A sweet Amish story with some far-reaching secrets
September 6, 2013
Pennsylvania Patchwork isn't quite your typical Amish romance. Instead of focusing on a young Amish, usually girl, who has to decide if she will leave her community or stick with the Amish faith this book features 3 generations of women in different places in their lives.
(Mommy) Anna has never left her Amish faith and wants nothing more than to see her daughter and granddaughter join the church as well. She is also starting to have some health problems that concern her loved ones.
Esther was raised Amish but left as a young woman to marry the former Amish boy she loved. After many years in the Englisch world - and some secrets, she has returned to the church and will soon be marrying Amish man Nathaniel.
Holly is in her 30's and still lives with her family. Until recently she had no idea about her Amish heritage and she now has to decide whether she wants to join the Amish church or continue as an Englischer. AND she has to choose between three, very different, but good men.
I hadn't had a chance to read the first book in this trilogy yet and after reading Pennsylvania Patchwork I would love to do so. In many ways this book can be read as a standalone but I think some references would make more sense with the background of Leaving Lancaster.
Since I was new to Kate Lloyd's work I didn't really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find a story that did have many of the elements familiar to readers of Amish fiction but also some different twists in the plot-line that made this book an interesting and fun read. This book through some expected and also unexpected curves to the story that kept me reading through a couple of spots that lagged a little. In some ways the ending seemed a little rushed but for the most part it really wasn't, the resolutions for Esther's and Holly's romances were quick but very good.
Pennsylvania Patchwork is enjoyable read for lovers of Amish fiction and those that enjoy a good story about a simpler life - one that has the odd habit of becoming complicated at times.
(I received this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.)
Holly finally meets her Amish relatives. She finds that she doesn't miss all the modern conveniences and the peace, community spirit, love and faith touch her. Think of a young woman who called herself a "wallflower" and suddenly there are three young men wanting to court her. How does a girl decide what to do?? She prays and talks to her Amish grandmother. This is a story that you will thoroughly enjoy, characters that you will love and my only compliant - how long do we have to wait for another good book from Kate Lloyd? I read my first book by Kate last year and loved it.
Holly finally gets to meet the Amish family her mother grew up with and kept a secret for so many years. She has a fiance, but circumstances lead her to wonder if she'll ever get married or if she should be looking in a different direction. Should she join the Amish faith like her mother, or wait to see what will happen with her fiance.
I, unfortunately, did not read book 1 before I received book 2 for review. This, I'm sure, colored my view of the book. The characters were fun and seemed to have depth. The story was well written and portrayed the emotions well. My complaint about the story was the fact that it didn't seem to stand alone as its own book. I felt lost from the very beginning and stayed this way through most of the book. So much was missing that I'm sure was in book 1. My recommendation would be to find book 1 and read it first. The author is good and the book was fun to read. But these books don't stand alone.
I received this book free of charge from Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
Loved Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd. Kate Lloyd, writes a story about three women Esther, Holly, and Anna. The uncertainity of their lives of future and a hope. Kate's story keeps you in suspense of what is going to happen next....a story that makes you want to continue to read on to not miss a single beat. I received this book by The Book Club Network, Inc. to do a review. I would recommend this book to everyone to read.
Wow! This was an excellent book! My favorite genre of books are suspense/thrillers so I was thinking this book would be okay. Boy, was I wrong! This book had my attention from the first page. This is the 2nd book in a series but I haven't read the 1st book in the series so you don't necessarily have to read them in order. I read this book in a couple of days.
This book follows Esther and Holly Fisher in Amish contry. Holly is very confused about love as she has quite a few suitors calling for her attention. There are a couple of secrets that some of the characters are hiding and the resolutions don't happen until the end of the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!
I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion. Thank you Bookfun and David C. Cook for letting me review this book!