Pennsylvania Patchwork, book 2 of Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy by Kate Lloyd
Holly Fisher grew up having an Amish family that was kept secret from her. After losing her job in Seattle she and her mother move in with Anna the grandmother she has never known. Together they help to care for the ill Anna who is feisty, driven and seems to be a little senile. Holly seems to fit right in to the new simpler way of life. She falls in love with local boy, Zach, a Mennonite veterinarian. He seems to be the man of her dreams. She agrees to marry him then questions arise from his past. Can they be overcome? Holly meets handsome Armin. He was raised Amish but left and has recently came home trying to decide if he wants to be baptized. He claims to want a life with Holly too. Now Larry her English friend and ex co-worker shows up proclaiming his love for her. Three suitors have left Holly full of doubt, confusion and tested her faith. The three suitors can be hilarious with the problems they bring too this story. Whom will she choose? Her grandmother wants her to choose an Amish husband and would have her be baptized Amish. Her mother Esther wants grandchildren before it's too late. What does Holly want? The author Kate Lloyd does a great joy of working questions of faith into the story. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian or Amish fiction. I want to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for this book. And thanks to the author Kate Lloyd and publisher David C Cook for writing and bring good clean Christian books to readers like me.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
I will start by stating honestly that I have not read the first book in this trilogy. That said I had a little trouble at the beginning of the story feeling lost. I didn't understand who the characters were and what their relationship to each other was. Once I had sorted these things out I was able to get into the story very much.
Holly Fisher and her mother, Esther, are in Lancaster staying with Holly's grandmother, Mommy Anna. She has fallen in love with the handsome Mennonite veterinarian, Zach, who takes care of Mommy Anna's aged horse. They are engaged though Holly's mother and grandmother feel that she is rushing things.
She then meets a charming Amish man, and an old friend from Seattle shows up. They are both attracted to her and life becomes a tangle of doubts for her. To compound the issue she is also trying to help her mother and grandmother though their own difficult and confusing situations.
Will they figure out what, and who, really matters before they make any commitment that cannot be changed?
These characters seem well developed. At times some of them do seem to be a little childish in their behavior. There were a lot of side conflicts that were just a little difficult to follow and sort out at times. I'm used to Amish fiction having at least one well-grounded and calm person that acted as a voice of reason and wisdom. Occasionally I felt that this integral person was missing from the story.
I may have only felt this confusion due to the fact that I hadn't read the first book in the series. I look forward to reading that book and filling in the gaps in my own understanding that way. I definitely recommend reading this book. My suggestion would be to read book 1, Leaving Lancaster, first though.
This book was so interesting! I found the portrayal of Amish living to be very authentic from what I personally know about the Amish. Holly Fisher, her mother Esther, and grandmother Anna Gingerich are unique characters and each have their own ideas for the future. Esther has plans to join the Amish and marry neighbor Nathaniel. Holly loves Zach, a Mennonite veterinarian, but his mother Beth and her grandmother Anna have other ideas that cause conflict. Even Holly's own mother wonders if she has prayed enough about her relationship with Zach. Two other suitors get into the act and set Holly questioning herself. Holly learns a lot about forgiveness and honesty, and the book has a satisfying conclusion. I recommend this book and look forward to reading the next one in the series.
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Pennsylvania Patchwork is the second book in a series, Leaving Lancaster being the first from the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. I have not read the first book at this time but have an inkling of what happened in it from reading this book.
Holly Fisher and her mother Esther Fisher now live with Holly's grandmother, Anna Gingerich. This book is not just about one character but all three of these women, and the men in their lives.
At the very first Holly is engaged to Zach Fleming, even though she barely knows him. Zach is the local Vet and is very busy with his practice. Or is it his practice that is taking his attention away from Holly? And, are there others that want to court Holly also?
Esther is also engaged, although not formally according to their church ways. Nathaniel King is their neighbor and will take over their farm when they are married so he is around quite a bit, but his life if not all straightened out. What is standing in the way of their getting married?
There is a lot of intrigue woven into this Amish story, just the opposite of what the their little part of the world is used to. This intrigue carries you through the story clear up to the very end.
I really like the way Kate Lloyd wove all these lives together, keeping each one just as important as the others. I would recommend this to all who love a good Amish story.
I received a copy of the book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
Kate Lloyd has done an incredible job of melding the Amish and English world in Pennsylvania Patchwork. I did not read book #1 of this series as I did not realize there was another one and a few times, I was wondering what I had missed but Kate does a great job of filling in the blanks for readers. I do want to find book 1 and read it now though.
I have long imagined what it would be like to convert to the Amish faith and Holly made it possible for me to experience this through her. Several times, I was very conflicted ov er which man Holly ought to be with but Holly let God lead and guide her. I truly felt the regret of Holly's mom concerning her past choices. Kate's writing style is so true-to-life.
I received a free pdf copy of this book from netgalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review.