Book Beat - A Lancaster County Christmas

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a holiday story with depth. When a Christmas storm strands C.J. and Jaime Fitzpatrick at the Amish home of Sol and Mattie Riehl, neither couple imagines how the unlikely new friendships will change their lives.

Mattie Riehl is struggling with secondary infertility, especially painful in the Amish community with its love of big families. She's also becoming fearful and over-protective of six-year-old Danny, a delightful, bright little boy. Jaime thinks she's finally found acceptance and approval now that her long-lost father has reappeared in her life, showering her with expensive gifts and promising to boost her dream of a photography career. However, her husband now pales in comparison, and Jaime wants out. Both women find they have a lot to learn from each other.

What I love about Suzanne Woods Fisher's novels is her complex and intriguing characters. Mattie and Jaime are hampered by fears and insecurities so many women can relate to. Their friendship and personal growth is as natural and unforced as it is unlikely. This story not only gives you the heart-warming story you expect from the cover, but it also gives you plenty to think about. I highly recommend this novel.

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