Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch

by Kate Lloyd

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ISBN-13: 9780736970235
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Lancaster Discoveries Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 661,852
Product dimensions: 5.50(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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Starting from Scratch 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
KatKohler 10 months ago
A Pure Delight to Read. Engaging story from the first scene. Loved the characters. My favorite character turned out to be a surprise.
Mar-J 10 months ago
Be prepared to spend an afternoon or evening reading Starting from Scratch by Kate Lloyd. A winsome story from the perspective of Eva Lapp as she had to start a different journey in life—new community, manager of a cafe, potential admirers, gaining cooking skills, and even trying to handle a drunkard Englischer who stole from the café and other offenses he committed. This is not your typical Amish romance story. Beatrice, housekeeper/nanny for the café’s owner with her Italian heritage, Mennonites running the nursery, friendly officers, widowed Bishop, mystery, faith, forgiveness, resilience and multiple unexpected twist and turns. This book represents life’s struggles in dimensional ways with a multiple of characters that are realistic. I obtained this book through our library inter-loan service. A review was not required; however, I have expressed my since thoughts. I’ve read each one of Lloyd’s thus far with each new one topping the previous one, thus I’ll abide my time till the next one is released.
CollieRescueMom More than 1 year ago
Starting from Scratch by Kate Lloyd Eva Lapp sees herself as an old maid at the ripe old age of 29. But in the Amish community, it is rather old to have any hope of marrying. When she takes a job managing a small café on the grounds of a nursery, she finds herself in the soup on several levels! Can she manage to work with the quirky English housekeeper of the owners while they are away? Can she allow herself to open up to the mysterious, but oh-so-handsome English manager of the nursery who is showing more than a passing interest? Can she return to her past feelings when an old boyfriend shows up? Sometimes Starting from Scratch is the only way to go! Travel with Eva as she is faced with different paths opening up to her. You will consider Eva one of your friends long before you come to the end of this well told story!
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Author Kate Lloyd always writes a good book. This one is no exception. The characters were well written, but sometimes I wanted to shake a few of them. They needed to wake up and grow up. And learn to make decisions. But hang in there; they grow spiritually and in maturity. There were many twists, turns, and bumps in the road. It definitely kept my attention and I kept turning the pages as fast as I could. A fun story with clean romance I highly recommend it!
KGervais More than 1 year ago
A Very Pleasant, Enjoyable Book! I absolutely loved reading Starting from Scratch, from the beginning to the end. The characters were great especially Beatrice, an Italian woman who at first I didn’t like but grew to love her as the story went on. Steven, a Mennonite was my choice for Eva but in the end, Eva chose Jake, the love of her life (who I thought was a little immature). I thought Eva at the age of 29 did very well after moving to a cottage by herself away from her parents, managing a café at a local nursery and putting up with many incidents that were occurring in her life with Beatrice, three men and running the café. The book was very well written, very pleasant and very enjoyable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Amish fiction. You won’t be disappointed! I received this book from the author/Harvest House Publishers and this review is my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked right from the first! Lots of things going on but not so much that I couldn't keep up with what was happening. The story line was well blended and kept me wondering who Eva was going to end up with. When I would think I had the answer, it got changed on me and I finally gave up and let the story unfold the way it should! You will not be disappointed in this book. This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher, All opinions expressed are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Starting from Scratch by Kate Lloyd is the second book in Lancaster Discoveries series. Eva Lapp has just been ousted from her family home by her sister-in-law, Marta. Eva’s father has retired, and her parents are moving into the Dawdi house while Rueben and Marta along with their children are moving into the main house. Eva has accepted a job at Yoder’s Nursery which comes with a cottage. She is surprised to discover that her new job is not in the nursery but as the manager of Yoder’s Nursery Café. Eva wishes that she had paid more attention when her mother was cooking. At twenty-nine, Eva is unmarried and has yet to join the church. She longs to marry and have children, but she is still pining for Jake Miller who left the community many years ago under a dark cloud. Stephen Troyer is the manager of the nursery and Eva discovers that he is friends with Jake. With the Yoder family out of town, Beatrice Valenti, their Italian housekeeper, is at loose ends. She winds up at the café “assisting” Eva with the cooking and providing some guidance along the way. Eva was hoping she would meet some eligible men at her new position and she is fortunate to have three men interested in her. But then Jake returns to town and all her old feelings for him resurface. For them to have a future together, several issues need to be resolved including the reason Jake left Lancaster County. Is there a chance at a happily ever after for Jake and Eva? Or will one of the other men capture her heart? Starting from Scratch is well-written and has gentle pacing. It can be enjoyed without having read A Letter from Lancaster County (first book in Lancaster Discoveries series). I was not a fan of Eva. I found her to be contradictory. She is twenty-nine, but she acts like someone who is sixteen. I fond her immature in many respects. Eva takes a job and has no clue what she will be doing. She has never inspected the cottage where she will be living and is not prepared to move out on her own. Eva does not bring sheets, towels, or kitchenware with her. If Marta had not packed her clothing, I have a feeling she would have been without that as well. Eva left a job at a quilt shop that she loved to work at the nursery in the hopes that she will meet some eligible men. I wondered if no men lived in her town or went to her church. I did not feel that Eva is ready to be married. Eva is a woman who needs to be comfortable with herself (become independent) before she embarks on a relationship. Beatrice Valenti starts out gruff in the beginning and as a little pushy. I like how she softens over the course of the novel as her story is revealed. The Christian theme is prevalent throughout the book. Forgiveness, grace, acceptance of others, in God’s timing, and following the path God has planned for you are some of the Christian elements. In Starting from Scratch there is a homeless man, a barn fire, a past mystery that needs to be resolved, and someone is breaking into the café. I liked the way the author tied the various events together in the story. I was, though, disappointed in the ending. I would have liked to see Eva make a different choice where she is truly starting from scratch. The story is told strictly from Eva’s point-of-view (first person). It would have helped to know what some of the other characters were thinking and feeling. It would have added more depth. I am giving Starting from Scratch 3 out of 5 stars.
MissTinasSnitzPie More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Kate Lloyds Lancaster Discovery Series. You will just loved this book and the adventure Kate Lloyd take you on. A must read for yourself or for a gift. I gave this book 5out of 5 stars and worth everyone. I was given a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review which I have given.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
I loved this story of Eva and her decision to redefine her life by stepping out on her own and beginning a new job, As Eva moves through new experiences in her job, she sets aside the untrue gossip that’s being said about her and begins discovering just who she really is: A women who loves God and desires to follow His will for her life. She moves from being an “old maid” to deciding which of several beaus she should marry. My only complaint about this story is that I thought she picked the wrong guy! This is my first book to read by Katie Lloyd, but it won’t be my last. A light, sweet, clean story that will touch your heart. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion about this book.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Lancaster Discoveries series is as different from the first as sausage gravy and brown gravy. If you haven't read my review of 'A Letter from Lancaster County' you should. It was set in Amish county but wasn't specifically about the Amish. We are in the same community, the same plant nursery, and mentions of some of the same characters. This book however? Pure Amish-ish. In 'Starting from Scratch' we meet Eva Lapp, a proper Amish woman, who takes a job at the nursery owned by a former Amish man (never baptized so never shunned) and lives in a small cottage on the property. Having been in love when she was younger with Jake Miller, a troubled young man from her community, he went away and she never moved on. At 29 the world thinks her an old maid and passing her prime. At 29 she's as skittish as a someone more than half her age. At 29 she embarks on real life for the first time. I had such hopes for this book. I was looking forward to picking up where Angela and Rose left off in the previous book. I mean Rose is mentioned but she's off screen and out of town throughout the entire story. Her and Glenn have apparently had a daughter but are away during all that happens in this book. I'm going to do this review a little different but I think you'll understand why when I'm done. There was a LOT that happened in this book. Eva going out on her own, someone breaking into the cafe, friends running away, trouble with the law, and a barn fire. These scene was extremely difficult for me to read. To be honest I don't know that I'll ever be able to read about a structure fire without a great deal of anxiety again. I need to move past this quickly so here goes. I love Kate Lloyd's ability to tell a story, however this one didn't hit it for me. I'm gonna tell ya why . . . Ach. Every. Single. Person. Said this. Constantly. Eva was the biggest offender but oh the tomatoes I was hearing it even when it wasn't written. Love star. I'm not a fan of love triangles, as a rule, but you add more to that and just um, nope. I struggle to understand how everyone thinks that Eva is an old maid but then blam, she takes this job and her lost love returns home and have the district, and an outsider, takes a likin' to her. She goes from no prospects to four in the blink of an eye. Now, she doesn't necessarily like all of them but still. . .four!?! And not to spoiler it for ya but I'm not a fan of the one she ended up with. Secondary characters. I felt meh about some of the character development here. Beatrice was sold as a hard-edged judgemental Englisher but she didn't stay that way and I didn't see any catalyst or development really for that to change. Perhaps I'm just dense? Same with Eva's sister-in-law Marta. Something gave but I've yet to figure out what. Eva. I'm sorry but I seriously felt like Eva was very immature and a bit over-the-top. I mean, I get that she's lived at home with her parents for 29 years. Yes, she's 29. But she came across as never having been even left home alone much less had an independent thought. That all being said, though seriously 4!?!, I still enjoyed this book. It's not my favorite by this author but that's OK. I do want to address that reason behind why I didn't care for whom Eva ended up with in her little star thing. He came across as overbearing, wanting his way, somewhat childish, and not necessarily all in for the right reasons. I mean I'm sure they will be happy together and that the things he fel
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Lancaster Discoveries series is as different from the first as sausage gravy and brown gravy. If you haven't read my review of 'A Letter from Lancaster County' you should. It was set in Amish county but wasn't specifically about the Amish. We are in the same community, the same plant nursery, and mentions of some of the same characters. This book however? Pure Amish-ish. In 'Starting from Scratch' we meet Eva Lapp, a proper Amish woman, who takes a job at the nursery owned by a former Amish man (never baptized so never shunned) and lives in a small cottage on the property. Having been in love when she was younger with Jake Miller, a troubled young man from her community, he went away and she never moved on. At 29 the world thinks her an old maid and passing her prime. At 29 she's as skittish as a someone more than half her age. At 29 she embarks on real life for the first time. I had such hopes for this book. I was looking forward to picking up where Angela and Rose left off in the previous book. I mean Rose is mentioned but she's off screen and out of town throughout the entire story. Her and Glenn have apparently had a daughter but are away during all that happens in this book. I'm going to do this review a little different but I think you'll understand why when I'm done. There was a LOT that happened in this book. Eva going out on her own, someone breaking into the cafe, friends running away, trouble with the law, and a barn fire. These scene was extremely difficult for me to read. To be honest I don't know that I'll ever be able to read about a structure fire without a great deal of anxiety again. I need to move past this quickly so here goes. I love Kate Lloyd's ability to tell a story, however this one didn't hit it for me. I'm gonna tell ya why . . . Ach. Every. Single. Person. Said this. Constantly. Eva was the biggest offender but oh the tomatoes I was hearing it even when it wasn't written. Love star. I'm not a fan of love triangles, as a rule, but you add more to that and just um, nope. I struggle to understand how everyone thinks that Eva is an old maid but then blam, she takes this job and her lost love returns home and have the district, and an outsider, takes a likin' to her. She goes from no prospects to four in the blink of an eye. Now, she doesn't necessarily like all of them but still. . .four!?! And not to spoiler it for ya but I'm not a fan of the one she ended up with. Secondary characters. I felt meh about some of the character development here. Beatrice was sold as a hard-edged judgemental Englisher but she didn't stay that way and I didn't see any catalyst or development really for that to change. Perhaps I'm just dense? Same with Eva's sister-in-law Marta. Something gave but I've yet to figure out what. Eva. I'm sorry but I seriously felt like Eva was very immature and a bit over-the-top. I mean, I get that she's lived at home with her parents for 29 years. Yes, she's 29. But she came across as never having been even left home alone much less had an independent thought. That all being said, though seriously 4!?!, I still enjoyed this book. It's not my favorite by this author but that's OK. I do want to address that reason behind why I didn't care for whom Eva ended up with in her little star thing. He came across as overbearing, wanting his way, somewhat childish, and not necessarily all in for the right reasons. I mean I'm sure they will be happy together and that the things he fel
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Lancaster Discoveries series is as different from the first as sausage gravy and brown gravy. If you haven't read my review of 'A Letter from Lancaster County' you should. It was set in Amish county but wasn't specifically about the Amish. We are in the same community, the same plant nursery, and mentions of some of the same characters. This book however? Pure Amish-ish. In 'Starting from Scratch' we meet Eva Lapp, a proper Amish woman, who takes a job at the nursery owned by a former Amish man (never baptized so never shunned) and lives in a small cottage on the property. Having been in love when she was younger with Jake Miller, a troubled young man from her community, he went away and she never moved on. At 29 the world thinks her an old maid and passing her prime. At 29 she's as skittish as a someone more than half her age. At 29 she embarks on real life for the first time. I had such hopes for this book. I was looking forward to picking up where Angela and Rose left off in the previous book. I mean Rose is mentioned but she's off screen and out of town throughout the entire story. Her and Glenn have apparently had a daughter but are away during all that happens in this book. I'm going to do this review a little different but I think you'll understand why when I'm done. There was a LOT that happened in this book. Eva going out on her own, someone breaking into the cafe, friends running away, trouble with the law, and a barn fire. These scene was extremely difficult for me to read. To be honest I don't know that I'll ever be able to read about a structure fire without a great deal of anxiety again. I need to move past this quickly so here goes. I love Kate Lloyd's ability to tell a story, however this one didn't hit it for me. I'm gonna tell ya why . . . Ach. Every. Single. Person. Said this. Constantly. Eva was the biggest offender but oh the tomatoes I was hearing it even when it wasn't written. Love star. I'm not a fan of love triangles, as a rule, but you add more to that and just um, nope. I struggle to understand how everyone thinks that Eva is an old maid but then blam, she takes this job and her lost love returns home and have the district, and an outsider, takes a likin' to her. She goes from no prospects to four in the blink of an eye. Now, she doesn't necessarily like all of them but still. . .four!?! And not to spoiler it for ya but I'm not a fan of the one she ended up with. Secondary characters. I felt meh about some of the character development here. Beatrice was sold as a hard-edged judgemental Englisher but she didn't stay that way and I didn't see any catalyst or development really for that to change. Perhaps I'm just dense? Same with Eva's sister-in-law Marta. Something gave but I've yet to figure out what. Eva. I'm sorry but I seriously felt like Eva was very immature and a bit over-the-top. I mean, I get that she's lived at home with her parents for 29 years. Yes, she's 29. But she came across as never having been even left home alone much less had an independent thought. That all being said, though seriously 4!?!, I still enjoyed this book. It's not my favorite by this author but that's OK. I do want to address that reason behind why I didn't care for whom Eva ended up with in her little star thing. He came across as overbearing, wanting his way, somewhat childish, and not necessarily all in for the right reasons. I mean I'm sure they will be happy together and that the things he fel
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Lancaster Discoveries series is as different from the first as sausage gravy and brown gravy. If you haven't read my review of 'A Letter from Lancaster County' you should. It was set in Amish county but wasn't specifically about the Amish. We are in the same community, the same plant nursery, and mentions of some of the same characters. This book however? Pure Amish-ish. In 'Starting from Scratch' we meet Eva Lapp, a proper Amish woman, who takes a job at the nursery owned by a former Amish man (never baptized so never shunned) and lives in a small cottage on the property. Having been in love when she was younger with Jake Miller, a troubled young man from her community, he went away and she never moved on. At 29 the world thinks her an old maid and passing her prime. At 29 she's as skittish as a someone more than half her age. At 29 she embarks on real life for the first time. I had such hopes for this book. I was looking forward to picking up where Angela and Rose left off in the previous book. I mean Rose is mentioned but she's off screen and out of town throughout the entire story. Her and Glenn have apparently had a daughter but are away during all that happens in this book. I'm going to do this review a little different but I think you'll understand why when I'm done. There was a LOT that happened in this book. Eva going out on her own, someone breaking into the cafe, friends running away, trouble with the law, and a barn fire. These scene was extremely difficult for me to read. To be honest I don't know that I'll ever be able to read about a structure fire without a great deal of anxiety again. I need to move past this quickly so here goes. I love Kate Lloyd's ability to tell a story, however this one didn't hit it for me. I'm gonna tell ya why . . . Ach. Every. Single. Person. Said this. Constantly. Eva was the biggest offender but oh the tomatoes I was hearing it even when it wasn't written. Love star. I'm not a fan of love triangles, as a rule, but you add more to that and just um, nope. I struggle to understand how everyone thinks that Eva is an old maid but then blam, she takes this job and her lost love returns home and have the district, and an outsider, takes a likin' to her. She goes from no prospects to four in the blink of an eye. Now, she doesn't necessarily like all of them but still. . .four!?! And not to spoiler it for ya but I'm not a fan of the one she ended up with. Secondary characters. I felt meh about some of the character development here. Beatrice was sold as a hard-edged judgemental Englisher but she didn't stay that way and I didn't see any catalyst or development really for that to change. Perhaps I'm just dense? Same with Eva's sister-in-law Marta. Something gave but I've yet to figure out what. Eva. I'm sorry but I seriously felt like Eva was very immature and a bit over-the-top. I mean, I get that she's lived at home with her parents for 29 years. Yes, she's 29. But she came across as never having been even left home alone much less had an independent thought. That all being said, though seriously 4!?!, I still enjoyed this book. It's not my favorite by this author but that's OK. I do want to address that reason behind why I didn't care for whom Eva ended up with in her little star thing. He came across as overbearing, wanting his way, somewhat childish, and not necessarily all in for the right reasons. I mean I'm sure they will be happy together and that the things he fel
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Lancaster Discoveries series is as different from the first as sausage gravy and brown gravy. If you haven't read my review of 'A Letter from Lancaster County' you should. It was set in Amish county but wasn't specifically about the Amish. We are in the same community, the same plant nursery, and mentions of some of the same characters. This book however? Pure Amish-ish. In 'Starting from Scratch' we meet Eva Lapp, a proper Amish woman, who takes a job at the nursery owned by a former Amish man (never baptized so never shunned) and lives in a small cottage on the property. Having been in love when she was younger with Jake Miller, a troubled young man from her community, he went away and she never moved on. At 29 the world thinks her an old maid and passing her prime. At 29 she's as skittish as a someone more than half her age. At 29 she embarks on real life for the first time. I had such hopes for this book. I was looking forward to picking up where Angela and Rose left off in the previous book. I mean Rose is mentioned but she's off screen and out of town throughout the entire story. Her and Glenn have apparently had a daughter but are away during all that happens in this book. I'm going to do this review a little different but I think you'll understand why when I'm done. There was a LOT that happened in this book. Eva going out on her own, someone breaking into the cafe, friends running away, trouble with the law, and a barn fire. These scene was extremely difficult for me to read. To be honest I don't know that I'll ever be able to read about a structure fire without a great deal of anxiety again. I need to move past this quickly so here goes. I love Kate Lloyd's ability to tell a story, however this one didn't hit it for me. I'm gonna tell ya why . . . Ach. Every. Single. Person. Said this. Constantly. Eva was the biggest offender but oh the tomatoes I was hearing it even when it wasn't written. Love star. I'm not a fan of love triangles, as a rule, but you add more to that and just um, nope. I struggle to understand how everyone thinks that Eva is an old maid but then blam, she takes this job and her lost love returns home and have the district, and an outsider, takes a likin' to her. She goes from no prospects to four in the blink of an eye. Now, she doesn't necessarily like all of them but still. . .four!?! And not to spoiler it for ya but I'm not a fan of the one she ended up with. Secondary characters. I felt meh about some of the character development here. Beatrice was sold as a hard-edged judgemental Englisher but she didn't stay that way and I didn't see any catalyst or development really for that to change. Perhaps I'm just dense? Same with Eva's sister-in-law Marta. Something gave but I've yet to figure out what. Eva. I'm sorry but I seriously felt like Eva was very immature and a bit over-the-top. I mean, I get that she's lived at home with her parents for 29 years. Yes, she's 29. But she came across as never having been even left home alone much less had an independent thought. That all being said, though seriously 4!?!, I still enjoyed this book. It's not my favorite by this author but that's OK. I do want to address that reason behind why I didn't care for whom Eva ended up with in her little star thing. He came across as overbearing, wanting his way, somewhat childish, and not necessarily all in for the right reasons. I mean I'm sure they will be happy together and that the things he fel
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Lancaster Discoveries series is as different from the first as sausage gravy and brown gravy. If you haven't read my review of 'A Letter from Lancaster County' you should. It was set in Amish county but wasn't specifically about the Amish. We are in the same community, the same plant nursery, and mentions of some of the same characters. This book however? Pure Amish-ish. In 'Starting from Scratch' we meet Eva Lapp, a proper Amish woman, who takes a job at the nursery owned by a former Amish man (never baptized so never shunned) and lives in a small cottage on the property. Having been in love when she was younger with Jake Miller, a troubled young man from her community, he went away and she never moved on. At 29 the world thinks her an old maid and passing her prime. At 29 she's as skittish as a someone more than half her age. At 29 she embarks on real life for the first time. I had such hopes for this book. I was looking forward to picking up where Angela and Rose left off in the previous book. I mean Rose is mentioned but she's off screen and out of town throughout the entire story. Her and Glenn have apparently had a daughter but are away during all that happens in this book. I'm going to do this review a little different but I think you'll understand why when I'm done. There was a LOT that happened in this book. Eva going out on her own, someone breaking into the cafe, friends running away, trouble with the law, and a barn fire. These scene was extremely difficult for me to read. To be honest I don't know that I'll ever be able to read about a structure fire without a great deal of anxiety again. I need to move past this quickly so here goes. I love Kate Lloyd's ability to tell a story, however this one didn't hit it for me. I'm gonna tell ya why . . . Ach. Every. Single. Person. Said this. Constantly. Eva was the biggest offender but oh the tomatoes I was hearing it even when it wasn't written. Love star. I'm not a fan of love triangles, as a rule, but you add more to that and just um, nope. I struggle to understand how everyone thinks that Eva is an old maid but then blam, she takes this job and her lost love returns home and have the district, and an outsider, takes a likin' to her. She goes from no prospects to four in the blink of an eye. Now, she doesn't necessarily like all of them but still. . .four!?! And not to spoiler it for ya but I'm not a fan of the one she ended up with. Secondary characters. I felt meh about some of the character development here. Beatrice was sold as a hard-edged judgemental Englisher but she didn't stay that way and I didn't see any catalyst or development really for that to change. Perhaps I'm just dense? Same with Eva's sister-in-law Marta. Something gave but I've yet to figure out what. Eva. I'm sorry but I seriously felt like Eva was very immature and a bit over-the-top. I mean, I get that she's lived at home with her parents for 29 years. Yes, she's 29. But she came across as never having been even left home alone much less had an independent thought. That all being said, though seriously 4!?!, I still enjoyed this book. It's not my favorite by this author but that's OK. I do want to address that reason behind why I didn't care for whom Eva ended up with in her little star thing. He came across as overbearing, wanting his way, somewhat childish, and not necessarily all in for the right reasons. I mean I'm sure they will be happy together and that the things he fel
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
I don’t usually read Amish fiction, but I truly enjoyed “Starting from Scratch” by Kate Lloyd. This is book two of the Lancaster Discoveries series. I haven’t read the prior book yet although after reading this I plan to. This can easily be read as a stand-alone or in order. Eva is a unique character because we have the opportunity to glimpse a different culture from ours. I found it interesting to get inside the head of a 29-year-old Amish girl who is trying to decide the course of her life. Does she want to commit herself to following the Ordnung that she is questioning for the rest of her life or does she wish to adapt to the Englisch way of life? Making her decision only grows stronger as she finds herself as the cafe’s manager. It also doesn’t help that there are men who are interested in her in a romantic way, all having come from a different background. Jake is an interesting character as well. He is Eva’s first love but he ran away to the Englisch life leaving no one to have heard from him until his father is a coma. He is described as the prodigal son because he wasn’t living a stable lifestyle. I also can’t forget to add that I loved Stephen and Beatrice. I enjoyed learning about the Amish, Mennonite, and even an Englisch cultures and how each of the characters interacted with each other and took care of one another. There are many lessons we can learn from the Amish. For example, they don’t have the option of always staying busy and attached to electronics. They take advantage of life. They also take care of their own, so if a barn catches fire, they will all pitch in to help or bring meals to a loved one who is sick or has a family member on their deathbed. That’s something we lack in today’s world, especially within the church. There were also spiritual themes encouraging readers to take all of their cares and worries to the Lord. Whenever we have a hard decision to make, it’s important that we pray about it first. God doesn’t always answer the way we want Him to, but He will answer if we learn to trust Him. Overall, I truly enjoyed this novel. In fact, it’s probably my favorite of the genre so far. It’s a squeaky clean read so I highly recommend to anyone and everyone. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
After reading A Letter From Lancaster County and loving it, I knew I had to get my hands on this book. I was so excited when I got that chance! Don't get me wrong, when it comes to Amish Fiction, I'm very picky. With favorites like Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis and Amy Clipston, I have high expectations when it comes to well written, inspiring simple lives of the Amish variety. Ms. Lloyd is right up there with them and I loved every second of this page-turning, scrumptiously written, novel. The characters within this novel are chiseled flawfully and beautifully. Jake and Eva remind me a lot of my own husband and myself. We both had a rough go for many years, and after meeting each other, and seeking God, we got to start over with each other, start from scratch and create a beautiful life together. Eva and Jake are captivating both alone in their stories, and when they are together. Watching them come to terms with their need to seek God in all they do, and for their need to start over and move on from the past, really tugged at my emotions. Ms. Lloyd is truly talented. This novel is so worthy of the 5 star praises I'm singing to people. This book will wrap you up, twist you inside out, and land you in a place that only God can prepare for you. The inspiration that Ms. Lloyd pieces into the pages is beyond amazing and before I knew it, I was done with this novel. I can't wait for another fantabulously done, awesometastic Amish story in this incredible series! Well done, and hats off to you, Ms. Lloyd! Bring on the next! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
While Kate Lloyd writes Amish fiction I don't read her books for the Amish setting but because she touches my emotions with her heartwarming stories. Great character development, they have self issues and sometimes problems that stem from their families. The problems and how they solve them are things that can happen in any family any where. In this book Kate shows how gossip can hurt others and wrong impressions are formed. Our heroine Eva Lapp has pulled into herself due to an unwarranted reputation ruined by gossip. Join Eva, her family and friends and see how they deal with the issues affecting their lives and self-worth. I received this book from the Harvest House Publishers and I received it free of charge for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I highly recommend anything written by Kate Lloyd. Her books always touch my heart.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
This book is from one point of view. Eva is trying for find independence and when the past comes back she starts to question everything she does and what the future holds. Can she figure out what she wants or will it all be to much for her and she seeks her parents help? At the beginning of this I really enjoyed it. I loved how this sweet "old Maid" amish girl was seeking her independence and finding herself on a new journey. I didn’t like the ending at all I didn’t like who she ended up with I felt like it was pushed on her instead of letting Eva make her choice. I felt like through the whole book the author seemed to be portraying this need for independence with Eva and the in the end she really didn’t have it, the choice was made for her and she was going with it no matter what. I also wish the author would have given the point of view from other characters the story seem to be missing something if that make sense. This book is a good clean read and was over all a fun I really enjoyed Beatrice and Stephan.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Kate Lloyd's Amish books and this one added to that feeling! This was a book of redemption, of misconstrued gossip and misunderstanding of truth. As Jake and Eva try to redeem themselves, things seem to get in the way of that goal. Yet they continue to work towards that goal. This book has some romance, some mystery and suspence. It is written in first person, Eva. So you can understand her thoughts and feelings as the book progresses. In a well-paced book, Eva goes through the process of making important decisions in her life, never rushing to meet everyone's approval of being baptised into the faith. I felt that she was a careful person, not wanting to make a mistake and wanting to do the best she could for both herself and others. This was probably my favorite book from this author. It wasn't a "cookie-cutter" Amish, a term that I have seen regarding descriptions of some Amish books, but had a new and unique concept which was very enjoyable to me. I highly recommend this read. And it will keep you up reading late! I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
STARTING FROM SCRATCH by Kate Llyod For Eva getting booted out of her bedroom and home, because her brother and family came to move in early. Her new job wasn’t in the nursery, but in cafe, and wanting her to start right away. She hadn’t even unpacked yet. Wasn’t her dream job, hoping there would be single men to meet. In same area now, they knew Jake, an ex boyfriend she had spent too many years with. Rumors still are going around, and neither were baptised. Would it always be that way, rumors and no intended. Interesting and different theme, of being older, not baptised, and rumors. How did rumors start and the damage and hurt that is caused. Readers will enjoy another good Amish book by Kate. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The author has presented us with a story of an Amish woman whom the rumor mill has tried to destroy her reputation, and at twenty-nine has still not joined the church. While Eva Lapp has tried to go on with her life after the love of her life left their community, she is in for a surprise when Jake comes back. Here is another character that gossip has tried to destroy his character, and now he has returned after many years and he wants Eva. Eva is now in a position of working and being on her own, and there are at least three men interested in this sweet lady. Will she end up with any of them? I found myself rooting for one and then the other. We are given a bit of romance, mystery, and family dynamics, as Eva’s brother moves home to take over the farm. What a great story here, and there is never a dull moment, and when the book ended, I really wanted more! I received this book through the Publisher Harvest House, and ws not required to give a positive review.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite book by Kate Lloyd! I loved it!! The character's dealt with issues that we all deal with and, like all of us, some handled them better than others. Pick up a copy of Starting from Scratch and read Eva's story. She'll draw you in and keep you guessing til the very end!
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Starting from Scratch ( Lancaster Discoveries ) By: Kate Lloyd Starting from Scratch is book two in Lancaster Discoveries Series. Ms. Lloyd has really gone all out on Starting from Scratch . I believe it is one of her best. The story is well written and the characters are well developed. This is a series , but it can be read as a stand-a-lone without any problems. The author has written about Amish life and romance in Lancaster County, Pa. This is a page turner that will have you trying to read faster to see what is going to happen next. I really loved this story and I know you will too. I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
Eva Lapp is a beautiful hard working girl. She spent most of her life pining after Jake Miller who ran off to join the English world when they were younger. She spent years hoping Jake would come back and declare his love for her, when he didn't she spent the rest of her life comparing every man to him. She knows it isn't fair, but he was her first love and no one could ever measure up. Now at 29, she considers herself to be an old maid. She's not of course, but she has grown content to live at home with her mom and dad. When her dad retires, leaving the farm to her older brother, she's forced to move out and figure out life on her own. Her new job at the local nursery seems to be the best way to start from scratch. She's always loved gardening and digging in the dirt over the domestic duties most girls seem to prefer. This job not only fulfills her life-long passion, it also comes with a cabin for her to live in. Upon arrival though Eva quickly figures out things might not be as perfect as she thinks. First of all, it's not the nursery she will be working in, but rather she will be running the cafe, replacing her cousin, Olivia, who has recently gotten married. She's not the best cook in the world, but, she's determined to give it her all because she doesn't want to admit she's a failure and she has no where else to go. With the help of a few friends she meets along the way, Eva starts to believe in herself and embrace her new life. There's Stephen Troyer, the manager of the grounds while the owner is gone. He's a nice handsome Mennonite man who believes in Eva and goes out of his way to help her. There are definitely sparks there but she isn't sure she wants to peruse him because of their different faiths. Despite her protests however it seem fate has a different idea.. Eva and Stephen seem to find themselves crossing each others path more than necessary and neither can find a reason to complain. I have to admit, I found myself getting a little annoyed with Eva. She seemed to fluctuate between being self sufficient and totally dependent on others. I really thought once she moved out on her own and starting running the restaurant that she would have more confidence in herself. She'd more than proven herself capable, but for some reason she wouldn't believe in herself. Then there's the matter of Jake Miller. I won't ruin the book for you but I will say out of her two love interest I preferred Stephen. Maybe it's because he hadn't hurt her in the past, or because he would truly be her fresh start, either way I was and am team Stephen. Despite my slight annoyance with Eva, I truly enjoyed this book. It has drama, intrigue and even romance, what more could you ask for? I also love the redemptive theme throughout the story. It's written in a way that's not preachy but you know it's there. I enjoyed the role friendship played as well. Sometimes we find help in the most unlikely of places and when we accept that help we end up making friends who become family. Starting from Scratch is a wonderful story of love, redemption and second chances. It will grip you from the beginning and won't let you go until the very last word. So grab a copy and get ready to meet Eva, Jake and Stephen. Be sure you come back and let me know if you're team Jake or team Stephen! *I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.