Join bestselling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember.
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. And that suits Bess Riehl just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word of explanation? It's time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes when Billy's cousin Amos proposed--for the third time--and beginning to plan for her Christmas wedding.
When a "lost" rose is discovered in a forgotten corner of the greenhouse at Rose Hill Farm, Billy is sent to track down its origins. His plan is to get in, identify the rose, and get out. The only catch is that he's having a hard time narrowing down the identity of the lost rose--and he can't get 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.
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 & Suchmagazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
MY REVIEW-Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of the few Amish authors I read. I am not fond of many plots found in the horse and buggy novels but hers somehow always take a turn and surprise me. This one was a perfect example of a sweet romance that has me thinking of rose petals and delicious bakery treats!
This book is tied in with the Stoney Ridge Seasons series so if you have read those you will see many familiar faces. Bess is the daughter of Jonah Reihl, owner at Rose Hill Farm. She loves helping tend the roses but she is engaged to be married and will be leaving the roses behind. The man she is marrying is Amos Lapp. He is steady and true, always having loved Bess even when she was in love with another man. Only problem is, she may still be attracted to Billy Lapp after all this time.
I had somewhat of a hard time with the whole love triangle thing. Amos loves Bess and while she has agreed to finally marry him, she still loves Billy. And Billy has left the Amish community and works at a university now, even though he still has feelings for Bess. I felt bad for this young man who put up with a harsh childhood and family who turned on him.
Overall a very interesting read. There are two parts that deal with relationships after marriage that are very small but somewhat in detail. This is a smaller novel than usual but really sweet. Now I have to go back and re-read the Stoney Ridge Seasons series:)
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