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Patchwork Dreams (Amish of Seymour County #1)

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Ever since returning from her rumspringa pregnant and unwed, Becky Troyer has been a pariah in her Amish community in Missouri. Even after the young mother confesses her sin and rejoins the church, her peers continue to shun her, and she despairs the unlikelihood of marrying for love. It seems that her only hope is to eventually marry a widower with a family of his own.

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Published 2011 by Whitaker House (first published April 2010)
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This is the first book of Laura’s that I have had the privilege of reading. I was interested to read Patchwork Dreams, because one of the Amish characters has a child out of wedlock. I have read many books about the Amish and their rumspringa, but I don’t recall any of them dealing with such a sensitive topic. I was curious to see how this storyline would play out considering the Amish ban and their strict religious rules.

The story begins with Jacob Miller angry at his father for sending him aw
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
Patchwork Dreams is a sweet story that takes place in the Amish county of Seymour. I've always enjoyed reading Amish novels and this one was no exception. The lives of the Amish have always held great interest for me and I love reading about them. Patchwork Dreams allowed me to dive right into the Amish lifestyle.

Becky's character was easy to like. Her sinful past leaving lasting scars made her seem very practical and believable. She knew she had made bad decisions in the past and only wanted to
Jan 01, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becky Troyer faces a life of raising her child alone without a husband. Who would want her after the mistake she made during her rumschpringe? She is an outcast in her own community. People talk and snicker about her behind her back.

Jacob Miller arrives at the Troyer farm sent there by his father. Jacob is there with the understanding that he is to help Cousin Daniel with chores for the summer. Jacob soon learns that his father wasn’t truthful with him and he was sent away to separate him from h
Sep 05, 2011 Kav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found a new favourite Amish author! I think this is her debut Amish story and there's a sneak preview of the next in the series which has me really excited. I'd been experiencing a bit of an Amish drought lately and was just so excited to get into one again.

Hilton reeled me in from the very first page and there was enough emotional tension to keep me turning pages until the very end. The developing friendship between Becky and Jacob defines the story and I loved how Hilton drew them together a
I recently read Patchwork Dreams (Amish of Seymour County, #1) written by Laura V. Hilton. Another enjoyable read. I really connected with her characters. I felt the emotion, the frustration, the shame and the love of Becky or rather "Bex".
She had endured so much in her very young life and felt she did not deserve anything better. I think we all feel that way at times.
However, it took this young man who came to stay with her family~~a distant cousin ~~to help her realize that she was worthy of
Oct 26, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the 'incurable romantic's' first venture into Amish romances and I expected stereotyped drivel. Instead I found a captivating story, solid believeable characters, and quaint respectful references to the Amish way of life. The dialogue is replete with the peculiar Amish language and I was fascinated with the detailed descriptions of an old-fashioned black smith shop. This won't be my last Amish romance, if other authors approach Laura Hilton's style and competence. Highly recommended for ...more
Jan 03, 2013 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ugh...between her imagining he was saying stuff he wasn't and him jumping to conclusions it was just a little too much for me.
Apr 27, 2011 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

About The Author
Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Prior to Patchwork Dreams and A Harvest of Hearts, books one and two in her Amish of Seymour series with Whitaker House, she published two novels with Treble Heart Books, Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past, as w
Rachel Brand
This book was such a pleasant surprise! I wasn't at all sure what to expect as it was shorter than the usual Amish novels and I'd heard some mixed reviews, but I can definitely say that I'm now a fan of Laura Hilton. Although the storyline may be one that's been tried a hundred times before, Laura made me really care about Becky and Jacob and had me rooting for their relationship to work out. I especially liked how supportive Becky's parents were with their daughter - unlike some people in their ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becky Troyer, through no fault of her own was attacked by her "Englisher" boyfriend and ends up with child. In the midst of her close knit Amish community she becomes something of an outcast, not fitting in among her single girlfriends or the young married women. She has all but given up on finding the love and acceptance of a good Amish man.

Jacob Miller, "new blood" from Pennsylvania was led to believe he was sent to Seymour, Missouri, to help out a distant cousin for the summer. Little does he
Michelle Rayburn
This is a story of hope for two young people who had assumed their futures were all figured out for them, whether they liked it or not. But when they met each other, hope rekindled when each realized they didn’t have to be confined to what they had assumed their future might be.

Becky has a fondness for McDonald’s “fancy” coffee, a.k.a. cappuccino. She and Jacob looked for any opportunity to take the buggy to McDonalds for a coffee. The plot has a few twists and turns, misunderstandings that almo
Patchwork Dreams is not your typical Amish story. Laura V. Hilton created a masterpiece with her characters, story line and words that created scenes that connected the story even more. They were not empty words but words with heart felt emotions. I didn’t want to stop reading until I was finished; however, responsiblities of life prevented that. I read every spare minute I could till I read the final word in this top of the line Amish tale.

Jacob Miller was a disgruntled young man when he was s
Mar 09, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it's short and a quick read, but very enjoyable. I started it later in the evening on Friday night and finished it in the early hours of Saturday morning (and I usually don't stay up that late). I just could not put it down. I had to find out what would happen between Becky and Jacob.

I'll start with the characters. I like how Becky was introduced and how different she seemed from Jacob who was a little more spirited. But as the book goes on, more and more is revealed about Bec
Jun 11, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books, amish
Patchwork Dreams
The Amish of Seymour
By Laura V. Hilton

In Jacob’s parents eyes, he is flirting with danger when it comes to his relationship with Susie, Amish, but becoming more and more worldly. Jacob is sent to a distant cousin’s house in Missouri, his parents tell him it is to help out his cousin for a time. Really his parents have sent him there to forget about Susie and bring new Amish blood to the area.
Jacob meets distant cousin Becky and is instantly drawn to her, and takes it upon himsel
Trinity Rose
Mar 03, 2011 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patchwork Dreams is such an excellent book. I enjoyed it from the first page to the last.
Becky is paying for her past mistakes in a big way. During her running around time (rumspringa) in the Amish culture Becky has a baby and her peers keep shunning her, even after she has asked for forgiveness.
Then Jacob comes along. Jacob is sent to their farm(he thinks to only help out for the summer) but the others think he is sent here to bring new blood into the community. Only problem Jacob is already go
Jun 16, 2015 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice Amish Story

Patchwork Dreams

I added this book to my Kindle collection some time ago. Since I've been going back to some of my older books I thought I would give this one a try and I'm glad I Did.

Patchwork Dreams introduces Jacob Miller and Rebekah Troyer in this first book. Jacob travels from Pennsylvania to Missouri under the pretense of helping out a distant cousin. He's upset because he left his sweetheart back home. However, that seems to no longer be a problem when he meets Rebekah. It
Diane U
May 11, 2012 Diane U rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacob Miller thought that he was sent to Missouri help out a distant cousin, Daniel. When he arrived, he discovers that he was sent because Missouri was looking for some new Amish men to enter into their community. He was furious since he was planning on marrying Susie this December. Susie is an Amish girl who was still in her running around times that is dabbling in the English ways a little more than Jacob's family would like.

Jacob meets Daniel's daughter, Becky, he is instantly attracted to h
Jan 22, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becky Troyer is sure that she will never find love or be anyone's frau, ever. Branded as used goods, after an incident during her rumspringa leaves her pregnant, and the Englischer who did saying it is not his baby and spreading horrible rumors about her. When a distant relative arrives from Pennsylvania to help out around their home, Becky finds that the attraction to Jacob Miller is distracting.
When Jacob tells Becky he has a girl in Pennsylvania that he wants to marry, Becky tries desperatel
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Jun 06, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amish lovers
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Kathy Carlton Willis Communications
Simply awesome! Laura Hilton is a wonderfully talented author and she really dived deep into the Amish faith and ways and turned out a story for her Amish fans! Her characters are life-like, and her story line is certainly gripping.

Those of you who know me and my reviews, know that I don't giveaway spoilers of the story. I really want to say so many things about this sweet and tender Amish novel, but if I go on too long, I will surely spoil it! So, I will say that Jacob and Becky are amazing ch
Mar 21, 2011 Ausjenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a good story. The story is about Jacob who has been sent to work with his cousin and is under the impression he will be returning to his home and to marry his girlfriend who his father doesn't think is good enough. When he gets to his cousins place in Missouri he finds his father lied to him and sent him there to find a wife. Becky is an unwed mother after her rumspringa and although she has repented of her sin she feels shunned. Jacob is determined to help her and make her smile and get ...more
Debra Ullrick
Jul 21, 2011 Debra Ullrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since the TV series - Aaron's Way - I have loved Amish stories. Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton tops them all. There were definitely no `fillers' in this book. (What I mean by a filler is - scenes thrown in that add no real quality to the story and are only used to raise the word count.) In, Patchwork Dreams, each scene propels the story forward at a fast pace. And Jacob Miller, the hero, well that boy just doesn't give up. Wait, did I say boy? I meant man. That man refuses to give up. ...more
Nov 22, 2014 D.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am totally IN LOVE with this Amish series by Laura Hilton!

I knew from the moment Jacob met Becky, that he wouldn’t be able to resist her… well, at least I hoped that would be the way it would turn out. Sometimes it’s not so simple – at least nowadays – for people to overcome doubts and insecurities and to accept someone whose reputation isn’t so stellar, as was the case for Becky.

Sure, she made a mistake – don’t we all?

The author does a marvelous job creating the characters for this series! Al
Mar 04, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton is a delightful novel on the power of acceptance, forgiveness and unconditional love.

When Becky Troyer returned from her rumspringa pregnant she instantly became an outcast in her Amish community. Even though she confessed her sins and rejoined her church, she was still shunned by her peers. She begins to wonder if she will ever be married, or instead be forever scorned.

Enter Jacob Miller, who arrives at Becky's farm to work for her dad. For some reason, he ta
Tina Watson
Jul 22, 2011 Tina Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
This was my first time reading a book by Laura V. Hilton.
I really loved this story, for I did not want the story to end. I cant wait for the next book to come out in September. This is a must read of the summer.

Becky Troyer returned from her 'rumchpringe' pregnant and unwed. She confessed her sin and rejoined the church to still have her peers shun her. A distraught Becky wonders if she will ever marry for love.
Jacob Miller arrives at the Troyer family farm. He's under the assumption that he i
J.C. Morrows
For anyone who enjoys Amish fiction, this is not the book or the series for you. I was unable to finish the entire book. I did skip through and read bits here and there - enough to get an accurate picture and the book is just not for me.

The writing is not at all realistic of the way the Amish speak or behave or interact. It's more like someone wrote a "Christian" novel and threw in a few Amish words and phrases to make it work. The writing itself is not bad and I probably would have enjoyed it s
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started this one, but I definitely hadn't planned to pick up a Christian Romance book. I'm an atheist, and not a fan of romance, and I find the fetishization and exoticization of minority cultures, like the Amish, really uncomfortable, and the appropriation of same even more so. And this book did all that. I don't tend to read romance novels, and this is a particularly navel-gazey one. Every thought that flitted through Becky or Jacob's head was put down ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacob Miller is traveling to Seymour, Missouri, to help out on a farm belonging to a distant cousin whom he’s never met. Several Amish boys will be traveling from Seymour in the early spring or summer from Pennsylvania to as the Bishop says ‘bring new blood to the small district.” Becky is the first person Jacob meets and she is not so friendly wondering what he has done so bad that his parents would send him in mid-February before the others that will be coming. Jacob’s plans are to help out th ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably liked this more than 3 stars but not 4 stars worth.

Jacob was sent from Pennsylvania to help out distant amish relatives for the summer, or was it part of a bigger plan?
Right from the beginning you could 'feel' the chemistry between Jacob and Becky. Of course there were many (too many?) obstacles that had to be overcome. I loved how many times they went to Mcdonalds though.

I also felt there were a few things that went unanswered - now I know there is another book in but I am not sure
Kathleen Friesen
I fell in love with both Becky and Jacob within the first few pages of this story. Author Laura V. Hilton brings her characters to life with all its complexities. Becky carries the burden of her failure every moment of every day. She has knelt and confessed, but without real forgiveness from the community. As a result, she is bowed but not quite broken. I cheered for her when her back straightened and she stood up for herself.
Jacob was responsible for some of that courage as he challenged her t
Maureen Timerman
Jul 12, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was a delightful Amish story. A real insight into the Amish Culture. Jacob Miller is set to live with his distant cousin Daniel, where he learns the blacksmith trade. He comes from PA to Seymour, Missouri he thinks to appease his father. He is dating Suzie and has every intention to return in a few months and marry her.
At the door to Daniel's place he meets Becky. Does he believe in Love at first sight? Can't be there is Suzie? The Amish in PA are trading some young men with MO, in order to
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Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

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