"Nee. Don't ya see? Zach's putting these ideas in your head so you'll steer clear of me. He's afraid you'll decide you prefer the Amish life to his."
Holly would never become Amish," Zach said.
"That's not what I hear." Armin tossed the grass away. "Nathaniel told me she wore his daughter's dress and apron, and even figured out how to secure the pins. And he said she relies on her computer less and less."
"We don't have internet up at my grandma's," I said. But Armin was speaking the truth. And I'd neglected to put on makeup today. Not to mention, I'd all but given up driving.
"She loves riding in the buggy," Armin said. "I can tell that. 'Tis plain as the pout on your face, but you're too dickkeppichâ€”thick-headedâ€”to see."
"How do you know so much about my future wife?"
"You ain't married yet, Zach..."
After finding out about her Amish heritage that had long been hidden, Holly Fisher abd her mother, Esther, move from Seattle to Pennsylvania so she can get to know her "new" family and the Amish lifestyle. Once there, things aren't quite as simple as they seem. Holly finds she loves the Amish life and takes pleasure in the simple things, eventually forgetting the lack of modern conveniences. The local Veteranarian, Zach Flemming soon sweeps her off her feet. Holly thinks she knows what her heart wants until she meets a local Amish man. Armin King makes Holly's determination to marry Zach waver and she constantly finds herself second guessing what her heart wants. When an old friend from Seattle shows up at her door asking for her hand in marriage, Holly is shocked. Amidst her indecisions about her love life, Holly is struggling with her grandmother's failing health and a surprise package from her deceased father. Who will Holly choose and what lifestyle will she be happy with?
I always love Amish Fiction. There is just something about the close relationship the Amish share with God and their readiness to forgive that draws me. Pennsylvania Patchwork made me experience this feeling all over again. The scenes were so descriptive I felt like I was there enjoying the Amish countryside. I must say I was rooting for one of Holly's suitors in particular. While they all had things about them I loved and admired, one stood out among the rest for me. I won't give out any spoilers but I am looking forward to Book three so I can follow the rest of the story. Kate Lloyd wrote a thoroughly enjoyable story that kept me turning the page to find out more. While you don't have to read book one to follow along with what's happening, you will want to after reading this book. If you like Amish Fiction, you'll love Pennsylvania Patchwork.
**I received this book free from the publisher through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion**
Holly and her mother Esther Fisher are living in Esther's family home with her mother Anna. The rest of Esther's family has moved to Montana so she and Holly are taking care of Mommy Anna, as Holly calls her grandmother. Both women, Holly and Esther have a lot of decisions to make about their future and the closer they get to thinking they know what they want, the more complicated things become.
This is a pretty busy story and keeps you guessing which direction they are moving toward. Esther's husband to be, Nathaniel, has to leave town to search for his first wife, Holly becomes engaged to a mennonite but finds herself falling for Armin, Nathaniel's brother, and to top that off an old friend comes from Seattle to visit and wants her to marry him.
As all of this is happening her grandmother is very sick and Esther gets a box from an old friend of her husband with the most bizarre contents. The contents are from Samuel, Esther's supposedly deceased husband, but what is in the box isn't something he would send to Esther and Holly and kind of throws Mommy Anna off the deep end which causes her to get even more forgetful.
Kate did a good job of keeping me guessing as to what was going to happen and I must say that I was surprised in Holly's decision. Another good read for all of you Amish book lovers out there. Don't forget to read "Leaving Lancaster" first to get the background for this story!
Holly Fisher was raised in the suburbs of Seattle by her mother, Esther. What Holly finds out is that Esther had been keeping her Amish family a secret. When they move back to Amish country to take care of Holly's grandmother, Holly seems to adjust rather well and finds herself getting engaged to a Mennonite veterinarian.
While I enjoyed this story, I found it to be a little difficult to follow especially in the beginning. (Maybe this was partially because I did not read the first book in the series.) It switched from first person (being told by Holly) to third person, which I found to be quite confusing.
This is a sweet story about family, heartache, loss, Christian values and love. Forgiveness and honesty were also valuable lessons brought out by this story.
I received a copy of Pennsylvania Patchwork from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Very interesting story about family & forgiveness.
August 10, 2013
Grand Prairie, TX
A very enjoyable book which is part of a great series. Pennsylvania Patchwork is the second book of the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy by Kate Lloyd. I have read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. In Pennsylvania Patchwork, we meet up again with Holly Fisher and her mother, Esther. They are now living with Holly's grandmother, an old order Amish woman named Anna.
This story is full of secrets and guilt from the past. There is much confusion about the future, especially for Holly in regard to her upcoming marriage to Zach. Will the wedding be happening or will a past relationship come between Holly and Zach? Add to that the fact that there appear to be two other men interested in Holly. Who is the man God really intends for her to be with? Esther has her own share of troubles again in this book. She must juggle her ailing mother's strange behavior, uncertainty regarding her relationship with Nathaniel and some strange information regarding her deceased husband.
Pennsylvania Patchwork was a great read. I really enjoyed the way the author switched perspectives between each chapter. This technique worked to increase my anticipation as I read each chapter. I felt very invested in discovering what happens with these characters and look forward to reading the third book in this trilogy some day. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Pennsylvania Patchwork, is the second novel in The Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy by Kate Lloyd.
This is a story about two women who travel from Seattle to live in the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Esther Fisher had run away from the community when she was young. When Holly, her 30 year-old daughter loses her job, the women decide to enter the Amish community to help out with Esther's aging mother. Holly finds that when she reaches Lancaster, she has to make many adjustments to live with her Amish grandma who has a simple way of life that is definitely different from the mainstream culture. The author places three generations of women living together in a single home. This situation makes Pennsylvania Patchwork an interesting read.
Holly soon finds that she has three suitors: Zach Fleming, a Mennonite Vet, Arming King, an Amish man and Larry Haarberg, a banker she met while in Seattle. Her mother, Esther also has a possible marriage in the works. The story has many twists and turns, several mysteries, love, and many wonderful descriptions of the Amish community in Lancaster. The author's description of life in this community presents an old-fashion charm with picturesque farmlands and landscapes that invites the reader to want to live there. She tells of rolling hills, lush grasses, horse and buggies, crops, etc.
Can Esther and Holly adapt to the Amish Ordnung (rule book)? What is in the mysterious bread box? Will Esther bury the past and marry? Will Holly marry, if so, who?
I really enjoyed reading Pennsylvania Patchwork and learned much about the Amish culture.
Thank you David C. Cook for offering free in exchange for my honest opinion and BookFun.org that made it all happen!