventurous Amish girl. Rebecca's growing attachment to Levi could lead to the loss of everything she holds dear. And will the secrets he keeps separate them forever? MY REVIEW Jennifer, Jennifer, Jennifer! By the time I got to the end of this book I was shedding tears. You started me out heading in the same giggling direction but boy did you turn this around. Wonderful, fantastic, awsome job on this book! I know that this isn't a long review but I hope it gets the point across that I would very highly encourage others to read this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan F

    Faith and Forgiveness This is another wonderful story by Jennifer Beckstrand. I like that she writes an Amish fiction book that has realistic characters and situations. This is tension filled, humor sweetened and love inspiration with strong challenges. Levi is a strong handsome Englisch man who enjoys helping the cute little Amish girl, Rebecca, meet her list of expectations. The two become an odd pair of friends with hidden heartache and one every big secret. I enjoyed this book very much. It i Faith and Forgiveness This is another wonderful story by Jennifer Beckstrand. I like that she writes an Amish fiction book that has realistic characters and situations. This is tension filled, humor sweetened and love inspiration with strong challenges. Levi is a strong handsome Englisch man who enjoys helping the cute little Amish girl, Rebecca, meet her list of expectations. The two become an odd pair of friends with hidden heartache and one every big secret. I enjoyed this book very much. It is part of a series but it is a stand alone book. As usual Beckstrand has a cast of interesting characters that I enjoy reading about.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    The author is my neighbor! I have talked to her at school before and didn't know she had published books until a friend told me. She is very talented. This book was excellent, especially the second half. I want to read her other books too. The author is my neighbor! I have talked to her at school before and didn't know she had published books until a friend told me. She is very talented. This book was excellent, especially the second half. I want to read her other books too.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rockell Benson

    I really loved this book. It was very touching. It was about forgiving the people in your life so we can move on in our relationships. I really liked the chemistry with this young couple. I just loved it on many levels. Great, clean book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I really enjoyed this novel. It provoked a lot of emotions and I found myself several times crying. And, it is even more special to me because Jennifer is my friend. She is a wonderful author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    Great story about family and about love.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    Really liked this second book in the series! I can't wait to read the third book. I love it when I find a new author! Really liked this second book in the series! I can't wait to read the third book. I love it when I find a new author!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tori (Book Chick)

    Ok this book pulled my heart in so many different directions. It's a great story about forgiveness and redemption. Loved it. Ok this book pulled my heart in so many different directions. It's a great story about forgiveness and redemption. Loved it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kati

    I liked this book even better than the first one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paul Cutler

    Another fun book to read with an uplifting message.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Rebecca trying out a skateboard, a crumbling sidewalk, and she fell. Levi a store worker saw her, and offered a hand and to come in, they had a first aid kit. Asking why she wanted to learn. She replied it sounded exciting, the Amish life wasn’t. She wants him to teach to ski, snow will be in Nov. He wants to see if she has what it takes before then. Asking what she needed to do. A movie, a talk, oh it might take three or four dates before to see, With all her chores, and then having to go behin Rebecca trying out a skateboard, a crumbling sidewalk, and she fell. Levi a store worker saw her, and offered a hand and to come in, they had a first aid kit. Asking why she wanted to learn. She replied it sounded exciting, the Amish life wasn’t. She wants him to teach to ski, snow will be in Nov. He wants to see if she has what it takes before then. Asking what she needed to do. A movie, a talk, oh it might take three or four dates before to see, With all her chores, and then having to go behind her father’s back. She would do it. She has a plan, a list of things she needs to cross off. For Levi he is dealing with his own problems. With his sister they were adopted by step father when he married their mother. Divorced and rich he has nothing to do with them, or money for further education. Levi is having a hard time forgiving him. Good story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I liked the 'meet cute' between Rebecca and Levi, and I thought the idea of Rebecca completing her best friend's 'bucket list' was interesting. I have to admit, though, that I cringed along with Levi as she completed each item that she felt obligated to do but didn't really *enjoy*. The parts involving Rebecca's Fater were difficult to read. It breaks my heart to read about characters that exercise such unrighteous authority over their families simply because they are the 'head' of the household. I liked the 'meet cute' between Rebecca and Levi, and I thought the idea of Rebecca completing her best friend's 'bucket list' was interesting. I have to admit, though, that I cringed along with Levi as she completed each item that she felt obligated to do but didn't really *enjoy*. The parts involving Rebecca's Fater were difficult to read. It breaks my heart to read about characters that exercise such unrighteous authority over their families simply because they are the 'head' of the household. That said, I loved how Rebecca's Maam recognised that she needed to stand up for herself and her children. I also enjoyed the message of forgiveness and the power that Christ has to redeem *every* story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Camille Hoskins

    Powerful storyline. This is my second book by this author and I love it! The mix of a solid, clean, intriguing plot, the charm of a pleasant town, and the love of community members produced in me a plethora of emotions and leaves me wanting more from this author. I shall rush right into book 3.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    I truly like the way this author writes. And I happen to like happy endings. How different people handle anger,even justified anger is an important part of this book. Some things were mentioned a few too many times. And there were a couple of minor formatting errors.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Lovely follow up to the predecessor Definitely recommend.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deevena Jemima

    Loved it. I really enjoy Jennifer Beckstrand's books. Loved it. I really enjoy Jennifer Beckstrand's books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Beckstrand

    I truly enjoyed Rebecca's Rose and I am looking forward to reading Jennifer Beckstrand's newest books. Thank you for a truly enjoyable read. I truly enjoyed Rebecca's Rose and I am looking forward to reading Jennifer Beckstrand's newest books. Thank you for a truly enjoyable read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    An excellent Amish romance.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alyson

    I have been enjoying these Amish-themed books by Jennifer Beckstrand. My mother-in-law introduced them to me. She lives near the author. I enjoyed her first book, Kate's Song, so much that that I want to continue reading her other books. I've got her third book on hold at the library right now and look forward to reading it. I have to admit, however, that I was disappointed with the ending of Rebecca's Rose. I didn't feel that Rebecca was true to the personality the author had given her of a kin I have been enjoying these Amish-themed books by Jennifer Beckstrand. My mother-in-law introduced them to me. She lives near the author. I enjoyed her first book, Kate's Song, so much that that I want to continue reading her other books. I've got her third book on hold at the library right now and look forward to reading it. I have to admit, however, that I was disappointed with the ending of Rebecca's Rose. I didn't feel that Rebecca was true to the personality the author had given her of a kind, selfless person. I just don't feel that she would have been so unforgiving. Later I think you come to learn that she is just afraid to lose someone she loves again and that made a lot more sense. I was disappointed that she didn't even apologize or admit her fault of being unforgiving at the end when things come together for a "happily ever after". The author could have added a great christian message of the power of forgiveness through Rebecca. She does show this through Levi. It is a rare book that I like the guy more than the girl. Levi was a very charitable person and really turned his life around. I think Rebecca's reaction of being unforgiving was the catalyst the author used to keep the happy couple apart. It seems nearly all romance books have some obstacle that has to be resolved. It is formulaic. This particular obstacle just didn't work for me. I hate to say anything negative because it was a good book. I could say many more positive things than the one negative part to me. There is good character development, I liked the plot, I liked the ties to her first book, I like seeing how Levi changed throughout the book. . . . I'd recommend it to those who like christian-romance books. I like these books at least twice as much as other Amish-themed books that I've read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nora Mason

    I lost sleep... This is the most wonderful and amusing book. Rebecca kept me laughing throughout. Full of adventures, heartache and deep love. I didn't want to put this book down, not even to sleep. The only disappointment is that the story is over. I lost sleep... This is the most wonderful and amusing book. Rebecca kept me laughing throughout. Full of adventures, heartache and deep love. I didn't want to put this book down, not even to sleep. The only disappointment is that the story is over.

  30. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    Rebecca is skate-boarding past the store where Levi works when she crashes… How was I to know that I would spend the better part of a day laughing… and crying… over this story! Oh my, and what a tremendous story it is! Rebecca’s life has been changed drastically by her best friend’s death; now she is determined to do all the things Dottie Mae never had a chance to do. When she meets Levi, she uses him to accomplish these goals, even the ones he thinks are too dangerous. Rebecca refuses to listen to Rebecca is skate-boarding past the store where Levi works when she crashes… How was I to know that I would spend the better part of a day laughing… and crying… over this story! Oh my, and what a tremendous story it is! Rebecca’s life has been changed drastically by her best friend’s death; now she is determined to do all the things Dottie Mae never had a chance to do. When she meets Levi, she uses him to accomplish these goals, even the ones he thinks are too dangerous. Rebecca refuses to listen to him when he tries to warn her, so rather than allow her to go off alone, he goes along with her plans, hoping to keep her safe. Jennifer Beckstrand has this amazing talent in creating interesting… and inspirational… characters in her books. I love reading these stories, because being in God’s favor is the primary goal of most, if not all, of the characters. I lost myself so fully in this story, I didn’t hear anything going on around me. When my daughter came to check on me, and saw what I was reading, she just smiled and went away – knowing I couldn’t put it down until I was done. After all, she’s read it, too. A word of warning… when you get pretty close to the end, it gets even more tense (or at least it did to me). Take heart; the end is near… but it’s totally worth it. Once I was done, I felt emotionally drained — and I repeat, it was totally worth it. This is such an awesome series… I can’t wait to read the next story… Miriam’s Quilt.

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