Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway Info: A Lancaster County Christmas

Lancaster County Christmas, A

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?

My thoughts:
I have been a reader for much of my life, but it has only been in the past few years that I began reading Amish novels.  I have discovered there are 2 types of Amish authors, ones who love the Amish and want to transport the reader to an Amish community and ones who feel the Amish are a religious cult, whose members need to be "saved".  I much prefer the first type of author and have discovered a favorite in Suzanne Woods Fisher.  (You can also read my review of another one of her novels, The Waiting and her collection of Amish Proverbs.)  In a Lancaster County Christmas, Suzanne does it again.  I was able to feel as though I was right in Mattie Riehl's kitchen standing alongside her and Jaime as they discovered just how alike their lives are, even though they live in very different worlds.  The book was a quick read and perfect to read during the often hectic Christmas season.  The story has several characters that are discovering both who they are and the depths of their most important relationships.  I enjoyed reading this book immensely and recommend it to all who enjoy a heartwarming story. 

About the author: 
Suzanne's 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:

About 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 a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 


  1. Hi Danielle! Loved your insights about Amish fiction--really interesting point. And thank you for your review of my story! So glad you brought out the friendship between the two women--and how they had something to learn from each other. Thanks for being a part of the tour, Danielle! Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher