Monday, September 16, 2013

A Surprise For Lily

 A Surprise For Lily

By Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher

Published by Revell, September 1st, 2013

This is the fourth book in the series documenting the life of Lily Lapp and her Amish family. We meet Lily being excited about starting back to school, but then her life is turned upside down by the sudden death of her paternal grandfather and the events surrounding his funeral.

Her new teacher, Teacher Judith, is neither a good disciplinarian nor a good English teacher and eventually Lily's Mamm is co-opted by the school board to teach the English lessons at their schoolhouse, much to Lily's chagrin and dismay. Her worries about how well her Mamm will cope prove quite unnecessary and Rachel Lapp shows herself more than capable of the task of controlling the rambunctious boys with humour.

Lily and her younger brothers continue to have many adventures and escapades, including acquiring a new dog and a new buggy horse and Lily learns many lessons about life and what is important, especially when her beloved cousin moves away to a new home and her friend Beth's family home burns down.......

Lily's innocence is sweet and touching, and the surprise she gets at the end made me laugh out loud. These books celebrate the  innocence of childhood and Lily's well-founded trust in her beloved parents to care for their family and to always do what is right. A satisfying read!

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