Leaving Lancaster: A Novel

Leaving Lancaster: A Novel

by Kate Lloyd
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Leaving Lancaster 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
loved the story line, so naturally had to get the this book. It did not disappoint!
jnut1 More than 1 year ago
I was very happy with this book until the ending, I feel like we got no closure. Maybe another book is coming. There were also some things that didn't set well with me. Holly, down on her luck, is living at home with her mom. Her mom runs an Amish Shoppe complete with a buggy outside. Holly arrives home (after losing her job) to find out that her grandmother, that her mother told her was dead all her life, is alive and ill. Holly is devestrated and happy all at the same time to realize that she has an extended family. Her and her mom travel to Lancaster - this is their story and what happens while they are there.
3Karla3 More than 1 year ago
"Leaving Lancaster" By Kate Lloyd I am always curious when new authors appear, writing my favorite genre, Amish fiction. Kate Lloyd became a Facebook friend before I even knew that she was a writer!! We discussed the Lancaster , PA area , places to go, things to see, etc. Then, low and behold, I discover that she is preparing to publish a book, entitled, "Leaving Lancaster" !! Surprise!! This is Kate's second book to hit the market, the first being, "A Portrait of Marguerite". Kate has done her research well. Her facts and information about the Amish are accurate and sensitive to their feelings. Synopsis of book: The main character, Holly Fisher, is in her thirties and longs for a family. She has grown up in Seattle without a dad, or extended family and her greatest longing is to belong- have a sense of a heritage. Suddenly, her mother, Esther, reveals what has been kept secret for many years. Holly does have a grandmother and uncles who are alive and have a great desire to meet her. They are begging Esther to return to her home- BUT here comes the great shock- it is in Lancaster PA on a farm in an AMISH community. Holly had had no idea of her Amish background that her mother chose to abandon before she was born. Esther is terrified to see her mother and siblings, although guilt ridden. She begs Holly to accompany her to see her before she dies. BUT, can this trip heal old wounds and fullfill secret longings?? Will Esther be forgiven for deserting her faith? Will the family become whole again?? Will Holly find that for which she has been longing? You MUST read this book to find out!! I loved the well described characters. I felt Holly's pain and desires. Her desires , confusion, happiness became part of me. The plot was well developed. There were many surprises along the way, which kept me reading way beyond bedtime!! I read this book in two days- I HAD to know how all of the challenges were met!! A great book , with great characters and a great plot!! What more can you ask for?? Well done, Kate! Looking forward to your next Amish book!! Book was provided by David C. Cook and the author in exchange for a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for about 1/3 of the way through the book but then my mind started to wander off. 269 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annoyed to have spent money on this book. Usually you get a nice peaceful feeling reading an amish story. Instead I find myself aggravated by despising the characters of Holly and Esther. Holly is a grown woman in her thirties acting like a five year old brat. You can have no sympathy for Esther because she is such a tool. The worst Amish book I have ever read( if I can get through the rest of it). One star only because you have to give one to post
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you start reading you' ll want to read all 3 books. The story is an easy read. The characters are not complicated. The scenery is easy to see in your mind. No foul language or sex scencs.
GraceDancer More than 1 year ago
I gave this book two stars because I thought the story line was marginally plausible. The characters, on the other hand, were completely unlikeable from beginning to end. They spent the entire book squabbling with each other like teenagers, and both were so petty I actually wished I could give them a slap across the cheek to get them to snap out of it. The mother (nearly 50) was weak, cringing, fearful, suspicious, and the daughter (mid-30s) was snotty, vindictive, bitter, angry and childish. They had their reasons for being so, but there were no redeeming qualities about them that made me sympathetic toward either one. The "romances" in the story had no development, they just happened out of the blue, and the ending left too many questions unanswered, and it didn't really seem like the mother and daughter had grown much emotionally. I stuck with the story to see what would happen, but was disappointed all the way through. I hate to leave negative reviews, but I don't recommend this book at all.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Review:Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd 3 STARS It was a good story but for some reason I just did not feel connected to the characters. This was clean read not swearing or sex scenes. Deals with real problems. Esther Fisher gets a letter from her mother whom she has not seen since she was 16, when her and Samuel ran away from home. Her mother is in her 80's and wants to see her. Esther needs to tell her daughter the truth she has hidden for all these years. Holly Samantha Fisher at 37 has just lost her job. Holly has never married. Esther tells Holly that her grandmother is still alive with her uncles and family. Esther wants Holly to travel with her from Seattle Washington back to her Amish relatives in Lancaster. Holly can not believe her that her mother has been hiding that her relatives were alive. She wonders at what other lies her mother has told her. Did her dad really die during Viatnam. Esther runs an Amish goods store in Seattle, but she buys her products mostly from Ohio not the area she grew up on. Esther has raised Holly all by herself. She was born after Samuel went MIA. She feels guilty for the death of her husband because if they would have stayed and been baptised than he would not have been drafted. Holly finally agrees to fly with her mom to Lancaster and meet all the relatives she did not know she had. She always wanted a grandmother. When they are in a rental car Holly finds out her grandmother has no idea that they are coming. Her grandmother does not have a phone but her menonite neighbor does so they call her and she invites them to stay the night with her. Holly feels really close to Beth and meets her single son who is a vet. Zach. Esther has been jealous of Beth and Beth has had bitter feelings toward Esther . Grandma Anna is so glad that they have come especially when in a little while the whole family is going to move to Montana to buy land. They have sold this farm if they accept the offer. It shows you a slim glimmer of what life is with Amish. Deals more with issues of family and thier secrets, forgiveness, love Christ. Just dealing with regular family problems that come up in life. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 03/01/2012 PUB David C Cook
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Holly Fisher never knew her father. He died before she was born, in Vietnam As far as she knows, her mother Esther is her only living relative. She is about to lose her job, a victim of the bad economy. Here relationship with her mother has always been strained. Now that she's living at home, even more than usual. She has no idea how much worse things are about to get. Her mother springs on her, with no warning, that her grandmother, who Holly thought was dead, is alive, sick, and wants them to come home to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. What will Holly and Ester find when they visit "Mamm Anna's" House. What will Esther do when she is forced to confront her past? Will Holly find the large extended family she has always coveted? Will Holly be able to forgive all the lies her mother told her, and all the things she never told her? This book is a bit different from many "Amish Fiction" stories. It lets us inside the heads of some who have not lived Amish for years and some who never even know what it is to live Amish. A very enjoyable read, with a dash of twists, turns and romance thrown in for good measure. I was a bit frustrated to not find out all the answers, I hope they will come in more books from Katy Lloyd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fresh and warm-hearted story of women, set in Amish country. In this lovely portrait of family and friends, lives grow and change. And the reader has the pleasure of joining in and learning about the Amish at the same time. I really enjoyed it!
Anonymous 26 days ago
Simply wonderful!
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Not what I am used to with Amish fiction. Some conflict is good and necessary. But when the conflict is mostly guilt and anger--and then more guilt and anger--well, it was too much. Really interferred with the flow of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well written book. It was hard to put down.
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Okay, but not as good as other writers of Amish novels.
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LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Leaving Lancaster ( Legacy of Lancaster #1 ) By: Kate Lloyd This is my first book to read by Kate Lloyd and it will not be my last. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I loved reading Leaving Lancaster and had no problems with the story or the characters. Holly Fisher is thirty-something and lives in Seattle. She has always long for grand parents and family. She has her mother and grew up poor. Holly learns about a deep secret that her mother, Esther has kept from her. Esther tells her that they need to go and see her grandmother that is really sick and maybe dying. Holly gets really mad at her mother for not telling her that she has other family. There is a lot of family that still has a hate for Esther for running off when she was young. Holly's dad died before she was borne so she never had a dad. Esther is from an Amish community in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Esther is scared to death to go back to her old home and town. How will the people treat her. Can Holly, a city lady go to her mother's Amish home and do without her cell phone, laptop, hairdryer and all the things she is used to. Kate Lloyd pens a story of mother and daughter and their relationship . There is a lot of family, hate, forgiveness, healing , and love in Leaving Lancaster. To find out more about Holly, Esther, and how things turns out when they go back to Esther's home town and the farm where she grew up, you will need to read Leaving Lancaster. I was given a copy of this book from the author for my honest review , and I have given it.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Amish Fiction With A New Twist! This is my first novel by author Kate Lloyd and I absolutely loved it.  Amish fiction with a storyline that I haven’t read before.  It is very rare that a book will grab me from the first page.  Leaving Lancaster is a book that did just that. Holly Fisher might seem a little spoiled at times but I tried putting myself in her shoes and I probably would have reacted with a lot more anger and hurt than what she did.  Why were these secrets kept from her all these years?  Didn’t she have a right to know? Esther Fisher, Holly’s mother, is full of secrets and hurts from her past.  Can her daughter Holly ever forgive her?  Can she forgive herself.  Better yet, can her family forgive her? A lot of healing needs to take place in Esther Fisher’s life.  Seeking forgiveness and asking for forgiveness is needed too.  Trust has been taken away and needs to be restored.  Will that happen? I hated when this book came to an end but delighted that I have the second and third books in this series to read.  Pennsylvania Patchwork and Forever Amish are those books.  I can’t wait to see where Esther and Holly’s decisions take them.   If both of these books are as good as Leaving Lancaster, I am in for a real treat! This is an author you don’t want to miss.  I highly recommend Leaving Lancaster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice easy read that will maintain your interest. Believabe characters. Just a fine book in every way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story. My only question is that the last chapter and the epilogue feel like a chaoter got edited out. I love this genre, and this one doesn't dissapoint. Thanx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
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