Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Review - A Big Year for Lily


Lily Lapp's family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one--Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa's help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.

The third of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, A Big Year 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 Mary Ann Kinsinger's real-life stories of growing up Amish and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming line drawings in each book, this series captures the hearts of readers young and old.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, 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 Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iPhone or iPad! Download the Free App!


This book reminds me very much of the “Little House on the Prairie” books that I loved as a child. It was so nice to read a book like this…I enjoyed it very much and it was relaxing as well.
Lily is a little Amish girl that is curious and full of life. Like any other child, she doesn’t exactly enjoy doing chores but loves to be outdoors playing. I loved the opening chapter of the book. We find Lily wanting to squirm on the bench at church as it’s been a long sermon and she’s ready to get going. This reminded me of myself when I went to church as a child and the sermon went on and I didn’t understand it. The whole book is totally relatable like this.

Lily learns to deal with a boy that torments her in school and then has to learn to deal with the fact that her cousin likes this boy!

The book also has sweet little illustrations throughout the book. I really loved these and they made the book come even more to life. 

It was wonderful seeing Lily interact with her family, too. I loved how the whole book was filled with moral stories that will help our children and/or grandchildren make wise choices by seeing what Lily did right and what she did wrong. There are some teary moments and some laugh out loud moments – the whole book will draw you in Lily’s world and you won’t want to leave!

This is a wonderful children’s book that mom will love, too (I did)! I think it will become one of your favorites! 

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity

Blessings - Julie

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