Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Review - Christmas At Rose Hill Farm

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm
An Amish Love Story
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-0800721930
Pages: 240
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I know that the holidays are getting closer when Christmas themed books start showing up in bookstores. Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of the most popular Christian authors and she has crafted a holiday tale, titled Christmas at Rose Hill Farm. Of course one the first things I noticed about the book is that there is a character named Billy, which coincidentally my name is also Billy!

Set in 1977, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm centers on Billy Lapp, an ex-Amish from Stoney Ridge that is working as a rose rustler for Penn State. He had no intentions of ever returning home, but life throws you unexpected situations and Billy finds himself returning to Stoney Ridge to investigate the origins of a "lost" rose that is found in the greenhouse at Rose Hill Farm.

When Billy originally left Stoney Ridge four years ago, he also left behind his love Bess Riehl. Since then, Bess has moved on with her life by getting engaged to Billy's cousin, Amos, though it did take three proposals for her to finally say "yes" to marriage. Bess and Amos are planning a quite Christmas Wedding, well that is until Billy made his return and old feelings start to return as well.

I thought it was nice of the author to return to the characters that were first introduced in "The Search." While I do think it was a bit early for me to reading a holiday title, I still enjoyed reading the book, as the author has a created a intriguing storyline from start to finish. The theme throughout the book is "forgiveness," which impacts the lives of the characters. Christmas At Rose Hill Farm is not your typical love story, as the author avoided all the normal cliches that are found in many romantic books being published today. I highly recommend the book to other readers.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Suzanne Woods Fisher

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.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Billy! Thank you for reading a Christmas book in September (!)...I feel the same way as you do. Our weather is still in the upper 90s! Feels like summer...and I don't want summer to end! But grateful for your help in sharing my book with your blog readers...and so glad you enjoyed the story! Warmly, Suzanne


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