9/18/2011

A Lancaster County Christmas

CBR Review:
Two couples, so different and yet each couple struggling .  Brought together by a carved owl whistle and snowstorm and divine intervention.  Mattie and Sol, and their son Danny met a young English woman in the waiting room of the doctor's office, never dreaming that soon she would come into their lives in a dramatic way.  With a big splash, one might say, since that was what happened when she jumped out of her car to run in the forgotten owl whistle to Danny.  She left her car in gear and it rolled into the pond, stuck there overnight in a snowstorm. 
Jaime and C.J. Fitzpatrick are on their way to New York to join her father for a Christmas cruise.  A week that Jaime is sure will bring huge changes to their lives, since she plans on accepting an offer from a New York agent to represent her in her photography career.  She loves C. J. but they have grown distant since the death of her mother and she is not sure that love is enough to keep them together. 
Stranded at the Riehl's (Mattie and Sol's) during the snow storm, with her car partly submerged in the pond, Jaime and C. J. find time to think about the issues they are facing, but the disappearance of the Riehl's young son, stops everything but a rescue search.  Will God make his voice heard to Jaime and C.J.?  Will they hear in time to save their marriage? 
This book was great!! I love each book that Suzanne Woods Fisher writes more than the last, they are just so wonderful, and the thing I liked about this one was that she really made the Amish characters come to life for the reader.  So often we read of how they complacently accept what life hands them, but in this book we hear their thoughts of life being unfair and that was so refreshing for me.  I realize that Amish people are human just as we Englishers are, but the books portray them as near perfect in their faith and that gets frustrating.  So this book was very real, and very lifelike for me.  A wonderful afternoon read!!  5 stars! 194 pages US $15.99
This book was provided for review purposes only no payment was received for this review.

Available September 2011 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
 
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A blizzard in Amish country ends up in a weekend of Christmas miracles
A search and rescue for a lost little boy brings two couples--worlds apart--together in a test of faith, fortitude and discovery.
Jaime Fitzpatrick has a plan. She quit her job and is preparing to launch her photography career in New York City—with or without her husband, C.J. Mattie Riehl has problems of her own. A recent miscarriage has plunged her into feelings of despair that baffle her husband, Sol. He likes problems he can fell like trees.

In Suzanne Woods Fisher’s new A Lancaster County Christmas (ISBN: 978-0-8007-1995-1, $15.99, 208 pages, September), the path of these two couples collide as a winter storm blows Jaime and C.J. off-course and into the Riehl’s home on Christmas Eve, including Tucker, C.J.’s Search and Rescue dog,

Awkward and uncomfortable at first, an unlikely alliance develops as Mattie and Sol’s only child wanders off and disappears in the storm. As C.J., Sol and Tucker search for the child, Jaime and Mattie confront fears they had been avoiding. And both women discover the true meaning of Christmas.


With her trademark plot twists and attention to detail, Fisher offers readers a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, and the miracle of Christmas.

“Fisher weaves a touching story of hope and renewal when two worlds collide at Christmas time.”


—Mary Ann Kinsinger, “A Joyful Chaos” blog.

Suzanne Woods Fisher
is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and nonfiction. In less than two years, she has sold over 350,000 books. Suzanne is the host of the widely popular weekly radio program called Amish Wisdom. She has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. She lives in California with her family where she raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind in her spare time.


Revell,

a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.





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