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11.09.2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm ~ Review

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm
By Suzanne Fisher Woods

Bess Riehl has finally given up hope that Billy Lapp will ever return to Stoney Ridge.  She's spent years hoping he would come back, but just when she's ready to start a new life with a man who loves her everything is about to get confusing.

A long forgotten rose has just been discovered at Rose Hill Farm.  A rose that can't be identified and Billy Lapp is the expert that is sent to identify it.  But Billy's return is about to upset the delicate balance that both he and Bess have in their lives.  And when the identity proves to be elusive Billy has to spend more time in the world he left behind forever.

The past with its pains, hopes, and disappointments have to be faced if there is to be a future without regrets.

Take a step back in time to Stoney Ridge and celebrate a Christmas season of miracles and second chances.  A Christmas of love lost and found.

Set in 1979 it is an interesting look at research before computers were the norm.  It is hard today to imagine the world as it was just 35 years ago before technology became a means of research and communication at the push of a button rather than combing through documents and articles by hand.

With glimpses into Bess and Billy's we are told the story of how they have arrived at who they are during this story.  This a story of hope, pain, love, and loss wrapped up in the beauty and joy of the Christmas season.

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is a delight you'll want to add to your Christmas season.  This is the break you'll need from the stresses that many allow themselves to be caught up in.  So sit back, take an hour or two, and enjoy a Christmas miracle that will bring a smile to your face.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.

Join bestselling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember.

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. And that suits Bess Riehl just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word of explanation? It's time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes when Billy's cousin Amos proposed--for the third time--and beginning to plan for her Christmas wedding.

When a "lost" rose is discovered in a forgotten corner of the greenhouse at Rose Hill Farm, Billy is sent to track down its origins. His plan is to get in, identify the rose, and get out. The only catch is that he's having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose--and he can't get 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 Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill 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. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist forThe Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.