Monday, January 17, 2011

The Search

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?)

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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.

The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the third book in the Lancaster County Secrets series which takes place among the Amish in the late 1960s-early 1970s. Fifteen-year-old Bess Riehl has been summoned home to Stoney Ridge where her grandmother Bertha lives for the summer to help her with her rose farm. At first Bess thinks will be the worst summer of her life, until she meets Bertha's farmhand Billy Lapp, and the summer starts to look up. Lainey O'Toole spent the first several years of her life in Stoney Ridge until a tragedy took away her mother, forcing her to make a terrible decision that has haunted her for fifteen years. Now she's returned to discover the consequences of her choice, but what she finds is far more than she ever expected, especially if Bertha has anything to do with it. I always enjoy reading Fisher's Amish lit novels, because they are a fresh breath of air in the crowded genre. I appreciate how she doesn't fall into the habit of many other bonnet fiction writers, of writing a phrase in Deutsch and then having the character repeat it in English for the reader's benefit. Nobody really speaks that way! But it's Fisher's characters that really raise her above the rest of the crowd, and Bertha is evidence of that talent in The Search. Bertha is nothing like the average Amish maami (grandmother). She's nearly six feet tall, almost as wide, mangles English unapologetically, and isn't above breaking the law if that's what it takes to get her way. Bertha is an utter delight to read because Fisher restrains her just enough to keep her from becoming a caricature, creating a thoroughly enjoyable character. The story is heartfelt and compelling. I look forward to the next in the series!

Thank you to Revell for providing me with a copy of this book for review. Available January 2011 from Revell, a division of the Baker Publishing Group at your favorite bookseller.


Rebecca Bany said...

Just entered the contest to win a free ipad. Can't wait to read the series! Thank you!

Suzanne said...

Hi Christy!
Thanks so much for your review of "The Search!" I loved your appreciative that you would take the time to read my book and be part of the blog tour. Warmly, Suzanne