Pennsylvania Patchwork, Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, #2
Twists and troubles in Amish story
Kate LloydÃ¢ÂÂs second Amish novel continues the story of Esther and Holly, whom we met in Leaving Lancaster. In Pennsylvania Patchwork Esther is planning to join the Amish church of her youth and marry Nathaniel, an Amish widower, which pleases her elderly mother. Holly, her daughter, is engaged to Zach, a liberal Mennonite veterinarian. Both men must deal with disturbing incidents connected to their pasts and threatening their future.
Holly is also courted by an appealing Amishman, NathanielÃ¢ÂÂs roving younger brother, plus her former boyfriend reappearsÃ¢ÂÂwhich of the three should she choose to spend her life with? Could she give up modern conveniences and become Amish like her mom and grandparents? Being raised without a dad has profoundly affected her, and she longs for a man she can depend on.
Forgiveness and healing of the past emerges as a theme in this touching tale. The problems these true-to-life characters face can make readers examine their own lives and issues and hopefully decide on a healing path.
December 2, 2013
By: Kate Lloyd
I donÃ¢ÂÂt believe I have read a book of KateÃ¢ÂÂs that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like. Great stories well written. If you like Amish books you will love this one. Pennsylvania Patchwork is the sequel to Leaving Lancaster.
Story of Holly Fisher finding family and love. Like a patchwork quilt the pieces have to be sewn together. Meeting a family she never knew falling in love with Zach a Mennonite Vet. Thinking Zach is everything she wants in a husband then from her pass enters a Amish man. We all have choices we make in life and all may not be good. With the Amish they to have choices and not always is the right choice made. This book as a lot going on with different relationships, Making choices. Faith , Love , Trust and her Faith how will the story come out will it be the wife of a Mennonite man or will it be with the Amish man. I would read book one first so you can follow where the story goes. Looking forward to book 3.
November 8, 2013
What would you do?
This is my first time reading a book by Kate Lloyd. This is the second book in the trilogy. I haven't read the first one. So I don't have any point of reference. But I would love to read the whole series.
This book kept my eyes reading on and on until the end.
Holly's life is being turned upside down and around. Can she fit into the Amish community that her and her mother have come to? Who should she marry? Should it be her choice? Her mother and grandmother want to give their advice. There are many twist and turns in this book.
I was given this book for free for my honest review by bookfun.org.
October 23, 2013
Esther has returned home after leaving her Amish family behind in Pennsylvania to live a life with Samuel on the West Coast. Esther and Samuel lived life on the streets for awhile before Samuel ended up being drafted to serve. Esther settled into a life in Seattle until her husband Samuel came home from the war. During this time, Esther established herself in business as half-owner of a quilt shop and becoming a mother.
Holly is busy trying to find her way in life as either an Englisher or an Amish woman, one who has three men who seem smitten and determined to court her. Zach is a veterinarian who first proposed to Holly, but for the longest time didnÃ¢ÂÂt seem to pay her much attention. EstherÃ¢ÂÂs fiancÃÂ©, Nathaniel, ran both farms with his brotherÃ¢ÂÂs help, though his brother would come and go as the wind blows. Yet, Armin was attracted to Holly, but he didnÃ¢ÂÂt make time to nurture the relationship either. Then, one night, Larry shows up with a ring proposing to Holly, whom he met when they were at college.
Woven in the threads of the sequel to Leaving Lancaster are the many choices the characters have made along with repercussions. Also, some of the main characters are facing choices each day that could impact the future for many people. One aspect of the novel I most appreciated was how the characters sought the Lord in His Word and through prayer for guidance. Another quality I appreciated was how a couple of the characters faced their failings straight on, praying never to repeat their mistakes. Along with those threads was one of extending forgiveness by asking for GodÃ¢ÂÂs help to truly do so from the heart. I loved how the grandmother and granddaughter would challenge each other playfully without Holly becoming disrespectful. Some choices are hard especially when they differ from what is expected or anticipated by significant others in the charactersÃ¢ÂÂ lives.
Personally, I think we all have choices to make each day that we may or may not see the affect of right away, as Esther did in this story. Like EstherÃ¢ÂÂs personality though sometimes waiting for GodÃ¢ÂÂs will to be fulfilled can being trying and emotionally difficult. I loved the fact that Holly was not pressured to make a life decision based on what her mother was going to do. In fact, Holly was free to seek the Lord and make her choice. When she made it, everyone gladly rejoiced for her and knew she was happy. There is a third book in this series to be published and I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait to see how the author concludes this particular series set in Lancaster, PA!
September 30, 2013