A Letter from Lancaster County

A Letter from Lancaster County

by Kate Lloyd

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A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd

Two Sisters Get a Second Chance at Life and Love

Angela
Her mother's untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.

Rose
Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn't happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn't be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?

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When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother's Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose's romance with a new beau.

Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736970211
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2017
Series: Lancaster Discoveries Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 317,463
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include A Portrait of Marguerite and the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. A native of Baltimore, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Please visit her at www.katelloyd.com.

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A Letter from Lancaster County 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
thall5 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book by Kate Lloyd! This is the first book in her newest series Lancaster Discovery. It is quite different in that the story is told from two sisters perspectives who have never really been close at all, but return to Lancaster County at their aunt's request. Each chapter goes back and forth alternating between the two sisters, but it doesn't make it confusing to read. It actually made me wanting to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. This story of struggles, secrets, revelations, and romance, will have you turning pages till the very end!
MissTinasSnitzPie More than 1 year ago
A Letter From Lancaster County will take you on a journey and you will have the pleasure of meeting sisters, Angela and Rose. These two seemed as distance and opposites as the seasons. Will these two come to an understanding or will their difference keep them apart. I very much enjoyed this story and the way Kate Lloyd introduced the characters. She filled this story with love, honor and compassion. I look forward to read more from Kate Lloyd. I was given an eletcronic copy of this book for a review for which I have been given.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Let me tell ya’ll a story about this book. I have looked forward to reading this book for more than a minute. I finally found a gap in my craziness to be able to get it into my schedule. I was excited. I need to just stop being excited and stop thinking that things will go as planned. I finished it just a wee bit ago and I’m exhausted and slightly cranktacular (it’s a thing, go with it) and I don’t even have the blog post set up. And…I’m on sketchy internet at The Old Folks Home (I call it that just to irritate my mother :D) and I just want to get it down but the eyes are burn-y people. Let’s talk about the book for a minute since I’ve now official whined about me, my neighbors 2ish AM party this morning, burn-y eyes, coffee overdose … This is not your typical Amish fiction. There are Amish in the story, yes. There is even an aunt that is/was/maybe still Mennonite. And there are two English sisters visiting their aunt they barely know. How do I talk about Rose and Angela and their visit to Aunt Silvia without giving away too much? Their mother has passed away, Angela feels trapped in her perfect marriage with perfect children and never feeling appreciated by anyone including her younger sister Rose. Rose feels trapped in a vicious cycle of dead end pseudo-relationships with no permanent attachments, no family of her own save her dog Minnie and nothing to even hint at a different future. Angela convinces her sister to join her on a trip to visit their Aunt Silvia, they’ve not seen since they were children, and try to find a way to connect their relationship. And they fight. All. The. Time. They don’t necessarily want to but their own insecurities get in the way. Their own fears, misunderstandings, and a lifetime of jealousy and angst. As their personalities develop so do their personal stories. The chapters switched between the two sisters but it was hard at times to remember who’s turn it was, their voices were so similar. Some big things, personal things that were kept hidden for a lifetime, came up but were never shared. Perhaps in the next book? I hope? These things need reconciliation. Along with their similar voice (I mean they were both whiny and angry and argumentative and….sorry spoiler goes here.) With that goes the difficulty with understanding the girls’ motivation. Rose starts remembering things she had gone through as a teen. Things she apparently never shared with her family. While I understand that it was important in the development of her personality and life there was no catalyst for it to come up in her remembering. It felt like an awkward emotion dump that needed to find it’s way to the story somehow so here ya go. Angela had her own moments like that as well. I know it sounds like I’m on a Negative Nancy rant of something but I’m truly not. This book was very well crafted. The ideas behind the story flowed well but I frequently got lost in the arguing that seemed to never resolve anything since it was all about surface stuff and not actually delving deep into the reason behind the argument. I loved Aunt Silvia and she is probably my favorite character in the book with her steadfast faith in both God and her family. She has a wisdom you must experience to benefit from, she seriously needs to come visit me. There was some reconciliation of the girls near the end, sorta. It wasn’t all in but it was a start. Angela’s bow was a little too neatly wrapped, well to be fair Rose’s
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Family relationships can go through many changes over the years. One person remembers life in a certain way and another person remembers a completely different story. In this special story of family ties, trust and love and forgiveness are all explored through words and thoughts of each character. A great story full of heart felt emotions.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I had my ups and downs with this. The Good: I've read hundreds of books in my life and I can spot quality writing from the get-go, this was one of those that I found myself happily turning pages. Kate Lloyd can pen a great story and keep me invested. This promised a reconciliation between two sisters and their Mennonite aunt after their mom's passing, and perhaps a chance to dig deeper in family history. There were a few surprises that unfolded as the story progressed. I enjoyed aunt Sylvia, her wisdom, positive outlook, and how her faith played out in her life. Glenn was a good man who's future is yet undecided, does he want to be baptized in the Amish faith or live as the English? He's an honorable, honest and wholesome kind of hero. The Bad: Unfortunately, there's where things started downhill for me. Angela is an un-happily married woman with two children and acts like she's not married at all. Her thoughts towards Glenn are not pure or appropriate and made me uncomfortable to read. Marriage—happy or not—is still sacred and holy before the Lord and shouldn't be portrayed as anything but. I would expect to read this in a secular book, but certainly not in a Christian one. I had to finally put this down about 2/3 of the way through and not finish it. I think if there was a more redemptive feel to Angela and her turning away from this, I'd have enjoyed reading it more. I know life is messy and I don't shy away from messy in a book as long as it's done with grace and reconciliation with God. The other thing in general, was the lack of an overall redemptive quality throughout the story. It left me unsatisfied as a reader and disappointed because it's what I long for in a Christian novel. That being said, I have no qualms with the quality of writing or the storyline. I'd recommend reading it for yourself and make your own judgment call. This book just didn't do it for me. I will, however, look forward to Starting From Scratch in the Spring of 2018! *I did receive a complimentary digital copy of this book, however, I borrowed this from my library and was under no obligation to leave a review. *
KatKohler More than 1 year ago
While I don't typically read Amish novels, this one was an exception. Readers will relate to sisters, Angela and Rose, who struggle to resolve real-life issues. A masterful storyteller, Lloyd creates vivid images remembered long after you read the final page.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
A Letter From Lancaster County ( Lancaster Discoveries-Book 1 ) By; Kate Lloyd A Letter From Lancaster County is book one and the start of a new series , Lancaster Discoveries. This is not your Amish Novel , it is Contemporary. The story flows well and the characters are well developed. Kate Lloyd weaves a story about two sisters that are difference from each other. Angela is married and a mother, but she is not happy with her life. Rose is single and wishes to have what Angela has. A letter comes from their aunt in Lancaster County and wants them to come to see her. I could see Angela and Rose changing throughout the story. Memories of their mom unfolds . Can these sisters lives changes through this trip? What will happen to them? This was a very touching story and I recommend it . I was given a complimentary copy of this book ,but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A Letter From Lancaster County , what a doosy of a sibling strife story, and yet they don't want to really want to admit how bad - and in a way they don't consciously know themselves-neither are totally happy with their life as it is - Angela is overwhelmed at home - maybe secretly she had her sisters easy single life (yeah right) and Rose wishes she had the loving family life her sister has (yeah right) - everything always looks greener don't they folks? They get the chance, after receiving a letter from their Aunt in Amish country to go to Lancaster- but what little did they know how majorly their lives would change - is it good or is it bad? Do they invite GOD to help them in their lives? Do they have JESUS in their hearts? you must find out these secrets and all the other secrets and boy are there other major secrets - for yourselves when you get this book. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A Letter From Lancaster County , what a doosy of a sibling strife story, and yet they don't want to really want to admit how bad - and in a way they don't consciously know themselves-neither are totally happy with their life as it is - Angela is overwhelmed at home - maybe secretly she had her sisters easy single life (yeah right) and Rose wishes she had the loving family life her sister has (yeah right) - everything always looks greener don't they folks? They get the chance, after receiving a letter from their Aunt in Amish country to go to Lancaster- but what little did they know how majorly their lives would change - is it good or is it bad? Do they invite GOD to help them in their lives? Do they have JESUS in their hearts? you must find out these secrets and all the other secrets and boy are there other major secrets - for yourselves when you get this book. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Kate Lloyd has woven a tapestry of life through family relationships. Sibling rivalry and jealousy between Angela and Rose is reason for their unyielding behavior. The recent loss of their mother has caused an even greater breach in their relationship. A visit with their aunt in Lancaster County, PA creates more stress in their capricious kinship. Characterizations and descriptive elements create a natural flow that I found impressive. The evolution of each individual is realistic and believable. Life is messy and unpredictable, and this author draws lives together in a tangible manner, with intensity and sentiment. I loved the unique characteristics and personalities that are divulged through revelations of the past and ruminations of the future. Relationships and individual secrets and dreams are the premise upon which this story is based. Divulged information and intimate conversations shed new light on family dynamics and what may hold them together or tear them apart. I felt myself grounded by this story of life, and I read slowly and deliberately as I absorbed the realities of a sisterhood I've never experienced. I highly recommend this poignant book, a travel through a delicate time of life. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as a gift from the publisher with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was thoroughly engaging and compelling to read with insightful look in to the live and love story of two different sister who are opposite in every way, When Angela and Rose return to their mother’s childhood a simple country home town. This story will bring you to see how the relationship and the journey of two sister with this two main characters and their touching, meaningful and descriptive a story from the beginning to the end with all the twist that you never expect and with all the story that will keeping you guessing, looking for all the answer from yours question will happen when you are going to this journey of the heart broken and unforgiveness story that allow God to restore hope and healing to their relationship from the love of God. I highly recommend to everyone must to red this book. “ I received a complimentary a copy of this book from Litfuse Blog program for this review “. Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passion are observer of human relationships, a native of Baltimore, she often spend time with family and friend in Lancaster Counter, Pennsylvania, inspiration for her bestselling books in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. She has Mennonite relatives in Lancaster Country and is a member of the Lancaster Country Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Lancaster Discoveries series, Author Kate Lloyd bounces the story between two sisters, Angela and Rose. Seen from each perspective, the reader realizes that life is like that. Two people can see the same situation but from entirely different viewpoints. Kate isn’t afraid to address such things at temptation and forgiveness, but does it very well; she doesn’t just write what people may want to hear but gives the truth. Tension and second chances, this is a book worth reading if you enjoy Christian fiction that encompasses both the English and Mennonite world. I received a complimentary issue of this book but was not required to leave a review.
LindaVincent More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It explores family and feelings. I believe that many people can relate to the characters while being entertained. It is fascinating right to the end. I highly recommend it.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
This was my first introduction to Kate Lloyd. I've seen a few of her books in the past but never had the opportunity to read one. I have a suspicion that A Letter from Lancaster County was a little different than some of Kate's other works. The story(s) of the two sisters writing letter back and forth will keep the reader thinking and on your toes trying to keep up with the story. There is friction between the two sisters because of their different 'beliefs'. One being Amish and the other living in the 'English' world. Meaning someone that is not Amish. I always like a story about hope and redemption. It's refreshing to read stories that are fresh and clean and leave me with a happy heart. I look forward to the chance to read more books by Kate Lloyd. I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
A Letter from Lancaster County is a compelling and emotional story about two sisters, Angela and Rose. They decide to travel together to visit their Aunt Sylvia (their late mother’s sister) after she has asked them to make a visit. These two sisters couldn’t be any more different. Angela, the oldest and considered the beauty, is in her early 40’s, married to a successful man, and has two children. Rose is in a fruitless relationship, just like all her others. Both carry scars from their pasts and wounds of dreams that have long since died. They love each other very much, but also cannot understand one another. If they were not sisters, they would not be friends at all. As they spend time with their Aunt and each other in quiet Lancaster County, they learn some disturbing news about their mother, their own individual lives, and they both evaluate what it means to really live. This story really put me through an emotional gauntlet and I liked how the author gave us each sister’s viewpoint every other chapter. This rounded out the story and gave us a fuller picture of their relationship. This at times can be a sad and lonely story, especially in the wake of the stubbornness of people. My take away from this story is that maybe we should not erect such tall walls around our hearts, and accept for better or for worse the heartbreak and the love that we share with others. We were made for companionship. I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd is the first book in the Lancaster Discoveries series. Aunt Silvia writes a letter to her two nieces inviting them to visit her in Lancaster County. Angela and Rose take Aunt Silvia up on her invitation and leave their homes in Seattle. Angela is married to Frederick, an attorney, who spends most of his time working. Her two children are focused on their friends, cell phones, and video games. They are overly indulged by their parents. Angela feels a void in her life and envies Rose who is single. Rose owns a mail order business that sends out handmade bird houses, wind chimes, etc. out to customers. She is jealous of Angela with her husband and children. Both ladies are unhappy with their lives. The two sisters are very different and have never been close. This could be the perfect opportunity for the sisters to bond and grow closer. Aunt Silvia lives in the old family homestead and, upon exploration of the attic, the two sisters uncover secrets. This discovery further divides Rose and Angela. Will these two sisters find a way to come together? Why did Aunt Silvia invite Rose and Angela for a visit? Join Rose and Angela on their journey of discovery in A Letter from Lancaster County. The writing in A Letter from Lancaster County is different from the books in Kate Lloyd’s Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. Reading this Amish novel is akin to slogging through a giant pool of mud. The pace was lethargic. I did not think I would ever finish the tome. The chapters alternate between Rose and Angela’s POV (first person). It was hard to tell which one was talking. The first 80% of the book is the two sisters whining, complaining, criticizing, insulting, blaming (reminds me of two bickering teenagers) and thinking. I did like the last 20% of the book, but I do not see many people making it that far in the book. There is a nice epilogue at the end of the book (best part of the book). I am rating A Letter from Lancaster County 2 out of 5 stars. While I disliked the sisters, I was a fan of Aunt Silvia. She had a good outlook on life. I really liked it when Aunt Silvia said, “accept our losses, make the best of them, and trust the Lord to guide us.” The Christian element is very light (almost nonexistent). The cover, though, for A Letter from Lancaster County is beautiful. There is a preview for Simply Delicious at the end of the book. It is the second book in the Lancaster Discoveries series. I did like the sample provided. It has me intrigued. I wish A Letter from Lancaster County had been as appealing.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"Silvia Donato's hand shook as she put her pen's tip to the stationery. She hesitated, but then prodded herself no matter how much her fingers ached. This was her last chance to repair much of what had gone wrong. Before it was too late. Dearest Angela and Rose, Please visit me. This invitation may sound crazy. After so many years, I wouldn't blame you if you couldn't care less about your aunt. But I'm getting older, and how I regret not asking you sooner, as well as the tension between your mother and me that separated us for so long. How can I entice you to travel clear across the country? For one thing, I still live in your grandparents house where your mother grew up. You might wish to take a memento home with you. Anything you like. Lancaster County is truly magnificent. To my way of thinking, autumn is its finest season. Please come. Fondly, Aunt Silvia" Angela and Rose haven't returned to Lancaster County since their mother had died and now with a letter begging them to come for a visit, they both decided to take some time to visit and perhaps find a way to mend their own distance between themselves as well. Angela, married and living in Seattle with two wonderful kids believes that her mother always favored Rose, her sister who remains single and beautiful as well as thin, running her own mail order business. For Rose, she looks on Angela with bitterness for not being happy with what she believes is a perfect life, married, with children and a husband with a booming law practice so she can stay at home. Why can't they be happy with what each of them has instead of wishing they were the other sibling. When the two head home to Lancaster County, they find some long buried secrets from their mother's own past behind a paneled door in their closet. When their mother died, their father destroyed all her mementos so this will be an opportunity to gain something that they can keep the memory of their mother close to them in some small way. They both just didn't expect to have a crush over Glenn, the Amish man who runs a successful nursery, but hasn't decided to make the commitment to return to his Amish ways. To do so, would mean giving up what he has managed to create with his own business. But does Glenn's family have a connection to Rose and Angela? Only time will tell! I received A Letter From Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd compliments of Harvest House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. This was a hard novel for me to navigate through because each chapter alternates from each of the sister's point of views. I had to keep telling myself at the opening of each chapter, this one is the married one and this is the single sister. In fact I didn't even realize that was happening until almost half way through the book. Even though each of these sisters isn't Amish or even strong in their faith, you can get a sense that they both have serious issues to work out. Angela fantasizes about Glenn when she is clearly married and believes the reason he husband is so busy that he has little time for her, is because she thinks he is having an affair. For Rose, she is so carefree with her own single lifestyle she doesn't realize the carnage she leaves behind in all her failed promiscuous relationships. I had a difficult time believing this was even a Christian novel, because of their lack of faith and it's barely touched on throughout the novel. This is the first novel in the Lancaster Discovery Series with reader's getting a sneak peek
Debragg More than 1 year ago
"A Letter From Lancaster County" by author Kate Llyod is about something most people would want. It is about a chance to start over again. Angela and Rose are sisters but, they could not be anymore different. They are not close at all but their mother's sister has asked them to come and see her. When they arrive they realize that there might be some things that they would rather have not known about. Are family problems going to make them get further apart or closer together? Will they be able to work through this after all? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse publicity Company and all opinions are mine. "A Letter From Lancaster County" by author Kate Llyod is about something most people would want. It is about a chance to start over again. Angela and Rose are sisters but, they could not be anymore different. They are not close at all but their mother's sister has asked them to come and see her. When they arrive they realize that there might be some things that they would rather have not known about. Are family problems going to make them get further apart or closer together? Will they be able to work through this after all? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse publicity Company and all opinions are mine.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd is book one in the Lancaster Discoveries series. Love, faith, longing and sibling rivalry and so much more make for an excellent story. Kate Lloyd has written a story that will have you turning page after page so you can see what happens next. Characters and a story line that you will surely love. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok