Pennsylvania Patchwork is the second book by author Kate Lloyd that I have read. I loved book one in this series, Leaving Lancaster, and didnt see how Pennsylvania Patchwork could top it. Guess what? It did! I was glued to each and every page to see how this story would play out.
This book continues with the life of Holly Fisher and her Mom Esther Fisher. I thought I had this story all figured out. I was wrong and really surprised at the ending. If you love a few twists, turns, and some mystery, you will love this book.
Relationships are on the mend and emotions are on the rise. I must say after the last page I read, I sat and pondered it for awhile. I had tears in my eyes and Id love to explain why but I cant because what I would reveal would spoil it for anyone who has not read this book yet.
I urge everyone to buy this book. I highly recommend that you buy and read the first one, Leaving Lancaster, before reading this one. I wouldnt want you to miss a thing! I cant wait to read the last book in this trilogy, Forever Amish.
I liked the twist in this final book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. The mystery is kept a secret for much of the book about Sally's family. We know that she has a sick father, but we don't know anything about her mother or her Father's family. However, we also get to know Lizzie and her family. I will admit that the whole meeting between Sally and Lizzie is a bit odd. I knew something was up, but I couldn't figure it out at first. As the story grew, I started to have some suspicions as to what was up, but I liked how the story was withheld for so long.
I personally liked Armin. He is a hard-working man who is easy to like. I enjoyed all of the wild thoughts that Sally had about him and Rhoda. Isn't it so easy to just jump to conclusions about people?!
Even though this is part of a series, you don't have to have read the first two to enjoy this one. It easily can stand alone as a novel or as part of the series.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and David C Cook Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
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.
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.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Kate Lloyd's 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, Nathaniel's roving younger brother, plus her former boyfriend reappearsÃ¢â¬âwhich 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.