Sunday, February 3, 2013

More Fun with Lily -- A New Home for Lily

A few months ago, I had the privilege of reading the first installment in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series.  (See my review here.)  I recommended this series as a great way to introduce young readers to Amish fiction.  Book two, A New Home for Lily, reinforces that recommendation.

Following Lily through her day-to-day life as a young Amish girl makes for a fun read.  Knowing that the story is based on real-life memories of a former Amish girl makes the book even more enjoyable.  Lily's adventures provide excellent opportunities for readers, young and old alike, to learn more about Amish customs.  And those with no connection at all to Amish ways can identify with Lily's challenges in adjusting to the new life she finds when her family moves from their familiar surroundings in New York to a new home in Pennsylvania.  There are lots of moments that can bring a smile or a chuckle as Lily finds herself in one kind of fix or another.

Just like book one, this book can be read in large segments, or each chapter can be enjoyed as a short story.

Kudos to Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger for combining their first-hand knowledge of the Amish and excellent writing skills to craft a sweet series of stories.

Young readers can have additional fun with Lily by visiting her website: 

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 

(This book was provided free from Revell Publishers for my honest review.)

The second novel in the charming Adventures of Lily Lapp series, A New Home for Lily gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish with lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines the real-life stories of growing up Amish from Mary Ann Kinsinger and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With line illustrations throughout, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers young and old.

Lily Lapp is moving with her family to Pennsylvania to join a new Amish community. In this small town where changes – and newcomers – are greeted with suspicion, Lily must adjust to a new school, new friends and Aaron Yoder, an annoying boy who teases her relentlessly. Still, there are exciting new developments, including an attic full of adventure and a new baby brother. But why, Lily wonders, can't God bring her just one sister?

Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and The New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, The Keeper and The Haven, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher.


  1. I was dropping by to comment on the "Lesson" review...and saw "Lily!" Thank you so very, very much for reviewing my books. It makes a huge difference...more than you might think! Warmly, Suzanne

  2. Reading your books is always enjoyable, so reviewing them is a pleasure. Keep them coming and I'll keep reviewing! :-)