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
For the most part, I am one who absolutely adores Amish fiction. I have only been reading it for a few years, but there is something often quite charming and endearing about these books, and very rarely do I read one with which I cannot connect. In addition to this, it seems that Amish fiction is all the rage amongst authors. I think that it behooves a prospective Amish author to truly consider whether she can write a believable story that will draw readers into the simple, quaint Amish way of life.
As much as I wanted to like this story, I have to admit that almost from the beginning, I was rather turned off. It is true that I did not read the first book in the series, and possibly that was my issue. If you choose to read this series, make sure you start with the first book. I spent the first fifty pages or so trying to figure out who everyone was, and it was quite difficult. It was as easy as swimming against the current at times.
Now, don't get me wrong. There are some pretty interesting moments in the book. It was clear that Kate Loyd had done her homework. She painted a splendid picture of Amish life and examined many issues surrounding the decision to convert to this way of life or not. And the trio of men who were pursuing Holly made me want to read to the end. I was also grateful to the allusions to Seattle and the beauty of Washington state. That is what first drew me to this book, as a matter of fact. I also appreciated the bit of mystery and intrigue the author inserted into the story.
I found the book rather vapid at times, and I did not like the ending at all. I am sure that true romantics out there would absolutely love the ending, but it just did not sit well with me. The author's writing style was fine, but I just did not connect with the characters nor the story. I honestly felt that the Christian principles in the book lacked depth. In fact, I was horrified when one of the characters chose to conceal something she never should have. I realize that the author may be setting the stage for the next book, but I can only hope that she would have catastrophe in store for that character. I would have appreciated it much more if Kate Loyd had concentrated more on the faith of the characters. I wish this book could be more complimentary, but this book was more of a struggle than a delight. But realize that this is only my opinion, and I am possibly in the minority with what I think.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
December 30, 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
ONE HEART. TWO LOVES. ONE CHOICE.
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 Ã¢ÂÂ 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 sheÃ¢ÂÂs 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 sheÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
Pennsylvania Patchwork is the moving, richly told story of one womanÃ¢ÂÂs heart, her faith and trust, and the choices she makes. Never easy, but one choice can change your destiny.
My initial impression of Holly as a character in Leaving Lancaster was not a very good one. For a woman her age, she is self-centered and selfish, and has no backbone whatsoever. In this novel, she makes a complete turn-around that is rather confusing. I understand she wants to connect with her family and be a part of that family, but she goes from an Englisher mentality, to complete openness about the Amish life and ways.
While that sounds like criticism for Lloyd's work and this novel, the elements of Holly's emotions and actions as a character is the reason why I loved this book. So many Amish novels out there portray their characters as people with a problem/situation, and of course it gets solved within the course of the book. In this book, Holly's personality is akin to someone in their teens, but I found her to be a more realistic character to real life than the storybook characters that run rampant in our Christian Amish Fiction genre.
Overall, the book was an excellent sequel, and has all the ups and downs expected when someone from a completely different world and upbringing attempts to change their life. Very good reading, and I promise it is well worth the read.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
December 20, 2013