I don't believe I have read a book of Kate's that I didn't 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.
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.
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.
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 God's 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 characters' 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 Esther's personality though sometimes waiting for God's 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 can't wait to see how the author concludes this particular series set in Lancaster, PA!
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.
Pennsylvania 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.
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.
Pennsylvania Patchwork is the first book that I have read in this series. It did not disappoint and I was happy to find that I was able to enjoy and understand the story line without having read the first book. I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are very interesting and well written.
This story is filled with regrets from the past,love, forgiveness, relationships between multiple generations and conflicts aplenty. I enjoyed the different character perspectives throughout the book, it was nice to see things through the eyes of Holly and Esther. I was also loved how the characters chose to seek God's will in their lives.
This story kept me longing for more and I would highly recommend this book! I enjoyed Kate Lloyd's writing style immensely.
I was given this book by Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.