Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book info and review
About the book: 

Bess Riehl is preparing Rose Hill Farm for her Christmas wedding, but her groom isn't who she thought it would be. Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler for Penn State and wants nothing to do with Stoney Ridge, his family, or Bess. And that suits Bess just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word, without any explanation? It's time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes to Amos Lapp, Billy's cousin and best friend. But as Bess and Amos's wedding day draws near, her emotions tangle into a tight knot. She loves Amos. Yet she can't forget Billy.

When a "lost" rose is discovered at Rose Hill Farm, Billy is sent to track down its origins. Get in, identify the rose, and get out. That's his plan. The only catch is that he's having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose, and he can't get those tropical blue eyes of Bess Riehl out of his mind.

As the history of the lost rose is pieced together, it reminds Bess and Billy---and Amos, too---that Christmas truly is the season of miracles.

"Filled with heart-twisting moments amid the sweet anticipation of love, this story will charm readers into the holiday spirit."

My thoughts: CHRISTMAS AT ROSE HILL FARM is a throwback to one of Ms. Fisher's earliest Amish series. I enjoyed getting reacquainted with the characters from this earlier collection, and remembered Bess' aggravation when her love interest only had eyes for another--and left with her. 

I understood Bess' anguish as her wedding approached, and Amos tried to do whatever he could to please her, but she kept thinking of Billy... Because a girl never forgets her first love. 

With realistic characterization that drew me into the story, Ms. Fisher pens a story with a love-triangle, a forgotten rose, and a plan that may completely fail. Highly recommended. 

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About the author:  Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.

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pat cowans said...

i can't wait for my library to get it in. love your books.

Suzanne said...

Hi Laura! Thank you so much for reading my novella and reviewing it for your readers. You give a lot of your time to benefit other authors. I appreciate all you do! I know it's not easy...when you've got contracts of your own to fulfill! Grateful for you, Laura. Warmly, Suzanne