Enter Amish Country at Christmastime with acclaimed author, Suzanne Woods Fisher...
About the Book : Jaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick began their married life as most couples do--in love and looking forward to a bright future together. But four years later they've drifted apart and are almost ready to call it quits.
Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband Sol the Christmas gift they have both longed for--news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big family isn't likely to become a reality.
Then a winter storm raging outside blows the Fitzpatricks into the Riehl home--and into a much slower pace of life. Can these two couples from different worlds help each other understand the true meaning of love this Christmas?
With her trademark plot twists and attention to detail, Suzanne Woods Fisher offers readers a beautiful Christmas story of love, forgiveness, and what truly matters in life.
About the Author: Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D.Benedict, who was raised Plain. She has many, many Plain relatives living in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and travels back to Pennsylvania,as well as to Ohio,a couple of times each year for research.
Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don't have to "go Amish" to incorporate many of their principles--simplicity, living with less,appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily-- into your life.
When Suzanne isn't writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grand baby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you just can't take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.
Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.
My review: A Lancaster County Christmas is a heart-warming read that will put you right into the spirit to celebrate the birth of our Saviour.
I found the depth of the characters' emotions and the struggles they were going through well portrayed. The main characters were well-rounded, and it wasn't long before my heart went out to them. In other words it was a book that made a very lovely Christmas movie in my head. I could see all of it.
My favorite character was Danny, mostly because he was just so cute! Not to mention his curiosity, that sometimes got him in trouble. You've just gotta love cute kids :)
I will note though, that I found the plot a bit predictable. But that did not take away from the charm. I still enjoyed it. I would say this book is written for when you want to relax, and read a book that creates a warm spot in your heart. The message is inspiring and heart-lifting, and the growth of the characters throughout the book was perfect for Christmas time. I think this book would make a great gift for an Amish fiction loving friend, or even a special read for yourself.
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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It’s Christmas in September!
To celebrate the release of her first Christmas book, Suzanne Woods Fisher
has teamed up with her publisher, Revell, to bring you the "Christmas in September"
iPad Giveaway! The winner will be announced on 9/27 at the A
Lancaster County Christmas Facebook Party! Details below. Tell your friends and
join in the fun (9/7-9/27).
Oh and be sure to follow the blog tour here - many of the bloggers have copies of the book to
Suzanne and Revell will be presenting one merry winner with a Christmas Prize Pack
(valued at over $600):
- A Brand New iPad 2 with Wi-Fi
- $25 gift certificate to iTunes
- A copy of A Lancaster County Christmas
But, wait! There's more! The winner will be announced at the A Lancaster County
Christmas Facebook Party on 9/27 at Suzanne's author page. During the party
she'll be revealing something *BIG* - you won't want to miss it. She'll also be
hosting a book chat, trivia contest and giving away a few early Christmas presents! Hope
to see you there.
Thanks to Amy Lathrop, Litfuse Publicity and Baker Publishing group for providing this review copy to me free of charge, in return for an honest review.