Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Salon: A New Home for Lily

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the first Sunday in February and311-1216984436alFP time once again for Sunday Salon. With the unusual weather we’re having all over the country, it’s seems a perfect time to stay indoors relaxing with a good book.

Today I have an enchanting book about a young Amish girl to share with you. Fluff up that favorite chair, make sure your cup is filled to the brim with the tantalizing beverage of your choice, relax and let’s talk books.

A NEW HOME FOR LILY by Suzanne Woods Fisher & Mary Ann Kinsinger

The delightful Adventures of Lily Lapp series continues with the second installment, A NEW HOME FOR LILY by Suzanne Woods Fisher & Mary Ann Kinsinger, geared toward youngsters ages 8 to 12 (but also entertaining for adults).

This fascinating series gives readers a glimpse of the Amish lifestylePrint through the eyes of young Lily Lapp. The book offers lovely line illustrations throughout that capture the story in great detail.

A NEW HOME FOR LILY begins with Lily Lapp and her family moving to a new Amish community in Pennsylvania from New York. With the change, Lily has to adjust to a new school, make new friends and endure the annoying teasing of a neighbor’s son, Aaron Yoder. 

But with the bad comes some good in the form of an attic full of adventure and a new baby brother (even though Lily really wanted a baby sister). The community and its new residents also come together in a time of tragedy to give aid and in a time of need to help out one of their own. 

The story is written in short chapters, each featuring a separate event or experience making it a perfect book for bedtime reading for younger children. The charming story of the precocious Lily is a fun read for all ages. In addition, the line illustrations can be used as a teaching tool for youngsters and their parents to discuss the events of the story.

The story flows smoothly and quickly. The characters are well-developed, realistic and engaging. The dialog written from Lily’s point of view will draw you in and hold you captive until the end. 

While A NEW HOME FOR LILY is the second installment in the series, it can be read on its own. However, to get the full enjoyment from the series I would recommend reading the books in order. The first installment is LIFE WITH LILY.

Author Mary Ann Kinsinger uses real-life stories from growing up Amish and combines them with the talented writing skills of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher to make the Adventures of Lily Lapp series a must read. To enhance the reading experience, the authors have created a special website for fans of the series. The site offers additional background on Lily and her family, as well as games, downloadable coloring pages from Lily’s books and much more. The site is

Mary Ann Kinsinger’s blog is A Joyful Chaos, which she began as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. Suzanne Woods Fisher’s website is and you can connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

A New Home For Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger, Adventures of Lily Lapp series, Revell, @2013, ISBN: 978-0800721336, Paperback, 272 Pages 

Available February 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.
Thank you for visiting today. I hope the weather is treating you well. Do you read book with an Amish theme? Do you have a favorite Amish book you’d like to share with us? What about a favorite book for youngsters you’d like to tell us about?

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