Monday, September 26, 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
I really liked this book. Two couples as different as can be are brought together through an interesting twist of events. Mattie has always wanted a house full of kids, but over the years it has become clear that is not God's plan. She and Sol have one very interesting son but Mattie is growing quite unsatisfied though she loves him dearly, she wants more. CJ and Jamie are on their way to a likely uncomfortable holiday when they get snowed in at the Riehl's Amish home and both couples will forever be changed.

I like that the author shows flaws in the marriages of both couples. It isn't that the Amish marriage is perfect, but that they have God that makes theirs a lasting relationship. CJ and Jamie's issues are mostly things that they could work out with a little help as long as they BOTH tried. The extra characters, like the nephew and son are well written and developed and just fit perfectly! It was a well written and a great 'happy ending' book.
I rate this a 4/5. It was a good quick read!

Thank you to litfuse for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


  1. Hi Ashley! I loved your review of "A Lancaster County Christmas." So appreciated how you brought out the marriage aspect of the story--that was very significant! I wanted to write a story of "things getting good again" in a marriage. Grateful to you, Ashley! Warmly, Suzanne Woods Fisher

  2. Great review! Definitely looks like a book I want to check out. I love the author's other work. Thank you for sharing!