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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book Review: A Lancaster County Christmas

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 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:

My Opinion
Let me just start by saying - I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Sometimes, I read so many Amish based books, that I catch myself feeling like I have read them all and will always know the general storyline for all of them! So I went into this book a little biased not to like it...but Suzanne definitely and quickly changed my thoughts!

I absolutely loved that this book focused on two huge problems in our world today - broken and hurting marriages and trouble conceiving. These two issues can rip families apart - even in Christian families!

I loved how the two families were joined over Christmas and took the time to slow down, comfort and help each other, and renew their family bonds and marriages! It really reminded me to slow down in my own life and marriage and thank God for all my blessings.

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the technology, trials, and busyness of our lives that we hurt the ones we love the most, forget the ones we should be remembering and take for granted all our blessings! Read this book if you are feeling like that and it will give you a new perspective!

Buy It: Link to buy the book:

It's Christmas in September - iPad Giveaway and Facebook Party! Enter 9/7-9/26!

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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* Thank you to Litfuse Group Publicity for their book for review! Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*


Suzanne said...

Hi Marissa! I loved, loved, loved your review of A Lancaster County Christmas. Thanks so much for pointing out the themes in the story--you were spot-on! I really tried to create stories of married love and renewal. Grateful to you, Marissa! Thanks for being a part of the blog tour. Hope you'll be on my other tours! Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher

margie said...

So looking forward to reading "A Lancaster County Christmas"!!