Friday, August 23, 2013

A New Home For Lily

 A New Home For Lily

By Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher

Published by Baker, February 2013

This is the second in a series following the life and adventures of Lily Lapp, a delightful young Amish girl. In this book, Lily and her family have moved from their community in New York State to a new community in Pennsylvania, and things are very different here.

 Head coverings, clothes and customs are different, and they all have a lot of adapting to do. Their new house is not as nice as their old one and Lily doesn't have a proper bedroom, much to her dismay, though she certainly does enjoy the novelty of having electric lights for a while till her father finishes converting the house to a proper Amish home.

Lily has to learn some hard life lessons in this book; some children in her new school are thoughtless, unpleasant and outright viciously mean and she has to learn to deal with some sad situations, though she has plenty of fun both at school and home too to counterbalance all this. There is a bereavement in the family and Lily attends her first funeral as well as celebrating the return of her favourite cousin and the birth of another new sibling.

It may have been intended to be enjoyed by 8 - 12 year old children, but I find Lily to be a truly delightful and very sweet child and I really did enjoy this book from start to finish. I was sad to reach the last page and am looking forward to the third book.

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