mary's book basket ~ "a lancaster county christmas" by suzanne woods fisher

I love Christmas stories. I love Christmas. It's a time for families to come together and share in the joy of the season. Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a wonderful novel celebrating family, forgiveness and figuring out what is most important in life.

Product 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.

Here is what I love about Fisher's work. She keeps the story going until the very last page. You do not skim a Suzanne Woods Fisher novel. You will miss an important detail. In A Lancaster County Christmas, Fisher brings together two couples, both struggling with their own issues. It's like a collision of cultures between the Amish world and the English world. The couples realize they are not that different, and many of their worries are similar.

Without giving away the story, something happens that forces them to work as a team. Through the crisis that arises each couple finds forgiveness and hope for the furture. Fisher sense of setting is incredible with her attention to the details of Amish life. You are drawn into a way of life that is quite extraordinary in it's simplicity. This is a very quick read and one that I know you will enjoy.