Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd

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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My Thoughts:

A Letter from Lancaster County is a compelling and emotional story about two sisters, Angela and Rose. They decide to travel together to visit their Aunt Sylvia (their late mother’s sister) after she has asked them to make a visit.

These two sisters couldn’t be any more different. Angela, the oldest and considered the beauty, is in her early 40’s, married to a successful man, and has two children. Rose is in a fruitless relationship, just like all her others. Both carry scars from their pasts and wounds of dreams that have long since died. They love each other very much, but also cannot understand one another. If they were not sisters, they would not be friends at all.

As they spend time with their Aunt and each other in quiet Lancaster County, they learn some disturbing news about their mother, their own individual lives, and they both evaluate what it means to really live.

This story really put me through an emotional gauntlet and I liked how the author gave us each sister’s viewpoint every other chapter. This rounded out the story and gave us a fuller picture of their relationship. This at times can be a sad and lonely story, especially in the wake of the stubbornness of people. My take away from this story is that maybe we should not erect such tall walls around our hearts, and accept for better or for worse the heartbreak and the love that we share with others. We were made for companionship.

I received a copy of this book for free through Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.

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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