Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: "Christmas at Rose Hill Farm," by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ Plus, iPad Bundle Giveaway & Sign Up to Host a Book Club Brunch!

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.

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My Thoughts:
Stories about “love triangles” are always fascinating, and this one is no exception. Bess has always loved Billy, whom the Amish consider a bad boy for deserting his Amish community to live among the Englischers, but that doesn’t lessen Bess’s attraction to him, even though she doesn’t go so far as to leave her Amish family behind. Realizing that Billy has chosen his new life over his feelings for her, Bess agrees to marry Billy’s cousin, Amos, who always adored Bess, too. Of course, Amos is a much more acceptable catch as he’s ready to build a life with Bess among the Amish, and any girl would be lucky to have him. Nevertheless, Bess can’t quite force herself to tell Amos she loves him … not, that is, in the same way he loves her. This is a classic story, albeit with an Amish twist, about making the choice to do the “right” thing or going against everyone’s advice to follow one’s feelings. There’s also a fun spiritual element to the tale as a mysterious homeless man appears at crucial times to give advice and guidance to Billy. Could he be an angel? Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is a story of faith, family and love that will enchant you from beginning to end.

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.

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CHRISTMAS AT ROSE HILL FARM
iPad Bundle Giveaway & sign up to host a Book Club Brunch!

Join best-selling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember. Filled with heart-twisting moments amid the sweet anticipation of love, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm will charm readers into the holiday spirit.

Suzanne is hosting a "Christmas Rose" iPad bundle giveaway and a nationwide Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch in November. Enter the giveaway below and sign up to host a brunch HERE.

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TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • A Rose-patterned iPad case
  • A Rose-patterned phone case (for any model phone)
  • A Christmas wreath
  • A set of Christmas hand-towels
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Five second place winners will receive:
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 28th. All winners will be announced September 29th at Suzanne's blog.


rosehill-brunchbuttonHost a Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch! This fall, Suzanne is inviting book clubs across the nation to throw a Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch. Sign up here between now and September 29. If you’re selected as one of the 50 hosts, you’ll receive a copy of the book plus two other Revell titles (give them away as party prizes or door prizes or keep them for yourself), a complete party kit, and a discount code to purchase copies of Christmas at Rose Hill Farm for your book club at a discount. Suzanne is also encouraging each book club brunch to collect non-perishable items for their local community shelter. She will be making a donation to her favorite charity (helping abused women and children) for every brunch that meets their goal. Click here for more details and to SIGN UP!


Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 29th to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)


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

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