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A Lancaster County Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Woods Fisher
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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.

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From the Inside Flap

"Fisher weaves a touching story of hope and renewal when two worlds collide at Christmastime."--Mary Ann Kinsinger, A Joyful Chaos blog

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.

From the Back Cover

Jaime drove up a long lane, using the fence rails to guide her along the snow-covered road. When she reached the top of the lane, the sight nearly took her breath away. Before her was a farmhouse glowing with buttery lights, smoke from the chimney rising to the sky. A cozy, welcoming beacon in the storm.

Product Details

  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EARLY CHEER FOR YOUR HOLIDAY READING September 3, 2011
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This Christian Christmas story begins in a snowy Christmas Eve Lancaster Co., PA blizzard. C.J. is a search & rescue volunteer as well as local math teacher. Wife Jaime is a Sears photographer but hates crying babies. She's yet grieving over a recent loss of her mom in a drunk driver hit & run. They become stranded at an Amish home (Sol & Mattie Riehl with 6 yr old Danny, and teen cousin Zach). Mattie also grieves, but her sadness is over her disappointing inability to have a larger family.

Both families are dealing not only with grief, but other conflict issues. Relationship struggles within each family. Some serious events happen during the short stay at the Amish home that provides opportunity for the two wives to join thoughts in facing their futures with God's help. there is plenty of suspense and action worked into a touching and cozy (although snowy) setting. Much of the conflict is resolved, or at least seen with a new light of hope. Peace, Joy, Forgiveness before the Christmas Day ends.

A fast comfy read for any reader who enjoys the Amish genre. A season brightening read from an author who knows the Pennsylvania Amish area. A sure-to-be-appreciated gift book.

This book is going into our family Christmas book box to be reread each Christmas, year after year.
Merry Christmas--God Bless.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, Charming Amish Story for everyone September 23, 2011
A Lancaster County Christmas is a charming, lovely Christmas story that warms the heart and gets you in the right mood for Christmas. It's a nice romance that tells the story of a couple finding that love is still there for them even when one has almost given up on it. But even beyond that there is so much more to the story. While predictable, the story is still a wonderful and warming tale for these fall and winter evenings coming and a must-read for lovers of Amish fiction. Even if you haven't read Amish fiction before, I recommend this one as one to get your feet wet with. It has exposure to the Amish culture, but an English (American) couple as well. It has suspense, romance, family and an Amish teenager deciding between the faith and the outside world. This book really packs it in to 200 pages.

Suzanne has a true way with Amish fiction, she really has a gift for telling their stories in a real way. I loved the look into Mattie and Sol's life as well as Jaime and C.J.'s. I like how Mattie and Jaime had things to teach each other even though they come from different cultures. It's really a beautiful book that I truly took something away from. I loved each character in their own way and though the book is short I feel I got to know something about each one of them and I like that. The action and suspense was good also. The plot moved the book along quickly and I didn't want to put it down and I hated it when it ended. I wanted more of these characters, even though it ended properly. The characters just stick with you and you wish you could see a continuation of their lives and that's a good quality of a book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing September 8, 2011
By V. Cano
I received this book as a review copy, for free.
This is a lovely story, not what I usually read, but one I'm glad I picked up.
The atmosphere is the best thing about it. There is such a cozy feeling throughout the novel, with winter winds gusting and the characters all inside a warm cabin. It creates many beautiful scenes that make the reader want to actually stay inside the pages a bit longer. The plot is an interesting one. Lots of twists to the characters, which make the book read more like a literary novel than anything else.
The characters were also well-crafted. All of them had many dimensions, so that they really came to life on the pages. The way that the Amish characters play off the "English" characters makes for fascinating moments. There is obviously a lot of research about the way the Amish live which shows in all the details. Not only is it a wonderful, heart-warming story, but it also teaches the readers a bit about the little-known customs of this intriguing religious group.
For all of you who enjoy cozy novels full of nuances and complex storylines, this one is definitely for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emmanuel Is With Us~Truth About Christmas and Always December 16, 2011
Are you as curious about the Amish as I am? It seems I've had a sense of awe about them and what seems their secretive ways. A couple of my children went to small, private colleges near Lancaster County (Dickinson and Gettysburg), affording me an opportunity to visit the Amish villages, and see their farms once in a while. Since I stopped to shop in their small town, I was a heartbeat away from these gentle people whose nearly downcast eyes and shy smiles felt like gifts to me as they passed by. My spirit was lifted just be being around them. Although, I'll never forget nearly crashing into a buggy with my too- fast-moving sports car one English lady not paying attention to what I was doing!

The Quilt Museum in Lancaster County is a display of the most astonishing quilts I've ever seen. With simple, unpatterned cotton in every hue, Amish women have created quilts that flash and vibrate. It's truly other-worldly. I've never experienced anything like it. The juxtaposition of colors makes your eyes "play tricks" on you so that the quilts actually sparkle! Such is the plain life of these people~they quietly sparkle in their simplicity. And lest one think their clothing is too plain, it's amazing how inventive women can be with plain, beautifully colored cotton and cotton zippers or buttons included.

In "A Lancaster County Christmas" Susanne Woods Fisher brings us a story of such an outwardly simple, plain Amish couple with one cherished son, who meets and takes in a young "Englisher" couple in trouble. The couple is in trouble both physically, as their car is disabled in a raging snowstorm, and in that their marriage is on the brink of divorce.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I did not want too put it down
Great reading. This is the kind of book you just don't want to put down for any thing I plan on reading another one of her books
Published 10 days ago by James H. Enterkin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
i really enjoyed the story very touching.
Published 11 days ago by Aleisha Clyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas at a slower pace
I don't read a lot of books about the Amish, however, A Lancaster County Christmas, was a relaxing
and thoroughly enjoyable Christmas story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beth Cutwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Read!
This was one incredible book! I definitely plan on rereading. I read so fast that I need to go back and read it again.
Published 1 month ago by Jamie T
5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this...
I needed to reminded that God is with us no matter what. Thank you! I'm passing it on to my mom.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Hathaway
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable story of the Plain life
Suzanne Woods Fisher never fails to deliver an enjoyable story. She masterfully paints a true picture
of the Amish life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue Bojo
5.0 out of 5 stars lancaster county christmas
This was an enjoyable book to read. Suzanne woods Fisher is another good author of famish fiction stories. You can't go wrong with any of her books!
Published 4 months ago by Arlene Wetherill
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
This is usally not my kind of book, but once I started reading it got interesting. Very heart warming and a good christmas story. A very nice read for a cold winters day.
Published 4 months ago by William J. Telesz
3.0 out of 5 stars Story lines jump too quickly.
Insignificant story lines obscure main flow.
Summation happens all too quickly, missing opportunity to deepen story.
Still, a worthwhile read.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I bought this for my Mom and she loved it. It was a great stocking stuffer as well! Definitely recommend!
Published 4 months ago by Yvonne Burris
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More About the Author

In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she went on to sign contracts with Revell Books for twenty plus books.

Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

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