Forever AmishKate Lloyd
Sally Bingham is overwhelmed, to say the least. She is uncertain about her upcoming wedding and her father is only getting sicker. Despite her father's hesitations, Sally decides to leave for the weekend and stay at a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County. While on her way, ... Read More
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- You Will Love This Great Read! by Judy on 9/13/2014
I really enjoyed this book and this series by author Kate Lloyd. Leaving Lancaster was the first book in this series and I loved it. Pennsylvania Patchwork was the second book in this series and I loved it even more. Having said this, Forever Amish is my favorite in this series.
I do love romance, mystery, twists, and turns. This book has all these and more.
Sally Bingham the main character in this story has never felt like she was whole or truly belonged anywhere. Her father Ed is hiding secrets, big, big, secrets.
Lies, bitterness, unforgiveness, belong to many people in Lancaster County. Can there be forgiveness? Can bitterness leave their lives? Have all the lies surfaced or will some still be hidden?
I smiled, laughed, and was brought to tears many times. This story touched me and hit home. Only God can heal and mend broken hearts. There is a lesson to be learned by us all in, Forever Amish.
A five star book in my opinion and I highly recommend it.
- A New Life by Jeanie on 8/25/2014
What would you do if you took a trip to get away to collect your thoughts and plans, and subsequently learned that everything you thought you knew about your family was a lie? That is the situation that Sally Bingham, a young woman on the brink of marriage, found herself in after a painful disagreement with her fiancé and the loss of one of her beloved Corgis.
Kate Lloyd completes her series, Legacy of Lancaster County, with the novel Forever Amish. It can be read easily as a stand-alone story, as I have not yet read the preceding books and followed it well. It is surprising in several ways, and I enjoyed it immensely.
Sally received an invitation to visit a young Amish woman in Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to talk with her about Corgis, the type of dog that Sally used to breed. Her father did not want her to go to Lancaster County at all, especially Bird-in-Hand, suggesting other places, offering no explanation for his reaction. She borrowed a classic Mustang from her father’s used car lot and left behind the woods of Connecticut for the rolling hills of Lancaster County.
Sally’s self-esteem was suffering; she felt responsible for the death of her beloved male Corgi, the abandonment of her mother when she was young, and in general anything that didn’t go well in her life. She had stopped showing Ginger, her only remaining female corgi, at dog shows.
Spiritually I could identify with Sally; there was a time of questioning the Lord’s love and concern for our daily life and I wondered if, after He created the world and everything in it, He let man in his limited wisdom handle the day to day things of life. No, I don’t believe that, but I appreciate reading about characters that questioned it and how the author brings healing faith to his/her character.
Everything about Sally’s arrival seemed orchestrated by the Lord, although it didn’t seem like it at the time. The bed and breakfast where she had a reservation had storm damage from the night before so they could not accommodate her and there was no other B & B in the area. Sally just happened to hear of a woman taking in visitors, who happened to be the mother of the young woman who had emailed Sally. From the moment she arrived at the Zook farm, life began to get interesting. Nothing in Sally’s life, including her beliefs about God, could be the same again.
The plot of Forever Amish was a bit different than I would have anticipated, in a good way. Included was everything that to me would make a good story – belief in God, suspense, love, acceptance, a well-planned story with excellent characterization. The primary romance demonstrated is the love between God and His people; the love and acceptance from others flowed freely from hearts that love the Lord. The unexpected turns in the story made it hard to put down; I hated to leave Sally and her family behind as the story ended.
I would very highly recommend Forever Amish to young adults and adults of any age who appreciate Amish fiction, novels about change and spiritual growth, with the added element of mystery and romance.
I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
- Startling Revelation Leads to Self-Discovery... by Becky on 8/5/2014
Third in the Legacy of Lancaster County Trilogy, Forever Amish definitely holds its own as a stand-alone book. I have not read Kate Lloyd's other novels, but was thoroughly immersed in this tale of a young Englischer searching for her roots. Sally Bingham travels to Lancaster County in answer to repeated emails about her show dogs, only to discover a peaceful world, yet one with great tensions simmering beneath the surface that threaten her security. How will she respond to these new situations and people? Or will she high-tail it for home and the familiar life she left behind?
I loved that Lloyd shows even the Amish struggle with some of the same temptations and sins that Englischers do. I also appreciated how much she emphasized the key to happiness is a willingness to forgive others and move on. I have to wonder how many real life stories end like this one, or if it's one in a blue moon.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
- Beware answer a email may change your life. by Michelle on 8/4/2014
Forever Amish, Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy Book 3 by Kate Lloyd
Who would have know answering emails from Lizzie a young Amish woman, could change her life forever. When Sally Bingham answers an email about her show dogs and decides to visit Lancaster Country she had no idea her world would be turned upside down. Sally has always had questions about her mother but never expected to find answers on a Amish farm. As her engagement comes to an end, she discovers her fathers betray and finds an extend family she had no idea existed. In the mist of this turmoil she finds love and forgiveness.
Kate Lloyd did an outstanding job with this sweet Amish story of peace, forgiveness and faith. I give Forever Amish 5 stars, it is fast paced, sure to grab and hold your attention. This is book 3 of the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy but can be read as a stand alone. If you have not read Pennsylvania Patchwork or Leaving Lancaster you are missing out on some great books.
I want to give a high-five to the author Kate Lloyd and publisher David C Cook for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. The Book Club Network Inc. provided me with this book in exchange for my honest review and I am so grateful for their, the authors and publishers generosity.
- Forever Amish by Kate Lloyd by Tina on 8/2/2014
Forever Amish: Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy***** by Kate Lloyd
Sally Bingham is about to be married soon, but she is having second thoughts and may even call off the wedding. She decides she needs some time to sort things out, so she leaves her home in Connecticut to spend the weekend in Bird-In-Hand, PA. Her father really doesn't want her to go to Lancaster, PA for reasons he will not share with her. He is very closed mouth about her mother too, much to Sally's distress. She hates to leave her ill father but needs to get away. She has booked a room at a local B & B but as she arrives they call to tell her the room she rented has been flooded and they are full up. Suddenly her plans change but learns that she may be able to rent a room in one of the Amish homes. She asks a young Amish man, Jeremy Zook, where she could stay and he offers a room in his home. His sister, Lizzie is closing up the store where she works and meets Sally.
Sally is surprised that Lizzie is actually the girl she has been corresponding with by email and who had encouraged Sally to come to PA. But there is something strange about the whole thing. Lizzie seems to be hiding something from her—maybe the real reason she wanted Sally to come to PA? She is determined to find out what is going on, but Lizzie is as closed mouth as her father. However, she did not expect Lizzie's family and the impact they will have on her, turning her life upside down.
Armin King is a young Amish man who works on the Zook's farm and joins them for most of their meals. After meeting Sally, he finds himself very interested in courting her. However, she is an Englisher—non Amish, which is forbidden. Even so, Armin and Sally spend time together and find they are drawn to each other more and more. What is Sally going to do? Can she really leave her life in Connecticut, join the Amish faith and maybe someday marry Armin? Is such a thing even possible? What does God have in store for Sally and Armin, her father and the Zook family?
Sally's father shows up unexpectedly at the Zook's home. Sally is shocked he even knew where she was staying, but he appears to know the Zook's. But that is not possible, her father has never been to Lancaster, PA. She soon learns some shocking news from her father and Lizzie's parents. News that will forever change her life. How can she believe anything anyone tells her when her own father has been lying to her her whole life? Who can she trust? Will she ever be able to unravel the mysteries and secrets that surround them?
I enjoyed the way the characters interacted in a believable way. There is a mystery surrounding each of these characters, will Sally be able to solve the mystery as well as learn the secrets they seem to be hiding from her? What will happen when she learns the truth? Only God can restore her broken heart. There is so much heartache, stress, many secrets revealed, broken relationships finally restored, forgiveness, a faith that heals and so much more.
~~I received a copy of this book from Bookfun Network, author and David Cook-publisher for my review~~
- Returning To Lancaster by Maureen on 6/25/2014
Am sad to see this series end, have read all three of these books, and these folks have become like family. We have return of all of our dear friends, and a few more. How would you like to grow up and have no family other than your father, and he tells you nothing about your mother, and of course you think the worse!
We travel back to Lancaster County, and Sally Bingham needs this time to get away, she is planning a wedding and has been contacted about her beloved corgis. In an interesting way, things kind of fall into place, a bit to conveniently, as you begin to wonder? Then to top off everything she almost has her car crash into the Bishop and his buggy, as she begins her adventure with the young woman Lizzie, who has been emailing her. Things seemed kind of funny here I was thinking, but what could be wrong?
Armin is back and is a sweet Amish man who after some banter with Sally becomes smitten. Now here is an Amish man and English woman, how can that work? You are going to be surprised at the outcome. Also God has his hand on all, some tragic events could have very different outcomes.
As we come to the end of this series, I find myself wanting more and more, I want to sit in the rocking chair and become one of this great family, where generations all live and work together. Enjoy!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Unique Approach! by Nancee on 6/24/2014
The third in the Legacy of Lancaster Series, Forever Amish deviates from the mainstream as Amish fiction goes. This parable begins with Sally Bingham and her father who lead fairly ordinary lives aside from the fact that Sally's mother disappeared from her life when she was too young to remember. Sally has been receiving emails from an Amish girl in Pennsylvania which have piqued her curiosity. A weekend trip to Lancaster County launches Sally into a curious situation that has her questioning the direction her life is taking, and opens some doors to her past. Her father's deception surfaces, and Sally's presence in the Amish community opens her eyes to the importance of family and faith. Numerous questions arise and a handsome Amish man attracts Sally's attention, but who could learn to live with the restrictions the Amish Ordnung places on its families?
Kate Lloyd has taken an unexpected approach in the last of this series by introducing a young Englisch woman and her father and creating an unpredictable and unexpected adventure into the Amish community. Deception is a strong theme that could sever relationships or potentially bind them together. A strong contrast between the Amish life and the modern ways of the non-Amish are well delineated throughout this fast-paced novel. The consequences that result from a life of deception are well portrayed throughout, and forgiveness becomes the focus in the lives of the characters in this complex story. The author has created a thought-provoking and strong moral thread in this final book in this series. This could easily be a stand-alone book, not reliant on the prequels. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I received copies of this book from the Wynn-Wynn Media and LitFuse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.