Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas



Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband, Sol, the Christmas gift they have both longed for--news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big Amish family isn't likely to become a reality. Will those empty chairs at the table ever be filled?

Then a winter storm raging outside blows an impatient young woman and her husband into the Riehl home on Christmas Eve--and into a much slower pace of life.

Both couples are about to find out if they can weather the storm--and if miracles still happen at Christmastime.

My Review:

 A stirring story that all takes place in just a few days' time but made an impact on both the characters and this reader. Expertly told from varying viewpoints, Fisher succeeded in drawing me in quickly and keeping a hold of my attention until the very last glorious page. There's a timeless quality to this tale -- filled with heartache and peppered with gentle humour. In fact, I was profoundly affected by Mattie's epiphany towards the end of the book. My 'aha' moment paralleled hers. I love it when a book speaks to me like that. It's a precious gift from author to reader.

Fisher has done an amazing job of conveying the spiritual magic that is Christmas. A definite must read.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win your own copy of A Lancaster County Christmas, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please remember to put the title in the subject line. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 20. Offer open internationally. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. I would LOVE to win this book, thank you for the giveaway.


  2. Count me in. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  3. Good luck wfnren and Amy! It's a great Christmassy book!!!!

  4. Oh this looks like a wonderful Christmas book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.


  5. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful christmas story...

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. Good luck Rebecca and Karen!

  7. Please don't enter me, I just read and reviewed this book, and wanted to urge those that don't win to pick up a copy. After you're done reading it, it will like lovely on your coffee table or wherever, for part of your holiday decor! You will love this book, just make sure you keep a box of tissues nearby!

  8. thanks for the opportunity to own a copy of A Lancaster County Christmas. :-)

  9. Oh, Diana, I know - it's an exceptional read, isn't it? Amazing how the author managed to make such an emotional and spiritual impact in this shortish tale. I absolutely loved it.

    Good luck KANdeannaSAS!

  10. Thanks for the opportunity of winning a copy of this book. It sounds like such a great book.

    Jo from Southern Arizona

  11. oops-it will "look" lovely. Can you tell I was tired when I posted that?:)

  12. I am so enjoying reading Christmas stories as the holidays approach. Glad Diana warned that I'll need tissues on hand for this one. :)

  13. I'm ready to start reading some Christmas stories! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this one. It looks great.


  14. Amish and Christmas - two of my favorite storylines. I would like to win this book.


  15. Sounds like we're all of like mind. Christmas stories rock and it doesn't hurt to throw a little Amish into the mix. Good luck everyone!

  16. I would love to win this book!!! Please enter me in the giveaway!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. This book looks fantastic and it is a great read.
    I would love to win and read it.
    Thanks for the chance to win this super read.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  18. I love a story that draws you in from the beginning and keeps you engrossed in the story until you have turned the very last page. This sounds like just that kind of story combined with the magic that is Christmas. I would dearly love the chance to win a copy of this book. Please enter my name in the draw....

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au