A Lancaster County Christmas

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, and The Search, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. 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. Suzanne is the host of a radio show called Amish Wisdom, and her work has appeared in many ...
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A Lancaster County Christmas

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Overview

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, and The Search, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. 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. Suzanne is the host of a radio show called Amish Wisdom, and her work has appeared in many magazines. She lives in California.
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In this heartwarming entry in Fisher's series (The Search), two very different couples find redemption at Christmastime. Mattie and Sol Riehl, members of the Old Order Amish community, have long yearned for a baby of their own. Jaime and C.J. Fitzpatrick, who are as secular as you can get, are on the verge of divorce. When a storm forces the Fitzpatricks to seek shelter in the Riehl home, both couples discover the true meaning of Christmas. VERDICT The leisurely pace and homey feel of this novel should sit well with readers of Marta Perry and Jan Karon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410445773
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, and The Search, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. 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. Suzanne is the host of a radio show called Amish Wisdom and her work has appeared in many magazines. She lives in California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Booo

    What is with you pll? 21 reviews ans every single one a freaking plot spoiler!!!!! Yiu have told every single detail of the story, everything. What reason now is there for anyone to buy the book??? Why do you do that? Why do you think you have to ruin a book for other readers? Just because you get the book for free doesnt mean we do. We have to buy ours, but thanks to your rude, inconsiderate hatefulness, here is another book ruined that we cannot buy, because you plot spoilers have ruined it for us. Learn how to write a blamed review, not a blog or book report!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    A great holiday reading and it leaves you with a warm feeling.

    Since I love to give holiday books to family members, I chose this book as I loved the book covering and I knew that the story would also bring a special feeling of love to my gift recipients. This book was totally enjoyed by everyone who read this book, including myself.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    A Christmas to Remember!

    Sol and Mattie Riehl are hoping to hear the good news of a new arrival to the family, while Jaime and C.J. Fitzpatrick were leaving town to meet her long-absent father for a Christmas cruise, and who had a surprise for Jaime.

    Jaime and Mattie, with her precocious six-and-a-half-year-old son, Danny, became acquainted at the doctor's office. As Jaime is leaving the doctor's office, the doctor asks if she could return Danny's whistle before Christmas. Before leaving to her father's for a Christmas cruise, Jaime, C.J., and Tucker, their dog, make the trip out to the Amish farm.

    Shortly after their arrival at the Amish farm, Suzanne Woods Fisher, in her book, A Lancaster County Christmas, takes us on a humorous, dangerous, life-changing, and heart-warming trip. Not one, but two back-to-back major winter blizzards hustle the Fitzpatricks into the Riehl's home on Christmas eve for an unknown time frame. For those who haven't lived through a blizzard, Suzanne is very accurate in her appraisal of the weather!

    Suzanne, in her typical, heart-warming writing style, spins a story that will resonate in your own life, as each of the characters must come to terms with their own personal disappointments and failures that will change the lives of all involved at the Riehl's home. The camaraderie between Danny and Jaime brings out a side of Jaime that even she didn't know she had.

    I truly enjoyed the story on many levels-the humorous, dangerous, life-changing, and heartwarming-which you will experience as you read the story. I do believe it's a Christmas story that could change your life, also! Definitely a Divine encounter.

    This book was provided by Amy Lathrop of Litfuse publicity Group in exchange for my review and presentation of the giveaway. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    cute story...worth a Christmas read

    cute little story...short though...only 135 pages but a good Christmas story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

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    Emmanuel Is With Us~Truth About Christmas And Always

    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 afternoon...an 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 blends...no 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. Through this story during the weekend of Christmas, we learn about loss and love, the meaning of friendship and faith, family and following the light we've been given. We also learn that whether Amish or not, people are the same in their life-struggles and in their feelings of insecurity and pain.

    The theme of the book, "Emmanuel (God) with us" reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. That He came down to be with us. It's the reminder that we would not always find life to be perfect and without struggles, but that we would have the promise that He would always be by our sides~with us~and He would never fail us through it all. It's a story that's simple and, yet, so complex to grasp.

    "A Lancaster County Christmas" is a book that leads us along the path to understanding the importance of real communication. I loved the story of the two couples, of how they saw the similarities in the troubles they had to deal with, how they gave each other hope and strength.

    It's a book that's gentle to read, and a book that leaves you stronger for the reading. It's a book that leaves us understanding that we aren't so different from the Amish, after all.

    A sit down between cookie baking novel with lasting wisdom...

    May you know that Emmanuel is with you this Christmas.

    Recommended for now through January--and beyond.

    4 winter stars

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2015

    Excellent!!!!

    I loved this story! It made me laugh and cry. I love each of the characters. Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2015

    Wow

    I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2015

    Great

    Very good book

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  • Posted January 11, 2015

    Wonderful story

    Wonderful story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2015

    Very good read

    I liked it very much. Good, clean and helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Heart warming

    This is a love story, adventure, grief, heartbreak, funny, and rediscovering God all in one. This is an easy read and hard to put it down.

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  • Posted January 9, 2015

    a nice uplifting read

    this was a nice book just enough fluff without being to much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Sometimes happiness is found right before us, not in a out- of - reach goal.

    Those who like to read of the joys and sorrows of everyday poeple whose lives change others, will enjoy this book that turned into a good Christmas story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Inspiring and highly recommended especially during Christmas season!

    I thought this a wonderful book to read during the Christmas season. It was inspiring to read about the Christian elements of faith and trust shared by both the Amish and "English" characters.
    It could well be a great book to discuss with others.

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  • Posted January 9, 2015

    Easy read, would recommend.

    The author brought the amish and english together dealing with a very sensitive issue.

    Great holiday read. Will read more of Fishers work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Learning to trust God for our loved ones.

    things are not always what they seem. Young couple learns the value of a simple lifestyle. Light reading.

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  • Posted January 9, 2015

    When people with people with too much materially meet people tha

    When people with people with too much materially meet people that take a meaningful path meet, who wins? Do they all win from the meeting
    Or do they all realize with God all win? 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Very heartwarming Christmas read. Helped you to focus on true me

    Very heartwarming Christmas read. Helped you to focus on true meaning of Christmas and how important relationships are and to see how we take for granted in our busy hustle bustle world . 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2014

    Very enjoyable

    An excellent Christmas read.

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  • Posted December 19, 2014

    Pro: I loved the way the author portrayed two families coming t

    Pro: I loved the way the author portrayed two families coming together and contrasting, there were well described characters and no stereotypical English or Amish people. Conversations felt real, questions seemed natural. I really enjoyed the storyline and would read this author again. Con: The female characters & the teenage boy were more detailed than the older male characters. A novella, 135 pages.

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