December 11, 2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm: An Amish Love Story



Even now, years later, she couldn’t go into the greenhouse without being aware of Billy’s influence on Rose Hill Farm.

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is an Amish love story, stitched together with threads of forgiveness, trust, and reconciliation.

Bess Riehl is about to marry Amos Lapp. But memories of Billy Lapp, (Amos’s cousin) won’t leave her alone.  He left Stoney Ridge—and her—without any explanation, so he made his choice. She brooded over him for long enough and must move on with her life. After all, Amos loves her. And she loves him. So why not marry him?

The answer? Because no matter how she tries to leave Billy in the past, he keeps creeping into her mind. Her wedding is quickly approaching and, to make matters worse, Billy, a rose expert, is sent to Stoney Ridge to identify an unknown rose that is yet to bloom in the Riehl’s greenhouse. Needless to say, that complicates things.

With lovable characters, lively scenes, and a timeless message, this book will surely entertain you and put you in the Christmas spirit. The theme of forgiveness is the intertwined seamlessly and the story leaves a lasting effect.

I don’t normally read Amish novels, but I love a well-written love story that defies all odds. Especially when it also shares a message showing how God positions people, hurdles, and events in our paths to pave the way for our intended course.  And having gorgeous cover art that grabs my attention doesn’t hurt either. ;)

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is a short, sweet, and heartwarming read. Recommended for anyone who seeks a memorable love story.

4 Stars

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 241
Pace: Steady
First Lines: A pale thread of gray seeped over the windowsill, wakening Bess Riehl with its strange light. Outside a limb tapped the eaves. Disoriented, still fuzzy from sleep, she lifted her head to peer out the window and gasped in delight. Overnight, Stoney Ridge had been blanketed with deep snow, transformed into a world of pristine white.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255