Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Review)

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 2, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721930

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.

Join bestselling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember. Filled with heart-twisting moments amid the sweet anticipation of love, this story will charm readers into the holiday spirit.

 My Review:

I enjoyed reading this Amish Christmas Love story. The characters and plot were well developed and interesting. The love triangle was Bess, Billy, and Amos. Bess is a sweet Amish girl who is in love with Billy. He left the Amish years ago due to a misunderstanding and family issues.She never forgot him or stopped loving him. He became a rose rustler and lived among the English. Amos is Billy's cousin and loves Bess too. After Billy disappeared Amos started courting Bess. He finally got Bess to commit to a wedding date. Enter Billy right before the wedding. He came back because Bess found a possible "lost rose" on her grandmother's rose farm. Bess realized she still loved him but he was like a porcupine. The romance between Bess and Billy was great. I felt so bad for Amos but the chemistry between Bess and Billy was undeniable. The author uses flashbacks to tell part of the story. They were necessary but not always welcome.  The main theme of forgiveness came through nicely. I highly recommend all of this author's Amish stories.

 Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

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Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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