Friday, June 14, 2013

Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review

Pennsylvania PatchworkSeattle 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.
Pennsylvania 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.

My take on this book:
Holly Fisher has plenty going on in her life! She recently moved from Seattle to Lancaster and now lives in the house with her mother Esther, who is planning on being baptized Amish, and her grandmother Anna, who is Old Order Amish thru and thru. The relationship between Esther and Anna is sometimes strained, but when Holly makes a spur of the moment decision to marry Zach Fleming, a Mennonite Veterinarian,who is everything that Holly could ever want in a husband, her mother and grandmother agree that it isn't a good idea, and hope she might change her mind. When Holly meets an Amish man, that she feels drawn to she starts to have second thoughts herself, then if that isn't enough someone from her past shows up! Who will she choose?
I found myself drawn right back into this story, and felt like I was catching up with old friends. It was interesting to see three generations of women living together, with both mother and daughter planning on getting married. Each character is easy to understand and like, but I have to say that Mommy Anna had to be one of my favorites. She was dealing with a health issue that happens to many, and I was interested in seeing how the family would deal with it. The story had several twists that keeps the reader from figuring out how things will work out. While I expected the friction of Holly's story, I was a bit surprised that Esther's story had a few kinks as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this story, and was left wanting more. 
"Pennsylvania Patchwork" is the second book in the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, and while it can be read as a stand alone work I recommend reading the first book in the series, "Leaving Lancaster" especially if you enjoy well written Amish fiction.  

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

Kate Lloyd is celebrating the release of book two in her Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Pennsylvania Patchwork, by giving away an authentic Amish-made quilt! 
One “grand” winner receive:
  • An authentic Amish-made Quilt
  • Pennsylvania Patchwork and Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 29th. Winner will be announced on July 1st at Kate’s blog.



  1. I haven't read anything based in an Amish community but this books sounds great!

    1. Jovon, I have been reading "Amish" fiction for years, and while my interest is waning I still find myself drawn to this genre, because it's a good comfortable read for me.


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