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Monday, January 10, 2011

Review and Tour Plus iPad Giveaway Details: The Search (Lancaster County Secrets) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Search, The: A Novel (Lancaster County Secrets)The Search is another beautifully written and developed Amish fiction book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that will touch your heart and keep you coming back for more.  She writes with such warmth and depth, bringing her characters to life and shining a gentle spotlight on the Amish beliefs and way of living.  I always finish reading her books with a little smile on my face.

While this is the third book in the Lancaster County Secrets series, it works just fine as a stand alone book.  The Search has a few gentle lessons about truth and forgiveness as we enter the lives of Lainey, Bess, Bertha and Billy.  The opening pages will grab you, as Bertha has Billy working hard on her farm in preparation for Bess' coming visit, then as Bertha brings Bess home via a stop at The Sweet Tooth bakery, where Bertha herself leaves more than one person surprised.

You will simply adore Bertha as her straight-forward attitude and bigger than life personality surround the characters in the story and really brings everything together!

For a sneak peek, head over to Revell and read the first chapter here.

The Search (Lancaster County Secrets, Book 3)
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Revell (January 1, 2011)  ~ 298  pages
Fiction / Inspirational Romance / Amish

Edition Reviewed: Paperback - Review copy received courtesy of the publisher and LitFuse Publicity Group, many thanks to the author, the publisher, and the wonderful people at LitFuse for sending me a copy to review for this tour!

About the Book: (From the tour)
Fifteen years ago, Lainey O'Toole made a split-second decision. She couldn't have known that her choice would impact so many.

Now in her mid-twenties, she is poised to go to culinary school when her car breaks down in Stoney Ridge, the very Amish town in which her long-reaching decision was made, forcing her to face the shadowed past.

Bess Reihl is less than thrilled to be spending the summer at Rose Hill Farm with her large and intimidating grandmother, Bertha. It quickly becomes clear that she is there to work the farm--and work hard. The labor is made slightly more tolerable by the time it affords Bess to spend with the handsome hired hand, Billy Lapp. But he only has eyes for a flirty and curvaceous older girl.

Lainey's and Bess's worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.

"Beautifully written, 'The Search' is a skillfully woven story that takes readers through unexpected twists and turns on the long country road toward truth. Fans both old and new will find themselves immersed in this heartwarming--and surprising--tale of young love, forgiveness, and coming to grips with the past."

About the Author: (from the tour)
In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she now has numerous books under contract with Revell. Also look for Suzanne's Amish non-fiction, Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World, a non-fiction book of stories and examples about the Old Order Amish, as well as Amish Proverbs, and coming in Spring of 2011, look for Amish Values for Your Family. The Choice and The Waiting are the previous books in the Lancaster County Secrets Collection.

Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

Giveaway Details:

Suzanne Woods Fisher's latest installment of the Lancaster County Secrets, The Search,  is just out and to celebrate Suzanne is hosting The Search iPad Giveaway!

One Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Prize Package worth over $500 and includes:
To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form/s, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on February 3rd at Suzanne's Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party. (Did you know The Search takes place on a rose farm?)

Enter via E-mail Enter via Facebook Enter via Twitter
Facebook Party:
Join Suzanne for the Everything is Coming Up Roses Facebook Party on February 3rd! She’ll be announcing the winner of the The Search iPad Giveaway, hosting a book club discussion of The Search, giving away copies of all three books and HEAPS of other readerly prizes! Including roses delivered to your door for three months for you AND a friend! Be sure to join us on Thursday, February 3rd at 5:00 PM PST (6:00 MST, 7:00 CST & 8 EST) at Suzanne’s Author Page
*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate


Mystica said...

I saw this in a couple of Mailboxes and looks nice!

Suzanne said...

Hi Wendi!
Loved your review of "The Search"--thanks so much for taking the time to read my book, and writing up such a thoughtful opinion!
My sister's name is Wendy...I'm partial to all Wendy's! (Wendi's, too!) Warmly, Suzanne

Suzanne said...

Wendi, if you have a moment to spare, would you post your review up on Amazon and/or CBD? I would be honored!

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