Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review of A New Home for Lily 

by Suzanne Woods Fisher & Mary Ann Kinsinger

A New Home for Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp #2)

Lily Lapp is moving with her family to Pennsylvania to join a new Amish community. In this small town where changes--and newcomers--are greeted with suspicion, Lily must adjust to a new school, new friends, and Aaron Yoder, an annoying boy who teases her relentlessly. Still, there are exciting new developments, including an attic full of adventure and a new baby brother. But why, Lily wonders, can't God bring her just one sister?

The second novel in the charming Adventures of Lily Lapp series, A New Home 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 the real-life stories of growing up Amish from Mary Ann Kinsinger and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With line illustrations throughout, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers young and old.
This is such a refreshing series for children and adults alike.  It reminds me of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series....but with an Amish setting.   I had not read the first book in series but that did not cause problems for me as I read Book Two.   
This book actually provided a great deal of information on the Amish life for me and it would be especially useful for those who have many questions about the Amish faith.  Lily is such a sweetie but is also very much a little girl with her own personal struggles and Aaron is one of the things that drives her crazy.   He is the irritating little boy in her one-room Amish school who continuously tries to irritate her.   Lily is not happy with the move her family has made to a new home in a new state.   This book will speak to many, young and old alike, who are experiencing change of any kind.  I was really pleased with this book.  It took me on a mini-vacation to an Amish farm in Pennsylvania for a short while.  

About the Authors:

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.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.
I received a free ecopy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.   

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