Monday, September 12, 2011

Blog Tour: 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? 

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 Comments:
You really didn't think a book with a title and cover like this was going to have anything other than a happy ending, did you?  Still, it was an interesting read.  As I've said in other reviews, Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of the best out there at writing Amish fiction.  In this relatively short read we gain insight into the Fitzpatrick's marital discord, and from where in their personal histories those problems spring.  We see the Riehls learn that their ways aren't always God's ways.  Yes, it's sweet, but it's a Christmas story, so what do you expect?  Grade:  B.

I'd like to thank the author for sending me a complimentary review copy.  

This book is part of Christmas in September and by participating in my contest there, you can win a copy.

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 on-line at:

This post is part of a blog tour.  The tour includes a contest.
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.

 Many of the tour stops have giveaways available, so check them out by clicking here.

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 Ruth! Thanks so much for being a part of the blog tour for Lancaster County Christmas--I really appreciated your encouraging words about my books. And you're right about Christmas stories--they're intended to be uplifting! Not the time of year for a sad, train-wreck story! Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher


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