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Posted September 12, 2013
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!!!!
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Posted January 18, 2013
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.
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Posted October 4, 2011
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.
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Posted 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 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
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Posted December 19, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 29, 2014
OMG people! Did you realize that Sol and Maddie are from 'the choice'? I just realized that!!! So cool! Because in this book, Sol said something about the lancaster barnstormers which is the team he played on in the choice. Wow, it is so cool:)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 25, 2014
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I don't read a lot of books about the Amish, however, A Lancaster County Christmas, was a relaxing
and thoroughly enjoyable Christmas story. The Characters were strongly developed and easy to relate to. I truly enjoyed Mattie's wisdom and the love both Sol and CJ had for their ladies. Danny was a too smart for his own good six year old and Zach was trying to become a man sooner rather than later. Jamie was a mess emotionally due to a lack of real love from her father. Together they made a team of respect and love for one another.
And wouldn't you know, neither the Amish family nor the English had all the answers. Discoveries and things to think about were freely given in exchange and isn't that what the real meaning of Christmas is. This was a very thought provoking story and very well written. I enjoyed reading about these two very different families and the discoveries they each made during one very cold Christmas weekend.
Posted April 22, 2014
I love this story. I will highly recommend it to anyone especially if you like stories that are inspirational and learn more about the Amish.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2013
I loved this book. I had read the rest of the books of the series, and this is a cute addition to it. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes in a refreshing manner. Her stories reflect the promises of the Bible as her characters deal with realistic conflicts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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