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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. Bess is set to marry Amos Lapp. She loves him but has never really gotten over her first love Billy who left years before. When an old rose is discovered and an expert is called in, it is none other than Billy who shows up. His plan is to get in identify the rose and get out. As the story unfolds things change.
I fell in love with the characters. Bess is set to move on and marry since Billy has left, even if she is still in love with him. I really enjoyed the story of the rose and how it came together. The overall theme of God being a constant is woven through and is such a great thing to remember. I have to say this author knows how to write a good Amish story!
Absolutely a 4/5. The author tells a wonderful story here and a good Christmas tale!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.