Leaving Lancaster, Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, #1   -     By: Kate Lloyd
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Leaving Lancaster, Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, #1

David C. Cook / 2012 / Paperback

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Holly Fisher feels betrayed when she discovers a long-kept secret---her mother was raised in an Amish community. Now her grandmother is begging them to leave Seattle and return to Pennsylvania. Holly is furious that she was never told about her relatives. Will mother and daughter find healing among the Plain People of Lancaster County?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0781405084
ISBN-13: 9780781405089
Availability: In Stock
Series: Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy

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Can a splintered Amish family reconcile?
 
More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Esther to return. And Holly is shocked when she learns that the family she’s never known lives on a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, farm—as part of an Amish community her mother once abandoned.
Guilt-ridden Esther, terrified to see her mother and siblings, begs Holly to accompany her on a visit to Esther’s mother before she dies. But can their journey to a conflicting world heal their emotional wounds and finally bring them home?
Set in the heart of contemporary Lancaster County, Leaving Lancaster explores the power of forgiveness, family reconciliation, and love where least expected.

Author Bio

Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for Leaving Lancaster. She is also a member of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Kate and her husband, Noel, live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college and has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur. Find out more about Kate on Facebook or at www.katelloyd.net.

Author Bio

A native of Baltimore, Kate Lloyd spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for Leaving Lancaster and Pennsylvania Patchwork. She is a member of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, and has done extensive research on the Amish. Kate and her husband live in Seattle. More about Kate at www.katelloyd.net and www.facebook.com/katelloydbooks.

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  1. AL
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Leaving Lancaster
    September 7, 2014
    LizD1
    AL
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Leaving Lancaster: A Novel - eBook.
    Leaving Lancaster ( Legacy of Lancaster #1 )

    By: Kate Lloyd

    This is my first book to read by Kate Lloyd and it will not be my last. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I loved reading Leaving Lancaster and had no problems with the story or the characters. Holly Fisher is thirty-something and lives in Seattle. She has always long for grand parents and family. She has her mother and grew up poor. Holly learns about a deep secret that her mother, Esther has kept from her. Esther tells her that they need to go and see her grandmother that is really sick and maybe dying. Holly gets really mad at her mother for not telling her that she has other family. There is a lot of family that still has a hate for Esther for running off when she was young. Holly's dad died before she was borne so she never had a dad. Esther is from an Amish community in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Esther is scared to death to go back to her old home and town. How will the people treat her. Can Holly, a city lady go to her mother's Amish home and do without her cell phone, laptop, hairdryer and all the things she is used to. Kate Lloyd pens a story of mother and daughter and their relationship . There is a lot of family, hate, forgiveness, healing , and love in Leaving Lancaster. To find out more about Holly, Esther, and how things turns out when they go back to Esther's home town and the farm where she grew up, you will need to read Leaving Lancaster.

    I was given a copy of this book from the author for my honest review , and I have given it.
  2. Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amish Fiction With A New Twist!
    August 15, 2014
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is my first novel by author Kate Lloyd and I absolutely loved it. Amish fiction with a storyline that I havent read before. It is very rare that a book will grab me from the first page. Leaving Lancaster is a book that did just that.

    Holly Fisher might seem a little spoiled at times but I tried putting myself in her shoes and I probably would have reacted with a lot more anger and hurt than what she did. Why were these secrets kept from her all these years? Didnt she have a right to know?

    Esther Fisher, Hollys mother, is full of secrets and hurts from her past. Can her daughter Holly ever forgive her? Can she forgive herself. Better yet, can her family forgive her?

    A lot of healing needs to take place in Esther Fishers life. Seeking forgiveness and asking for forgiveness is needed too. Trust has been taken away and needs to be restored. Will that happen?

    I hated when this book came to an end but delighted that I have the second and third books in this series to read. Pennsylvania Patchwork and Forever Amish are those books. I cant wait to see where Esther and Hollys decisions take them. If both of these books are as good as Leaving Lancaster, I am in for a real treat!

    This is an author you dont want to miss. I highly recommend Leaving Lancaster.

  3. The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Mixed feelings
    April 14, 2014
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Leaving Lancaster: A Novel - eBook.
    I thought the story line was great but what did bother me throughout was the rudeness of several of the characters and the abrupt way in which they responded to each other upon first meeting. I would have given this book 5 stars if the characters were friendlier and showed more respect.
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 20, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Leaving Lancaster: A Novel - eBook.
    More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly's grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Esther to return. And Holly is shocked when she learns that the family she's never known lives on a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, farm—as part of an Amish community her mother once abandoned.

    Guilt-ridden Esther, terrified to see her mother and siblings, begs Holly to accompany her on a visit to Esther's mother before she dies. But can their journey to a conflicting world heal their emotional wounds and finally bring them home?

    Set in the heart of contemporary Lancaster County, Leaving Lancaster explores the power of forgiveness, family reconciliation, and love where least expected.

    My Review:

    Life as a she knows it comes to an abrupt halt when Holly Fisher discovers she has a family. Not just any family, but hundreds of cousins, aunts, uncles, and even a grandmother - in the heart of Lancaster County. Lloyd does an excellent job of conveying the vast array of emotions with the three main characters and gives us a unique glimpse of what actions and consequences have cost three generations of women. Holly has the least blame in everything, but she still stubbornly holds on to anger and resentment at her mother for withholding knowledge of her family's whereabouts.

    Now for the one thing that drove me nuts about Holly. Oh, she shaped up and turned out to be a great lead character, but her behavior in the beginning was absolutely terrible. I could hardly believe that any adult would act the way she did. I was very happy to see a change of attitude, and she did a complete 180 in the course of the book. Her entire viewpoint drastically changes and she becomes the woman she was meant to become. Lloyd writes with an above stellar perspective on love, relationships and what it means to truly be a family.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Orwigsburg,PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Read
    November 21, 2013
    Maureen Gerhard
    Orwigsburg,PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoyed the book but at times I thought it dragged.
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