13 September 2013

A Surprise For Lily, Book 4 in The Adventures of Lily Lapp, Review

Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2013)
Series: The Adventures of Lily Lapp (Book 4)
ISBN-13: 978-0800721350
Age Range: 8 and up 


Change is brewing for Lily Lapp. Her favorite cousin, Hannah, moves away and Harvey Hershberger, a boy with a talent for trouble, moves right in. Harvey's antics stir up the entire schoolhouse, and his fondness for Lily gets under Aaron Yoder's skin. Add in a mischievous dog rescued by Lily's brother, an old Shawnee Indian and a mother bear, and a secret Lily's mother is keeping, and you've got a recipe for laughter, love, and big surprises.

Girls ages 8 to 12 will love navigating the changes in Lily's world with her in this final book in the sweetly simple Adventures of Lily Lapp series.

“Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of 
Baker Publishing Group.”

Here are my thoughts:

'The Adventures of Lily Lapp' continues to delight a growing audience! Albeit written for the youngsters, many adults seems to feel as I do: the engaging stories of a young Amish girl named Lily are the perfect way for families to bond and read together! 

There are countless adventures in 'A Surprise for Lily', Book 4 in the series for you to discover! For example in chapter 1, Lily and her cousin Hannah decide to go boating...but...Lily has not yet learned how to swim...Good thing they were not far off the shore and Aunt Mary was there to help out!

Lily wishes things to stay just as they are but that's not always possible! When Hannah moves away, Lily learns to keep in touch through some great letters with her cousin.

Of course, some things do not change and her nemesis Effie Kauffman continues her mischievous ways!
Good things and sad things happen like everywhere else in the world of course and Lily learns to  adjust. She is now 11 years old and a fifth grader!

There are 29 different chapters in this fourth book, all filled with nifty stories about the changes in Lily's Amish world and the perfect introduction to a community still so mysterious for the English.

Finally, whilst it is not necessary to read the books in order, be sure to check out the other titles (and the Questions about Amish included in the back to help you learn more about the Community!) :

1 - Life with Lily (see review HERE)
2 - A New Home For Lily (see review HERE)
3 - A Big Year For Lily (see review HERE)

'The Adventures Of Lily Lapp' are just beginning I am sure! Let's see where Mary Ann and Suzanne take Lily next!

5 Stars because we need more stories like these!!

About the Authors:

 (Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher)

In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.
Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she went on to sign contracts with Revell Books for twenty plus books.
Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

Additional information on Suzanne's website (HERE)


Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days, and started a family. 
After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to pass on her warm childhood memories to her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times.
(Biographies Source Here)

I received a paperback copy of this title from BAKER REVELL as part of their blogger review program . I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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