Friday, September 9, 2011

Book Review - A Lancaster County Christmas - & Contest

Lancaster County Christmas, A

A Lancaster County Christmas
BY: Suzanne Woods Fisher
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1995-1
Pages: 206
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

A sudden snowstorm changes the holiday plans for an elementary school teacher C.J. Fitzpatrick and his photographer wife, Jamie, who were on their way to Jamie’s father’s wedding on a cruise ship. They had been slowly drifting away from each other when a freak accident causes them to take shelter at an Amish farmhouse. Sol and Mattie Riehl eagerly take in the stranded couple until the storm ended.

The Amish couple has problems of their own. They are taking care of Zack, Mattie’s seventeen-year-old cousin, who has been into some trouble. Zack has been living with them since summer. Sol is praying that Zack isn’t a bad example to their son, Danny.

As C.J. and Jamie must face their marriage problems, Sol and Mattie pray for more children that they are afraid they can’t have.

I’m a fan of Amish fiction and I was anxious to read A Lancaster County Christmas, even though this is September and not December. It sure has gotten me in the mood for Christmas! The troubles that the couples face are realistically believable, and so is the situation with the teenager Zack. This is the second book I have read from author Suzanne Woods Fisher, and I look forward to reading more Amish novels by her. I recommend this book to all romance readers, or someone who is looking for a sweet, charming read. This would make a great Christmas gift!

About the Author:

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 online at:

Link to buy the book:

The Contest:

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 here 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.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Billy! Thanks so much for being a part of the blog tour for "A Lancaster County Christmas." I appreciated that you mentioned Zach's teenaged angst! You're the first reviewer to mention him. I loved his character! Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher


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