Handsome, headstrong Jacob offers Lilly his hand in marriage, but his heart belongs to someone else.
While Lilly Lapp has loved Jacob for years, she wouldn’t compete with Sarah King, the woman Jacob was determined to marry. But when Sarah marries another, Jacob spontaneously agrees to wed Lilly.
Lilly divides her time between teaching the local Amish children and caring for her widowed mother who suffers from depression. Lilly’s faith comforts her, but her heart still longs to be the sole object of Jacob’s affection.
As the days slip by, Lilly decides that hoping is too risky and vows to protect her heart. But God is subtly as work, and as winter turns to spring, their hearts awaken. The furthest thing from Lilly’s mind is her Amish wedding quilt, a traditional gift for new brides. And the person she’d least suspect is the one making it. Like stray pieces of fabric quilted into a new design, Jacob and Lilly’s marriage begins to bind them together in ways neither expected.
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Kelly Long is a nationally bestselling author of Amish Fiction who enjoys studying the Appalachian Amish in particular. Kelly was raised in North Central Pennsylvania, and her dad's friendship with the Amish helped shape Kelly's earliest memories of the culture. Today, she lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with her three children and is a great proponent of autism spectrum and mental health needs. Visit Kelly on Facebook: Fans-of-Kelly-Long and Twitter: @KellyLongAmish.
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Lilly's Wedding Quilt
A Patch of Heaven Novel
By Kelly Long
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2011 Kelly Long
All rights reserved.
Lilly Lapp was late. Of course, in the whole scheme of things, no one was bound to notice a missing schoolteacher from the ceremony. Not that her job wasn't deeply valued, but she knew that the eyes of all the Old Order Amish Community pressed into the King family's largest barn would be torn between watching two things—the wedding of the season and the face of the man who was not the groom.
She adjusted herself on the hard buggy seat and gave a brisk slap of the reins in an attempt to encourage her horse, Ruler, who plowed along with disinterest through the bleak cold of the late November day. She wished she'd remembered her gloves, but the visit by the Englisch police officer had thrown her normally practical frame of mind and she'd left home in an uncollected hurry. A wounded horse thief hiding in the area, indeed.
Fortunately, her mother had still been asleep when the officer had arrived. Lilly was sure that her widowed mamm would not have given him permission to search the barn and the outbuildings. But Lilly felt that it was her duty to cooperate with the authorities, no matter how strange their notions may be. She just could not believe that any of her own community would ever steal a horse from an Englisch farm, not when there were so many horses available as part of everyday life. Besides, it was wrong. Though, of course, there was always the possibility that someone could have done this. The Amish were certainly not perfect. Still ... she could not imagine it.
She felt that Ruler might be picking up speed when the first crystalline drop of icy rain hit her cheek through the open front of the buggy. Soon it was pouring, a thick deluge that struck with all the intensity of a thousand miniature knives. Ruler began to toss at the reins, and Lilly swallowed, nervous at his behavior. She knew she had to get him into shelter of some kind, but the wedding home was still a good two miles away.
She blinked as the rain slanted, pelting into the buggy and soaking her dark cape. Ruler had given in to the onslaught and stopped stock-still along the side of the road. There was no help for it; she'd have to get out and lead him to shelter. From what she could gather, they were somewhere near Deacon Zook's property. The shifting wind moved the fog and revealed the reassuring bulk of an outlying barn. She slipped from the buggy, quaking from the cold, as she went to the horse's head and unhitched him, grabbing the reins. She reasoned that the storm would soon pass and the buggy would be all right along the roadside. She pulled, and Ruler lifted his head to roll a baleful eye at her before finally beginning to move forward.
It seemed miles to the barn, though it was only several hundred feet. Trudging in the freezing rain in her best shoes and long dark dress—which were meant for socializing and not warmth—made the walk almost unbearable. Finally, she pressed her hands against the closed door of the barn, taking deep, panting breaths and searching for the latch with numb fingers.
To her amazement, the door slid open from the inside, and a tall, dark-haired Amish man stared down at her with a grim look. She blinked her eyes, licking surreptitiously at a splat of rain that dripped past her mouth, then spoke the first thing that came to her mind.
"Jacob Wyse. What are you doing here? Today's the—" she broke off as his handsome face tightened beneath the brim of his black hat.
"The wedding?" he snapped. "Right. But wedding or not, I'd like to know why you're fool enough to have a horse out in weather like this. You surely must have seen the rain coming."
He brushed past her to grab Ruler's reins, and she sagged backward out of the way as the horse followed Jacob like an obedient lamb, leaving her to cling to the barn door with limp hands and suppressed words of ire on her lips at his assumption that she was some sort of weather vane.
"Come in here out of the cold," Jacob ordered from the dim interior of the barn. She tried to make haste to obey, though her legs seemed too numb to move. He finally came back and hauled her into the shelter without ceremony, sliding the door closed with a strong arm. He sat her down on a bale of hay and returned to Ruler where he ran caressing hands over the animal's back with a dry rag and made soft, soothing sounds in his throat.
Lilly tried to slow her breathing as she listened to the sudden quiet of the barn, insulated by bales of hay and stacks of feed bags. Although she was soaked to the skin, she couldn't seem to think to do anything about it and surveyed the interior instead. She recognized Jacob's bay gelding, Thunder, in a stall, munching at some hay, while another horse's head appeared over a half door near the far wall. Then she glanced up at Jacob as he finished wiping Ruler down and led him with ease to an empty stall. He filled the hayrack, turned back to her, and sighed.
"Why are you here?" he finally asked, looking at her like she was an unwanted bug at a picnic. Indeed, considering her bedraggled appearance, she probably looked more hag than girl. But there was nothing she could do about it at the moment, so she slipped off her soggy bonnet.
"I asked you the same thing. Though, in my case, it's rather obvious that the storm brought me here. Shelter for my horse, you know."
He shook his head, and she tried to ignore the pull of interest that she felt being so close to him. Jacob Wyse was, in face and form, the most attractive man in the community. She'd thought so ever since they'd been in school together and she'd watched him tend to a stray and starving dog that some other boys were trying to drive away. Jacob had stared the boys down one by one, then went to lift the animal into his strong arms, never knowing he was also stealing Lilly's impressionable young heart at the same time. But now at twenty-four, Jacob's tall muscular form, rich hazel eyes, and dark chestnut hair with lighter streaks from the sun were all the more appealing. Still, he'd never spoken more than a few words of any consequence to her in all the time she'd known him.
In the community where everyone knew everything about everyone else, it had been well understood for years that Jacob Wyse only had eyes for the beautiful Sarah King, and every other girl was just part of the mountainous landscape. But today, Sarah King was getting married ... to another man.
Lilly snapped her attention back to him when she realized he'd been speaking.
"Wh—what?" She shivered, trying to subdue the urge to let her teeth chatter.
"I said, for the third time, that you're soaked. Go back into one of the stalls and take off as much as your decency will allow. I'll find you a stable blanket."
"I will ... not." She meant to sound outraged, but her voice came out in a thready squeak.
"Look, I'm not having the beloved schoolteacher of Pine Creek come down with pneumonia on my time. Move!"
She sat still, her practical nature telling her that what he was suggesting made sense, but the woman in her felt insulted at his tone and the casualness with which he commanded she undress. She knew that Jacob Wyse didn't especially care for the idea of schooling and schoolteachers, at least he didn't when he was younger. His opinions must not have changed much.
"A gentleman ... would offer me ... his coat." There was no holding back her teeth chattering now. She watched as a grim smile spread over his handsome face.
"A gentleman might," he agreed.
She reminded herself that he looked good but his temperament had always been wild and brooding. She realized the unpredictable weather might be easier to deal with than him and wondered if the rain had lifted any so that she might just leave.
"It's still pouring; you can hear it."
"How did you know what I was thinking?" Lilly asked.
He smiled a real smile then, just briefly, and she felt her heart catch in her chest.
"What's in a woman's mind is easy enough to figure out—it usually involves what they think they want and what they wish they had." She tried to ignore the blush that warmed her cheeks; his arrogant words made her fume.
"You should open a shop ..." she suggested. "Doctor Wyse's thoughts on women and the summation of their brains."
"Stop the hoech-nawszich schoolteacher talk and undress, or I may take it into my professional head to help you out."
She tried to stand, outraged at his words, but her skirt had frozen to the hay. She could only flounder in an undignified manner.
He bent to lift her, then staggered as if her weight was too much for him. She huffed in embarrassment until she realized that he'd reeled backward in a sudden wash of pallor. "What's wrong?" Lilly asked.
He shook his head. "Nothing."
A bead of sweat dripped down his cheek.
"Jacob, are you ill?"
He seemed to rally at her question and stood upright, wiping his cheek. "Nee," he said in a hoarse voice. "But neither am I ... a gentleman."
She stared at him as he opened his heavy black coat and slid it off. She gasped when she saw the blood that stained his white shirt, beginning near his left shoulder and expanding downward to his elbow. "Jacob! What happened?" A dawning awareness struck her. She glanced to the horse in the far stall and then back to the man who nearly sagged before her. "You're the one they're looking for? The horse thief?"
"Smart girl," he acknowledged, his eyes narrowing with pain.
Jacob allowed himself to sink down on to a bale of hay. He slid off his hat and closed his eyes. For some reason, it felt all right to reveal his wound to the serious, wide, blue eyes of the schoolteacher. She might talk high, but he knew from overhearing conversations that she loved the kinner she taught. And anyone who had a heart for children had compassion, and he needed some right now.
He heard her tussle with her skirts and then opened his eyes to watch her come forward and kneel between the sprawl of his legs. She was nothing if not practical, he thought as she matter-of-factly reached to examine his wound with slender fingers. She leaned close to lift the edge of the handkerchief he'd used to help staunch the blood flow.
"Before the cancer took Daed he taught me a lot about veterinary science, so I learned something about wounds," she murmured.
Of course you did. He had to think to keep from muttering the comment aloud.
"You were shot from behind, obviously. From what I can see of the exit wound, it looks clean. No arteries were hit or you would have bled to death by now."
"Thanks for the thought."
"What happened exactly?"
He looked away from her, staring up at the broad barn beams above them. "I was fool enough to give in to—let's say a reckless urge—and stop by Tom Granger's farm because I heard a horse in pain and distress. I got sick of all the unfairness in life, and when that idiot farmer left the barn with a bloodstained whip in his hand, I went in and put the mare on a lead and led her away. Granger saw me, shot me, and I've been hiding out here since last night. I'm lucky no police have come knocking."
He glanced at her eyes, warm with respect, and he wanted to duck away from her open emotion. Another woman might have played the game of feigning shock at his actions. Clearly, the schoolteacher didn't understand the affectation of womanly wiles and, more than that, she seemed to hold some kind of misguided admiration for him. And he didn't think that rescuing a horse from Granger was worth admiring, even though everyone around knew Tom Granger was a surly Englischer who mistreated his wife, son, and stock, and who cursed loudly as Amish women and children walked past his farm.
Jacob roused from his musings when Lilly replaced the handkerchief and folded the torn edges of his shirtsleeve back over the makeshift bandage, fussing with the fabric.
"You are fortunate that you've escaped the notice of the police. They've searched the area but probably overlooked this outlying barn."
"Well, that's one thing in my favor, I suppose. But I've got to face them sooner or later, and I—"
He realized that she peeked at his mouth while he spoke, and he recognized the brief, veiled glance. Girls had studied his lips with speculative interest since he'd turned sixteen, and impetuous instinct now drew his eyes to her lips.
He was bone weary, wounded, and besides the physical pain, his heart hurt more than the time an anxious stallion had broken his ribs.
But he was also alive and sick of feeding on ideas about what might have been. Now mattered. That was all. What was right in front of him. He ignored the prick of conscience that might have checked his words and tilted his head to one side.
"I know what you want," he said evenly and without conceit.
She startled, a ready denial in the depths of her eyes.
He shook his head. "Don't. I want it too."
"I have no idea what you're talking about."
Then the schoolteacher knows more about books than she does about herself, he thought, leaning forward.
He cupped his callused hand around her fragile chin before she could draw away.
"I'm talking about escape," he whispered. "Just for a moment. No responsibilities. No wedding. No heartache. Nothing—but now."
He lowered his lashes until all he could see was the petal pink of her mouth against the paleness of her skin and then he dipped his head. He kissed her until he felt her resistance melt into tentative response, and then he closed his eyes. He wanted to banish the image of Sarah that burned in his brain and slanted his chin to deepen the kiss. He heard his own frantic intake of breath when she laid a hand on his chest, and he surrendered helplessly to the fantasy of another man's wife—a vision that he longed to deny.CHAPTER 2
Lilly envisioned a thousand granules of sugar quickening through a funnel to some dark, waiting center. She was sliding with them, covered in sweetness, until the rational part of her mind intruded. Substitute. Substitute teacher. Sarah's substitute. She wrenched backward and Jacob made a strangled sound in his throat that jarred her senses, leaving her longing to soothe him. But she sank back to rest on her legs. Her mouth stung and her chin burned from the dark shadow of his jaw. She prayed that the Lord might forgive her for allowing such a thing. And then added her request that He also might bring someone, someday, to love her with as much passion as she felt through Jacob's kiss.
She watched him come to himself, like a dreamer waking with reluctance. His heavy lashes lifted from his flushed cheeks and he sighed.
"No, you're not," she replied, surprised at the steadiness of her voice. "You wanted an escape; you got it."
His green-gold eyes narrowed. "I think you got a bit of it too, Miss Schoolteacher."
"You're right, of course. I've never had the kiss of a man, only a father's."
A tenseness appeared around his handsome mouth at her admission, and he looked away.
"You need medical attention."
He nodded, still concentrating on some unknown spot at the back of the barn. "Jah, but the only doctor around is the good Grant Williams, veterinarian at-large. And he, as you know, has other plans this morning."
Lilly didn't need to listen hard to hear the bitterness in his tone.
Dr. Williams was an Englischer who'd been baptized into the community only a few months past, but he was as accepted as one to the bonnet born. And, he was the man who had won Sarah King's heart.
Lilly tapped her lips with her index finger as a half-formed idea began to take shape.
"What?" He swung his penetrating gaze back to her.
"If we go anywhere in town to have you treated by the Englisch, they'll tell the police. Lockport is too small for the town not to know about the horse. So, you only have one person to treat you—the groom."
"Have you lost your mind?"
She raised an eyebrow at him. Not for nothing was she a teacher, easily engaging stubborn students. "Have you lost yours? And have you stopped to think of how it will look if you don't show up for the wedding?"
He glared at her. "What does it matter?"
"It matters because you're not going to run away. You're going to live here, work here, and so will the Williamses. And you also know how this place is—everyone is just waiting to see how you will react to the wedding. To not show up suggests weakness; something I'm sure is not part of your character."
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Lilly’s Wedding Quilt is book two in in the Patch of Heaven series by Kelly Long. I have enjoyed this series so much that I devoured the first three books in just a few days’ time. I am really hoping that there will be more books in the series. Kelly Long has a way of drawing you in with her vivid writing. It is, in my opinion, a little more spine tingling in the romance department. However, it isn’t trashy. It is very tasteful and yet deliciously enticing. It is the right amount of romance with enough reserve so that it is still wholesome. About the Story: Sarah is getting married to Grant Williams and Jacob is completely shattered. When he finds himself a victim of a gunshot wound, it is the local school teacher that cares for him and shelters him from possible arrest. While covering up for Jacob, the community demands an answer to his whereabouts. Lilly takes a stand and announces to the community that he was with her. The problem is—this means people will now question both Jacob and Lilly’s reputation. Knowing this, Jacob steps in with a marriage proposal for Lilly and though she knows that he still loves Sarah—she accepts. Lilly has loved Jacob for years but he always had his eyes on Sarah. She is determined to make Jacob love her and though he has feelings for someone else; he takes his marriage vows seriously and with God’s help begins a journey of finding love with Lilly. Lilly understands Jacob on a level he never thought possible. She understands what he responds to and starts to chip at the the icy exterior he has built over his heart. Honestly, the romance in this book was spine-tingling. Jacob has to be one of my new book crushes. Holy WOW! He is one deliciously written book character. I nearly wanted to step inside the pages and steal him away from Lilly! Sarah was a fool for giving up this gem! Although, Lilly is a much better fit for him. If you like Amish romance and wanted a little something more tantalizing and yet tasteful, this is the book to read! I did think that some of the things in this book might be a little off for an Amish community but I still enjoyed it. I was able to overlook the few things that I thought were probably a bit inaccurate. Overall though, masterfully written and alive with emotion. This is going on my favorites shelf!
This is the best Amish romance book I have read thus far (and I have read many, many Amish romance novels). It was so good, that I re-read it immediately after I finished it. Kelly Long is a terrific author and I can only hope she returns us to the "Patch of Heaven" series very soon. One word of warning for those who may be concerned, there is a little more romantic content than one would normally see in Amish romance books, but I enjoyed every page of this book.
This is a nice Amish fiction, with more romance than the typical Amish fiction book. The characters are likeable and interesting, and it's a well-written story. It's a very good read, and appropriate for those of us who like their romance without all the explicit and graphic language and behavior. I can't wait for the next book from this author!
Handsome, headstrong Jacob offers Lilly his hand in marriage, but his heart belongs to someone else. While Lilly Lapp has loved Jacob for years, she wouldn't compete with Sarah King, the woman Jacob was determined to marry. But when Sarah marries another, Jacob spontaneously agrees to wed Lilly. Lilly divides her time between teaching the local Amish children and caring for her widowed mother who suffers from depression. Lilly's faith comforts her, but her heart still longs to be the sole object of Jacob's affection. As the days slip by, Lilly decides that hoping is too risky and vows to protect her heart. But God is subtly as work, and as winter turns to spring, their hearts awaken. The furthest thing from Lilly's mind is her Amish wedding quilt, a traditional gift for new brides. And the person she'd least suspect is the one making it. Like stray pieces of fabric quilted into a new design, Jacob and Lilly's marriage begins to bind them together in ways neither expected. My thoughts... Hooked from the very first page! I have read a few other Amish books and always ended up disappointed because the writing style was poor and/or the book full of cliches. This one is not! Kelly's writing is from the heart. The characters are simple folks but the storyline is anything but. A beautiful story about love, not only between the main characters but the love of God and His mercy. You'll easily connect with Lilly, she is so real. You'll feel her emotions as you read. There is quite a bit of humor which left me smiling. I liked the way Kelly included a character who is clinically depressed an loved who made the quilt. This book has sensual descriptions that was surprising. To me, Christian fiction is a good, clean read. I felt this part of the story should've been toned down, it wouldn't have hurt the story at all. Overall, I highly recommend "Lilly's Wedding Quilt" and give it 5 stars. I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Title: Lilly's Wedding Quilt Publisher: Thomas Nelson Pub Date: 03/29/2011 ISBN: 9781595548719
Wow! I am already an Amish lover but I must say that if I wasn't, this book right here; this book with it's wonderful message and sweet plot line, would have had me HOOKED on Amish novels for life. Kelly Long takes her skills as an English author and blends them with her knowledge of the Amish, to create a novel for her readers that is unlike any other. Oh sure, it's Amish. There are lots of Amish novels out there (all of them good!). There are lots of Amish authors out there. But Kelly's novels and her skills are just simply unique and awe inspiring. Lilly's Wedding Quilt picks up right where Sarah's Garden left off ( which I will HAVE to get my review of that one posted soon!). Lilly, the community's school teacher, has pined for Jacob since they were kinner. And, when an unfortunate incident for Jacob occurs and a down pour the day of Sarah's wedding, Lilly is forced to take shelter in a barn near the wedding. What will she do when the man of her dreams is in that barn, all the while thinking of the girl of HIS dreams....the one getting married to another man. Together, they arrive late to the wedding and then, on impulse, Lilly sticks up for Jacob and in turn he marries her. But, was it of God's will? Will Jacob be forever in love with another man's wife? Or will Lilly's teaching skills prove, above all, that it was meant to be God's will??This story was filled with lots of humor filled moments, many of which had me smiling so many times. It's filled with God's forgiving love and graceful mercy, it's filled with family and hope. So many times, I felt as if I was among the simple yet complex people of the Amish country. I could see myself among the sweet school room helping with the kinner. Simply put, I felt right at home among this community. If you love Amish you will love Kelly Long's Lilly's Wedding Quilt. While I suggest that you read Sarah's Garden first since it was a first in the series, you won't be lost or confused by the events in this particular novel. Kelly Long's skills and words keep you up to date on the happenings with these loving Amish folks. I highly recommend this book to Amish lovers, new and old. It gets a 5 star praise, 2 thumbs up and so much more from this Kelly Long fan. I can't wait for another Patch of Heaven novel to be released....I am wondering who's story Kelly will tell next.
This is my second time reading an Amish romance. I have to say that I was thoroughly caught up in the story from the first page. The writing style stayed true to the culture being portrayed in this story. The characters were wonderfully described. I could picture myself standing amongst them.Jacob¿s had one true love and her name was Sarah. However, she married another man. This caused Jacob¿s heart to break. He didn¿t want another woman. He only wanted Sarah.Lilly had no desire to love or marry. She spent all of her time working or taking care of her mother. She had no time for herself. The interplay between the two of them as they try to fight the love that has sparked between them is intense. This is the second book in a series. I know that I will be searching out the stores to get the first one. In conjunction with the Wakela's World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.
I'm trying to gather my thoughts as I savor the blessing this book was. There are so many great lessons to receive from this story that I'm not sure I will write an adequate review. The author definitely has a gift of painting a picture with words. I could hear the horses as they galloped on the road. The laughter of children as they played outside whispered in my ears. The gracefulness of a young woman named Lilly could be seen in her bright eyes. Lilly has always taken care of someone. She has never complained when her father took ill. Lilly honored her father with her quiet words and unconditional love. Her love for children is evident as she patiently teaches them every day. When her mother became ill, she gave all she could to make her mother feel safe. I loved Lilly so much and wished I had her patient, caring and giving heart. Jacob is hard working and in love with Sarah. I think he has had eyes only for her since he was young. I could feel his heart break in two as his one true love marries another. Will he ever find that kind of love again? Jacob is very family oriented and close to his younger brother who I adored. I won't say how it came to pass, but before you know it two people are married and I questioned their hearts. What is the reason they decide to marry? Do they love each other like a husband and wife should? The story is very touching and I loved reading how the characters start to share their innermost dreams. They each have a desire to be loved, but something is holding them back. The beauty of the story is how two people come together and through misunderstandings, jealousy, dreams shared, and the gift of unconditional love find joy. I loved how Lilly and Jacob found a way to show how much they care by the special gift each gave to the other. It is truly a love story that captures the message of forgiveness and putting others before yourself. This review is my own opinion.
Lilly's Wedding Quilt Patch of Heaven Book 2 Kelly Long Lilly Lapp has been in love with Jacob Wyse since they were in school, but Jacob has only had his mind and heart set on marrying Sarah King. Now Sarah King is married, and at her wedding Jacob announces his engagement to Lilly. After spending an innocent night together in a barn, Jacob thought it was only right to protect Lilly's reputation, as she is the school teach in the Amish school in their community. Lilly also cares for her widowed mother, who is suffering from depression. After the wedding, Jacob tells Lilly that he is going to "court" her for a period of time, so they can get to know each other better. As the two are drawing closer to each other, they do so in a way that neither of them expected. The one thing that Lilly missed out on was making her Wedding Quilt. Jacob collects quilt squares and he sees that Lilly gets her Wedding Quilt, which is a big surprise to Lilly. The coming together as one for Lilly and Jacob is a heartfelt story. Kelly Long did an excellent job in dealing with the subject of depression in the Amish community and their support system. Lilly's Wedding Quilt is a story of trust, kindness, forgiveness, dealing with depression, and learning to love
This is book two in the series. Loved this story - warmed my heart. Great discovery on happiness versus joy. Joyful always...
I always love to challenge myself with different genres of books. I usually love Christian thrillers, biographies, bible studies, and spiritual suspense. Since I started writing reviews, I have ordered books that are not my usual avenue of reading. I ordered Lily's Wedding Quilt in hopes that I would find a different genre of book that I would fall in love with. I completely loved the story line and the character's were fabulously woven together as Kelly Long reveals the lifestyle of the Amish community. Although it felt like it took me forever to get through this book, I would recommend it to anyone who loves Amish love stories, or historical fiction. For those who usually don't read this genre.it is a challenge, but I think you will thoroughly enjoy it! Kelly Long weaves real life into a fictional story. Sometimes, we want things to work out certain ways in our lives and when God puts a twist into our story.we wonder if God is even present in our circumstance. Then, as our stories unfold.we see that God was there the whole time! As Lily and Jacob's life are woven together through hidden circumstances.we see God's hand secretly moving their lives in the path that He wants and in the end..well, I can't tell you the end.but you can definitely find out for yourself! I received this book at no cost to me from book sneeze and the opinions and views are all my own!
The two main characters in this book are Jacob Wyse and Lilly Lapp. The story begins with Jacob stealing a horse from an Englischer. Lilly is on her way to Sarah King and Grant Williams wedding when she decides to stop at Deacon Zook's barn to get her horse out of the pouring rain. There she finds Jacob with a bullet wound in is arm. Sarah tends to Jacob's wound and convinces him that he needs to attend his former girlfriends wedding. (Jacob still has feelings for Sarah). They show up late and everyone is curious to why they came in together. A knock comes at the door and in walks a police officer looking for the horse thief. When he focus's on Jacob, Lilly comes forth and says that Jacob was with her. Jacob is surprised that Lilly a school teacher would come to his defense. Jacob blurts out that he and Lilly had been together to discuss their wedding plans. This is where I will stop with this review. I do not want to give anything away in this review that would be a spoiler. I promise you that you will not be disappointed if you buy this book. Kelly is one of my favorite Amish fiction writers and she hasn't disappointed me yet!
I read Amish fiction avidly. This one was hard to put down. It's a little racy for Amish fiction, which makes it all the more interesting. It really gets down to true human feelings that all people, Englisch and Amish alike have. Watching Jacob and Lilly discovering each other was truly a joy. One of my favorite parts was when the bishop preached about the difference between happiness and joy at the wedding. How true to life that is. Hope she writes another great story like this soon. This is a page turner, as you can't wait to see what Lilly and Jacob will do next and hope against hope that it all works out in the end. Very compelling story. Hope she writes another great story like this soon!
Lillys Wedding Quilt is a compelling love story. This story is not only love portrayed between a man and a woman, but a family as well. It was interesting to see how the author weaved in the relationship of the family and how it requires hard work and loyalty to make it run smoothly. The book grabs your attention right away with one character receiving unwarranted blame. It was a page turner right from page one. Its an easy read that doesnt have too many characters to confuse you. I didnt want to put it down as I needed to see what was going to happen next. I couldnt wait to see how God would fulfill the desires of the characters hearts. I enjoyed getting wrapped up in Lillys mind and emotions as she was so involved with her students and their everyday life. She taught with such passion and conviction, and desired her students to fulfill their dreams. Lilly also had dreams she wanted to fulfill, but had given up hope that any of them would come true. It was made clear that God will grant the desires of our hearts, but sometimes we arent clear ourselves as to what those desires might be. I received a copy of Lillys Wedding Quilt from Booksneeze
I truly enjoyed this book quite a lot. It's very rare in Amish fiction to read about people with emotional difficulties. Seeing the problems that Lilly's mother goes through and how Lilly deals with it was truly inspiring. There is also a little boy in the story who has learning disabilities and it was heartwarming to see how the community rallied around these two people during their difficulties. It's also refreshing to see a Christian story where the main characters are less than perfect. Sometimes it seems as though the *good* Christians in many fiction stories lead perfect lives and that is not always the case in the real world. Also included in Lilly's Wedding quilt is a reading group guide and author notes. Lilly's Wedding Quilt is a Patch of Heaven Novel. I believe it is number two. The first is Sarah's Garden and is also by Kelly Long. I hope to be able to read that one as well.
Well this book starts out with a literal bang! When someone steals and Englisher's horse and is shot in the process, I would have never guessed the thief would have turn out to be an Amish man! Twenty-three year old school teacher Lilly Lapp is a practical amish schoolteacher that loves her job,surrounded by children all day she still feels alone. She lives with her mom, but since her mother is suffering from depression, she stays in her darkened room most days while Lily tends to her. On the day she is supposed to attend a friends wedding, she finds herself running late because the police have just been by her farm looking for a horse thief, one that's been shot. Once on her way, she gets caught in a torrential downpour, she decides to take shelter in an old barn to wait out the rain, never realizing that someone is inside the barn. The someone turns out to be Jacob Wyse, someone whom captured Lilly's heart when they were in grade school, but Jacob only had eyes for Sarah King, who wedding Lilly is attending, but Sarah is marrying another man! When Lilly realizes Jacob has a gunshot wound she knows he needs medical attention and convinces him to go to the wedding so Sarah's new husband can tend to the wounds. When the police arrive at the wedding Lilly puts her reputation on the line to save Jacob from the police, and to save her reputation Jacob announces that they are engaged, and they will be married in three weeks,. What kind of marriage can they have when Jacob loves another woman? This was my first time reading anything written by Kelly Long and I love her writing style. She has the ability to transport the reader right into the story, allowing you to feel the emotions that the characters are feeling. Lilly and Jacob's story made me laugh and also made me cry, and by the end I felt as if I was separating from two friends! Jacob comes off as a very strong character, at first I thought he was going to be the wild Amish man but instead he was a kind compassionate soul, who was suffering from a broken heart. I found the secondary characters in the story quite endearing as well. Jacob's brother Seth was a real charmer,some of the things he and Jacob did were quite funny. I have my fingers crossed that perhaps he will find love with the amish widow that moved to town. Fans of Amish fiction are going to be swept away by this book, but anyone who loves a good clean romance, that draws you in and allows you to savor a sweet love story should also check it out! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Good morning- or as my book I've received would say, "Guder mariye!" This book, and Amish fiction gem called "Lilly's Wedding Quilt" by Kelly Long, is a book that I've recently received from booksneeze. Before I get started, let me tell you that due to some law, I don't have to give this book a good review, so whatever I say is what I honestly feel. "Lilly's Wedding Quilt" is about a young Amish woman named Lilly and her husband Jacob. This story reminded me a bit of the story of Jacob and Leah from the Bible, but with a more. "romantic" ending. In the Bible, while Leah is in love with Jacob, the affection is never mentioned as returned. However, in this book, the love is reciprocated as well. Now, obviously, it's not exactly like the Jacob and Leah story, nor a modern-day allegory of it. I don't think that it was meant to be. But it's a story of a spontaneous marriage, a somewhat awkward situation (at least it felt that way to me), and a newfound love. This story rings in with some excitement as well. This story begins with a gunshot and a horse chase and ends with a kiss. Who could say no to that?:)