Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd is a story set in an Amish community in the Lancaster area. It is the sequel to Leaving Lancaster. I found that there were details in the story that made me feel that I was missing background. I would recommend reading the first book in the series, Leaving Lancaster first. I think that the book might have made more sense to me if I had the background of the first volume.
Holly Fisher is the protagonist, a young woman who came from Seattle to the Amish community where her mother had grown up. Her mother, with her Amish husband, left the community before Holly was born. Holly’s father was killed in Vietnam. Holly is in her 30’s; but I felt her maturity level was back somewhere in her early teens. She is being courted by three men, all who strut around like roosters, arguing with each other and showing hostility. Holly’s mother is engaged to an Amish man and she plans to join the church. However, her fiancé is in Ohio checking out a rumor that his first wife was still alive. The other important character, Mommy Anna, is Holly’s maternal grandmother who seemed pretty crotchety to me. If this all sounds confusing, I would say it is. There is so much going on. Towards the end of the book Holly stated that her life was like a soap opera. I thought that pretty well summed up the book.
The book only spans a time period of 2 or 3 days. These days are packed with drama that continued to reoccur. The story did seem to pull together and end well. For someone who enjoys Amish fiction this book could have some merit. However, I would not recommend it for a general audience.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
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.
Pennyslvania 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.
About the Author
Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She's worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.
Learn more about Kate at http://www.katelloyd.net
Kate Lloyd is celebrating the release of book two in her Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Pennsylvania Patchwork, by giving away an authentic Amish-made quilt!
One "grand" winner receive:
- An authentic Amish-made Quilt
- Pennsylvania Patchwork and Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd