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review 2018-04-15 03:26
Review: Starting from Scratch
Starting from Scratch (Lancaster Discoveries) - Kate Lloyd

Eva Lapp is a young girl or woman. She takes a job that her cousin Olivia recommends. Her brother and his family show up at her parents home two days early. Her sister-in-law decides to send her on her way. 

 

When she gets to Yodel’s Nursery she is in surprise for she thinks she goes to be working with plants. There a surprise when she finds out she is to manage the small cafe. 

 

She seems to be getting suitor left and right, though she does not feel them. She thinks they are either too young or she does not know for sure. 

 

Jake returns and Eva has a feeling for him. Are they true or is she just think she got feelings. Things get a little bumpy when someone breaks into the cafe or at least looks that way. Stephen seems to have a feeling for Eva but does Eva have a feeling for Stephen? 

 

There is an adventure at every turn once you start reading. Some folks keep blaming Jake for the burned down fire? Did Jake do it? Eva also is having trouble with whether to stay Amish or to go English? Kate Lloyd writes a completing story and shows how Eva Lapp is snuggling with her problems. Can she overcome them? Will Jake and Eva turn towards God for help?

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/04/review-starting-from-scratch.html
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review 2017-12-21 17:35
A Letter from Lancaster County (Lancaster Discoveries #1) by Kate Lloyd
A Letter from Lancaster County (Lancaster Discoveries) - Kate Lloyd

This is basically the story of 2 English sister. They are not Amish but the story does take place in Amish country with the Amish people. The 2 sister Angela and Rose have always been rivals but they do try to get along but being totally different it doesn't always make for a smooth relationship. 

 

Angela is married with kids all though she is not happy with her life or relationship. Rose is single and looking for a life that includes a husband and children.  They are in their mid to late thirties and know they are kind of running out of time. Their mother has just passed away and they receive a letter from their Aunt  Silvia. Who is their mothers sister and is a Mennonite living int he heart of Amish country.

 

The sisters decide to go visit Aunt Silvia. While there they find out more about their Mother's past, and take a deep look at themselves. As well as meeting Glenn an undecided Amish man. He is in his late 30's and has still not decided to join the Amish Church or not. Both women fall hard or him, but can either one of them ever have him or is he connected in ways that there should be no intimate connection?

 

The books chapters alternate between Rose and Angela's point of view and at times got a bit confusing. The book could of been a bit better if the the women weren't always either whining and complaining about their lives, or insulting each other. Sibling rivalry can be pretty bad I get that but in the book it is a constant thing. 

 

With a lot of series the first book is either awesome or not so great. in this case it is the not so great. i will be giving this series a 2nd chance with the 2nd book in the series. I have read other Kate Lloyd books and enjoyed them very much, so I don't want to count this series out just yet. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-12-16 02:58
Review: A Letter from Lancaster County
A Letter from Lancaster County (Lancaster Discoveries) - Kate Lloyd

A Letter for Lancaster County is a good sweet story. It seems about a redemption and learning to deal with death and grief. What a lovely plot. Katie Lloyd does a good job with it. We get the perspective of the main characters named Rose and Angelina.

 

They get a letter from their aunt Sylvia. Both girl are dealing with their own problems and grief of their mother. Will they learn that letting go and have faith? There a budding romance going on as well. What could that be and can Glenn and Rose being a match? You will need to find out by reading.

 

Can Angelina figure out what going on at home and her husband and family. To find that out, you will need to read to determine that. They find out that their Aunt Sylvia is sick, Will Rose decide to stay or will see go back to her home in Washington? This is a lovely and sweet story of love, friendship and redemptions.

 

Book themes for Calan Gaeaf:
Read any of your planned Halloween Bingo books that you didn’t end up reading after all, involving witches, hags, or various types of witchcraft –OR– read a book with ivy or roses on the cover, or a character’s name/title of book is / has Rose or Ivy in it.

 

 

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/12/review-letter-from-lancaster-county.html
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review 2014-07-18 08:35
Pennsylvania Patchwork
Pennsylvania Patchwork - Kate Lloyd Title: Pennsylvania Patchwork Author: Kate Lloyd Pages: 384 Year: 2013 Publisher: David C Cook Esther has returned home after leaving her Amish family behind in Pennsylvania to live a life with Samuel on the West Coast. Esther and Samuel lived life on the streets for awhile before Samuel ended up being drafted to serve. Esther settled into a life in Seattle until her husband Samuel came home from the war. During this time, Esther established herself in business as half-owner of a quilt shop and becoming a mother. Holly is busy trying to find her way in life as either an Englisher or an Amish woman, one who has three men who seem smitten and determined to court her. Zach is a veterinarian who first proposed to Holly, but for the longest time didn’t seem to pay her much attention. Esther’s fiancé, Nathaniel, ran both farms with his brother’s help, though his brother would come and go as the wind blows. Yet, Armin was attracted to Holly, but he didn’t make time to nurture the relationship either. Then, one night, Larry shows up with a ring proposing to Holly, whom he met when they were at college. Woven in the threads of the sequel to Leaving Lancaster are the many choices the characters have made along with repercussions. Also, some of the main characters are facing choices each day that could impact the future for many people. One aspect of the novel I most appreciated was how the characters sought the Lord in His Word and through prayer for guidance. Another quality I appreciated was how a couple of the characters faced their failings straight on, praying never to repeat their mistakes. Along with those threads was one of extending forgiveness by asking for God’s help to truly do so from the heart. I loved how the grandmother and granddaughter would challenge each other playfully without Holly becoming disrespectful. Some choices are hard especially when they differ from what is expected or anticipated by significant others in the characters’ lives. Personally, I think we all have choices to make each day that we may or may not see the affect of right away, as Esther did in this story. Like Esther’s personality though sometimes waiting for God’s will to be fulfilled can being trying and emotionally difficult. I loved the fact that Holly was not pressured to make a life decision based on what her mother was going to do. In fact, Holly was free to seek the Lord and make her choice. When she made it, everyone gladly rejoiced for her and knew she was happy. There is a third book in this series to be published and I can’t wait to see how the author concludes this particular series set in Lancaster, PA! My rating is 4 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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review 2013-07-06 00:00
Leaving Lancaster
Leaving Lancaster - Kate Lloyd good book. sometimes it took me a few paragraphs to know which character was speaking.
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