I've always been interested in what motivates people to do what they do. I've often wished I could peek inside others thoughts, for no other reason than good old fashioned curiosity, much the same way I wish I could peek into interesting looking homes.
I think that's why I enjoyed Suzanne Woods Fisher's A Lancaster County Christmas so much. Whether Amish or "English", man or woman, by Mrs. Fisher's pen you get to look inside the thoughts and hearts of characters that you care about.
At the center of the story are two couples; one is comprised of a teacher and photographer who are holding on to their marriage by a thread, the other is an amish couple struggling after their hopes for a baby are let down again. A driving snow storm puts them all together on Christmas Eve (rather begrudgingly at first).
I found the story to be super enjoyable and engaging. I felt really peaceful while I was reading it thanks to the likable characters and the warm tone of the book. When I wasn't reading it, I was excited to guess what might happen next.
I also enjoyed reading about the Amish way of life. The author incorporates the day to day rituals of the Amish as well as the beliefs and traditions they've practiced and passed on for generations.
It was also nice to read about married couples, so many of the books I review are "first love" stories, which is all fine and good, but I found it refreshing to read a book that acknowledges the hardships don't end once you ride off into the sunset on your wedding day.
On to the giveaway!
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!
Suzanne and Revell will be presenting one merry winner with a Christmas Prize Pack (valued at over $600):
- A Brand New iPad 2 with Wi-Fi
- $25 gift certificate to iTunes
- A copy of A Lancaster County Christmas
To enter, click one of the icons below. But, hurry the giveaway ends on 9/26.
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.