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.
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 an 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. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi.
If you are a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher, and I certainly am, you are in for a treat when you read Christmas at Rose Hill Farm. Filled with favorite and familiar characters, fun info on roses and a Christmas miracle, this novel is a quick and heartwarming read. And if you have never read anything by Fisher, her book will have you hooked. Another winner from one of my favorite Amish genre authors!
Bess Riehl and Amos Lapp have published their plans to marry. But Bess has never really gotten over her first love, Amos’ cousin, Billy. When a mysterious rose is discovered in the greenhouse at Rose Hill Farm, Billy, who is now a rose rustler, shows up to identify it. A series of coincidences and divine appointments change the plans of several characters.
Christmas at Rose Hill Farm takes place in the late 1970s. Characters from other of Fisher’s books show up — Amos Lapp from Stoney Ridge Seasons, Bess Riehl, Billy Lapp and Maggie Zook from Lancaster County Secrets, and even Edith Stoltzfus Fisher from The Inn at Eagle Hill. All are in their early 20s and ready for love and marriage. It was fun to see these characters either all grown up (Bess, Maggie, Billy) or in their youth (Amos and Edith). I would love a chart detailing the relationships and generations of the many characters from Fisher’s books! Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is also a novel about the love and care of God. Towards the end of the novel, Billy learns how much he matters to God, that he never was forgotten even when family and friends seemed to have abandoned him.
I highly recommend Christmas at Rose Hill Farm for all those who are fans of Amish novels as well as those looking for the perfect read for the Christmas season. It also gives a tantalizing taste of what is to come in Fisher’s upcoming historical novel, Anna’s Crossing, due out in February 2015.
Audience: Teens to Adults.
(Thanks to Revell and LitFuse for my review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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