"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 Amish family isn't likely to become a reality. Will those empty chairs at the table ever be filled?
Then a winter storm raging outside blows an impatient young woman and her husband into the Riehl home on Christmas Eve - and into a much slower pace of life.
Both couples are about to find out if they can weather the storm - and if miracles still happen at Christmastime."
A LANCASTER COUNTY CHRISTMAS was a sweet story of an unexpected Christmas. The English couple, Jaime and C.J., are on their way to take a Christmas cruise with Jaime's father and the Amish couple, Mattie and Sol, are planning on a quiet Christmas at home with their young son Danny and Mattie's cousin, Zach. Jaime encounters Mattie and Danny at the doctor's office where young Danny leaves his homemade whistle behind. The doctor asks Jaime to drive out to Mattie's farm to return Danny's precious toy. Jaime agreed to do it begrudgingly. Once at the Amish farm, a blizzard hits and due to a few mishaps, Jaime and C.J. are forced to spend the night in the simple household.
Mattie and Jaime both have wounds that need to be healed and through spending time with each other they soon learn that miracles still happen.
I love books set during the Christmas season, but I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more about Christmas in A LANCASTER COUNTY CHRISTMAS. But I did learn about some Amish Christmas traditions so I was very happy about that.
I would recommend this book to people of all ages. On a five-star scale I would give it 4 stars.
Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received a complimentary copy of A Lancaster County Christmas from Revell for purpose of reviewing. It was not required that I write a positive review, only an honest one, which I have done.
A Lancaster County Christmas
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publication date: September 11 | Revell
It's Christmas in September - iPad Giveaway and Facebook Party!
It’s Christmas in September!
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 one of the icons below. But, hurry the giveaway ends on 9/26.
But, wait! There's more! The winner will be announced at the A
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. Lancaster
Smiles & Blessings,