Monday, September 19, 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas By Suzanne Woods Fisher

I received this book from Baker Publishing Group free for my honest review of this book.

Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

A Lancaster County Christmas is a wonderful, sweet book that looks at the true meaning of loving someone. Two couples, The Riehl's, an Amish couple recovering from the loss of a baby and an English couple, The Fitzpatricks, who are dealing with Jamie's mothers death and the sudden appearance of her absent father. Jamie and the Riehl's interact in the doctors waiting room not knowing that soon they would be part of each others lives in a very intimate way. The doctor asks Jamie to return a whistle to the Riehl's that their son left behind. Jamie and C.J. head there before heading out on a cruise with Jamie's father. Due to a snow storm Jamie's car ends up in the pond and they are stuck there until they can get the car out. While with the Riehl's, these two couples find out that they have much more in common than they thought.
Suzanne Woods Fisher's story is a beautiful one. It truly shows how God works to bring people together who need each other. The Riehl's and the Fitzpatrick's learn just how much they need each other in this story. I love Amish fiction and especially the stories that show the Amish and the English together. Even though they are from two completely different places they find out that they are NOT that different. They have the same struggles and the same doubts. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes with such expertise not only in the Amish faith but in Lancaster County. The descriptions of the towns, the homes, and the people that are encountered is just amazing. I truly feel like I am right there watching this all unfold. The characters are very real to me and so relatable that you can feel their struggle and understand it. This is just a wonderful story that I found myself unable to put down. This story spoke to me in many ways and really gave me some insights to think about. I am so thankful I was given this opportunity to read and review this book. I highly recommend this book to Amish Fiction lovers. You will NOT be disappointed.

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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