A Lancaster County Christmas - Reviewed

Tuesday, September 20, 2011




Book Description:
Jaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick began their married life as most couples do--in love and looking forward to a bright future together. But four years later they've drifted apart and are almost ready to call it quits.
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 family isn't likely to become a reality.

Then a winter storm raging outside blows the Fitzpatricks into the Riehl home--and into a much slower pace of life. Can these two couples from different worlds help each other understand the true meaning of love this Christmas?

With her trademark plot twists and attention to detail, Suzanne Woods Fisher offers readers a beautiful Christmas story of love, forgiveness, and what truly matters in life.

My Thoughts: I can't believe it's already time to review Christmas books. :) In fact today my husband and I put the grandkids Christmas ornaments on layaway.
This was a touching story and the setting was ideal. It put me right in the mood for Christmas. I am a huge fan of Suzanne Fisher and she did not disappoint in this book.
You know those couples who seem to "have it all together" that describes Jamie and C.J. to a tee! Yet things just don't seem to be as they make it look on the outside. Then you have Mattie and Sol who don't have as much yet come to realize how blessed they really are. This is a perfect Christmas book! I highly recommend!



Link to buy the book http://www.amazon.com/Lancaster-County-Christmas-Suzanne-Fisher/dp/0800719956/ref=sprightly-20


Susan can be found at her website www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

Fairer Than Morning - Reviewed




Book Description: In 1826, Ann Miller travels to Pittsburgh with her widowed father and two young sisters, only to find that a mysterious man has pursued them all the way from Ohio. Is Ann's father just a circuit minister, or is he hiding something that may endanger them all?

Will Hanby indentures with a Pittsburgh saddler maker, only to discover that his master is a cold-hearted tyrant. After years of abuse, Will becomes a prisoner of his own mind. But then lovely Ann Miller comes to stay next door and her compassion lights a long-dark part of Will's soul. His renewed courage puts his life in jeopardy as he begins to assist fugitive slaves.

Will's murderous master and Ann's questions about her family may keep both of them bound in the shadows forever. Or will they find freedom-together?

My Thoughts: This was not your average historical novel. I was gripped from page one and it carried all the way through. This is my first Rosslyn Elliot novel but it clearly will not be my last! She definitely has a way to not only keep you on the edge of your seat, and also portray the historical setting. I highly recommend this book!!!

In The Sea There Are Crocodiles ~ Reviewed




Book Description: When ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari’s small village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the boy across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. Thus begins Enaiat’s remarkable and often punish­ing five-year ordeal, which takes him through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen.

Along the way, Enaiat endures the crippling physical and emotional agony of dangerous border crossings, trekking across bitterly cold mountain pathways for days on end or being stuffed into the false bottom of a truck. But not every­one is as resourceful, resilient, or lucky as Enaiat, and there are many heart-wrenching casualties along the way.

Based on Enaiat’s close collaboration with Italian novelist Fabio Geda and expertly rendered in English by an award- winning translator, this novel reconstructs the young boy’s memories, perfectly preserving the childlike perspective and rhythms of an intimate oral history.

Told with humor and humanity, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s moving and engaging voice and lends urgency to an epic story of hope and survival.

My Thoughts: This book had a slow start yet once I got into it it was a touching story. I found myself in tears several times. Enaiat's story isn't like so many we hear on the news, yet this was personal as it was told to someone. I highly recommend this book!

WINNERS OF MY GIVEAWAY ARE:
ROSIE & AMANDA SUE!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
 
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