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Leaving Lancaster: A Novel (Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Lloyd
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Can a splintered Amish family reconcile?
 
More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Esther to return. And Holly is shocked when she learns that the family she’s never known lives on a Lancaster, Pennsylvania, farm—as part of an Amish community her mother once abandoned.
Guilt-ridden Esther, terrified to see her mother and siblings, begs Holly to accompany her on a visit to Esther’s mother before she dies. But can their journey to a conflicting world heal their emotional wounds and finally bring them home?
Set in the heart of contemporary Lancaster County, Leaving Lancaster explores the power of forgiveness, family reconciliation, and love where least expected.

Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for Leaving Lancaster. She is also a member of the Lancaster County Historical Society. Kate and her husband, Noel, live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college and has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur. Find out more about Kate on Facebook or at www.katelloyd.net.


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    About the Author

    Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for Leaving Lancaster. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband, Noel, live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied painting in college. She has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur, and she raised show-dogs. Find out more about Kate at www.katelloyd.net.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2740 KB
    • Print Length: 370 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0781405084
    • Publisher: David C. Cook; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007FQODWI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    By Valerie
    Format:Paperback
    With Amish settings maintaining a firm hold on the Christian fiction market, I always appreciate when a story has a unique angle or something that makes it stand out from the "typical" Amish story. The synopsis for Leaving Lancaster sounded unique and promising, but unfortunately I was unable to connect with the characters.

    I found both Holly and her mother Esther to be unlikable and rather immature. They constantly bicker back and forth through-out the book, with Holly often rehashing the same things over and over. At one point they are both interested in the same guy, he's close to Esther's age so that would put him about 15 years older than Holly. This entire situation just seemed creepy to me.

    Even though Esther had lived in the "English" society for close to 40 years, she often acted like she didn't understand (or even know about) standard "English" ideas and practices. This may have been to show that she never completely lost sight of her Amish upbringing, but to me it made her seem a bit slow and unable to grasp basic ideas, even if she didn't agree with them.

    The Amish characters were on par with the Amish in other books I've read, I didn't find anything out of the ordinary or "off" about them. I liked Esther's mother's Mennonite neighbors, especially Zach who is a veterinarian that Holly is sort-of-kind-of interested in. I wish there had been more time spent with him, but his time was very limited as he was only featured a hand full of times, and not for more than a few pages each time.

    Unfortunately the story just didn't have the power to make me care or relate to any of the characters. This may be because I'm not a die-hard Amish fan, however it was actually the non-Amish main characters of Holly and Esther who lacked the power to charm me.
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    44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Unlikable Characters July 25, 2012
    By W. Neal
    Format:Paperback
    I don't usually read Christian fiction, I'm more of of non-fiction Christian reader, but I received the book free from David C. Cook publishing for winning one of their "Free Book Friday" Facebook contests. I never would have read or even picked up this book otherwise.

    I got about half way through the book, and I just didn't care to finish it. The characters are especially immature. 38 year old Holly reads like she's 21 - bad attitude on one hand, and then the awkward social acumen of a 10 year old. Her 50-something year old mother, Esther, is so imbedded in the darkness and secrets of her past that she comes across as cold and selfish. I have a hard time caring about what these two women do because their attitudes are so bad and they are so petty. And the idea that a devout Amish man would propose to an apostate within 24 hours of reuniting with her... doubtful.

    As for the writing, I didn't like the change between 1st and 3rd person as the author changed character perspective each chapter. She could have just as easily switched character perspective and stayed in 3rd person, but the switch to 1st was just awkward.
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read March 1, 2012
    Format:Paperback
    Years ago, during their time of running free, Esther and Samuel snuck away from their home among the Amish. They married before Samuel went to fight in Vietnam and Esther gave birth to Holly. When Samuel did not return, Esther went on living the best life she knew how under the circumstances. Holly grew up without her father and became a successful business woman. As the book begins, the rug is pulled out from beneath both of them. They journey to Lancaster. Will Esther make peace with her past? Will Holly find the answers she is looking for? Where does their future lie? Leaving Lancaster is a tale of regret, hope, and forgiveness.

    Over all, I like this book. The characters are realistic and personable. The setting is your typical Amish community. The plot could have easily been taken from some one's life story. The writing is mostly solid. The issues I do have surround the timeline (I believe a few happenings do not match the timeline) and some unanswered questions. I have tried to see if there is to be a sequel to this book and from what I can tell, there is not, but there could be because not all questions are answered. Overall, those two problems do not ruin the book.

    As I read Leaving Lancaster I finally put my finger on an issue that is common with novels set in the Amish Community. The characters are drawn to the community based on the community itself, the simplicity in which it lives, and the character's tie to family. It isn't often that we get an in depth view of the character's relationship with God. It seems that the Amish are more known for living off the grid than they are for their faith. Leaving Lancaster hints at spirituality, but doesn't fully deliver.
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    19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    By Dottie
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I was excited when I saw the many good reviews and thought this would be a relaxing book to read.
    What I found however were characters who were filled with anger and were spiteful. A 38 year old women acting out like a teen ager who never grew up.
    A women who lied about much of her past and then continued to lie even after returning home to "Make amends"
    I finished the book just because I wanted to see how it would end but even then was disappointed because even though they said they forgave each other they continued having distrust with everyone.
    I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
    Wow! What a tangled up bunch of secrets and family problems. Really enjoyed the book and commend the author for an interesting and entertaining read.
    Published 9 hours ago by embarnett
    3.0 out of 5 stars To good to be true
    Things happen just to easy to be true. But the how happen was nice to descover.
    Published 7 days ago by Daan Bakker
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    This was a great book if you are looking for a good clean read .Starting the next book. Love it
    Published 11 days ago by Mary Quave
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good read.
    Published 11 days ago by Kenneth W Vardaman
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... lot I just know that it was a very good book. Enjoy all stories...
    I read it some time ago and as I read a lot I just know that it was a very good book. Enjoy all stories about the Amish.
    Published 12 days ago by Barbara Detrick
    3.0 out of 5 stars I'm to critical
    The book was ok but I felt everything happened to fast and I was really surprised when the women did so much cooking on a Sunday unless I misread it.
    Published 14 days ago by Amazon CustomerMary Jewell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story!
    Leaving LNcaster is Great book. It answered a lot of questions I had about Amish versus Mennonite customs. Great writing. Its1:58 a.m. I had to finish it!
    Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, I look forward to the next book
    Great story, I look forward to the next book.
    Published 18 days ago by Pat Suback
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
    So touching...I really enjoy the amish because of their plain ways...also nothing to distract you from your walk with God... Read more
    Published 18 days ago by carolle jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Loved it!
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    More About the Author

    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 best selling novels Leaving Lancaster and Pennsylvania Patchwork, and her newest release, Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy.

    Kate is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied art and art history in college. She's worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur. As a younger woman, she raised show dogs.

    For relaxation and fun, Kate enjoys walking with her camera in hand, beachcombing, and playing with her two young grandchildren.

    Find out more about Kate Lloyd at her
    Website: www.katelloyd.net
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