Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

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Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm || (Revell Books, September 2014)

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.

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Reviews

  • … a well written book filled with characters that though you’ve never read them before, they somehow seem to be familiar to you.

  • My very favorite thing about Christmas at Rose Hill Farm are the interactions between Billy and George. They have only just met, but George keeps Billy on his toes and tells him exactly what he needs to hear time and time again. He encourages Billy, nudges him to do the things he needs to do. I really loved that entire story line in this book and how it concluded at the end of the story. I was rooting for Bess the entire story and was impressed by how brave she was to lay her feelings out there on the line the way she did several times. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good holiday book, Amish fiction or nice love story.

  • A charming story that is the perfect read on a cool Autumn day!

  • “Christmas at Rose Hill Farm” is a story of faith, family and love that will enchant you from beginning to end.

  • Amish Reader says:

    There is nothing better than settling down in your favorite chair to read an Amish romance novel by one of the best authors in the Amish genre, Suzanne Woods Fisher. Her Christmas themed novel, Christmas at Rose Hill Farms (Revell) should top the charts with the enduring romance and rare rose descriptions enclosed within its pages.

  • 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.

  • I just finished reading the newest novel “Christmas at Rose Hill Farm.” It was one of the best Christmas stories that I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time! I have always loved all the stories that Suzanne Woods Fisher has written. I loved the storyline and the characters. –

  • All Meant To Shine says:

    I wait for Christmas-time all year long. I love the decorations, the cooking, the shopping, the spirit people seem to have and most of all the reason for the season. I also cannot wait to read my Christmas books. I was so thrilled to be getting to review this one. I knew it would put me in the mood for my favorite time of the year. I also love every book written by Suzanne Woods Fisher. She is a wonderful writer who truly captures the spirit of her characters and their surroundings.

    This book was great, as I expected it to be. If you are looking for an enjoyable Christmas read, you should definitely check out this book!

  • Moments says:

    I love all things Christmas, and I was so excited to receive a Christmas book written by one of my favorite Amish fiction writers, Suzanne Woods Fisher! “Christmas at Rose Hill Farm” is a sweet love story that has the Christmas season as a backdrop and the snowy landscape and the frigid weather set the scene nicely and drew me into the story. It was nice to revisit a few characters from previous novels; I love when authors do that as it’s like a nice family reunion when you can get caught up on the lives of characters whom you have enjoyed spending time with

  • I loved all the talk of roses in this book as roses are my favorites. Especially the old heritage breeds with a long history. In this book you’ll find such a rose and a wonderful girl who is the caretaker of the rose.

  • I’ve come to expect several things from Fisher’s novels: relatable characters, spiritual lessons that pack a punch without being preachy, and laugh out loud moments. Christmas at Rose Hill Farm provides all three. It’s charming and funny while dealing with serious family and spiritual issues. Though it ended far too soon, I hope that we’ll be able to visit these characters again.

  • Book by Book says:

    This novel offers a heartwarming love story as it captures the holiday’s warm feelings of home and family. It is a wonderful story to read – even in the middle of September. I recommend this novel to lovers of Amish fiction and especially to those who already met Bess and Billy in The Search.

  • The characters and plot are engaging, and the details about the roses were fascinating.

  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher was a sweet Christmas story. I am not usually one for stories based around Christmas but I loved this one and I was so glad to have read it.

  • With realistic characterization that drew me into the story, Ms. Fisher pens a story with a love-triangle, a forgotten rose, and a plan that may completely fail. Highly recommended.

  • I loved loved loved this book, and it’s definitely one that I will let my daughter read. Such a sweet simple love story, with a few little twists and turns. I am a definite lover of Amish fiction and this one does not disapoint.

  • This book has suspense, traditions and best of all love. Nothing beats a great Amish love tale!

  • I was captured by the sassy Bess from the first time I opened the book. She is planning her wedding as she is preparing to put her roses to rest for the winter. She will soon be leaving Rose Hill Farm to move to her new home with Amos. Amos is a wonderful Amish man ~ gentle and kind~ even the greatest catch. Yet ~ why does the world turn upside down when Billy Lapp returns home and walks into her greenhouse?

    I love that the book has rose history~ Christmas ~ romance and the unknown Christmas visitor all in one book. This is one book you do not want to miss this Christmas season. I rate this book off the charts! I absolutely~ loved this book.

    You did it again Suzanne~ Great Book!

  • 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.

  • Best Christmas read of the year. I am so happy that I was chosen to review this book. It’s a fun, wild ride from start to finish. You will find yourself rooting for the characters and wishing them the best. I highly recommend this book.

  • This was the first book that I read by Suzanne Woods Fisher and I found it very enjoyable. She does a good job of developing the lead characters, providing some other characters to provide some color on the lead characters. I liked how she pulled in the back story in bits to help the reader understand some of the motives and actions.

    As with many of the Amish books that I have read, I really felt like the fact that the characters were Amish was just a part of the setting and that the story itself was very universal and could happen with any community. The characters faced many of the dilemmas that we face – drawing conclusions from incomplete information, running from rather than facing fears, finding it in your heart to forgive those you love most, and recognizing the guidance of faith.

  • Cheryl Baranski says:

    Suzanne has done it yet again!
    Hit another home run with one of her books!
    This book has so much love, passion,
    hope, faith and forgiveness. I was
    drawn into the story.
    You won’t want to put the book down!
    A must read. Get your copy today!

  • A Rup Life says:

    This was a delightful book set in Amish country. We follow Bess as she is about to marry her long time friend Amos. It should be the most exciting and happy time of her life but it isn’t. See Bess is still in love with her old boyfriend Billy. A little Christmas magic finds a way to bring Bess and Billy together – it is just up to them to work things out.

  • This is one of those books that you start reading and can’t put down until you get to the end. The characters are interesting and the story is I enjoyed reading and learning more about roses and it has inspired me to take a better interest in the rosebushes I have. While I myself have a some rosebushes, I am sad to say that I have neglected them for a number a years but I will not be lax with them again. I tend to be like Billy and forget that I am not alone, that I matter to God. Sometimes I think it would be nice to have someone like George to help me when I am struggling.

  • 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.

  • Veronica's 'Views says:

    It was interesting to see how the present day story, in 1977, would fill in with memories of their past as the book travels back and forth from the ’60’s and early ’70’s to 1977. I loved the themes of coming home, forgiveness, and that “God is faithful even when we are not.” Readers of the author’s other books might recognize some of the characters, which was a lot of fun! This was one of the more enjoyable Amish books I’ve read and I would highly recommend it for both Amish fiction lovers and those looking for a heartwarming Christmas story.

  • I have been a huge fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher since I read my first book by her and this one does not disappoint. It has all of the things for a perfect heart capturing story. There is a love gone wrong, a love returned, roses, Christmas, and Amish. I felt as if I was right there with the characters and could not put the book down once I sat down and settled in to read. I especially loved the addition of the character George. The whole book was Excellent! Having read other Rose Hill Farm books I recognized the characters and that was an added benefit, yet one could read this as a stand alone and understand the past references in the plot.

  • I’ve been privileged to review several of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s books and I always enjoy them. This book was no exception.

    It’s set at Christmas time and has a great story line. As I was reading, I thought, “Wow! How does she do this in book after book? I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to know how everything was going to turn out. I was absorbed in the characters and story.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading Christmas at Rose Hill Farm. A beautiful story of faith and family, with rose gardening and history mixed in.

  • By The Book says:

    Another winner from one of my favorite Amish genre authors! I highly recommend Christmas at Rose Hill Farm for all those who are fans of Amish novels as well as those looking for the perfect read for the Christmas season. It also gives a tantalizing taste of what is to come in Fisher’s upcoming historical novel, Anna’s Crossing, due out in February 2015.

  • 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.

  • What a touching love story ! I so love Suzanne’s books for their wonderful characters and heartfelt tales of love and family. I also love the suspense in them that keeps me reading when I have things to do but you just have to find out what happens. Who will win Bess’s love and her heart ? You will be so caught up in the emotional tale woven together with such grace and you will want to find a real Rose Hill Farm to visit !

  • Sometimes I wonder what else nice I can say about an author. Suzanne Woods Fisher, just has a way that she captures the essence of a character that makes you want to say everything nice you can think of. This book is no exception. A beautiful story, set at Christmas time, centered around a mysterious rose, what more could a girl ask for? I loved the story and have to say one of my favorites in this book is George. Another wonderful story, great for the holidays, actually great for any time of the year. 5 stars from this reviewer.
    This book was provided by the publisher and Litfuse for review only, no payment was received for this review.

  • This story is just what one needs to gear up for the holiday season.I know reading it made me all the more excited for Christmas to get here!! This was a quick read, not too much going on but it was a quick read that helps put one in the Christmas spirit.
    I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Fisher has woven a winning love story in Christmas at Rose Hill Farm! Filled with beloved characters from the Rose Hill series, this story continues their saga in a fascinating way. I thoroughly enjoyed reading more about Bess and her family’s expertise with roses, and the history inherent to the story is exciting. Who knew the story of a flower could be so much fun? It made me want to run right out to that old cemetery I used to visit as a kid and search for roses!

  • 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.

  • It was fascinating to learn about heirloom roses and their history- for once I was more interested in that than the romance! I loved that the mystery of the lost rose was revealed slowly throughout the book. Even though Bess’s grandmother was passed away, she was very much a strong presence in the story through memories and flashbacks. I loved her quirky sayings and the way she mixed up words 🙂 The author did a good job of making the reader feel Bess’s desperation as her wedding loomed closer and her emotions didn’t align with the choices she made. A close friend of Bess, Billy and Amos adds another dimension to the plot as she helps each of them sort out their true feelings.

  • I have enjoyed every book that I have read by
    Suzanne Woods Fisher and this book is no exception. It is a fairly short book which is just the perfect length for a Christmas based book. It has some characters from other books plus it has a slight mystery of what kind of rose is the mystery rose. Great story.

  • 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!

  • This was my first experience with an Amish genre novel. I was pleasantly surprised. It was not at all what I expected. I loved the story and it out me in the mood for Christmas. I was excited to learn there were other books with these characters now that I’ve become attached to their stories.

  • This is a great read, loved this Christmas book. Gets you in the holiday spirit and I love the mystery rose that needed to be identified. The romance story was light and nice. Great book.

  • Mommy Has to Work says:

    Suzanne Woods Fisher never disappoints. Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is a delightful read and perfect for gearing up for the holidays. A beautiful love story.

  • Cummins Life says:

    This book combines two of my favorite things. Christmas and the Amish! Suzanne Woods Fisher’s book, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm was a delight to read. The author does a fantastic job of explaining the past while keeping you in the present. I loved reading all the rich detail of life. I found this book to be engaging, delightful, and an easy read. I personally loved all the information about roses and how that ultimately buds an old and new romance. If you enjoy reading about the Amish and a good romance, Suzanne Woods Fisher will not disappoint.

  • With a family rose farm, familiar characters in Stoney Ridge, a heartrending love triangle, and a mysterious character named George, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm thoroughly entertains and inspires. This story will fill readers with the spirit of Christmas, but is perfect for any time of the year as well. Highly recommended.

  • This is definitely a book about forgiveness and realizing we all have strengths. I also loved the dwelling into how God has a guardian angel for each of us and that they are watching over us. This was a really beautiful part of the book.

  • 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?

  • I always enjoy reading Suzanne’s books. They are filled with likable characters who you feel you really get to know. This book was no different. In this story, we get to visit some of the characters that we have come to love in Suzanne’s great series’ when they were younger. This story takes place in 1977 which is the year that I was born. I really enjoyed this story, as I do all of Suzanne’s stories. And that this one happened during the Christmas season made it especially enduring.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

  • This book was altogether very charming.

  • I’m not much of a gardener. I tend to kill plants. Christmas at Rose Hill Farm was interesting, because I didn’t know anything about roses, and I learned a lot about them from the story.

    Despite the title, this was not an especially Christmasy book. I think it would be fine to read any time of year. Aside from references to snow, cold, and one star shaped cookie, you won’t notice the holiday at all.

    This book is the story of Bess, who never got over her first love–though she’s engaged to his best friend. When Billy turns up again, old feelings flare up, and she leaves Amos at the altar.

    My favorite character in this book is George, and actually, one of the scenes with him in it brought me to tears.

  • 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.

  • I really enjoy reading Holiday books. I think Christmas at Rose Hill Farm was very good and reminded me how Christmas is a special time. I really like how the characters were described and the history and mystery of the roses. I have read a couple of books by Suzanne Woods Fisher and always have found them enjoyable and love that she writes about the Amish.

  • I so much enjoyed being back at Rose Hill and visiting all of the special characters there again! I love Christmas stories and I love Amish, and well, I love Suzanne Wood’s Fisher books, so I was in awe with this one! Rose Hill Farm is the home of a mysterious Rose. A rose that no one seems to know where it came from. When Billy Lapp comes back to see the Rose that everyone is talking about, he meets up with Bess again, and Billy begins to wonder if the feeling he and Bess have fore each other are still there.

  • Overall it was a cute little book that I look forward to rereading during future holiday seasons.

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