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Patchwork Dreams [NOOK Book]

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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.
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603743143
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Publication date: 8/25/2010
  • Series: Amish of Seymour
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 203,983
  • File size: 419 KB

Meet the Author

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 lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    An awesome read!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Fantastic

    Always love reading about Amish way of life....this was a great read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I could not book the book down. I read it in two days

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Don't Let This Book Pass You By!

    Becky Troyer faces a life of raising her child alone without a husband. Who would want her after the mistake she made during her rumschpringe? She is an outcast in her own community. People talk and snicker about her behind her back.

    Jacob Miller arrives at the Troyer farm sent there by his father. Jacob is there with the understanding that he is to help Cousin Daniel with chores for the summer. Jacob soon learns that his father wasn¿t truthful with him and he was sent away to separate him from his girlfriend Susie.

    What starts out as a friendship between Jacob and Becky soon becomes apparent that they are drawn toward one other. Jacob has hopes of courting Becky but will she agree to courting him?

    Becky does not want to be hurt again after what happened to her during rumschpringe. What man would ever be interested in her?

    Will Becky learn to accept God¿s forgiveness and forgive herself for what she has done?

    Will Jacob give up trying to win Becky¿s heart?

    I¿m happy that the author Laura V. Hilton addresses the issue of a young Amish girl pregnant and unwed. I think at times we tend to idolize the Amish way of living. They struggle with the same issues that we do.

    It was refreshing that the author gave Becky such supportive parents. God¿s love shines through the way this situation was handled.

    This book drew me in from page one all the way to the end. I did not want to put this book down and read it every spare moment that I had. This is the first book I have read by this author. I am looking forward to reading A Harvest of Hearts, the second book in this ser

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    Loved it! Can't wait to read more fab stories from Laura!

    Ever since the TV series - Aaron's Way - I have loved Amish stories. Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton tops them all. There were definitely no `fillers' in this book. (What I mean by a filler is - scenes thrown in that add no real quality to the story and are only used to raise the word count.) In, Patchwork Dreams, each scene propels the story forward at a fast pace. And Jacob Miller, the hero, well that boy just doesn't give up. Wait, did I say boy? I meant man. That man refuses to give up. If I was Jacob Miller, I would have given up a long time ago and would have taken the next horse and buggy out of town. (Bet the heroine Becky Troyer is glad I'm not him. heehee) The man must be made of steal or something. Or to quote Aaron Miller from Aaron's Way, "That boy comes from fine stock." Jacob sure does. But poor Becky. What is it that Jacob isn't giving up on? Finding a man who will marry Becky, or what? After all, Jacob already has a gal back home. Hmmm. Oh, and Becky Troyer, well, she's a real sweetheart who made a huge mistake. Or did she? What really happened to her? What am I talking about? And what secret is she harboring? Do the two have anything to do with one another? AS IF! I'll never tell. *smiling* If you want to know the answers to these questions, and you want to read a really, really sweet story filled with romantic tension, then Patchwork Dreams is for you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Recommended Amish Love Story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    A fateful decision, two renewed hearts...

    Ever since returning from her rumschpringe pregnant and unwed, Becky Troyer has been a pariah in her Amish community. Even after she confesses her sin and rejoins the church, her peers continue to shun her. A distraught Becky wonders if she will ever marry for love.

    Becky's world changes, however, when the handsome Jacob Miller arrives at her family's farm. The assumption is that he's thee to help with chores during the summer, and then he'll return to Pennsylvania. But Jacob's father actually sent him away to introduce new blood into the Amish community of Seymour, as well as to distance him from his sweetheart, Susie.

    As their friendship deepens, the two find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. Can Jacob cheer up the lovely yet listless Becky by offering her the only unconditional friendship she's ever known? Or will he honor his pledge to Susie and turn his back on Becky, as others have done in the past?

    In the Amish novel, Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton, the readers are taken for a journey into the broken life of Becky Troyer who believes that due to her irresponsibility during her rumschpringe that left her with a child to care for, she will never marry. She will wind up a spinster forever living with her parents no matter how many suitors the town brings in.

    Jacob struggles with the decision of remaining true to his love for Susie, a girl that is waiting for him back in Pennsylvania, and finding his heart pulled in the direction of unconditional love for Becky. Believing he will find a way to remove her grayness from her days and return her smile and laughter again, he makes it his mission to do just that before he leaves. Only every day he spends with Becky brings him one step closer to falling in love with her and falling out of love with Susie.

    I received this book compliments of Kathy Carlton Willis Communications for my honest review and found this a story of what it means to love someone unconditionally. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to read more stories in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    A Romance from a Lovely American Culture

    Patchwork Dreams, A novel
    The Amish of Seymour, Book One
    Laura V. Hilton © 2011
    Whitaker House
    ISBN 978-1-60374-255-9
    287 pp. trade ppbk.


    This view from inside Amish life will allow us to understand and appreciate these lovely people, whether or not we agree with some of their Bible doctrines.

    Laura Hilton's novel portrays the anguish of a fallen teenager and the hurts that interfere with her ability to trust others. Becky Troyer has supposedly repented and been forgiven by her church, but hides from the gossip and disregard by her peers. Her heart weeps every day.

    Jacob Miller arrives to work among the community, sent by his father to remove the young man from an unsuitable girlfriend. Jacob, a friendly, caring fellow immediately tries to encourage Becky, but she often rebuffs his efforts.

    In a continual comedy of errors, Jacob and Becky trust, mistrust, understand and misunderstand each other. Will they ever resolve their fears and find happiness?

    Teens and pre-teens will especially benefit from this book, to evaluate the beauty of pure relationships.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    A Beautiful Story!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    Whew!

    "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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

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    a different angle

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    Great story!

    Becky Troyer is sure that she will never find love or be anyone's frau, ever. Branded as used goods, after an incident during her rumspringa leaves her pregnant, and the Englischer who did saying it is not his baby and spreading horrible rumors about her. When a distant relative arrives from Pennsylvania to help out around their home, Becky finds that the attraction to Jacob Miller is distracting.
    When Jacob tells Becky he has a girl in Pennsylvania that he wants to marry, Becky tries desperately to distance herself from him, but it isn't working. In fact it seems that the more she tries to avoid him, the more he seeks her out. It almost feels like he is torturing her with the attention he is paying to her. Jacob does not mean to cause her embarrassment or to torture her with unwanted attention, he just wants to see Becky smile, and to know she is happy. Will Jacob return to Pennsylvania to marry Susie, the girl his father seems determined to seperate him from, or will Becky claim his heart and keep him in Seymour Missouri?
    A fast paced story, which features an unmarried young Amish mother, is a fresh look at this new Amish book! The first of a new series about the The Amish of Seymour, Laura Hilton draws you into the story, hook line and sinker! Do not miss this story, and look forward to book two coming out later this year from Whitaker House. 256 pages $6.99 US 5 stars.

    This book was provided by Whitaker House for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Moonwillow

    Ppads in...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Iceshade

    Waits for something to do

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Flashkit

    Rolls over

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Lionwing

    Now in res 11

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Wonderful story.  I did not want to put the book down.  Already

    Wonderful story.  I did not want to put the book down.  Already started book 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    IMPOSTER!!!!!!!!!! IM LIONSTAR AND YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF

    ILL RIP YOU TO SHREDS!!!! MY NAME WILL NOT BE SO DISHONERED!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    A true love story

    I loved every word Could not put it down It brought tears to my eyes What a wonderful love story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Angel

    Huh?

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