Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Letter From Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd

July 26, 2017 Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Kate Lloyd 4

about the book

Two Sisters Get a Second Chance at Life and Love

Angela
Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.

Rose
Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?

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When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.

Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

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SERIES: Lancaster Discoveries #1
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Fiction
PUBLISHER: Harvest House
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2017
PAGES: 336

This was her last chance to repair much of what had gone wrong. Before it was too late.

Lloyd pin1A Letter from Lancaster County is – at the outset – an intriguing blend of sibling rivalry, long-buried secrets, and romance. All set in Amish country (but only a couple of the characters are truly Amish).

The chapters alternate between sisters Angela and Rose (each in their mid-late thirties), and we follow them as they spend time with their aunt Silvia who has summoned them with a letter. Through the course of life with Silvia, the two sisters meet Glenn – a young man of Amish roots who has not yet joined the church (despite being in his late thirties as well) – and they both fall head over heels for him.  Besides exacerbating the ever-present rivalry between Angela and Rose, the situation with Glenn is problematic because Angela is already (unhappily) married.

The alternating perspectives, which normally doesn’t bother me, did confuse me this time. I’m not sure why exactly – if it was writing style or characterization or something altogether different. But I had a difficult time keeping up with who was narrating.

Unearthing family mysteries is one of my fave elements in a novel. I enjoyed the bits and pieces we were given throughout this story – who was Angela & Rose’s mother before she met their father, why is there an Amish dress hanging in the attic, is Glenn possibly connected to the sisters on a much more profound level than just their disjointed love triangle? These were all questions I eagerly waited to answer as the story continued, and I’m still not sure I got the resolution I was seeking.

Bottom Line: I wanted so badly to love this novel. I love women’s fiction. I love books set in Amish country. I love books with long-buried family secrets. But I didn’t love A Letter from Lancaster County. There are aspects which I liked, but particularly Angela and Rose felt disjointed to me. Maybe it was the alternating perspectives that I mentioned earlier. Maybe it was their multiple emotional/relational/spiritual issues. Normally, I like dimension in a character but in this case each new ‘layer’ felt disconnected from the others. I can’t really pinpoint an exact reason for my lack of excitement over this story, which probably means it’s limited to me and most people will really enjoy it! So don’t let my ‘meh’ review keep you from trying it out for yourself!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 3 stars / It’s okay.

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about the author

Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include “A Portrait of Marguerite” and the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. A native of Baltimore, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

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Will their sibling rivalry get in the way of these two sisters’ chances at life and love? Find out in Kate Lloyd’s new book, A Letter from Lancaster County. When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit their mother’s Mennonite sister in the heart of Amish country. Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau. Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

Celebrate the release of Kate’s new book by entering to win her Two Sisters, Two Winners Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
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  • A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
  • A queen-size Amish quilt

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 27. The winner will be announced July 28 on the Litfuse blog.

Carrie

4 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Letter From Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd”

  1. Andrea Stephens

    Thanks for your honest opinion Carrie. I know how it is to want to love a book but are left with a “meh” feeling.

  2. Carole

    Reading is definitely subjective, Carrie, because I love this book. I totally see your point of view, though. The dual narrative is a little confusing for me also and I don’t know why. I’m just being careful to fix my mind on each chapter’s voice. But I really like Lloyd’s writing and relationship drama/women’s fiction is my favorite genre. This is a book I can sink deeply into.

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