Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Kate Lloyd
Publisher: David C Cook
“Mom, is there something wrong with me? My dream of finding my grandma came true, but my love life is a mess, like Mommy Anna’s cluttered kitchen drawers,” Holly asks in Kate Lloyd’s Book Two of the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Pennsylvania Patchwork.
At three hundred and seventy-two pages, this paperback book is targeted toward Christians, especially women and those that enjoy Amish or Mennonite series. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenarios, mature school aged teens may appreciate the tome. At the end of the story, there are acknowledgements, nine discussion questions and author biography. This reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.
Single, thirty-something year old Holly Fisher has left Seattle, her job and her friends and moved with her mother, Esther, back to the Amish family farm in Pennsylvania. With both daughter and mother trying to adapt to the Amish Ordnung, the unwritten code of conduct for the district, they are amply helped by Mommy Anna, their aging, forgetful grandmother and mother.
With both women coming back to the community with personal baggage of their own, Holly finds herself quickly engaged to Zach, a good looking and confident Mennonite veterinarian who has his own past’s problems that garner much of his attention. But Holly’s mother and grandmother are concerned about the newfound relationship moving along so quickly and tend to play matchmaker at every opportunity.
While the Esther tries to bury the past and look toward the future to decide if she wants to join the church and Holly has more than one man eyeing her romantically, the elderly Anna tries to control, manipulate and speculate both women’s problems.
As the three women learn forgiveness, contentment and learning to let go and let God control their lives, each one has to look inward, accept each other and reconnect in spite of the past.
Sometimes written in first person, Holly anticipates three simple words while questioning if she is really in love and why. With her mother trying to shelter both daughter and elderly mother from harm, the young woman is often caught in the middle.
Although there is some plot and dialogue repetition, this is a good read that describes life and restrictions among the Amish while reminding the reader that God always forgives the sinful past, wanting us to forgive others too.
This book was furnished by Bookfun in lieu of an unbiased review.
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