Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas

Author: Suzanne Woods
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1995-1
Publisher: Revell Books
Source: Litfuse Book Tour

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.

My Thoughts:

A Lancaster County Christmas is a beautifully written novel fully of plot twists that are detailed and imaginative.  This book captures your attention.  It's a heartwarming holiday story that I personally connected to.  The novel promotes my favorite verse; "All things work together for good..." which can be found in Romans 8:28.  The book notes that things happen for a reason and that questioning things usually doesn't give insight, but rather stress and a deeper confusion or worry.  Suzanne is a wonderful author.  I always enjoy her books but I loved the unique aspect she brings to this book by having an Amish and English couple brought together.  I appreciate Suzanne's ability to bring charming characters and an intriguing story into the same book.  Women will be able to connect with this novel and the characters within.  It's a wonderful Christmas story to read on a cold day by the fire.

About Suzanne:
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 grandbaby (!), 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.

Highly Recommended

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