Monday, October 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Life With Lily (Review)

Interesting and sweet is how I describe the first of four "chapter books" Suzanne Woods Fisher has created focusing on the life of a young Amish girl named Lily.

Using inspiration from her co-author's life, Life with Lily is a novel written in the "chapter style" found in Little House on the Prairie.

Each chapter is a short vignette, focusing on a different piece from Lily's life.

The writing style is sweet. The chapters are the perfect length for either beginning readers or short bedtime treats.

If there's one thing I wished that would be different - I wish the novels were written in first person, rather than in third person. The book is from a "child's perspective" but the style is such that it's "about" Lily, rather than "as viewed" by Lily.

Hard to explain, but it's just a slight difference, that does set the tone - which is important if you are reading the book out-loud to a child. (Not enough to detract you from the book, but just something to know before you sit down with a young reader!)

In all though, it's a sweet, enchanting book. I can see reading this with a special kidlet in my life. I can also see giving the book to a certain seven year old I know learning to read (hum... can we say Christmas maybe?) because I think it would be the best of two worlds - entertainment and educational.

I give it a solid three out of five. It will be interesting to see where book two goes - and what adventures Lily gets into in the next installment.

More About The Book
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.

More About The Authors
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.

Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.

Online Resources 
Buy the book online:
Find out more about Suzanne at
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Read an excerpt online here:

It's A Contest
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 10/16. 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 todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!

As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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