I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review: Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

This book by Suzanne Woods Fisher was a wonderful love story with great characters. I enjoy Amish fiction, and was excited to read this book. However, the Amish are not portrayed in the traditional way. There are different orders of Amish, and some are stricter than others. If this had been written with characters who were not Amish, the story would've been more plausible. There were many instances that didn't mesh with Amish culture (I grew up in Amish Country, Ohio) and made the characters a bit far-fetched to me. This is why I rated it four stars.

Back to the story. I really loved the way a history of roses was woven throughout. At first I thought it would be boring, but the way the information was presented was not at all like a lecture or textbook. I never knew anything much about roses at all, and thought this was a neat touch.

I was very sad for Billy and the way he was brought up. Sometimes it seems people who are trying to live righteously get the short end of the stick over and over. It seems Bess's aunt's house was a wonderful refuge for him, even if she was overbearing and gruff.

The circumstances that tore Billy and Bess apart were completely due to a lack of communication, and Billy's pride. If he hadn't run off, things would have turned out very differently. It is a good lesson to us all that we should never assume we know what another person is thinking. Best to talk things out. 

I liked the internal dialogue of both Bess and Billy. It was very realistic. The character of George was a bit odd, but was not done in a cartoony way, and I really liked him. I did feel that things between Billy and his dad wrapped up a little too neatly, but sometimes it's nice to read a multi-happy ending story. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes a sweet romance, and roses.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.


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