Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Review - Pennsylvania Patchwork


Seattle native Holly Fisher is smitten by Lancaster County, its simplicity and her long lost relatives. In the sequel to bestselling Leaving Lancaster, Holly embraces the Amish culture, learning to slow down to see what --- and who --- really matters.

Meeting the family that her mother had kept hidden from her, Holly comes face to face with her real life and blood legacy. She also falls for the charming Zach, a handsome Mennonite veterinarian who is everything she's ever wanted in a husband: confident, kind, successful, and authentic. And Zach proposes marriage. Is this too soon? Is this the right choice? Mother and Amish grandmother think she's rushing into too much of a lifestyle change. Holly is in love with Zach and that precludes everything. Until she meets an attractive Amish man. And an old suitor shows up.

Pennyslvania Patchwork is the moving, richly told story of one woman's heart, her faith and trust, and the choices she makes. Never easy, but one choice can change your destiny.


Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She's worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.

Learn more about Kate at

This is book two in the series, but you don't have to read book one to understand what's going on - although, I recommend you read book one because it's excellent as well! This is another lovely Amish romance filled with characters you'll love and care about. It was a book that was hard to put down!

Holly, her mother, Esther, and grandmother, Anna, all live together in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. Holly is preparing to marry Zach who proposed to her almost instantly after meeting her and she accepted! Esther and Anna do not approve because they have heard that Zach has a shady past and they are concerned about Holly. Add to this drama the fact that her mother, Esther, is also preparing to get married to Nathaniel. 

Holly meets Nathaniel's brother, Armin, and we suddenly have a love triangle of sorts. To make things even more complicated, Holly's old friend shows up. We are left wondering who exactly Holly will end up with and, believe me, you'll have your own opinion on the matter! 

I really liked all the unique characters in this book. They were all well rounded with complex personalities, which added to the story in a big way. I also liked that there were mysteries in the book that kept your attention all the way to the end! 

I highly recommend this book. It's a definitely 5 star and a wonderful book for relaxing with this summer!

*This book was provided to me for my honest opinion by LitFuse Publicity Group

You can read more reviews of this book HERE

Blessings - Julie

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