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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm...Review

About the book:
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.

When Billy Lapp left Rose Hill, it broke Bess Riehl's heart. Bess continued raising roses on her father's farm and Billy became a rose rustler or one who cares for, discovers and researches roses. Bess moves on and becomes engaged to Billy's cousin Amos. A few days before her wedding, an unknown rose begins blooming in her greenhouse and when they request a rustler to identify it, Billy is the one who resentfully shows up.

As Billy and Rose try to discover the origins of the mysterious rose, they are drawn together.  Bess is torn between her love for Amos and her returning feelings for Billy.

I enjoy Suzanne Woods Fisher and her stories. I was somewhat apathetic at first about this particular story, but it is a lovely little novella, perfect for curling up with before a fire. The historical aspect about roses and rustling was new to me and fascinating. This is a sweet Christmas story about love and forgiveness, ministering angels and the enduring legacy of roses.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Suzanne Woods Fisher here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/14

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. It's about time for lovely little Christmas stories. I can't wait!