Litfuse Blog Tour, iPad Giveaway, and Facebook Party for Suzanne Woods Fisher’s The Search

Renee Ann Smith —  January 26, 2011 — 29 Comments

I’m happy to be part of a blog tour for Litfuse, a company that promotes quality works of fiction and nonfiction by Christian authors. After you read my review of The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher, be sure to enter her iPad Promotional Giveaway. The winner bill be announced at Suzanne’s Facebook Party on February 3rd, which is explained at the end of this post.

Here’s the publisher’s summary of the book: 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. Lainey’s and Bess’s worlds are about to collide and the secrets that come to light will shock them both.

My take on the novel: We readers love a story that has the power to immerse us in an unfamiliar world while still touching on feelings we all experience and can relate to. Such is the case with Suzanne Woods Fisher’s stories. The rural Amish setting harkens back to simpler days yet the modern world provides plenty of familiar conflicts to keep the story hopping. So even though Lainey, Bess, Bertha, Jonah, and Billy spend their days choring without electricity, grafting roses, baking pies, and the like, the inner conflicts they deal with are relevant to any of us who have lost our way in life and need God’s help to start anew. The story is told in such quaint terms that there is never anything to offend–no matter how painful the subject that’s touched upon. And I love that when all the clutter of modern life is swept away, what’s left is a clear view of what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable.


About Suzanne: 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.

You can find Suzanne’s website at this link. You can purchase your copy of the book here at

Follow this link to see the entire blog tour and read some great reviews of Suzanne’s book.

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.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

29 responses to Litfuse Blog Tour, iPad Giveaway, and Facebook Party for Suzanne Woods Fisher’s The Search

  1. I will do my best to be there! I liked her page. Thanks so much for the info!

  2. I’m your newest blog follower! I hope you’ll stop by my blog and follow me too!

  3. I enjoyed reading the review and can’t wait to read the book! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog!

  4. Hi Renee Ann! What a wonderful write-up of “The Search!” Thank you so very much for taking the time to read it, and for adding your thoughts to it. Loved the comment about “when all the clutter is wiped away…” You have a terrific way with words. Warmly, Suzanne

  5. Good review! I agree with Suzanne, you have a way with words 😉

  6. I too, enjoyed reading the review. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thank you.

  7. I love your write ups. Now it seems like I am going to have to make a stop past our Christian bookstore on the way to fetch the girls to pick up some good old fashioned reading fun! Can’t wait to get stuck in. Sounds right up my alley.
    ps – Thanks for your encouragements over at my blog. BIG hugs to you xxx

  8. Sounds good.

    I’m amazed how much I’ve learned about Amish life from Amish books 🙂

  9. I love reading the story behind how people came to write a book. Very inspirational!

  10. Hey I am a new follower from Keepin’ Company Thursdays from God bless!

  11. Couldn’y you just smell the rose while reading this? I enjoyed this one too! Good luck winning the iPad or the roses!

    XOXO~ Renee

  12. Like both of you on fb. Looking forward to the party! I have reached my follower limit on twitter by i am still tweeting! @misselj!/misselj/status/31068900338696192

  13. Hi Renee Ann!
    This looks like a great book! Thanks for the review! I wonder if I can get it in my local library? Thanks for linking up the review to No Ordinary Blog Hop!

  14. Every book in this series was outstanding, but this one was the best. I liked it so much I read it twice!

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