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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 suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/10Tygyi

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.

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 toginet.com, 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!