Baker Publishing Group|August 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-2093-3
Rose Schrock is a plain woman with a simple plan. Determined to find a way to support her family and pay off her late husband’s debts she sets to work to convert the basement of her Amish farmhouse into an inn. While her family, especially her cranky mother-in-law, is unhappy with Rose’s big idea, her friend and neighbor, Galen King, supports the decision and he helps with the conversion. As Rose finalizes preparations for visitors, she prays. She asks God to bless each guest who stays at the Inn at Eagle Hill. As the first guest arrives and settles in, Rose is surprised to discover that her entire family is the one who receives the blessings, in the most unexpected ways. And she’s even more surprised when that guest decides to play matchmaker for Galen King.
With her signature plot twists combined with gentle Amish romance, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites readers back to Stoney Ridge for fresh stories of simple pleasures despite the complexity of life. Fisher’s tale of God’s providence and provision will delight her fans and create many new ones. Welcome to the Inn at Eagle Hill.
Rose Schrock walked along the creek bordering the Pennsylvania farm and climbed the hill. It was February and she wore her husband’s huge old coat. Her golden retriever, Chase, trotted along behind her. When Rose reached the top of the hill, she sat back against a tree and surveyed the peaceful, lovely, and calm farm below.
Rose had been raised not to complain, so she didn’t but so many things had gone wrong over the past little while that she was having a hard time dealing with everything. Her mother-in-law, Vera told Rose: “you can’t expect mercy” and she didn’t, she just wished things would happen slower or one at a time so she could deal with them.
She needed to get back down the hill to wake her kids. Her boys were very hard to wake up but her girls would already be up. They were very helpful to Rose doing whatever chores needed to be done without complaint. But before she left the hill she had a prayer to say. She told God she was tired out, that she had four fatherless children – five actually if she knew where the oldest boy had run off two – an addle-minded mother-in-law and barely thirty-six dollars left in her bank account, and that she was fresh out of backbone and fight. She asked God for a Plan B.
Rose reflected on how things could change so drastically. She used to have so many plans, she had enough money and seven months ago she had a husband, but now Dean was gone too.
Thirteen-year-old, Miriam used to like visiting her grandmother’s farm, it had seemed like an adventure to adapt to the lifestyle of the Old Order Amish. But living someplace was different than visiting and, Miriam felt she came from a different world. She was raised in a Mennonite church in a large town in Pennsylvania – where her family had electricity and drove a car. Here, it was quiet. No electricity, no car, not even normal lights – just a kerosene lantern hanging from the ceiling, which hissed and gave off a flat white light. It was all different, and all new to her.
Eight-year-old, Sammy was a curious and nosy little boy. He was small and stocky and always told the truth. Sammy was Miriam’s favourite brother although she would never tell anyone that. Her ten-year-old brother, Luke had his good points. He was funny, smart and a bottomless pit of good ideas to do on a Sunday afternoon, but he had a sneaky side to him, like Tobe, the oldest in the family.
Delia Stoltz was married to Dr. Charles Stoltz, a prominent neurosurgeon, their only child was in his last year of vet school at Cornell and wanted for nothing.
Delia was running late for her doctor’s appointment but when she arrived she could tell that something was bothering Dr. Zimmerman. When she sat down in his office, he told her: “you have cancer.” The biopsy on the breast tissue he’d done had come back positive. She doesn’t even remember driving home. When she arrived, Charles was standing there with his bags packed, she must have forgotten he had a business trip until he spouted: “I’ve fallen in love with someone else, I’m sorry, honey. I’m moving out.” Delia didn’t even have time to tell him she had cancer – Charles was gone and out the door.
Rose was in the grocery store when she overheard a tourist couple commenting that there was no where to stay in town. No hotels and no bed and breakfasts. It suddenly dawned on Rose that she had her Plan B!!
The basement of the farmhouse was finished off with drywall and had an exterior entrance. She could cook breakfast for guests and make some money on the side. It wouldn’t bring in enough money to totally support the family but it sure would help.
Delia Stoltz was at home waiting for a call from the doctor’s office to hear the results from yesterday’s lumpectomy, waiting to hear if the margins were clear. The phone rang but it wasn’t the doctor, it was Robyn Dixon, the daughter of the Charles’s attorney – Charles was filing for a legal separation and Delia was asked to be at a meeting tomorrow at two o’clock.
The following day, Delia was on her way to the lawyer’s office for the meeting when she stopped for gas. She couldn’t get the hose into the car properly and broke down in tears. A kindly woman approached to assist her. Delia apologized to the woman and swallowed back her tears saying: “I’m sorry. I’ve just had too much on my plate lately.”
The woman said she understood completely and told her that she and her husband often headed to Amish Country to breathe in some fresh air and relax. The woman told Delia about Rose’s place. Delia decided right then and there that’s where she was going after seeing Charles kiss Robyn Dixon in the parking lot of the lawyer’s office.
Delia, Rose and the whole family are going to get a lot more out of Delia’s visit than they bargained for – learning that you need forgiveness, love, faith, and redemption. This was a beautiful story of love and unexpected things. You’ll love the atmosphere at the Inn at Eagle Hill.
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