Friday, July 21, 2017

A Letter from Lancaster County Book Review

I was interested in this book because I love all things Amish and I initially thought that it was going to be Amish because it was in Lancaster County...especially since I started reading this book right after another Amish fiction book that I was reading.  It is funny when you pick up a book with the wrong impression that it is harder to figure out because these people are not Amish but living near the Amish in Lancaster County.  A Letter from Lancaster County (Lancaster Discoveries) by Kate Lloyd was a great story about a letter found that was written many years before.

Two Sisters Get a Second Chance at Life and Love
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.

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?
* * *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.

I thought that this book was great because it was a story different from many that I have read that went into a lot of tough subjects including death, rape, abortion, and divorce.  I was surprised at all the turns that happened in the book because it really seemed like the sisters had a lot of problems that they were keeping from each other which was part of what was causing their distance from each other.  After dealing with their mom's death and unresolved problems from their childhoods, they visit their aunt together and find out that she is dying as well.  Both sisters decide then and there to change their lives and start trying to make their life better.  Now to just figure out what makes them better is the first step.  Does Rose work on her relationship with her boyfriend or leave him all together?  Does Angela work on her relationship with her husband or leave him all together?  Although their lives were very similar in the middle of everything the sisters felt so different that they couldn't be friends.  Their aunt's wish is that they become friends and resolve problems that she never got to with her sister but you have to pick up the book to find out what happens.  This book really felt like real sisters and real problems which I thought was because of the great writing.  I hope that you check out this book because you will enjoy it as much as I did!!

**I was provided a copy of the book for my review but all opinions here are my own and a positive review was not required.

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