Christmas at Rose Hill Farm   -     By: Suzanne Woods Fisher
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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721934
ISBN-13: 9780800721930
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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.

Author Bio

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 for The 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.

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  1. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lost Rose
    September 28, 2014
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    So happy to be back at Rose Hill Farm and at Christmas time, visiting with old friends, and back in familiar surroundings. Bess is still helping on the beloved Rose Farm, along with her Dad, and she is planning her wedding to Amos.

    This story revolves around a mysterious, and possibly rare and very valuable rose, which has been found, about to bloom in the greenhouse. Where had it come from, that is going to be the question that brings back a lost soul to the Amish community?

    Once Billy Lapp comes back to see the rose, acting as a Rose Rustler for Penn State, the world begins to change for Beth. Will they be able to discover the origins of this rose, and will old feeling come to climax?

    There are a few really good chuckles in this story, and a lot of serious actions that are unaccounted for. We go back into the past for some of the answers, and feel the pain Billy has endured that emanates from his family. I dont know if there is another book that will answers more of these questions, but Billy ends up with a big assignment from his Dad.

    We see that couples that think they belong together, might be better off with someone else, while some that are together dont really know one another. We also have some very sweet and precocious children, they are Beths sisters, how darling they are, and they say it like it is!

    This is a really great page-turning read, with some really good life lessons, I enjoyed this one!

    I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christmas, Marriage, Roses and Romance
    September 27, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Suzanne Woods Fisher in her new book, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm published by Revell introduces us to Bess Riehl.

    From the back cover: Bess Riehl is preparing Rose Hill Farm for her Christmas wedding, but her groom isnt 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? Its time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes to Amos Lapp, Billys cousin and best friend. But as Bess and Amoss wedding day draws near, her emotions tangle into a tight knot. She loves Amos. Yet she cant 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. Thats his plan. The only catch is that hes having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose, and he cant 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 Billyand Amos, toothat 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.

    Bess is going to get married. That is not a good thing as she is going to marry the wrong man. The love of her life, Billy, has left and she is going to settle for second best. However there is this matter of Grandmothers rose. Bess needs to have it identified and the only one to do it is Billy only Bess doesnt know it is Billy until she goes to pick him up. Now the fun really starts. Mystery, marriage proposals and romance, these are all ingredients in this highly entertaining story. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes an interesting story that moves along at a remarkably brisk pace. Ms. Fisher has a lot of characters to work with and she provides an excellent story for them to grow in.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Christmas Story
    September 26, 2014
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed this sweet, gentle story about a young Amish woman named Bess who faces quite the conundrum when she realizes that Billy, the man she has never stopped loving, has arrived back at Rose Hill Farm. That in itself would be an interesting story. But, this just gets better and better. Bess has to decide how Billys return affects her relationship with Amos, the man she is to marry in a matter of days!

    I really liked the subtle way the author allowed the reader to have glimpses into these characters recent pasts to tell this story. It was not confusing at all. It was very clear when something was a flash back in time. This was a great way to help the reader slowly understand the relationships and problems that caused Billy to leave the Amish community in the first place.

    I appreciated that there was not a simple fix to the situations. There was confusion over what had happened, hearts that were hurting, and things that needed to be said. The overall theme of God being faithful even when we are not was a beautiful one, as was the story of the mysterious rose that brought Billy back to the fold. I enjoyed watching Billy and Bess slowly learn to reconnect with each other over this flower, and the character of George added to the sense of wonder of the season. This was a nice, sweet story for Christmas.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
  4. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A beautiful Christmas Amish romance that will capture your heart!
    September 12, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've been a huge lover of roses and not quite sure where it came from. In fact, my husband understands that I would rather have a rose plant over a dozen of roses any day. Why? Because they will continue to produce blooms long after that dozen cut roses dies. And it is a constant reminder of the time they were purchased as my love gardens continues to grow.

    I've been a huge fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher and her ability to capture the love of the reader for all things Amish. So whenever I see her books available for review and add in the element of a Christmas novel, and toss in the love of gardening roses for good measure, well I absolutely knew I had to have this one. And I was NOT disappointed in the slightest. This has all the elements of what I am looking for in a great Amish love story. A plot twist, a love that is just waiting to be discovered despite all the odds against them, and a love of something that will draw the characters together. That is just what you find tucked beneath the beautiful cover of Christmas at Rose Hill Farm.

    Bill Lapp has left his former Amish life behind as he works as a rose rustler at Penn State. Meaning it is his job to help discover roses that can't be identified and to also help cultivate lasting ones to be shared by rose lovers all over the world. You could say he is the rose expert. He simply walked away from a potential relationship with Bess Riehl when it seemed she had fallen into the same opinion of him as his father and brothers. It was simply better to try and find a new start someplace far from his feelings and his heart.

    Bess Riehl is hoping that her upcoming wedding to Amos Lapp will enable her to move forward with a man who truly loves her and will do anything to make sure she is well taken care of. Only thing is, she can't forget the man who claimed her heart at 12 and wonders if she will ever find a way to put Billy in her past. Working alongside her father at Rose Hill Farm, Bess discovers a rose plant beneath the potting table while cleaning things out before the wedding and believes it might be the one special rose her grandmother had told her about so long ago and thought was destroyed. But there is only one way to know for sure and her father contacts their local rose expert but he can't make it and suggest that Billy be the one to do it. The only thing is that neither of them know that Billy is the rose rustler until Bess arrives to pick him up. Will he be able to stick to his job or will something more happen to draw them closer together? What is the significance of this mystery rose at Christmas? Only time will tell.

    I received Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher compliments of Revell Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I found that while I was reading this novel, I would stop and look up the different variety of roses that Billy and Bess were talking about and didn't realize that some of the oldest rose varieties were brought over from Europe, often found in the old cemeteries to this day. In fact I didn't know that you could propagate new rose cuttings using willow water, something I also discovered while referencing the term I came across while reading the novel. I can't wait to try it on my rose cuttings. This was such a beautiful story of an angelic encounter and the love of things that draws people together in unforgettable ways and as a reminder to keep those things at the heart of your relationship! For me, hand down a true winner of 5 out of 5 stars and will be keeping this one on my personal library shelf. There is also a Reader's Discussion Guide, Author's Note and recipe at the conclusion of this novel you'll definitely want to try.
  5. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Christmas story for all times
    September 11, 2014
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thursday, September 11, 2014

    Christmas at Rose Hill Farm: An Amish Love Story by Suzanne Woods Fisher, 2014

    Billy Lapp's visitor's eyes were like that ~ Neither blue nor purple, they were a near-perfect match for the amethyst crystal interior of a geode he remembered that Dawdi Zook, his mother's father, had kept on his fireplace mantel back in Stoney Ridge....While the minerals on the exterior created a hard shell, the ones that seeped to the interior were transformed into beauty. An example from nature to show how God brings good out of bad.

    --Christmas at Rose Hill Farm, 18

    Billy's memories of Stoney Ridge came to the surface unbidden. He is a rose rustler for Penn State ~ identifying heirlooms long forgotten. Like his life it seems.

    Bess Riehl goes to the bus stop to pick up the stranger coming to identify their "lost" potted rose she found beneath a workbench in the greenhouse at Rose Hill Farm. Growing heirloom roses, this one stood off by itself, hidden from view it seemed. Strong rootstock had been in the Riehl family for generations; sturdy, disease resistant, and able to survive even in neglected gardens.

    Billy left four years ago, unknown to Bess of his whereabouts. Cousin and childhood friend of Amos Lapp, Bess's soon groom-to-be, Billy comes back to Stoney Ridge to identify the rose. Having to wait until the rosebud opened to complete his research, Billy commutes from Penn State to the Riehl's greenhouse frequently. Memories from his past with his family and with Bess define what he has left behind.

    This story grows as forgiveness is paramount in going forward. Within heart-searching, Billy, Amos, and Bess find true meaning in where they are and where they can be with pride extinguished. The bright spot in their lives is the bishop's daughter, Maggie Zook. She lightens up the mood with her quirkiness.

    I looked forward to and anticipated George coming on the scene to help Billy out, in his wise words and in covering Billy's work at the College Station greenhouse while Billy was away. He is Billy's comfortable visitor coming in out of the cold, sharing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hot coffee. He was ready with what was needed by Billy specifically.

    I am reminded of Psalm 139, how our loving Father is with us and never leaves us.

    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.

    ***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for Suzanne Woods Fisher's novel ~ Christmas at Rose Hill Farm. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
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