Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Big Year for Lily {Review}

A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher

ISBN-13: 978-0800721343

272 pages, paperback $9.35


About A Big Year for Lily

Book Three in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series. Co-written with Mary Kinsinger.
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.

My Thoughts

A Big Year for Lily is book three in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series. I did not have the opportunity to review the second book in the series. Since Justin and Kaden and I enjoyed the first book so much we picked up the second book in the series at the library to read before we started on this current book!

Can I just say that Lily is just precious! Lily is now turning 10 and her life is just full of adventure and fun! Of course there are also lessons to be learned that are not always fun and exciting. Things like being picked on at school by a particular boy, your teacher getting married and having one of the other girls in your class bully and boss you around. Then there are other changes like turning 10 and wearing ‘pinned style of dress’ a sure sign of a young Amish girl growing up!

Both of my boys have been very curious about the Amish life. We live about 2 hours away from Lancaster, PA where many Amish folks live. Justin and Kaden are always very interested in the Amish folks when we travel out that way. We see their farms and riding in their buggies as they are traveling about. We have often wondered what life is like living without electricity or a car or television and going to school with your cousins.  It is such an interesting life style. Reading about Lily, her family and her friends gives them {and me} a good idea of what Amish life is like. The family {and extended family} work together, many times live near each other in the same community, and are always there to lend a hand.  Reading these stories gives us a glimpse into their life, their work ethic and the way in which the family lives. Lily is full of curiosity and that seems to land her in a bit of trouble from time to time. It also leads to some grand adventures!

We have enjoyed reading A Big Year for Lily. The age recommendation is 8 and up. I would venture to say that these stories would be suitable to children as young as 5. They make a fantastic read alouds or reading together before bedtime. The chapters are not too long and the book itself is an easy read. It is a wholesome story, which is sometimes hard to come by these days and is quite refreshing.   Another thing I would like to point out is that these books are not just for girls as you might think they are. My boys have loved this story and could not wait to start reading it.

And isn’t that cover just darling? Just looking at it makes me smile! Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher have done an outstanding job with this story!

Oh and look what I found while perusing Amazon………the next book coming in the series book four! YAY!

Would you like to read some other reviews of A Big Year for Lily? Head on over to the Litfuse page!


Meet Suzanne



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!
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is celebrating the release of A Big Year for Lily, book three in the beloved Adventures of Lily Lapp series, with a giveaway extravaganza!


  One winner will receive:
Twelve winners will receive:
  • Special prizes specially picked by Lily (something new each day)! Suzanne will announce the winners on July 29 on her blog!
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 27th. All winners will be announced July 29th at Suzanne's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 29th to see if you won one of the fun prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

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

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