A Lancaster County Christmas

A Lancaster County Christmas

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441234162
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 288,958
File size: 692 KB

About 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.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe's Light, Minding the Light, and The Light Before Day, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Lancaster County Christmas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
2dancers More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cute little story...short though...only 135 pages but a good Christmas story.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
iluvf14 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite Amish novel authors¿I¿ve read so many of her books and I¿m always impressed with her writing and story-telling. Each book has a deeper meaning without being ¿preachy¿. Lancaster County Christmas is no exception.Almost all of us can relate to the ¿wordly¿, fast paced life of the ¿Englisch¿ like Jaime and C.J. It seems like there¿s never enough time for everything and we rush from place to place while thinking about a dozen things at a time. Do we ever take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life? Do we take the time to talk to God and really listen to him?The idea of the Amish lifestyle (sans the woodstove & washing clothes by hand!) has always intrigued me. What would it be like not to have the daily rush, all our electronic interruptions, and not to ¿keep up with the Jones¿? And the conviction the Amish have is the essence of faith. Or as they say, ¿Emmanuel, God is with us.¿ Their belief in forgiveness and ultimate love is envious.Lancaster County Christmas would make a great read for the book club set. It comes with study questions and they will definitely make you think. Overall, the book is a nice feel-good read and you get a sense of calm and peace while reading it. I felt a sense of connection with the characters and was cheering for them at the end. Overall I give Lancaster County Christmas 5 stars. If you are looking for an easy, holiday book, this is the one.Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.I received this book free from Revell as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mattie and her family meet Jamie at the doctors office. Mattie's son, Danny, leaves his owl whistle there and the doctor asks Jamie to return it. As she and her husband leave for a Christmas cruise with her somewhat estranged father, they stop to return the whistle and wind up staying through Christmas due to a snow storm. Jaime is ready to leave her husband for a photography job her father assures her he can arrange. But her father has never come through for her in the past and Jaime has convinced herself that those days are over and her fathernow wants to be a part of her live.
BookishDame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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. A sit down between cookie baking novel... May you know that Emmanuel is with you this Christmas. Recommended for now through January--and beyond. 4 winter stars
TracyS45 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"A Lancaster County Christmas" is a tenderly moving story in the renewal of faith and love. This story centers on two women coming together from two totally different worlds, but gaining from each other the wisdom to put their faith in the Lord to help them through their personal struggles. Mattie, A Plain Amish wife and mother, dreams of having a large family with her loving husband Sol, but after miscarrying their second child fears that will never be. Jaime, a photographer and young wife, after losing her mother in a senseless accident, is trying to live up to her father's high aspirations even though it is damaging her marriage in the process. A fateful weekend snowstorm, over the Christmas holiday, brings these two families together and makes them realize what really is important and how they should continue on in their daily lives. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and touching story that Ms. Fisher has shared with us. The story is so simple but powerful in message because we really should just have faith and let the Lord's love take care of all our struggles and she puts that on paper so well. I enjoyed getting to know these couples and especially the character, Danny. Ms. Fisher nailed his 6-year old character full of inquisitiveness right on the head. Also, when a story can bring a small tear to my eyes, you know it involves something special and tender and this book definitely has that touch to it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sweet Christmas Amish fiction story. This book was kindly provided to me by the Baker Publishing Group for my involvement with Lit Fuse Book Tours and my honest review.
Pa_Sue More than 1 year ago
Jamie and CJ are a couple who are drifting apart. Maddie and Sol are an Amish couple who badly want a baby, but can't have what they want. When these 2 couples get together and celebrate Christmas they will learn about each other and what they really want in their lives. A good book to read over the holiday season!
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Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: I love Amish fiction. It has been quite a long time since I have read an Amish fiction book. I wanted an uplifting, happy, heartwarming Christmas book and that is what I got. A Lancaster County Christmas delivered a great story of hope, happiness, and perseverance. I really enjoy the stories where the Amish learn from the English and the English learn from the Amish. Both have great lessons. Both have value. Both need each other in some circumstances. The main circumstance in this book had me on the edge of my seat. I kept hoping for a good outcome. I kept praying that it would end right. Both of the women in A Lancaster County Christmas were missing something and looking for peace and direction. Their journey is worth the read. Would I recommend it: If you are an Amish fiction fan, and you like heartwarming Christmas stories, you should check this one out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It made me laugh and cry. I love each of the characters. Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it very much. Good, clean and helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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xxzz More than 1 year ago
this was a nice book just enough fluff without being to much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
pattyb41 More than 1 year ago
The author brought the amish and english together dealing with a very sensitive issue. Great holiday read. Will read more of Fishers work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
things are not always what they seem. Young couple learns the value of a simple lifestyle. Light reading.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
virgilenne More than 1 year ago
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?