Revell Blog Tour Review: Life With Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Life With Lily
Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher
Adventures Of Lilly Lapp series, #1
Revell Books
October 1,2012
288 pages
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5/5 Books

For a child, every day is a thing of wonder. And for six-year-old Lily Lapp, every day is a new opportunity for blessings, laughter, family, and a touch of mischief. As she explores her world, goes to school, spends time with her family, and gets into a bit of trouble with her friends, Lily learns what it means to be Amish and what it means to grow up. From getting a new teacher to welcoming a new sibling, Lily’s life is always full of adventure.

The first of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, Life with 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 charming illustrations throughout, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers young and old.


Author Suzanne Woods Fisher

About The Author(s):
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, The Keeper, and The Haven, 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 Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award finalist. She is the host of internet radio show Amish Wisdom and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.

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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.

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My Review:
First, I just want to say how adorable the cover is! Isn’t Lily Lapp absolutely adorable? I think there is nothing cuter than seeing a little Amish child in their Amish dress. When I travel to Pennsylvania to visit my grandmother, we always make a trip to Amish country and seeing them out playing in their bare feet and dresses….priceless moments for sure! Now, onto my review. I was quite pleased to see that Ms. Fisher has taken on children’s books. Co-authoring with Mary Ann Kinsinger, Ms. Fisher has created a wonderful look into the adventurous life of an Amish girl. I adored every minute of getting to know sweet little Lily Lapp, and had a fun time following her adventures!

Six year old Lily Lapp is about to start attending school in an Amish Community in New York. At home, her family has just added on the addition of a sweet baby brother named Dannie, much to Lily’s sweet tempered disappointment(she was secretly hoping for a baby sister!). Things seem normal and well. But, really, Lily is about to embark on some fun adventures. Along the way, she learns valuable lessons to help her grow up.

Lily’s character was adorable, and even the friends who encouraged her to embark on some adventures that she shouldn’t embark on were wonderfully created! They are very cute and really grip the readers heart. In addition to the sweet and lovable characters, there are some illustrations to coincide with Lily’s story.

While this 5 Book worthy story is written for children from around age 8, this read like an Amish fiction novel for me, and I was quite pleased to say that I was hooked! It’s great for us “kid-at-heart” readers! Lily steals your heart and teaches great lessons along the way. This is a wonderful book that should be in every home who has children, or in a school library, or class room. It’s a great book that will teach children the importance of being kind, and helping others, and embracing new things. Fabulous job, ladies! I am anxiously looking forward to seeing Lily again in book 2, A New Home For Lily, set for release in February 2013!

Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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