Monday, September 26, 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the book:
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.

About Suzanne:
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. She has many, many Plain relatives living in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and travels back to Pennsylvania, as well as to Ohio, a couple of times each year for research.

Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world.  In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don't have to "go Amish" to incorporate many of their principles--simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily-- into your life.

When Suzanne isn't writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you just can't take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

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About the contest: See the previous post for more details and links.

To celebrate the release of her first Christmas book, Suzanne Woods Fisher has teamed up with her publisher, Revell , to bring you the "Christmas in September" iPad Giveaway! The winner will be announced on 9/27 at the A Lancaster County Christmas Facebook Party <> ! Details below. Tell your friends and join in the fun (9/7-9/27).

Oh and be sure to follow the blog tour here <>  - many of the bloggers have copies of the book to giveaway!

But, wait! There's more! The winner will be announced at the A Lancaster County Christmas Facebook Party <> on 9/27 at Suzanne's author page. During the party she'll be revealing something *BIG* - you won't want to miss it. She'll also be hosting a book chat, trivia contest and giving away a few early Christmas presents! Hope to see you there.

Blog Tour Schedule: (please include this link in your post:

Margie's comments: I had the privilege of meeting Suzanne at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference last week. She's just as delightful as I had expected. We enjoyed the gala awards dinner and ceremony with our agent, Joyce Hart. And I now understand why Suzanne's characters are so real. Suzanne genuinely cares for people. So it was with an even greater anticipation that I finally got to open A Lancaster County Christmas on my flight home last evening. While I haven't finished reading the book, the characters and their struggles have reached out to grab me. Immediately I identified with both women in the story as I have walked similar paths as they are experiencing. From reading Suzanne's other books, I know that this will prove to be a satisfying read even as it challenges my faith. I highly recommend putting A Lancaster County Christmas on your Christmas reading list this year. 


1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Margie! What a delightful surprise! Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story--and for writing up such a lovely review, too. So glad the story resonated with you--some of it was very auto-biographical (Mattie's miscarriage). I really enjoyed meeting you on Saturday--so glad for that "accidental" encounter! Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher