Leaving Lancaster, Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy Book 1
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(Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Book 1)
More than anything Holly Fisher longs for family. She’s furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncle are still alive and begging her to return to the family farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, part of an Amish community her mother once abandoned. 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 unexpected love.
Endorsements – What people are saying about “Leaving Lancaster”
“Kate Lloyd explores familial bonds in this warm and moving novel. She deftly captures the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, exploring both expectations and disappointments. This novel will leave you wanting more from this talented and capable writer.”
— Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of the bestselling Lancaster County Secrets series
“In Leaving Lancaster, Kate Lloyd gives us a fascinating glimpse into a tightly-knit Amish community-and the terrible impact a daughter’s thoughtless rebellion has had on three generations of women. This novel is well crafted and compelling!”
— Serena B. Miller, author of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio
“In Leaving Lancaster, Kate Lloyd has penned an inspirational novel about a long-kept secret that threatens to destroy an entire family. While the truth seems painful at first, Kate’s beautiful story demonstrates how forgiveness can heal even the deepest of wounds.”
— Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa and The Silent Order
“A lovingly written tale of family, forgiveness, and redemption. Readers of Amish fiction will love every moment.”
— Hillary Manton Lodge, author of the Carol Award Finalist Plain Jayne
Book Review by Karen Anna Vogel, author of Amish Knitting Circle series
“Kate, you blow me away!
I suppose this review is in opposition to the review entitled “Unlikeable Characters”. I want to applaud Kate Lloyd for portraying the Amish as real people with problems. I’m finding it harder and harder to find good Amish fiction that doesn’t have perfect, one-dimensional, “Englisher meets an Amish love and live happily ever after”… Predictable cookie cutter plots are a dime a dozen. Kate’s book, Portrait of Marguerite so captivated me with the main character’s raw emotions, struggles and journey to healing. Leaving Lancaster is similar, not a regurgitation of the same story only set in the Amish culture, but the main character facing tough issues. I think this is Kate’s strength. She can write about women’s issues, relevant to today, and we take home a lesson to mull over, or find hope to redeem relationship that need healing.
Kate Lloyd’s writing is also exceptional. No clichés but super creative writing. Thanks for another great book, Kate!”
Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd is one of the best I have ever read!… Leaving Lancaster was a book I could not put down! Hubby had to fend for himself after page one!”
5 of 5 Stars!
“What a great, compelling page turner. I could not put it down, and loved it all!”
“I enjoyed this story. There was a lot of focus on forgiveness, which I enjoyed. Many of the characters in the book had reason, by our standards, to be upset with other people, as well as hold grudges, but as circumstances developed, they also learned the value of forgiveness. It also shows how much city folks can come to appreciate the simplicity of simple living.”
RT Book Reviews
“This is an engaging story about Amish people trying to come to terms with one of their own returning to the community after turning her back on their way of life.The characters are looking for and hoping to find forgiveness from those around them.”
Quiet Quilter’s Blog
“A great book, with great characters and a great plot!! What more can you ask for??”
What Readers are Saying About Leaving Lancaster
“I could not put this book down! The story was so moving, and the characters were developed so well I pictured them easily. I’ve always loved the Amish communities near my hometown, and had in fact had Amish friends growing up. It’s a wonderful story of faith and forgiveness, something I believe people should do more of. This book was brilliantly written, and I’m looking forward to another from the same author.”
“… I really enjoyed this book, I had a hard time putting it down. I think anyone that invests their money in purchasing the book and their time in reading it will be thankful they did.”
“I love how the book does not cover a huge amount of time.
I love the continued conversations always going on.
I really enjoyed how Kate dealt with the issues between daughter and mother because that is a REAL-LIFE thing that happens.
You cannot go wrong when you write about forgiveness and hanging in there with each other.
Kate also points out well how “what we do as individuals” can affect many people……even beyond our own generation.
I read the book in one sitting…..PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!”
“… Kate has done her research well. Her facts and information about the Amish are accurate and sensitive to their feelings … I loved the well described characters. I felt Holly’s pain and desires. Her desires, confusion, happiness became part of me. The plot was well developed. There were many surprises along the way, which kept me reading way beyond bedtime!! I read this book in two days- I HAD to know how all of the challenges were met!! A great book , with great characters and a great plot!! What more can you ask for??”
“… I was certainly not disappointed!!!!!! You can tell she knows the Amish and the area she writes about and it is just a fantastic story – want a sequel to it so that the characters can continue on!!!!!! Just absolutely loved it! Good work, Kate Lloyd!!!!”
“This is a wonderful refreshing Amish tale that focuses on the complications of second chances.”
“I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway. This is a great book for anyone who loves the Amish romance stories. It’s about family and forgiveness and falling in love. That’s my kind of book! LOVED IT!”
“Just finished Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd- Absolutely loved the book- a very good Amish story indeed!!!! I would recommend it a must read for anyone who likes Amish stories!!!”
“I will have to say this is one of the most fascinating Amish novels I have ever read- absolutely delightful- I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading it. I only hope that Kate Lloyd has more books to come in this series!!! Definetly a 5 star rating!!!! . . . I am absolutely addicted to Holly and Esther and Nathaniel and Zachery!!!”