Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Surprise For Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger

The delightful sage of an eleven-year-old Amish girl continues in A SURPRISE FOR LILY, the fourth installment in the Adventures of Lily Lapp Series by authors Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger.

While Lily wants things to stay just as they are, life has a way of changing noSurprise for Lily cover matter what. This time around she’s faced with a new school teacher, her cousin and best friend moving away, triumphs and tragedies in her family, and changes in her schoolmates. In addition, the family learns you can’t always trust what another promises but lessons can be learned from it.

Lily faces each new challenge with the love and faith of her family. She comes to realize people can change and a crazy mutt of a dog can be a hero. Lily biggest surprise comes with a new addition or two to her family she never expected.

A SURPRISE FOR LILY is an enchanting story that teaches youngsters the way of the Amish showing the similarities and differences. The story is a quick read that flows smoothly and is told from Lily’s point of view. In addition, the authors have included a short section answering questions about the Amish that will help explain some of the activities in the story.

The book is geared toward youngsters ages 8 to 12, but can be enjoyed by all ages. Older youngsters can read the adventures on their own, while the book is divided into chapters that make for easy bedtime reading to younger children. In addition, there are several beautiful pencil sketches throughout the book that highlight various aspects of the story.

This is the fourth installment in the series, but can be read as a stand alone. However, reading the series in order gives a better look at the Amish way of life and the exciting adventures Lily has encountered growing up.

A SURPRISE FOR LILY is a heartwarming story of family, love, faith and friendship as seen through the eyes of a young girl. An irresistible read from a compelling series.
A Surprise For Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger, Adventures of Lily Lapp series Book 4, Revell, @2013, ISBN: 978-0800721350, Paperback, 272 Pages 

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

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of a blog 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 for so much for visiting today. I hope you found this review intriguing enough to check out the book and series further. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and happy reading!

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