Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: A New Home For Lily

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher & Mary Ann Kinsinger
Title: A New Home For Lily
Publisher: Revell
Publish Date: Feb 1, 2013
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: Lily Lapp is moving with her family to Pennsylvania to join a new Amish community. In this small town, Lily has to get used to a new school, new friends, and Aaron Yoder, the most annoying boy in the world! But some changes are good, like exploring an attic full of adventure and getting a new baby brother. Still Lily wonders, why can't God bring her just one sister?

Review: A New Home For Lily is an absolutely darling children's novel about a young Amish girl and the changes in her life as she's growing up.

Lily really comes across as your typical little girl. Sometimes she seems wise beyond her years and other times, she seems like a baby. She's sweet and full of mischief and you just can't help but love her.

The book is set up in a series of stories that can be read one at a time or straight through. There's continuity but it isn't a book with a continuous flow, each story is separate but they do follow a sort of time line.

The writing style makes this book a great read for any age. Lily is a character that you can't help but love, just as her brother's are as well.  Like most little girls, she has some tormentors too, Aaron Yoder is a total terror, and so is Effie Kaufmann. In fact, Effie is so obnoxious you'll wish she'd get some sort of comeuppance at least once during the book.

There are so many parts of this story that will endear Lily to you, most of these scenes are a result of Effie being a nasty little brat. (That's the only way you describe that child) From memorizing a poem to her mangling paper dolls that Lily and her cousin Hannah loved. There's no way you can like that little girl.

The story paints a good picture of Amish life and it shows the changes they face when moving from one community to the next. (Things that are ok with certain communities aren't ok in others)

This is a great book for young readers as well as older ones that have a love for Amish fiction. It is part of a series, but can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

Rating: 5 flowers


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