Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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.

You can buy the book here.

My Review:

This was my first Suzanne Fisher Woods novel and I loved it! It's also the first Amish novel I've read... and it won't be the last. And then throw in Christmas and you have everything you need for a wonderful, heartwarming book.

The winter setting was inviting and the characters lovable. They all mixed together very well. Who would know that a chance meeting at a doctors office could lead to new friendships, healing, and restoration. A great story for the Christmas season... or any time.

*Litfuse Publicity Group has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. ~ Thanks!

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: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

 Be sure to check out Suzanne's iPad Giveaway. It's Christmas in September!

Thanks for reading and God bless!
Mary Ann :)


Suzanne said...

Hi Mary Ann! Thanks so much for being a part of the blog tour for my book. And for your thumbs up! So glad you enjoyed it--especially meaningful since you haven't read Amish fiction! I am honored that you would take a chance on mine. I liked the point you brought out--that this story was based on a chance meeting in the doctor's waiting room. You're the only reviewer who noticed that! Yea! Thanks again, Mary Ann. Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher

Mary Ann said...

Hi Suzanne! When I first saw the cover of your book... I just had to read it. And I'm so glad I did because I found that I really enjoy Amish fiction. I'm a new fan! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog... and thanks for the tour! I hope to review more of your books in the future!

God bless,
Mary Ann :)


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