Christmas at Rose Hill Farm: An Amish Love Story

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm: An Amish Love Story

by Suzanne Woods Fisher


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ISBN-13: 9780800721930
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Christmas at Rose Hill Farm: An Amish Love Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Enjoy This Heartwarming Story! Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is another great story by Suzanne Woods Fisher.   I haven’t read a book by her that I didn’t love.  In this story, I felt the abuse, the heartbreak, the bitterness, and the unforgiveness that Billy Lapp was feeling.   I’ve been in his shoes but with a different story to tell.  Being accused of something cuts deep into your soul. Forgiveness doesn’t come easily. Bess Riehl received her love of roses from her Grandmother.  Bess hates the thought of leaving her beloved Rose Hill Farm once she is married.   Married...shouldn’t she be happier at the thought of her upcoming wedding?   This is a heartwarming story of love, faith, forgiving, healing, and moving on.   Your emotions will be on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. I highly recommend this book to everyone.  Pick up a copy today!
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Fans of Suzanne Woods Fisher's work are going to love this year's Christmas book. It is again set in Lancaster County and contains characters that we have come to know and love through some of her other series.  The main character is Bess Riehl who we first met in The Search (Lancaster County Secrets, Book 3). We meet up with Bess as she is busy planning her wedding to Amos Lapp. He isn't her first love, that would be Billy, but Billy is nowhere to be found and Bess is just trying to get on with her life.  When a mysterious variety of rose is found Bess and her family decide to try and find out its origins. They send for a rose expert and low and behold it winds up being the long lost Billy. Billy has secrets he's hiding and doesn't want to risk getting involved with Bess again. He wants to identify the rose and then leave. But of course God has other plans and sends the mysterious George to help guide Billy. I loved this quick little novella. It was not only a great story of redemption and restoration it was also a very interesting lesson on the science of roses. It gave me a whole new appreciation for those planted around my house. Come spring I am going to definitely be wondering about the origins of my particular plants. Another exciting little follow up to this book is that the story continues in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. It is such a fun little peek into the lives of those familiar characters. This would make the perfect stocking stuffer for the book lover on your Christmas list.  I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I really liked Bess and was happy  that she ends up knowing her own mind.  This is a nice Christmas story.  It was fun to learn a little about  roses in this book.  This has a good bit of romance in the story.  I received this from Revell Reads for a fair and honest opinion.
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
A sweet Christmas romance. If you like to read about the Amish and enjoy learning about roses you will enjoy this story. Maggie was my favorite character because of how much life she brings to everyone around her. Such a genuine, loving friend.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Bess is about to marry her friend Amos. But she's nervous and a little bit afraid. For some reason she can't get her first love Billy out of her mind. But Billy left years ago and she knows he's never coming back. A few weeks before the wedding Bess finds a very old rose bush in the greenhouse. Since she raises roses with her father it's rare that she finds one she doesn't recognize. So her father calls a rose rustler, someone who researches and finds heirloom roses. This man turns out to be her old love Billy. But he makes it very clear he's only here for the rose. Then he's leaving. This was a fun little novella with touches of romance, drama, rose history, and a touch of the super-natural. I felt the author did a great job with character development for a novella. The story flowed well and was entertaining. The super-natural element that I mentioned was nicely done and while I guessed right away, added an interesting component. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Christmas at Rose Hill Farm, An Amish Love Story by Suzanne Woods Fisher Revell Christian Fiction, Amish, Christmas, Romance ISBN 9780800721930 Years ago Billy Lapp fled town, hurting and wondering if anyone truly loved or believed in him. Bess Riehl for years has carried the torch for him but has accepted he is not returning. Newly engaged and questioning her choice she prepares for her wedding. When a old rose is found at Rose Hill Farm’s she and her father turn to Penn State University for answers to it’s identity. Billy is the rose expert sent by the college. As they research and wait for the rose to bloom love is in the air. I feel a little in love with the character George. The author kept me guessing to the very end about this hobo. Was he a hobo, a drifter or someone much, more important? He brought the element of faith alive. I enjoyed how he made the scriptures come alive with a new deeper understanding. Overall there was a feeling of that God is faithful even when we are not. Quote: “ The rose. This elusive, mysterious rose. With a practiced eye, Bess gathered every detail about the rose, confidant that the same thoughts were being catalogued in Billy’s mind: class of Gallicas; a large, dramatic bloom of pink-mauve color, packed with petals; deeply fragrant. What couldn’t be described was why it was the most important rose in the world. This rose had brought Billy Lapp home.” By far Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is my favorite novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher. It turned out to be so much more than a Christmas story. I highly recommend this 5 star book. The characters were well developed and thought out. There’s no way not to fill their pain and joy. I want to give a high-five to the author Suzanne Woods Fisher and publisher Revell for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. I was provided with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for the authors and publishers generosity.
Pitkinchick More than 1 year ago
Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the story of Billy Lapp and Bess Riehl, two rose enthusiasts.  Billy, a rose "rustler",  is sent to identify a rose that Bess has found and finds that Bess is engaged to his cousin Amos.  This is such a touching story.  The author writes with such passion and imagery that you feel a part of the story.   She puts you into the scene and you can almost smell the scent of the roses.  You cannot put the book down once you start it.  I would recommend this book to everyone.  It is such an inspirational story.  I would like to thank Baker Publishing Group for giving me this book for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this the continuing story from a lancaster county christmas???
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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 don’t 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 don’t really know one another. We also have some very sweet and precocious children, they are Beth’s 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.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
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. (Thank you to Revell Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
VicG More than 1 year ago
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 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. 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 Grandmother’s rose. Bess needs to have it identified and the only one to do it is Billy only Bess doesn’t 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
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. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
a complimentary review copy was received. Christmas at Rose Hill Farm 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 additional color on why the lead characters are who they are. I liked how she pulled in the back story in bits to help the reader understand some of the motives and actions and allowing the story to continue to advance in an uninterrupted style. 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 all face - drawing conclusions from incomplete information, running from rather than facing your fears, finding it in your heart to forgive those you love most, and recognizing the guidance and protection your faith can provide if you turn to it in times of need.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
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.***