Book Review: A Big Year For Lily

20 Jul

721343_w185Lily Lapp’s family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one–Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa’s help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.

The third of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, A Big Year for Lily gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish–and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines Mary Ann Kinsinger’s real-life stories of growing up Amish and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming line drawings in each book, this series captures the hearts of readers young and old.

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more about the series, play games and download the coloring sheets at the Lily website.


SFisher-96Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. 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. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is 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. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App!

My Impressions:

If you are looking for a good chapter book for your daughter or special young girl in your life, A Big Year For Lily, book 3 in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Suzanne Woods Fisher, fits the bill. Lily is an adorable character — funny, mischievous and clueless as to the ways of grownups. Her life is plain, but full of fun and adventure set among the Amish community of Pennsylvania. A great book for your young reader or for family reading time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an excellent writer who has made a name for herself with her adult novels set among the Amish. Her collaboration with Mary Ann Kinsinger, who grew up Amish, has resulted in a series featuring Lily Lapp, now 10 years old, navigating the time between little girl concerns and grownup girl situations. Lily encounters all the problems of an English child — relationships with friends and family, sibling problems, and schoolroom drama. But the added twist of the Amish life makes this book a discovery of different cultures and attitudes towards life. I highly recommend this book and the series! (To read my review of book 1, Life With Lily, click HERE.)

Highly Recommended.

(Thanks to LitFuse for a copy of A Big Year For Lily for review. the opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To read other reviews, click HERE.


sd1d01_lilys_marble_cake_lgTaste of A Big Year For Lily:

Lily wanted to make a special cake for Mama’s birthday. Here is a recipe for a Marble Cake that hopefully will turn out better than Lily’s — Lily’s Marble Cake.

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