Patchwork Dreams

Patchwork Dreams

by Laura Hilton

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Ever since returning from her rumspringa pregnant and unwed, Becky Troyer has been a pariah in her Amish community in Missouri. Even after the young mother confesses her sin and rejoins the church, her peers continue to shun her, and she despairs the unlikelihood of marrying for love. It seems that her only hope is to eventually marry a widower with a family of his own. Becky's world changes when Jacob Miller arrives at her family's farm with the understanding that he will help with chores during the summer and then return to Pennsylvania. What Jacob does not know is that his father, who disapproves of Jacob's sweetheart, Susie, sent him away as part of a plan to introduce new blood into the Amish community of Seymour. In addition to his work around the farm, Jacob undertakes the task of cheering up the lovely yet listless Becky, inviting her to various youth gatherings and offering her the only unconditional friendship she's known. As their relationship grows, the two find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. Will Becky and Jacob overcome their insecurities and self-doubts so that their love can grow, or will Jacob keep his pledge to Susie and turn his back on Becky, as so many others have done?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603742559
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 03/31/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 951,132
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Surrendered Love follows Healing Love in Laura's latest trilogy from Whitaker House. Her first series with Whitaker was The Amish of Seymour, comprising Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, readers may visit her blog at http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/.

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Patchwork Dreams 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome read, the author holds your attention from the first page until the last. I loved this nook book . Most Amish romances are similiar ,not so much in this one though, there were unexpected twists along the way. This is a book that I will want to read again later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always love reading about Amish way of life....this was a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not book the book down. I read it in two days
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful Amish story. A real insight into the Amish Culture. Jacob Miller is set to live with his distant cousin Daniel, where he learns the blacksmith trade. He comes from PA to Seymour, Missouri he thinks to appease his father. He is dating Suzie and has every intention to return in a few months and marry her. At the door to Daniel's place he meets Becky. Does he believe in Love at first sight? Can't be there is Suzie? The Amish in PA are trading some young men with MO, in order to help with some of the birth defects that are common in each Community. Jacob hopes to return when the others arrive, if not before. Both Becky and Jacob need to accept God's Grace and forgiveness. They are now thrown together along with Suzie. I recommend this book...what a great Summer read.
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
Patchwork of Dreams by Laura V. Hilton is another great book to add to your to be read and/or summer reading pile. As I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Hilton's book, I recommend putting it on the top of your "TBR" pile! It is a wonderful story. I enjoyed the plot, was emotionally moved and the book engaged me fully from start to finish. It really is a wonderful, relaxing and beautiful story! I look forward to the release of the next book in The Amish of Seymour series. Many thanks to KCWC for the opportunity to review this book. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and reflect honestly how I feel about this book.
Mamaleh More than 1 year ago
"Whew! Not boring!" Those were the words I used when I emailed Laura Hilton about her latest book, Patchwork Dreams. Mrs. Hilton is a personal friend, and I had actually had some trepidation about reading her book, since I had promised to write a review. I've read quite a few Amish-based novels, and other than those by the "Masters" like Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter, most have cookie-cutter story lines and fluffy dialogue and description. Not so with this author's latest. In so many Christian novels, even non-Amish based, relationships are almost fairy-tale. Lives are perfectly devoted to God and people never falter in their walk with Him and in their sickeningly unrealistic dealings with each other. Mrs. Hilton's story, on the other hand, features complex and realistic characters as well as an intriguing storyline that kept me from closing the book and turning off my bed-time lights. I particularly appreciated Mrs. Hilton's well-researched description of the Black-Smiths' profession, adding interest to these multi-faceted characters. I look forward to the next in this series.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
When Jacob arrives in Seymour he discovers that his father has lied to him about the reason for his visit. Then he discovers that the girl he is attracted to is an unwed mother, something that is definitely not common in an Amish community. The characters of Jacob and Becky are well written. Becky's angst so understandable and old fashioned like stepping back into the 1950's moral dilemmas. Every time I read an Amish book I learn new things about their habits and lifestyles and the conflict between their beliefs and society at large. This was an excellent story and a great start for a series. Special thanks to Cathy Hickling of Whitaker House for sending me a review copy
arkieclown 8 months ago
PATCHWORK DREAMS by Laura V. Hilton is the first book in the Amish of Seymour County series. It’s the story of Becky Troyer and Jacob Miller. After becoming pregnant during her rumschpringe, Becky is the object of whispers, cruel remarks and remains in the shadows even after confessing her sins and joining the church. If not for the love for her daughter, Emma, the lone friendship of Annie and the family that stuck by her, she truly is alone. Unless matched off to some older widower with many children needing tended to, she is sure she is to remain unmarried. Jacob Miller was sent by his father to Seymour to help a distant cousin’s family with summer chores only to find out he’s been sent as part of a man swap to bring new bloodlines to the community. His father hoped that the separation from his current girlfriend would open his eyes to reality before he makes a mistake that may follow him for a lifetime. He is drawn to Bex, his nickname for Becky, and determined that while he’s there he will get her to smile. Daniel, Becky’s Dad, starts teaching Jacob how to be a blacksmith and finds him to be a fast learner. Although at first Jacob found it to be hard, dirty work, he soon finds that he enjoyed it and could see himself supporting a family doing it back home. He also starts to rethink his relationship with Susie, his girlfriend back home. He has no desire to leave the church as she has mentioned doing and their thoughts on life are so different. A break in their relationship is in order – evidently on both sides from her letter. Jacob tries to get Becky out to singings and socials so that she can find a nice man to court her. However, Becky is fearful of men and the least bit of affection or teasing sends her into a tail spin and withdrawal. It also seems that others aren’t as forthright with forgiveness and hold her past against her. How will it affect everyone when the real truth comes out? Can his closeness and his never giving up trying bring her out of her shell – especially when she sees how fond he is of Emma – and give him that smile? When she does, will her smile win Jacob’s heart? Can Jacob prove to Bex how special she is, how fortunate anyone is to have her in their life and that she is definitely worthy – of happiness, love, and having a family? Will that someone be Jacob? Laura V. Hilton tells an amazing story within the pages of PATCHWORK DREAMS. It’s a story of love – love of family that will stick by you regardless, love of a couple trying to find their way through past mistakes for a future together, and most of all the love of God. In this story, we not only read a wonderful Amish story, but we learn that all people, Amish or not, have flaws, problems and dreams. It’s when we put our lives in God’s hands that we can come to our full potential and fulfill his desire for us. PATCHWORK DREAMS can definitely be read as a standalone, but I know you will be looking for the other books in this series once you read this one. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a well-written story, the Amish genre, a Christian romance or just a well-rounded great book.
kaitkatjane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patchwork Dreams is a sweet story that takes place in the Amish county of Seymour. I've always enjoyed reading Amish novels and this one was no exception. The lives of the Amish have always held great interest for me and I love reading about them. Patchwork Dreams allowed me to dive right into the Amish lifestyle.Becky's character was easy to like. Her sinful past leaving lasting scars made her seem very practical and believable. She knew she had made bad decisions in the past and only wanted to move on and live her life the way she knew would please her God and her church. She was easy to relate to. I felt bad for her, as her friends refused to forgive her for a long time and still frowned upon her for her past sins.I was a little annoyed at how she kept turning Jacob away, but I could understand why she would think he wouldn't want her. She was also overly suspicious of every woman that Jacob mentioned; even after he made known that he liked her, which bothered me a bit since every relationship should be built on trust. :)Jacob was extremely persistent. I loved that about him. He never gave up on the girl he loved even after she tried to push him away because she thought she wasn't good enough; which proved that he really cared for her. The fact that he cherished Becky was very evident throughout the book. Jacob was a very likeable character.While I did enjoy reading the book, I did have a problem with it...I didn't find Jacob and Becky's immediate, love-at-first-sight romance realistic. It seemed very...plastic, but that may just be me. ;)I also wish that Becky's baby was more prominent in the book. The babe was mentioned so little that I began to wonder what had become of her. It may just be me, but I think that the baby should have been a bigger part of the story.As for the content, I do have something to mention. Becky was in a relationship with a non-amish man before the book opens up and became pregnant. While it seemed at first that she was just careless, it was later proven that she was raped. There are no scenes or anything and there is only minor discussion about it, but it is something that may not be suitable for young readers. All in all, when I turned the last page I did not regret picking the book up. Aside from a few minor problems I had with it, I enjoyed the book. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a simple Amish romance. Look forward to this book's release on April 5th, 2011!
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simply awesome! Laura Hilton is a wonderfully talented author and she really dived deep into the Amish faith and ways and turned out a story for her Amish fans! Her characters are life-like, and her story line is certainly gripping. Those of you who know me and my reviews, know that I don't giveaway spoilers of the story. I really want to say so many things about this sweet and tender Amish novel, but if I go on too long, I will surely spoil it! So, I will say that Jacob and Becky are amazing characters for their part in the story. Jacob is sent to live at a cousin's farm to help out, leaving behind his girlfriend, Susie. He doesn't want to be there....until he meets Becky. Becky, having a bit of a wild running around time, ends up as a single mom. But, because she's not been baptized yet, she's only shunned for a short period of time as punishment. When she meets Jacob, she fears her past will be a part of her future and she'll loose her hope. This story is filled with God's redeeming grace and the power of hope and faith. People are filled with flaws, but if you seek God's love and guidance, you can over come any obstacle that's before you. Laura's book had me hooked from page one and kept my attention til the end. Another wonderful voice in Amish fiction this series debut and author are ones that I will be adding to my 5 star recommendation list. I am highly looking forward to book 2 in this series, A Harvest of Hearts, as I know that it will be like going home, among family and friends!
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it's short and a quick read, but very enjoyable. I started it later in the evening on Friday night and finished it in the early hours of Saturday morning (and I usually don't stay up that late). I just could not put it down. I had to find out what would happen between Becky and Jacob.I'll start with the characters. I like how Becky was introduced and how different she seemed from Jacob who was a little more spirited. But as the book goes on, more and more is revealed about Becky and how she is treated by her community and her family. I love that her family still treated her well even though she had a baby out of wedlock which I would guess is a huge no-no in the Amish community. Her parents were still loving and supportive and her best friend and her mother were supportive as well. I liked that - I am kind of turned off by the stories where the children are shunned by the family when they make a mistake. So that was refreshing. Jacob was great too. He has been sent away by his father because his father does not like Jacob's choice of a girl to marry since this girl seems to want to give up the Amish community. Only Jacob does not know this, he thinks he is being sent to help out for a time. I really like Jacob. He seems to make the best of his situation even when things seem really bad. I like how he changes during the book and how he finds making Becky smile to be a challenge and how sweet he really is to her and her baby.The plot moves quickly with the reader learning more and more about the characters and with little surprises here and there. It is plotted well and I loved it from page one until I finished. It's just a light and enjoyable romance. Sweet, romantic at times and an interesting look into the Amish community.So come and meet Becky and Jacob and the families of the Amish of Seymour County. I can't wait to meet more of the community in books to come and hopefully see some more of Becky and Jacob as well.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Patchwork Dreams is not your typical Amish story. Laura V. Hilton created a masterpiece with her characters, story line and words that created scenes that connected the story even more. They were not empty words but words with heart felt emotions. I didn’t want to stop reading until I was finished; however, responsiblities of life prevented that. I read every spare minute I could till I read the final word in this top of the line Amish tale. Jacob Miller was a disgruntled young man when he was sent to Seymour, MO from Pennsylvania, as a swap for young men to bring new blood into the Amish community. With Jacob’s arrival to his uncle’s farm, Daniel Troyer, Jacob noticed Becky Troyer and how she seemed down trodden by never smiling. Becky had suffered at the hand of a young Englisher guy and was paying the price daily in her life. Her family supported her and she gave all she had to assist the family with her wonderful cooking, baking and household chores. When Jacob and Becky went to McDonald’s for a fancy coffee, that Becky had developed a taste for while in her rumschpringe, Jacob encounter the Englisher. What transpired between the two men was not the typical response of an Amish man. There are so many twists and turns with Becky even leaving to go assist her sister’s family. Who is stealing all the letters that were being sent to Becky? Why did Jacob’s girlfriend from Pennsylvania show up unannounced when she had asked for a break from Jacob after he went to Seymour? Order a copy of Patchwork Dreams and discover this amazing story. This book is filled with determination, heartache, misunderstanding, faith, love and prayers being spoken throughout the story to show the strong faith of the characters. I felt each character’s emotion whether it was tears or laughter. I cannot wait to finish the second book, Harvest of Hearts, in The Amish of Seymour. I’m thankful the author included chapter one in this book.
KathleenFriesen More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with both Becky and Jacob within the first few pages of this story. Author Laura V. Hilton brings her characters to life with all its complexities. Becky carries the burden of her failure every moment of every day. She has knelt and confessed, but without real forgiveness from the community. As a result, she is bowed but not quite broken. I cheered for her when her back straightened and she stood up for herself. Jacob was responsible for some of that courage as he challenged her to enjoy life again. Of course, his own problems interfere with his quest to bring a light to Becky’s eyes, with secrets and insecurity blocking their back-and-forth dance toward true love. This story held me captive, and I thoroughly enjoyed my little visit with the Amish of Seymour. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. Patchwork Dreams earns five stars.
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Wonderful story.  I did not want to put the book down.  Already started book 2.
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I loved every word Could not put it down It brought tears to my eyes What a wonderful love story
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Couldn't wait for this story to end. It was very, very s-l-o-w moving. Find it hard to believe it got such great ratings.