An Old Flame Brings a Spark of New Hope


En Alt Maedel—an old maid.

At age twenty-nine, that’s what Eva Lapp considers herself. And who could argue with her? Finding a good Amish husband at her age will be next to impossible. Plus, Eva’s unwarranted bad reputation in Lancaster County precedes her. Maybe living theEnglisch life would be better.

Squeezed out of her childhood home by her brother’s boisterous family, Eva finds lodging and a new job managing a small café at a local plant nursery. But the challenge of her new position isn’t enough to distract from her current predicament.

To Eva’s surprise, her first love, Jake Miller, suddenly returns to Lancaster County. Flooded with emotions and filled with questions about Jake’s past, can Eva trust what she’s feeling?

Jake and Eva face many obstacles in their quest for a fresh start in the community, but perhaps with God’s help, they can find the redemption they both desperately need.

My Thoughts:

Eva Lapp is an interesting contradiction. She is independent, yet longs to be married. She wishes for something different in her life, yet she dreams of the past and what could have been and when change comes to her routine she’s fearful of it. I was never quite sure what to expect from her. Written in first person, you really gain an intimate perspective of the heroine.

With a fun cast of eccentric characters, including an Italian nanny, who enjoys cooking and meddling,  several suitors for Eva to choose from, and a host of energetic dogs to keep track of, one is kept guessing till the end of how it will all turn out.

At its core, this story points out the dangers in gossiping as well as reminding us that behind the perfect facade we create, lies the fact that we all fall short, and are in need of grace and forgiveness.

Fans of Amish fiction are sure to be delighted with this latest story from Kate Lloyd.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

KateLoyd  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, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. Her newest novel, A Letter from Lancaster County, releases 7-1-17.Kate 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. For relaxation and fun, Kate enjoys walking with her camera in hand and beach-combing.

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