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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Review!!!!

Christmas at Rose Hill by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book Description:
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.

"Filled with heart-twisting moments amid the sweet anticipation of love, this story will charm readers into the holiday spirit."

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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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My Opinion:
An interesting read!  This is the first I've read about Bess, Billy, Amos, and Maggie.  I really enjoyed certain aspects of Christmas at Rose Hill.  Namely the roses! :D  I learned a lot that I didn't know about roses and it got me interested in learning and doing more with our roses!  I actually wish there had been more done with them in the book though; as far as the characters making things out of them (such as soaps and jams), but maybe that's just me! :)  As far as the love story, I found it to be a nice one with twists and turns that needed to be untangled and were sorted out in a nice way with the characters looking back and taking us through the memories of their pasts.  I LOVE the way Suzanne writes about angels in this one and found it to be a story with highs and lows that flowed nicely.  There were somethings that were a bit different for an Amish book with a few of the characters, but it did add the quirkiness that made some scenes highly entertaining!  Overall I think this is a sweet read set around the Christmas season with a lot of great information!

Songs: "In The Garden" sung by Johnny Cash, "When They Ring Those Golden Bells" sung by The Cluster Pluckers, and "A Rose Among the Thorns" there is only one version I could find on amazon for this song, but I'm not sure if I'll link it just yet though.  I'm hoping to find another version, but in the meant time I urge you to look up the beautiful lyrics!!! :)
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

John 5:39, Psalm 19:1, Psalm 107:13, Psalm 107:29, Psalm 107:30, Psalm 84:10, Psalm 91:11, 1 Corinthians 2:9, and 2 Timothy 2:13

*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Christmas at Rose Hill. ~ASC

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Love's Fortune Review Part Two and Goodreads Giveaway!!!

Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz

Book Description:
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.

My Opinion:
Shock, mystery, twists, love, fear, stress, changes, and danger are only the beginning of describing Love's Fortune!!!  The pace of the book is wonderful.  A lovely ebb and flow of scenes ranging from high suspense and shocking, to sweet and lovable!   There were some things that I wish had ended a little differently personally, but the messages of forgiveness and true love are amazing!  From the beauty of Kentucky, to the glamour and stress of high society Pittsburgh, to the amazing Scotland, and more, these characters really cover ground! :D  The search for a long lost family heirloom continues and comes to a close with the end of the series, though at a few high costs.  Once again I don't want this series to end.  I have come to really love all these characters and would love to read where real life history's changes would take these fictional families.  Just at the brink of the civil war it would be interesting to see what happened, and the turns their lives take.  I can't wait to see what Laura has next in store for us as readers!  I highly, highly recommend Love's Fortune and The Ballantyne Legacy series filled with it's surprises and joy!  

Songs: "In The Garden" sung by Alan 
"Just A Closer Walk With Thee" sung by Patsy Cline, 
"Highland Barn Dance Medley / John MacMillan Of Barra / Angus McQueen Of Uist" by The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra,
"The Gathering Storms - The Lowland of Scotland - Feadan Glan A'Phiobair" by Archie McAllister,
"The Quiet Man - The Solstice - The Silver Spire" by Gavin Marwick,
"The Sleeping Warrior" Gavin Marwick,
"Reel of Tulloch (arr. C. Norman)" by Chris Norman,
"Felix Mendelssohn: Wedding March - violin duo" by A Bride's Collection of Traditional Wedding Music - Will Taylor

Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Psalm 139:9


*I requested and received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Love's Fortune. ~ASC

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