Book Review: Life with Lily

3 Oct

Book 1 in the ‘Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series.

Lily is six in this story, just starting first grade in a one-room schoolhouse in upstate New York. Her parents are busy building a farm, and soon animals join the family—Jenny the cow and Chubby the miniature horse. A baby brother arrives, too, which Lily has mixed feelings about. (She wanted a sister!) Aside from a mischievous friend like Mandy Mast, Lily is happy at school and even happier at home. Trouble is brewing at the schoolhouse and change is on the horizon for Lily and her family.


The Adventures of Lily Lapp Interactive Website

Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a brand new grand-baby, and a couple of dogs. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Suzanne has contracts with Revell for six more books about the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also the host of “Amish Wisdom·” on, a weekly radio program featuring guests who are connected to Simple Living.

My Impressions:

I love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s adult novels set among Amish communities. They are never stereotypical, always relatable. Now she has joined with Mary Ann Kinsinger (who grew up Old Order Amish and writes the blog A Joyful Chaos detailing her journey from Amish childhood to her present life) to bring to life the Amish for young readers. Life with Lily is a delightful look at growing up Amish from the perspective of Lily Lapp, a 6 year old who finds wonder and fun in the world around her. I love this idea — a look at a very different culture in a very positive way. Lily’s observations of the mysteries of adults, the complications of friendships and the many changes facing her ring so true — they are universal whether you are growing up Amish or not. The relationships between the Amish and the English are natural. And I learned a few new things as well. I would recommend this to any young girl. In fact, my own little friend Lily (who looks a lot like the Lily on the cover of the book) will be getting this book on Thursday. I look forward to her thoughts on Life with Lily as well.

Highly Recommended.

(I received Life with Lily from LitFuse in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

For more information on The Adventures of Lily Lapp and to read other reviews, click HERE.

“Life with Lily” eReader Giveaway and Facebook Author Chat Party!

“Based upon Kinsinger’s own childhood, it’s reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie books.” —Romantic Times
Celebrate with Suzanne and Mary Ann by entering their contest and RSVPing to the “Life with Lily” Facebook Author Chat Party on 10/16!

Two fortunate winners will receive:

  • Either the new Kindle Fire or new Nook HD
  • Signed copy of Life with Lily for you and a young reader in your life

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 15th. Winner will be announced at the Life with Lily Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/18. Connect with authors Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger for an evening of book chat, Q&A about Mary Ann’s Amish childhood, trivia, and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of Life with Lily and join Suzanne and Mary Ann on the evening of the October 16th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!

2 Responses to “Book Review: Life with Lily”

  1. Renee October 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    I’m so glad I stopped in to read about this book. Sounds like a great one for my little niece. Thanks for sharing this review with us. Blessings!

    • rbclibrary October 10, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      I really think your niece will like this one. Funny and informative.

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