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A Lancaster County Christmas [NOOK Book]

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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...
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A Lancaster County Christmas

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Overview

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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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: 9781441234162
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,062
  • File size: 677 KB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
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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!!!!

    3 out of 5 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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    Good book

    Good book for relationships.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    Beautiful

    One of the most beautiful stories I have read. Two completely different ways of living but have something in common.We all need each other and we all need God

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    A wonderful heartwarming Christmas story indeed. I highly recom

    A wonderful heartwarming Christmas story indeed. I highly recommend. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. MT61

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    Very good.

    As usual this author has done it again. Love her amish stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Omg

    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:)

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    I don't read  a lot of books about the Amish, however, A Lan





    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    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.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Cute and refreshing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Sweet

    A sweet Christmas story, well written. Familiar characters from Suzanne's stories reappear.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Good read

    Nice short story. Enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This story of the Amish couple will melt your heart, I could read this over and over, so romantic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Very good.

    I liked the part where Mattie served the chow-chow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Anonymous

    Great read.

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