Friday, September 23, 2011
A delightful Christmas visit to Amish country -- A Lancaster County Christmas
What could be more fun than a visit to Lancaster County in the snow? Since I probably won't get a chance to do that for real anytime soon, I'm so glad Suzanne Woods Fisher took me there in A Lancaster County Christmas.
If you've read Suzanne's other novels, you'll get the chance to revisit some friends, Sol and Mattie Riehl, who are living the Plain life with their son Danny and Mattie's cousin Zach. Mattie is losing hope in her life-long dream for a large family, and her fear is taking its toll on her and her family. Jaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick are drifting apart, as Jaime is enjoying her father's new-found interest in her life and she is worrying about her husband's relationship with a co-worker. When a snowstorm on the day before Christmas Eve brings the families together unexpectedly, the Amish family and English couple learn a lot about each other and each person discovers much about themselves.
A Lancaster County Christmas contains many of the elements of a typical Christmas story, where you expect to find personal and inter-personal conflict and where Christmas miracles occur. What makes this story so rich is how deeply Suzanne takes you into the characters' thoughts and feelings. As the characters, who live at such variying paces, each see themselves through the perspective of the others, I am reminded once again how different, and yet how very much alike we all are in our need for the peace of God that seems to show up so vividly during the season of miracles.
If you want to start your Christmas season off a little early and in a very enjoyable way, I would reommend you give A Lancaster County Christmas a try.
Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
This book was provided free from the publisher for my honest review.