Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday Salon: A Big Year For Lily

Here we are at another Sunday Salon where we can relax, socialize and talk about the wonderful books we’ve read and hope to read.

This week I have a charming book to share with you as part of the author’s virtual book tour. While it’s the third in a series, it can be read alone. It may be considered a YA book, but is entertaining for all ages. I’ll share my thoughts on the book and then a bit about the authors.

A BIG YEAR FOR LILY by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger

coverThe gentle ways of the Amish are seen through the eyes of nine-year-old Lily Lapp as she goes about her daily living in their new Pennsylvania home.

Life in the new area has been filled with surprises, both good and bad for Lily. She enjoys living near her cousin Hannah, but she has some problems with Effie Kauffman, a girl in her school who likes to play pranks. And then there’s Aaron Yoder, a boy she’s not sure about anymore. In addition, Lily’s life takes on new problems and adventures when she turns 10.

A BIG YEAR FOR LILY is a charming story geared toward children ages 8 to 12, but is entertaining for all ages. It combines the fascinating life of the Amish with a good balance of humor for an enjoyable and quick read. In addition, there are beautiful line drawings throughout the book that capture various moments of the story. The story flows smoothly and holds the readers attention from beginning to end.

This enchanting book is a combined effort of bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher and author Mary Ann Kinsinger. Kinsinger, who relies on real-life stories of her childhood growing up Amish.

The third of four installments in the Adventures of Lily Lapp, A BIG YEAR FOR LILY can be read alone. This a fun and informative read that will delight and inspire. You may want to read the previous books to catch up on Lily’s prior fun and learning adventures. Can’t wait to see what Lily’s up to next.

A Big Year For Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger, Adventures of Lily Lapp Series Book 3, Revell, @2013, ISBN: 978-0800721343, Paperback, 272 Pages 

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

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of the author’s virtual book tour and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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, Kinsinger 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. 

Fisher 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.

Thanks everyone for stopping by today. Hope you’re having a great Sunday. Do you enjoy learning about other ways of life, religions, cultures, etc. through reading?


  1. Mason - What an interesting look at a fascinating group of people! And it sounds as though it does appeal to more than just one age group. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Books about happy children are always good to read!

  3. Nice to see there are some books for young girls that are not about the latest gadgets and clothes.

  4. Hi Mason!
    Thank you very much for being a part of the blog tour for "Lily." So grateful to you! And I loved your comment about it being a book for all ages. Thank you for that!
    Warmly, Suzanne


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