By Kate Lloyd
About Pennsylvania Patchwork:
Seattle native Holly Fisher is smitten by Lancaster County, its simplicity and her long lost relatives. In the sequel to bestselling Leaving Lancaster, Holly embraces the Amish culture, learning to slow down to see what --- and who --- really matters.
Meeting the family that her mother had kept hidden from her, Holly comes face to face with her real life and blood legacy. She also falls for the charming Zach, a handsome Mennonite veterinarian who is everything she's ever wanted in a husband: confident, kind, successful, and authentic. And Zach proposes marriage. Is this too soon? Is this the right choice? Mother and Amish grandmother think she's rushing into too much of a lifestyle change. Holly is in love with Zach and that precludes everything. Until she meets an attractive Amish man. And an old suitor shows up.
Pennyslvania Patchwork is the moving, richly told story of one woman's heart, her faith and trust, and the choices she makes. Never easy, but one choice can change your destiny.
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This book was a delightful read, with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue to keep your attention from the first page to the last! Kate Lloyd's first book "Leaving Lancaster" , her first attempt at Amish fiction, was a joy to read, and this second one was no disappointment. I call this Amish fiction, however, the Mennonite faith as well as the Amish faith plays an important part of the story.
The characters were realistic and believable. They become part of you, as you get to know them throughout their trials and challenges. Holly is a young lady who truly wants to marry and have her own family. This desire runs alongside her mother's - who is about to be married again. Holly , although brought up in Seattle, adapts well to life in the country. As the truth of her true Amish background , which has been such a mysterious secret, becomes known, Holly's desires seem to be coming to fulfillment, however by more than one suitor!!
You can feel her joy, her confusion and her conflict, as her mother appears to fight her every move.
I must say, my favorite character has to be Mommy Anna, a true believer in the Amish faith. I loved her spunk and sometimes rather sneaky attitude while trying to deal with problems. She was a quirky individual that truly appealed to me. She exemplifies the ability to understand and deal with the changes that have occurred over the years. Her daughter's earlier rebellion in the community is forgiven .Allthough coping with health issues, her faith remains strong. This thoughtlessness of the younger Esther is described with detail and understanding, while Kate captures the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters. Both disappointments and expectations are dealt with in a unique way.
The plot has just the right amount of twists and turns to keep the reader wondering what will happen. Each chapter brings new , sometimes happy, other times , upsetting , challenges. Just when you feel you have everything figured out, a new surprise is just a page away!
This is truly a story of redemption and forgiveness. Through the story of these three generations of women comes the true meaning- God forgives and has a plan for our lives. We just need to take time to listen, yes, and sometimes we need to wait to hear that still voice! Will Holly take the right road and follow God's plan??
Kate Lloyd is an author to watch for. She has the ability to write Amish fiction a bit differently than the norm. The Englisch world plays an important role in her stories. This is definitely worth the read!! I can hardly wait for her next book!!
About The Author:
Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She's worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.
Learn more about Kate at http://www.katelloyd.net
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