Patchwork Dreams

Patchwork Dreams

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by Laura Hilton

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Teen mother Becky Troyer struggles for acceptance in her Amish community. When a handsome young man named Jakob comes to help out for the summer, a friendship that blossoms slowly soon turns to love.


Teen mother Becky Troyer struggles for acceptance in her Amish community. When a handsome young man named Jakob comes to help out for the summer, a friendship that blossoms slowly soon turns to love.

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The Amish term rumspringa describes the period when Amish teens are allowed to experience life outside of their religious community before committing to baptism. Becky Troyer returned home from her rumspringa single and pregnant. Since then, she has been shunned by her Amish community. Things change when Jacob Miller arrives at the Troyer farm to help with the summer chores. He has been sent by his father who wants him to spend some time away from a young woman named Susie. Becky and Jacob form a tentative friendship that deepens over time into love, but Jacob is sworn to another back home. VERDICT This is Hilton's (Shadows of the Past) first foray into Amish fiction, and it is bound to please fans of this popular CF subgenre. Endearing characters and a homespun feel make this a sure bet for readers who like Beverly Lewis and Suzanne Woods Fisher.

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Whitaker House
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Amish of Seymour
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Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Prior to Patchwork Dreams, she published two novels with Treble Heart Books, Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, readers may visit her blog at

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Patchwork Dreams 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome read, the author holds your attention from the first page until the last. I loved this nook book . Most Amish romances are similiar ,not so much in this one though, there were unexpected twists along the way. This is a book that I will want to read again later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always love reading about Amish way of life....this was a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not book the book down. I read it in two days
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful Amish story. A real insight into the Amish Culture. Jacob Miller is set to live with his distant cousin Daniel, where he learns the blacksmith trade. He comes from PA to Seymour, Missouri he thinks to appease his father. He is dating Suzie and has every intention to return in a few months and marry her. At the door to Daniel's place he meets Becky. Does he believe in Love at first sight? Can't be there is Suzie? The Amish in PA are trading some young men with MO, in order to help with some of the birth defects that are common in each Community. Jacob hopes to return when the others arrive, if not before. Both Becky and Jacob need to accept God's Grace and forgiveness. They are now thrown together along with Suzie. I recommend this book...what a great Summer read.
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
Patchwork of Dreams by Laura V. Hilton is another great book to add to your to be read and/or summer reading pile. As I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Hilton's book, I recommend putting it on the top of your "TBR" pile! It is a wonderful story. I enjoyed the plot, was emotionally moved and the book engaged me fully from start to finish. It really is a wonderful, relaxing and beautiful story! I look forward to the release of the next book in The Amish of Seymour series. Many thanks to KCWC for the opportunity to review this book. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect honestly how I feel about this book.
Mamaleh More than 1 year ago
"Whew! Not boring!" Those were the words I used when I emailed Laura Hilton about her latest book, Patchwork Dreams. Mrs. Hilton is a personal friend, and I had actually had some trepidation about reading her book, since I had promised to write a review. I've read quite a few Amish-based novels, and other than those by the "Masters" like Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter, most have cookie-cutter story lines and fluffy dialogue and description. Not so with this author's latest. In so many Christian novels, even non-Amish based, relationships are almost fairy-tale. Lives are perfectly devoted to God and people never falter in their walk with Him and in their sickeningly unrealistic dealings with each other. Mrs. Hilton's story, on the other hand, features complex and realistic characters as well as an intriguing storyline that kept me from closing the book and turning off my bed-time lights. I particularly appreciated Mrs. Hilton's well-researched description of the Black-Smiths' profession, adding interest to these multi-faceted characters. I look forward to the next in this series.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
When Jacob arrives in Seymour he discovers that his father has lied to him about the reason for his visit. Then he discovers that the girl he is attracted to is an unwed mother, something that is definitely not common in an Amish community. The characters of Jacob and Becky are well written. Becky's angst so understandable and old fashioned like stepping back into the 1950's moral dilemmas. Every time I read an Amish book I learn new things about their habits and lifestyles and the conflict between their beliefs and society at large. This was an excellent story and a great start for a series. Special thanks to Cathy Hickling of Whitaker House for sending me a review copy
Mar-J 8 days ago
Patchwork Dreams is not your typical Amish story. Laura V. Hilton created a masterpiece with her characters, story line and words that created scenes that connected the story even more. They were not empty words but words with heart felt emotions. I didn’t want to stop reading until I was finished; however, responsiblities of life prevented that. I read every spare minute I could till I read the final word in this top of the line Amish tale. Jacob Miller was a disgruntled young man when he was sent to Seymour, MO from Pennsylvania, as a swap for young men to bring new blood into the Amish community. With Jacob’s arrival to his uncle’s farm, Daniel Troyer, Jacob noticed Becky Troyer and how she seemed down trodden by never smiling. Becky had suffered at the hand of a young Englisher guy and was paying the price daily in her life. Her family supported her and she gave all she had to assist the family with her wonderful cooking, baking and household chores. When Jacob and Becky went to McDonald’s for a fancy coffee, that Becky had developed a taste for while in her rumschpringe, Jacob encounter the Englisher. What transpired between the two men was not the typical response of an Amish man. There are so many twists and turns with Becky even leaving to go assist her sister’s family. Who is stealing all the letters that were being sent to Becky? Why did Jacob’s girlfriend from Pennsylvania show up unannounced when she had asked for a break from Jacob after he went to Seymour? Order a copy of Patchwork Dreams and discover this amazing story. This book is filled with determination, heartache, misunderstanding, faith, love and prayers being spoken throughout the story to show the strong faith of the characters. I felt each character’s emotion whether it was tears or laughter. I cannot wait to finish the second book, Harvest of Hearts, in The Amish of Seymour. I’m thankful the author included chapter one in this book.
KathleenFriesen More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with both Becky and Jacob within the first few pages of this story. Author Laura V. Hilton brings her characters to life with all its complexities. Becky carries the burden of her failure every moment of every day. She has knelt and confessed, but without real forgiveness from the community. As a result, she is bowed but not quite broken. I cheered for her when her back straightened and she stood up for herself. Jacob was responsible for some of that courage as he challenged her to enjoy life again. Of course, his own problems interfere with his quest to bring a light to Becky’s eyes, with secrets and insecurity blocking their back-and-forth dance toward true love. This story held me captive, and I thoroughly enjoyed my little visit with the Amish of Seymour. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. Patchwork Dreams earns five stars.
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Rolls over
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Wonderful story.  I did not want to put the book down.  Already started book 2.
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I loved every word Could not put it down It brought tears to my eyes What a wonderful love story
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Couldn't wait for this story to end. It was very, very s-l-o-w moving. Find it hard to believe it got such great ratings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book and fast read. Surprised it was a free friday book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading all Amish book. This book grabbed my interest from the cover to the final page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a quick and entertaining read. I enjoy Amish stories and have yet to read one that didn't come out with a happy and fairly predictable ending. This one is no different, but it does has a few twists and turns along the way. More character development would have made the book better. For example, Jacob left a girlfriend at home. Since he was planning on marrying her, it seems that he would have experienced more of a struggle over his attraction to Becky. Becky's internal struggle was realistic (but I think just a tad overdone), but Jacob should have had more of a struggle over his feelings for the two women. Still, it is a good story and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.