16 September 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas, Book Review and Giveaway

Book description:

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?

My review:

I think there is nothing like Christmas and the incredible feeling it brings to all who believe in the birth of the Child Christ!
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the kind of writer whom readers know they can expect an excellent plot deftly written, a message of hope and a great deal of Amish wisdom along a good dose of humour!
One look at the cover (yes, I know you should not judge a book by its cover alone) and the author's name and I knew I would enjoy it. There is something wholesome about Suzanne Woods Fisher's stories and her acute knowledge of the Amish society always attracts!

In 'A Lancaster County Christmas', we find both Englisher and Amish families sharing a few days during the Christmas season due to unexpected circumstances and I will readily admit it put me in the Christmas spirit immediately. 
It is the true gift of a good author to be able to make any reader see the plain life of Amish families, feel the snow flakes on his/her face, the warmth of a love shared by people who truly care about each other, the anxiety experienced by someone who is once again disappointed by events they cannot control and most important the steadfastness of God's love for all! 
Suzanne Woods Fisher is such an author!

Even better in 'A Lancaster County Christmas' we learn about SAR (Search and Rescue) and the efficiency of a search well planned by equally well trained volunteers.
Life sometimes does follow some unexpected turns and it is up to us to learn to lean on our faith to find the strengh to go on. Christmas is a wonderful gift, a season of love, hope and joy! 'A Lancaster County Christmas' brings you all these feelings!

I recommend picking up a copy of 'A Lancaster County Christmas' and let the spirit of the season surround you! In fact, pick up an additional copy for a loved one or a friend, a perfect gift to share with them!
P.S. I couldn't but laugh at the suggestion of Mr. September! Suzanne Woods Fisher feels like a friend and I guarantee you will enjoy this latest book!
How could I give anything but 5 stars for a book that had me laughing and crying?!

Meet Suzanne Woods Fisher:

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.

And now for the Giveaway:

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 giveaway! 

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

To enter, click one of the icons below. But, hurry the giveaway ends on 9/26.

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.

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I received this book free from LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


  1. I think this might be my all time favorite review of A Lancaster County Christmas! Just LOVED what story elements you brought out in the review and THANK YOU for noticing "Mr. September!" So glad you enjoyed the story--and I hope you'll always be on my blog tours! You rock! Loved your pix of Alaska and snoozing bears! Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher

  2. Hi Patricia! I tried to leave a comment yesterday but it didn't seem to go through (or if this goes through 2x..then you know why!). I wanted to thank you for your lovely review of my Christmas story--and I am SO glad you mentioned the humor in the story! Yea! It's 90+ degrees today where I live, so I especially enjoyed your enthusiasm for a Christmas story! Thanks so much, Patricia. Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher

  3. Love your blog site!! My older sister is also named Patricia so that attracted me right away! Thanks for sharing this tour and allowing me to be a part of it. Looking forward to reading Suzanne's new book.


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