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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Review!!!!

Christmas at Rose Hill by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book Description:
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."

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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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My Opinion:
An interesting read!  This is the first I've read about Bess, Billy, Amos, and Maggie.  I really enjoyed certain aspects of Christmas at Rose Hill.  Namely the roses! :D  I learned a lot that I didn't know about roses and it got me interested in learning and doing more with our roses!  I actually wish there had been more done with them in the book though; as far as the characters making things out of them (such as soaps and jams), but maybe that's just me! :)  As far as the love story, I found it to be a nice one with twists and turns that needed to be untangled and were sorted out in a nice way with the characters looking back and taking us through the memories of their pasts.  I LOVE the way Suzanne writes about angels in this one and found it to be a story with highs and lows that flowed nicely.  There were somethings that were a bit different for an Amish book with a few of the characters, but it did add the quirkiness that made some scenes highly entertaining!  Overall I think this is a sweet read set around the Christmas season with a lot of great information!

Songs: "In The Garden" sung by Johnny Cash, "When They Ring Those Golden Bells" sung by The Cluster Pluckers, and "A Rose Among the Thorns" there is only one version I could find on amazon for this song, but I'm not sure if I'll link it just yet though.  I'm hoping to find another version, but in the meant time I urge you to look up the beautiful lyrics!!! :)
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

John 5:39, Psalm 19:1, Psalm 107:13, Psalm 107:29, Psalm 107:30, Psalm 84:10, Psalm 91:11, 1 Corinthians 2:9, and 2 Timothy 2:13

*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Christmas at Rose Hill. ~ASC


  1. Great review! I enjoyed learning about the heirloom roses too!

    1. Thank you Heidi! :) I did to! I'd LOVE to see and smell some heirloom roses now! ;)
      I loved learning about growing from cuttings to!

      Hugs, ASC


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