Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas At Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher - REVIEWED

About the Book:
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.

My Thoughts:
I marvel at all there it to discover on earth.  Just a hint of what’s to come. An eternity of discoveries.”  (p. 59)

At the point George makes this statement to Billy, a lot of contention has already surfaced in Suzanne Woods Fisher novel, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm.  A mysterious rose, found in the corner of Bess Reil’s farm, causes Billy Lapp to reappear in the Amish community he left behind years earlier.  Things have changed dramatically since he left, but time has a way of bringing the truth to light.

As the mystery surrounding the rose unfolds, the history between Bess and Billy also resurfaces.  Even though Bess in on the eve of marriage, she and Billy have some unfinished business lingering between them.  Billy also has some family business that needs to be dealt with, but he seems determined to push beyond both situations, identify the rose and retreat back into the University environment he now calls home.

The Lord has a different play laid out for every character of this story.  I don’t remember Fisher ever employing the means she uses to identify the tender areas of folks’ hearts in this story.  I won’t give it away, but I will hint that it is a good fit for the Season in which the story is set.  This is a good holiday read, but I’ll be honest, I’ve likes Fisher’s other work a lot better.  This left me feeling a bit…non-plussed.  Decide for yourself.  It’s an easy holiday read that will entertain for a few hours

About the Author:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The LettersThe Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, includingAmish 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 for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post andCooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

No comments: