Friday, October 5, 2012

Life with Lily~{Book review}


Life with Lily~Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the Book

Book 1 in the ‘Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series.

Lily is six in this story, just starting first grade in a one-room schoolhouse in upstate New York. Her parents are busy building a farm, and soon animals join the family—Jenny the cow and Chubby the miniature horse. A baby brother arrives, too, which Lily has mixed feelings about. (She wanted a sister!) Aside from a mischievous friend like Mandy Mast, Lily is happy at school and even happier at home.

Trouble is brewing at the schoolhouse and change is on the horizon for Lily and her family.

My Thoughts

Life with Lily is such a sweet book! We follow five year old Lily through her days on the family’s farm,  Singing Tree Farm.

Lily has a little brother, Joseph and the family welcomes their new baby Dannie during the story. Lily’s days filled with fun and wonder with such things like helping to plant the garden, adding a cow and chickens to their small farm. Lily helps her mother and loves to visit her grandparents. Lily and Joseph even get into a bit of mischief! 

I have been reading Life with Lily aloud to Justin and Kaden and all three of us have loved this story! Some of our favorite parts of the book are when Joseph falls into the the vat of oil used to soften harness for the horses at Grandpas! We could just imagine the shock and surprise on Joseph’s (and Grandpa and Lily’s too!) faces!

One of the boy’s favorite parts of the story are when baby Dannie is born and Lily asks her father where the baby came from? Papa told her that God brought him. Lily thought God had visited their home while she and Joseph were at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Lily was very disappointed to think she had missed his visit! To make matters worse Lily thought that God had chosen to give them the ugliest baby she had ever seen. He was red, wrinkly and bald! We had a good laugh over that one too!

We really enjoyed this story and are looking forward to the rest of the series! Life with Lily is a great book to introduce your children to Amish life. The age recommendations are for ages 8-12.

Read other reviews of Life with Lily here.

Meet Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a brand new grand-baby, and a couple of dogs. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Suzanne has contracts with Revell for six more books about the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also the host of “Amish Wisdom·” on, a weekly radio program featuring guests who are connected to Simple Living.
Find out more about Suzanne at

“Based upon Kinsinger’s own childhood, it’s reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie books.” —Romantic Times

Celebrate with Suzanne and Mary Ann by entering their contest and RSVPing to the “Life with Lily” Facebook Author Chat Party on 10/16!

Two fortunate winners will receive:
  • Either the new Kindle Fire or new Nook HD
  • Signed copy of Life with Lily for you and a young reader in your life.  
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 15th. Winner will be announced at the Life with Lily Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/16. Connect with authors Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger for an evening of book chat, Q&A about Mary Ann’s Amish childhood, trivia, and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of Life with Lily and join Suzanne and Mary Ann on the evening of the October 16th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!

disclosure: I received this book as a member of Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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