Sunday, February 5, 2012

Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd - Review

Leaving Lancaster
by Kate Lloyd
Thirty-seven year old Holly Fisher grew up in Seattle, WA an only child of Esther and Samuel Fisher. Holly never knew her father as he died during the Viet Nam War and so she thought the only family she had in the world was her mother.
Esther Gingrich and Samuel Fisher left their homes in Lancaster, PA during their rumspringa, got married, Esther got pregnant,  and because they were no longer considered Amish, Samuel was drafted. Esther moved to Seattle with some friends and had Holly, but because she thought she was disowned by her parents and Samuels, she never returned and never told Holly about her family. Esther's father died in a buggy accident shortly after they left Lancaster but Esther didn't find out about it until it was too late to return for his funeral, so once she left, she never saw her father again.
Esther and her mother have kept in touch sporadically throughout the years, but Holly didn't know because the letters were always sent to Doris's address, the friend that helped Esther move to Seattle. Esther never shared the letters until Anna, her mother, wrote telling her that she was ill and the whole family, Anna, Esther's five brothers and their families, were thinking about moving to Montana.
After finding that out she decided it was time she told Holly about the large family she had yet to meet. It did not go over well, Holly didn't believe her at first but since she had just been laid off from her job, she 'called her mother's bluff' by making plans for both of them to fly to PA and see just what was what. Holly and Esther both had second thoughts several times within the few days before they took off, but they did go.
It gets very interesting once they arrive and I will not spoil any of that for you. I will say that 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.

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  1. Sounds intriguing! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and supporting Regina Jennings!

  2. You're welcome and thank you for visiting me. This was not your typical Amish story, it was very good.