By Kate Lloyd
Publisher David C. Cook
ONE HEART. TWO LOVES. ONE CHOICE.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.
Pennsylvania Patchwork is the sequel to Leaving Lancaster. It picks up where book one left off, with Seattle native Holly Fisher leaving her city home and moving to Lancaster county, where her parents are originally from. Her mother, Esther, after having left the Amish church with Holly’s father, Samuel, has returned and is preparing to rejoin the Amish church and marry Nathaniel, a wonderful Amish man. In the meantime, rumors start spreading that Nathaniel’s first wife, who was thought to have drowned, is still alive, while Esther receives a mysterious package from a man claiming to have known her first husband, Samuel, whom she thought was killed in Vietnam. Holly, on the other hand, is engaged to Zach, a Mennonite veterinarian. However, when controversies from his past arise, Holly begins to wonder if they are meant to be together. In the meantime, Holly is being pursued by Armin, Nathaniel’s younger brother, and a former boyfriend from Seattle.
It took me a little bit to get into the story, simply because it had been a while since I had read book one, however once my memory came back on the original story, I had a hard time putting it down. New twists and turns kept the storyline very interesting, and while I was surprised at some of the turns, I wasn’t disappointed. This was a great sequel to the first book.
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers