Title: A Lancaster County Christmas
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
I have read the other books in this series and have loved them, this one did not let me down. I think in a lot of ways I like this one the best, because the message in it was so strong. The theme that runs through this book is to not give up, to keep fighting for what you want. Just realize that what you are fighting for might not be what you need, thankfully God does know what we need and he sees that we get what we need. Jamie has spent her whole life fighting, struggling to catch the eye of her father and to just survive. Through seemingly blind luck her father father comes back into her life, and she is once again working over time to please him. To bad she doesn’t pay attention to what she does have, she could have saved herself a lot of heart ache if she would have. Instead she needs to really open her eyes to what kind of person her father really is, so that she can finally once and for all let go.
Mattie, also is fighting in this book. She is fighting to achieve her dream of having a whole houseful of kids. She feels rejected, and a failure because she just has one wonderful son Danny and is a surrogate mother to a teenage cousin. She is thankful for what she has, but can not seem to stop herself from wanting more, and keeping an overly cautious eye on the one young child she does have.
Thankfully both of the men in this book, Sol and C.J. really do love their wives and really do try to do their best. To give them what they want, even if they might not think that is what they really need.
The twists and turns in this book, and the realism, really do keep you engaged and wanting more. If you have read the others then you will definitely like this one. If you have not read the others, then I highly recommend those along with this book.
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.
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.
About the contest: attached is an HTML post about the contest. Please use it in your post. Simply copy and paste the code into the html screen of your blog. If you have a scheduled date that is near the end of the tour, please consider posting twice, once earlier in the month about the contest, and then again later in the month with your review.
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 http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13425768. 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.
Blog Tour Schedule: (please include this link in your post: http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13425768)
I would like to thank litFUSE for the copy of the book that I read, and for the opportunity to read such a great book. Thank you