Pennsylvania Patchwork: A Novel

Pennsylvania Patchwork: A Novel

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by Kate Lloyd
     
 

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ONE HEART. TWO LOVES. ONE CHOICE.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

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ONE HEART. TWO LOVES. ONE CHOICE.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.

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ISBN-13:
9780781409612
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Series:
Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy , #2
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
340
Sales rank:
72,113
File size:
4 MB

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Pennsylvania Patchwork

A NOVEL


By Kate Lloyd

David C. Cook

Copyright © 2013 Kate Lloyd
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7814-0873-8



CHAPTER 1

For the first time in my life I, Holly Fisher, felt like a real woman! No Cinderella—not at my age. But my dreams were wonderfully, miraculously expanding into reality, like a three-dimensional fairy–tale ending.

I hummed the first stanza of "Here Comes the Bride" as I arranged five settings at my grandmother's kitchen table—six chairs and a bench around its perimeter. I figured Mom's fiancé, Nathaniel, would meander over from next door and claim the prestigious head of the table. I noticed Mom had tidied her skirt and blouse and patted her bun into place.

"Did I tell you I invited Zach to lunch?" I said to her and my grandma, who stood at the counter opening a cookbook. I was unable to contain my exhilaration; I hadn't seen him for days.

"Yes, we know," Mom said.

"He should arrive in twenty minutes." As I folded napkins, I envisioned myself promenading down the aisle in a satin gown with a flowing train, and perhaps wearing a veil edged in lace. Unless an ornate wedding dress was too fancy for Zach's church. Not to mention my dearest grandmother—I called her Mommy Anna—Old Order Amish to the core, with her ever-present white heart-shaped prayer cap and her black apron fastened together with straight pins. I might have to compromise, but what else was new? I'd learned life was akin to one of Mom's knit sweaters—a single tug of the thread and the whole garment could unravel. Yet those smoke-and-mirror days had delivered me here, so how could I complain?

I looked around the kitchen and saw peach-colored sunlight slanting through the window and dappling the linoleum floor. In late morning, no one would know we lived without electricity.

"Has there ever been a more glorious day?" I asked, and received a sluggish nod from my mother.

She removed two loaves of whole wheat bread from the oven and deposited them on a cooling rack on a counter, then slid a casserole into the oven. I sidled over to the counter with a serrated knife in hand and sliced into a spongy loaf. A burst of steam escaped; my nostrils inhaled the nutty aroma. I lathered the slab of bread with butter and strawberry preserves. As I swallowed a mouthful, my taste buds savored the scrumptious medley of flavors.

"I wonder what kind of cake we should serve," I said, and took another nibble. Mommy Anna and Mom glanced at each other a nanosecond too long. "At my wedding," I said, when neither responded.

My mother produced a meager half smile.

"What gives?" I asked her. "I assumed you'd be ecstatic. You've wanted me to tie the knot and have kids since I graduated from college." And here I was in the second half of my thirties.

"Well, now, that's true, but—" My mother had mentioned that rumors about Zach were circulating around the county, but I'd chalked it up to Mom's being influenced by Mommy Anna, who suffered from memory problems.

"Ach." Mommy Anna opened a canister of flour with wobbly hands.

"Are you okay?" I set my unfinished bread aside on a plate. "Do you need help?"

"Nee, I'm fine, Holly. Just thinking." She measured a couple cups of flour and dumped it into the bowl; a cloud poufed out, dusting the counter. "God has been answering my prayers left and right, and I'm ever so grateful." She added baking powder and salt haphazardly. "Holly, are you sure you and Zach aren't getting ahead of yourselves?" She'd already talked me out of searching for an ornate engagement ring because Amish women don't wear them at all, and I'd caved because I did want to fit in. But eventually Zach and I would choose wedding bands. I could hardly wait.

"You sound like his mother," I said. "She's acted lukewarm toward me ever since Zach told her we were getting married." I'd hoped Beth would offer to help make my wedding gown, since Mom showed little interest, and I couldn't sew worth a hoot. And my funds were sparse; since I'd lost my job in Seattle, I was practically broke.

Mom moved closer. "Beth might have something—"

"What, you and Beth in agreement? Have you two finally resolved your feud?" A dispute to do with my father, a man I'd never met.

"Well, I wouldn't go that far. We took your grandma to the doctor's together because we needed Beth's minivan, but it was mighty tense. Beth did all the talking, like I wasn't even in the room." Mom spaced the plates equally, straightened the cutlery. "Did you and Zach pray about your impulsive decision?" She sounded preachy. Which irked me. But I was determined to keep my mind from returning to her past indiscretions. Her downright lies. How dare Mom criticize me!

"Yes, we have." I brought out coffee cups. "Have you and Nathaniel?"

She faced me straight on, her stare uncompromising. "Yah, and we've spoken to the bishop and gotten permission to marry early, after I get baptized, Nathaniel being a widower and all."

"Why does that matter? And why are you on my case?" The last thing I wanted was a hassle.

"Holly, you know their situation is different than yours." Mommy Anna leaned against the counter. "Esther and Nathaniel knew each other growing up. And Esther will be baptized and join the church. 'Tis God's will for the two of them, for sure."

"And change her last name. No longer Esther Fisher. That's fine because I'll change my last name too. Holly Fleming." I should start practicing my new signature.

Mommy Anna wiped her hands on her apron. "Yes, Esther will change her surname and truly become one of us."

"And I won't?" A few weeks ago, when I'd first returned from Seattle, my grandmother had acted like I could do no wrong. But I'd perceived a subtle shift in her attitude toward me. "I'm moving clear across country to live near you," I said. "I thought you'd be thrilled."

"I surely am." Mommy Anna extracted an egg from the refrigerator. "I've waited so long." She cracked the egg on the side of the bowl, splitting the shell unevenly, a jagged piece plunging into her concoction. "And I could wait even longer for you to find an Amish beau."

I reached over and plucked out the shard of eggshell. "Did I hear you right?" My words clotted in my throat, coming out raspy. "What's wrong with Zach?"

"I like him ..." A befuddled expression warped her round face as she rechecked her cookbook for the corn muffin recipe.

"Good, because he'll be here soon." I reminded myself my grandmother's mental clarity was clouded. I mean, she'd read the recipe at least ten times and hadn't added the cornmeal. And occasionally her balance tipped off kilter, although she'd refused to see the doctor again to discuss her latest lab results.

My grandmother had lived her entire life in this slow-motion world of horse and buggy; my sudden choice to marry Zach probably seemed like a runaway train. Old people tended to fret, part of their nature, and my mother wasn't exactly young herself. I should cut them some slack. Mommy Anna was the woman I'd waited a lifetime to meet.

As I found a container of cornmeal and put it on the counter next to the mixing bowl, I heard tires grating into the gravel on the lane at the side of the house. I dashed to the window and saw Zach's pickup idling while he spoke on his cell phone.

"There he is! He's early."

An unanticipated gush of apprehension washed through my chest like a rogue tidal wave. What if Mommy Anna was right about Zach and marrying him was a horrendous mistake? I'd been exhausted when my flight landed upon my return to Lancaster County a few weeks ago. Zach had fetched me at the airport—no big deal. But on the drive here, he'd pulled off to the side of the road and kissed me—a knock-your-socks-off kiss I'd never forget—then proposed marriage. And I'd accepted—a lifetime commitment on a whim.

But I'd hardly seen him since that glorious night. He'd attended a conference last weekend and before that had claimed he'd been buried with his work as a veterinarian.

Gazing through the windowpane, I admired his thick sandy-colored hair and his classic profile. I watched his mouth move as he spoke—the soft tender lips I relished—and was aroused with desire. He didn't seem to know how handsome he was, a fact that made him all the more appealing.

Striding to the back door, I heard his engine revving. I grabbed my teal-blue jacket off a peg and trotted through the unlit utility room and onto the stoop in time to see his pickup swerve onto the main road. His brake lights blinked red—had he seen me? His pickup slowed, then he gunned the gas and sped away without waving.

In a blink, the sun hid behind clouds, as if a curtain had been let down. The remaining fall leaves lost their luster, the side of the white barn turned drab, and the air nippy.

My previous joy evaporated. It wasn't as if I weren't used to disappointments; I'd endured plenty. I heard crows quarreling in the harvested cornfield on the other side of the barn, and a cow mooing in the distance. I reasoned: maybe a farmer had summoned Zach with an emergency, needing immediate assistance with birthing a calf. Or was this the wrong time of year for calving? As a veterinarian's wife, I'd need to learn these details, and a thousand more.

Chilly air surrounded me; I realized I was shivering. I started toward the kitchen but couldn't face my mother and grandma. I was flabbergasted with their attitude toward Zach. I refused to believe their innuendos about a skeleton in his closet. But I'd been wrong about a man in the past.

I poked my fists into the jacket sleeves, made a U-turn, and headed across the barnyard, which seemed eerily vacant. Before my uncle and his family moved to Montana two weeks ago, he'd sold most of his Holsteins, and all his draft horses and hogs to Nathaniel, next door. Nathaniel had recently hired his youngest brother to come over each morning to milk Mommy Anna's one remaining cow and tend to the two buggy horses and chores. In the past, I'd avoided the barn. I'd always felt the conviction of my uncle's hawkish ministerial stare.

Entering, I noticed all stalls were empty, save one. The barn's interior was neater than when my uncle and his family lived here. I guessed Uncle Isaac had his hands full as both farmer and minister, a man chosen by God according to Amish tradition.

The sweet fragrance of hay engulfed me. I saw Mommy Anna's aged mare, Cookie, in a stall munching on grain. I'd been told she was too frail to pull a buggy. I wondered how old the sway-backed, barrel-ribbed white horse was. Would she outlive my fragile grandmother? If only Zach were here, he could answer my questions.

I spun around and bumped into an Amishman wearing a straw hat. He reminded me of Nathaniel: same chocolate-brown eyes and shaggy haircut—like a barber had placed a bowl over his head and clipped—but no beard, meaning he wasn't married and never had been. His brawny chest and muscled arms filled a blue shirt nicely. Suspenders held up his dark work pants. He stood one or two inches shorter than Nathaniel, but his wide stance gave the impression of superior strength and stamina. This man must be thirty-five, maybe older, and what many women would call a hunk.

He gave me a quick looking over; I sensed he was judging my loose, shoulder-length hair and jeans, and liking what he saw.

"Gude Mariye." His Pennsylvania Dutch—what my mother and Mommy Anna called Deitsch—greeting didn't sound foreign, yet his jovial sing-songy voice clashed with my tangled thoughts.

"My name's Armin King. I'm Nathaniel's younger Bruder." The corners of his mouth quirked down.

"Hi, I'm Holly Fisher, Esther's daughter. Why haven't we met before?"

"I just returned a couple days ago. I've been livin' in upstate New York, among other places—on and off for over eight years. I come back every now and then."

Mom had often advised me to count to ten before speaking, but I rarely did. "Why did you leave?" I asked, then realized I sounded like a busybody.

He paused for a moment. "I was undecided about joining the church," he finally said. "Nathaniel's been pressuring me to get down on my knees in front of the bishop and congregation for years." Armin removed his hat, revealing espresso-brown hair like Nathaniel's, and slapped it on his thigh. "No one to blame but myself for wavering."

It occurred to me he was like my mother, only she'd left for decades. I gazed up into Armin's handsome, suntanned face—he appeared to have broken his nose in the past, which added a rugged, manly quality—while Zach's features were finely chiseled.

"I'd best get back to my chores," Armin said. "Nathaniel will accuse me of slackin' off again." He repositioned his hat atop his head.

"Sorry to slow you down." Cold air traveled up my jacket's sleeves, and I zipped it to my neck.

"Nee, don't be. I'm glad for the company. It's too quiet around Nathaniel's."

I speculated how either he or Nathaniel could be lonely with Nathaniel's spritely and curvaceous housekeeper, Lizzie, flitting about, but managed to curb my tongue. "You live with him?" I asked.

"Yah, for now. Until I can afford a place of my own."

"I might stay in the barn and pay Cookie a call, if you don't mind." I hoped she didn't nip or kick.

"Cookie would be loving a visit, poor girl. Her limp is getting worse. I don't dare put her in the pasture with Anna's buggy horse and Holstein without Nathaniel's permission."

I wandered over to the mare and saw her white hair was yellowing to the color of oatmeal and missing in patches; her tail was short and scraggly. As I approached, she turned her head and gazed at me with soulful eyes.

"So Nathaniel calls all the shots around here?" I asked Armin over my shoulder. I wondered if bad blood ran between the two brothers.

His long legs easily caught up with me. "Yah, for the most part." He gave Cookie a pat on her bony rump, and she went back to eating. Armin's knuckles were hefty—assertive workingman's hands, able to tackle any job. "I suppose he was right when he told me not to leave. Ya see, I wanted to be a horse jockey."

"You're kidding. You're way too tall and heavy to be a jockey."

"Not that kind. 'Tis what we call men who buy and sell horses. I've got a gut eye for them, if I do say so myself. But to be a horse jockey, I needed to drive a truck to deliver horses twenty to fifty miles away. Sometimes farther. So I kept putting off being baptized, and then I met a woman up in New York State and stayed on."

"And?" I tilted my head. "What happened? Don't leave me dangling."

His mouth flattened into two lines.

"Are you still seeing her?" I persisted.

"Nee." He stroked his rectangular chin. "And you. Are ya single?"

"Not for long. Do you happen to know Zach Fleming?"

"The veterinarian?"

"The one and only." Standing taller, I felt myself growing in height—even if still only five foot three.

"Yah, our paths have crossed most of our lives." One eyebrow lifted. "I heard tell his long-lost love is back to reclaim him. And she brought a surprise no man could ignore."

"What are you talking about?" My heartbeat began to accelerate as if I were running up a sand dune; I couldn't catch my breath. "You must have the wrong Zach Fleming."

"Beth and Roger Fleming's son?" he said.

I nodded, a spasm searing from my abdomen to my throat, suffocating my words. My hands flew up to cover my ears as I rushed past him to flee from the barn, only to trip on the toe of his boot.

His hand swung out to catch me at my waist. "Something wrong?" he said, helping me regain my footing.

I stepped away from him, fluffed my hair, and tried to appear dignified as ziggy-zaggy notions squiggled through my brain like newly hatched tadpoles.

"No—" I said. "I mean, yes. Everything!"


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for Leaving Lancaster. She is also a member of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Kate and her husband, Noel, live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college and has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur. Find out more about Kate on Facebook or at www.katelloyd.net.

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Pennsylvania Patchwork: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Entertaining Amish Fiction! Esther Fisher was drawn back to her Amish roots in Lancaster, PA where she was raised, but had left as a teenager. Living on her childhood farm with her aging mother, Esther prepared for Amish baptism and marriage to her widowed childhood neighbor. Her daughter, Holly, had never met her Amish relatives, and after the loss of her job in Seattle, Holly flew to Pennsylvania to meet her family. Upon traveling from the airport to her new home she received a marriage proposal from her driver, a local veterinarian with a questionable past. Soon Holly found herself attracted to her Amish neighbor's younger brother, who did the farm chores for her grandmother. As Holly's questions arose regarding her future, a previous friend from Seattle arrived at Holly's door with an engagement ring in hand. With three men competing for her attention which suitor will win Holly's heart? Numerous other questions arise as unforeseen events develop. This story is filled with romance and adventure! Discovery through past experiences is a strong theme. There is not a dull moment in looking to the past for guidance toward the future. The characterizations in this book are varied. Relationships are the driving force throughout the book, and decisions made by the various characters are adventurous, and in some cases careless. Holly's dilemma surrounding her relationships was a major theme throughout the book, but there are numerous other underlying layers within the story. Unexpected events keep this story moving at a rapid pace. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media for the express purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine, and no monetary compensation was given for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book in this series though i liked all of them 4 stars for this book &hearts
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Amish Fiction You Can’t Put Down! Pennsylvania Patchwork is the second book by author Kate Lloyd that I have read.   I loved book one in this series, Leaving Lancaster, and didn’t 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 I’d love to explain why but I can’t 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 wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!   I can’t wait to read the last book in this trilogy, Forever Amish.  
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Pennsylvania Patchwork By: Kate Lloyd I don’t believe I have read a book of Kate’s that I didn’t like. Great stories well written. If you like Amish books you will love this one. Pennsylvania Patchwork is the sequel to Leaving Lancaster. Story of Holly Fisher finding family and love. Like a patchwork quilt the pieces have to be sewn together. Meeting a family she never knew falling in love with Zach a Mennonite Vet. Thinking Zach is everything she wants in a husband then from her pass enters a Amish man. We all have choices we make in life and all may not be good. With the Amish they to have choices and not always is the right choice made. This book as a lot going on with different relationships, Making choices. Faith , Love , Trust and her Faith how will the story come out will it be the wife of a Mennonite man or will it be with the Amish man. I would read book one first so you can follow where the story goes. Looking forward to book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read both Leaving Lancaster & Pennsylvania Patchwork. I truly enjoyes both books in this series by.Kate Lloyd. She mamaged to combine 3 generations of 1 family into a story of love, forgiveness & faith. I hope there is a 3rd in this series. I'd love too know what is in store.for.Easter & her daughter Holly as they go forward as marries.women. What will.happen when Holly discovers that her grandmother Anna kept the.letters written by Holly's grandfather Jeremiah instead of mailing them?
TessT More than 1 year ago
This was a fairly typical Amish girl leaves the community and returns 30 years later with a grown daughter in tow. Both mother and daughter fight with inner feelings and demons, as they try to decide if joining the community is the right thing for them. This book did leave out the overbearing Bishops that I have heard so much about in other books, and I really didn't miss them. I did enjoy the relationship of the daughter and her new found grandmother. My feelings are just indifferent about this book, it wasn't awful, but it wasn't one of my favorites either.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
A sweet Amish story with some far-reaching secrets... Pennsylvania Patchwork isn't quite your typical Amish romance. Instead of focusing on a young Amish, usually girl, who has to decide if she will leave her community or stick with the Amish faith this book features 3 generations of women in different places in their lives. (Mommy) Anna has never left her Amish faith and wants nothing more than to see her daughter and granddaughter join the church as well. She is also starting to have some health problems that concern her loved ones. Esther was raised Amish but left as a young woman to marry the former Amish boy she loved. After many years in the Englisch world - and some secrets, she has returned to the church and will soon be marrying Amish man Nathaniel. Holly is in her 30's and still lives with her family. Until recently she had no idea about her Amish heritage and she now has to decide whether she wants to join the Amish church or continue as an Englischer. AND she has to choose between three, very different, but good men. I hadn't had a chance to read the first book in this trilogy yet and after reading Pennsylvania Patchwork I would love to do so. In many ways this book can be read as a standalone but I think some references would make more sense with the background of Leaving Lancaster. Since I was new to Kate Lloyd's work I didn't really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find a story that did have many of the elements familiar to readers of Amish fiction but also some different twists in the plot-line that made this book an interesting and fun read. This book through some expected and also unexpected curves to the story that kept me reading through a couple of spots that lagged a little. In some ways the ending seemed a little rushed but for the most part it really wasn't, the resolutions for Esther's and Holly's romances were quick but very good. Pennsylvania Patchwork is enjoyable read for lovers of Amish fiction and those that enjoy a good story about a simpler life - one that has the odd habit of becoming complicated at times. (I received this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.)
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Holly's mother keep her Amish roots secret. When Holly finds out about her Amish grandparents she leaves Seattle and finds that she doesn't miss the electronic gadgets, the electricity and not even her laptop and cell phone. Holly has always seen herself as a wallflower. Now that she's staying with her grandmother, learning the ways of the Amish she has three suitors wanting to court her. An old boyfriend from Seattle, a Mennonite veterinarian and an Amish man. There is romance, charm, events happen that makes the story even better. Love, tenderness, caring, faith and family . There are problems to be worked out/ Watch the growth of Holly as she finds her way through many tangles. Kate is a new author for me. I read my first book by her several months ago. Her characterizations are like people we know. They care about others but have flaws. The book is never dull and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. A must read.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Holly finally gets to meet the Amish family her mother grew up with and kept a secret for so many years. She has a fiance, but circumstances lead her to wonder if she'll ever get married or if she should be looking in a different direction. Should she join the Amish faith like her mother, or wait to see what will happen with her fiance. I, unfortunately, did not read book 1 before I received book 2 for review. This, I'm sure, colored my view of the book. The characters were fun and seemed to have depth. The story was well written and portrayed the emotions well. My complaint about the story was the fact that it didn't seem to stand alone as its own book. I felt lost from the very beginning and stayed this way through most of the book. So much was missing that I'm sure was in book 1. My recommendation would be to find book 1 and read it first. The author is good and the book was fun to read. But these books don't stand alone. I received this book free of charge from Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of reading Pennsylvania Patchwork, the second book in a series by a new author to me, Kate Lloyd. This book continued where I left off with the characters I grew to love in Leaving Lancaster. It combined all I love about the Amish lifestyle while continuing with the message of forgiveness that began in the first book. Ms. Lloyd did a great job showing that even though a lot of tension was resolved and hurt feelings were forgiven in the first book, the ramifications of deceit and unforgiveness, in real life, don’t just go away overnight. Even when relationships are mended, there are still going to be issues that pop up, default buttons will be pushed given the right circumstances, and forgiveness is an ongoing process. I love how I was able to pick right back up where Ms. Lloyd left us with Leaving Lancaster, but added so many twists and turns and plots that I couldn’t wait to see how it all ended. The conclusion of the multiple stories were perfect, in my opinion, and I couldn’t have done a better job if I had come up with the endings myself. I really hope there is another book in this series to see what happens to the rest of the characters. Without giving anything away, I would love to read more about the people I’ve grown to love and want to see how the next chapter plays out for them, as if it were real life. Thank you, Ms. Lloyd, for reminding me that true forgiveness only occurs when we let go of old hurts, and see the other person the way Christ sees them - as another broken, imperfect human just like ourselves. We will only find lasting peace when we choose to forgive as Christ instructs. It’s more for ourselves, I think, than for the other person, although everyone wins when we do life the way God intended. As I said above, I really hope there is another book in this series. I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner for this family. If Ms. Lloyd is the author, I know it will be worth reading.
strgth4yu More than 1 year ago
Loved Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd. Kate Lloyd, writes a story about three women Esther, Holly, and Anna. The uncertainity of their lives of future and a hope. Kate's story keeps you in suspense of what is going to happen next....a story that makes you want to continue to read on to not miss a single beat. I received this book by The Book Club Network, Inc. to do a review. I would recommend this book to everyone to read.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was an excellent book! My favorite genre of books are suspense/thrillers so I was thinking this book would be okay. Boy, was I wrong! This book had my attention from the first page. This is the 2nd book in a series but I haven't read the 1st book in the series so you don't necessarily have to read them in order. I read this book in a couple of days. This book follows Esther and Holly Fisher in Amish contry. Holly is very confused about love as she has quite a few suitors calling for her attention. There are a couple of secrets that some of the characters are hiding and the resolutions don't happen until the end of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone! I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion. Thank you Bookfun and David C. Cook for letting me review this book!
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
Favorite Scene: "Nee. Don't ya see? Zach's putting these ideas in your head so you'll steer clear of me. He's afraid you'll decide you prefer the Amish life to his." Holly would never become Amish," Zach said. "That's not what I hear." Armin tossed the grass away. "Nathaniel told me she wore his daughter's dress and apron, and even figured out how to secure the pins. And he said she relies on her computer less and less." "We don't have internet up at my grandma's," I said. But Armin was speaking the truth. And I'd neglected to put on makeup today. Not to mention, I'd all but given up driving. "She loves riding in the buggy," Armin said. "I can tell that. 'Tis plain as the pout on your face, but you're too dickkeppich—thick-headed—to see." "How do you know so much about my future wife?" "You ain't married yet, Zach..." Synopsis: After finding out about her Amish heritage that had long been hidden, Holly Fisher abd her mother, Esther, move from Seattle to Pennsylvania so she can get to know her "new" family and the Amish lifestyle. Once there, things aren't quite as simple as they seem. Holly finds she loves the Amish life and takes pleasure in the simple things, eventually forgetting the lack of modern conveniences. The local Veteranarian, Zach Flemming soon sweeps her off her feet. Holly thinks she knows what her heart wants until she meets a local Amish man. Armin King makes Holly's determination to marry Zach waver and she constantly finds herself second guessing what her heart wants. When an old friend from Seattle shows up at her door asking for her hand in marriage, Holly is shocked. Amidst her indecisions about her love life, Holly is struggling with her grandmother's failing health and a surprise package from her deceased father. Who will Holly choose and what lifestyle will she be happy with? I always love Amish Fiction. There is just something about the close relationship the Amish share with God and their readiness to forgive that draws me. Pennsylvania Patchwork made me experience this feeling all over again. The scenes were so descriptive I felt like I was there enjoying the Amish countryside. I must say I was rooting for one of Holly's suitors in particular. While they all had things about them I loved and admired, one stood out among the rest for me. I won't give out any spoilers but I am looking forward to Book three so I can follow the rest of the story. Kate Lloyd wrote a thoroughly enjoyable story that kept me turning the page to find out more. While you don't have to read book one to follow along with what's happening, you will want to after reading this book. If you like Amish Fiction, you'll love Pennsylvania Patchwork. **I received this book free from the publisher through The Book Club Network for my honest opinion**
wfnren More than 1 year ago
More of the Esther and Holly Fisher story Holly and her mother Esther Fisher are living in Esther's family home with her mother Anna. The rest of Esther's family has moved to Montana so she and Holly are taking care of Mommy Anna, as Holly calls her grandmother. Both women, Holly and Esther have a lot of decisions to make about their future and the closer they get to thinking they know what they want, the more complicated things become. This is a pretty busy story and keeps you guessing which direction they are moving toward. Esther's husband to be, Nathaniel, has to leave town to search for his first wife, Holly becomes engaged to a mennonite but finds herself falling for Armin, Nathaniel's brother, and to top that off an old friend comes from Seattle to visit and wants her to marry him. As all of this is happening her grandmother is very sick and Esther gets a box from an old friend of her husband with the most bizarre contents. The contents are from Samuel, Esther's supposedly deceased husband, but what is in the box isn't something he would send to Esther and Holly and kind of throws Mommy Anna off the deep end which causes her to get even more forgetful. Kate did a good job of keeping me guessing as to what was going to happen and I must say that I was surprised in Holly's decision. Another good read for all of you Amish book lovers out there. Don't forget to read "Leaving Lancaster" first to get the background for this story!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable book which is part of a great series. Pennsylvania Patchwork is the second book of the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy by Kate Lloyd. I have read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. In Pennsylvania Patchwork, we meet up again with Holly Fisher and her mother, Esther. They are now living with Holly's grandmother, an old order Amish woman named Anna. This story is full of secrets and guilt from the past. There is much confusion about the future, especially for Holly in regard to her upcoming marriage to Zach. Will the wedding be happening or will a past relationship come between Holly and Zach? Add to that the fact that there appear to be two other men interested in Holly. Who is the man God really intends for her to be with? Esther has her own share of troubles again in this book. She must juggle her ailing mother's strange behavior, uncertainty regarding her relationship with Nathaniel and some strange information regarding her deceased husband. Pennsylvania Patchwork was a great read. I really enjoyed the way the author switched perspectives between each chapter. This technique worked to increase my anticipation as I read each chapter. I felt very invested in discovering what happens with these characters and look forward to reading the third book in this trilogy some day. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quality Inspirational Fiction Pennsylvania Patchwork is about relationships and forgiveness. This is the first novel by Kate Lloyd that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a present day Amish story of two women who have been living away from the Amish community for many years. However, it could as easily be women of any faith who have left family and returned. We all need the lifestyle of forgiveness and acceptance that the main characters develop. And just maybe we all need to look at a simpler lifestyle as well. I have only recently been reading fiction from David C. Cook Publishers and I have not been disappointed by anything I have read. This book is a good example of quality inspirational fiction and I will be looking for more books by Kate Lloyd. Since this was the second of a series and I had not read the first, I did read some Amazon reviews of the first book, Leaving Lancaster. Several reviewers seemed confused by the switch, chapter by chapter from first person for the daughter Holly to third person for the mother Esther. Personally, I really liked the distinction. It was a good way to get the view point of the two women as well as lend variety to the novel. I usually do not like first person narrative for an entire book. I received this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book. 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.
RhondaGayleNashHall More than 1 year ago
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.   
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd is a very enjoyable Amish story that is just a little different than most Amish fiction. Holly Fisher and her mother Esther have lived in Seattle all of Holly’s life and she just learned that her grandmother Anna is still alive and living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As a teenager, Esther and Samuel, her future husband, left the Amish way of life and hitch hiked across the country to California. Samuel went to Vietnam and Esther moved to Seattle with friends when Holly was born. All her life, Holly has longed for a large family but was told that her relatives were dead. Finally Esther and Holly decide to go back to Lancaster for a visit and Holly is drawn into the Amish way of life and the slower pace of living. Soon she meets Zach the local veterinarian and sparks fly between the two and before long Zach asks Holly to marry him. In the meantime, a handsome Amish man enters Holly’s life and her friend from Seattle comes for a visit. She went from having no man in her life to having three men competing for her attention. Kate Lloyd did an excellent job with the development of the characters for they were all so real that it seemed as if I knew them personally. The dialogue was very well done and I especially liked that Deutsch words were sprinkled throughout the book for they added authenticity to the story. At times I felt sad due to all the things happening to Holly, Esther, and Anna and at other times I simply wanted to shake them until their teeth rattled. Scenery descriptions were so realistic that in my imagination I could see the farms with all the building and animals and could even detect all the smells of the kitchen and even the barns. All the interactions between all the characters made for a wonderful story that left me feeling great when I had finished the book. One part of the ending was a complete surprise and definitely not expected. There were many ups and down throughout the book but there was a happy ending. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a well written Amish story. I do think that you might enjoy this book more if you read Leaving Lancaster first for this one is a continuation of Holly’s story, however, it is not necessary to read the first book to enjoy the second. I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Kate Lloyd in her new book, "Pennsylvania Patchwork" Book Two in the Legacy Of Lancaster Trilogy series published by David C. Cook returns us to the life of Holly Fisher. From the Back Cover: One choice can change a destiny... When Holly Fisher finally meets the Amish family her mother had kept hidden from her, she comes face to face with her real life legacy -- and it's very different from the life she led in suburban Seattle. She loves it. And she loves Zach, a handsome Mennonite veterinarian who proposes marriage. He seems to be everything she's ever wanted in a husband. But her Mother and Amish grandmother think she's rushing into a commitment with a man she barely knows who harbors a dubious past. too much of a lifestyle change. When Holly meets a charming Amish man and an old suitor shows up, so do a myriad of doubts. Will Holly figure out what-and who-truly matters before it's too late? Holly's back and her life is still spinning like a top. She is adjusting from being a city girl to the quiet life of the Amish and that she has an extended family she was not aware of. She is in love and has been proposed to but there is some doubt about Zach and his situation. Then Holly meets two other men, one Amish, one not, and her life spins faster. Esther, her mother, is thinking about returning to the faith and maybe remarrying but there is some doubt about whether Samuel is still alive in Vietnam. "Pennsylvania Patchwork" is all about family. Holly is trying to adjust to having one, Esther is trying to adjust to being home and her aging mother and the possibility that Holly might just start her own family. Ms. Lloyd gives us wonderful characters that we care about and root for as we go through what they go through in the book. I am so looking forward to the conclusion of this series so that I can find out what happens next. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
a-nonny-mouse More than 1 year ago
Esther, a repentant prodigal daughter returns to her Amish family hoping to find forgiveness and healing for a past she cannot change. To a faith she left behind. Holly, her daughter, who was raised not knowing much of anything about her mother's family, is enthralled to be welcomed into her Amish grandmother's open arms and she's excited to finally have an extended family. Once a city girl, can Holly find peace and contentment with a simple life? And will Zach, her Mennonite fiance be all he's supposed to be, or is he hiding a secret so painful that she can't get over it? Pennsylvania Patchwork is the perfect title to this book. Flawed, patched, and imperfect human beings who need forgiveness from those they've wronged as well as from themselves. This is a different kind of Amish book. Englishers, Amish, and Mennonite alike learn to accept others for who they are, mistakes and all, and love them anyway. This is the second book in Ms. Lloyd's series, and though I haven't read the first, this was written in a way that you could understand what was going on without much trouble. It did make me want to read the first book to learn the backstory of each character. I was kind of surprised that I felt more of a connection to Zach and Esther's characters than I did the main character, Holly. There were times I thought Holly acted too childish for her age, and Esther's mother Anna I found abrasive and uncaring. I could sympathize and understand why Esther felt compelled to leave in the first place. Overall, I liked the book. *My thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. This was not required to be favorable and it is my own.*
AnastaciaKnits More than 1 year ago
I read this book as part of the Pennsylvania Patchwork blog tour, and is the second book a series. Leaving Lancester I reviewed earlier and is the first book. In a nutshell, this book is about decisions, how we make decisions and live with the decisions. The book takes place immediately after the first book ends, and the characters are still immature, whining, and self-loathing. The mother, Ester, is especially full of self-loathing and you really wish you were there to smack her in the face and tell her to grow up and move on already. I was really disappointed that once again, the characters do not grow at all. Once again, I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and all the bickering, fighting, drama, and arguing just made me frustrated. And the fact that Larry, a friend, just shows up at random, is so far fetched as to be completely unbelievable. That being said, I did like the book - I just didn't love it - and I did want to find how everything was resolved, though there's still a lot of questions that are left unanswered, like with any series. I don't think I'll read any more of the series, however, as I just don't like any of the characters.  I actually somehow with 2 review copies of this book - an e-book (netgalley) and a paperback (litfuse tours) copy. Not sure how that happened ;/.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Sometimes our greatest times of adversity can also be our best opportunities for growth and reliance on God. Such in the case in the latest novel in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy Series from author Kate Lloyd, Pennsylvania Patchwork. Once again we pick up the story of Holly Fisher who has recently discovered that her mother, Esther has been keeping a secret from her. In fact, it's quite a huge secret. Esther grew up Amish and left to get married but led Holly to believe she has always had an English upbringing. She learned early on the reason for no real relatives or grandparents were that they were all dead. Now she discovers that she has quite an Amish heritage. Her father, Samuel has been missing in the Vietnam war and is now believed dead for the last few years. Holly and her mother Esther are now living with her Amish grandmother Anna, who is in need of being taken care of now that she is getting older. What Holly soon discovers is that her grandmother and mother are planning to intervene on her recent engagement to Zack Fleming, a Mennonite veterinarian since learning of a rumor that Zack may in fact be a father to his recent ex-girlfriend Victoria's son Justin. But until all the facts are in, Holly is willing to wait and see just what happens. While she is spending some time debating the merits of just how honest Zack really is, she suddenly finds herself in the middle of being pursued by two additional men. Larry, a man she meet when she was living in Seattle and an Amish man, Armin who has just returned from living among the English. Will Holly be able to find a way to sort out her real feelings of love in the midst of three men who all want to marry her? Is Holly willing to give up her English way of life and learn to become Amish like her grandmother Anna who is hoping for her to marry a nice Amish young man? Or will Holly learn something from her mother's own past that may cause her to return to Seattle for good? To find out, you'll need to pick up a copy of Pennsylvania Patchwork. I received Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd compliments of David C. Cook Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. Since reading the first novel in the series, Leaving Lancaster, I knew I wanted to see how Holly's story would play out in this novel. I was not disappointed. Along the way, we learn more about Samuel and his disappearance in Vietnam. Esther also has to deal with the potential of deciding if she will become baptized in the Amish church satisfying a possible marriage with Nathaniel as well as dealing with a health issue with her own aging mother. I'd rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to seeing how this all wraps up in the next novel.