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 Billy’s 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. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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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.
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.
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 an 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. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi