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Leaving Lancaster (Legacy of Lancaster #1)

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Can a splintered Amish family reconcile?

More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Esth
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Published March 1st 2012 by David C Cook
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Almost forty years have passed since Esther Gingerich and Samuel Fisher ran away from their Amish upbringing in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and headed west to live in a hippie commune and sing on the streets of San Francisco. They married, Samuel was drafted, shipped off to Vietnam and declared MIA, leaving Esther to raise their daughter alone because she was too proud to return to her family. Holly grew up believing her grandparents were dead, so it comes as a complete shock to her when Est ...more
I don't usually read Christian fiction, I'm more of of non-fiction Christian reader, but I received the book free from David C. Cook publishing for winning one of their "Free Book Friday" Facebook contests. I never would have read or even picked up this book otherwise.

I got about half way through the book, and I just didn't care to finish it. The characters are especially immature. 38 year old Holly reads like she's 21 - bad attitude on one hand, and then the awkward social acumen of a 10 year o
Many reviewers have done an excellent job describing the events of this book, so I will focus on what I liked and disliked about it.

What I liked:
The story flowed well and I found myself quickly turning pages to find out what was going to happen, especially as the women approached Pennsylvania.

The details of Amish and Mennonite life were interesting and seemed to be well researched. They were what really kept me reading.

The character of the Grandmother Anna, Esther’s mother, was my favorite. I w
This is the first book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. Holly Fisher, 37, is the main character. She lives with her widowed mother, Ester, in Seattle. Holly never met her father as he died before she was born. She has always wanted a family, but it has always been just she and her mother. Holly has recently been told by her boss that due to the economy he has to let her go. She had loved her job and now is anxious to find another. Money has always been tight for Holly and her mother.
This is a delightful novel, and somewhat different from many other Amish stories. The point of view switches often between Holly and Esther, as every chapter is told in the first person voice of one of them. This took a very short time to get used to, but was a very effective way to make me feel I understood the feelings and viewpoints of both characters. Grief, coming to terms with disappointments and losses in our lives, teenage rebellion, and the power of forgiveness are dealt with very well, ...more
Mercedes Cordero
2 1/2 stars out of 5

Love, regret, forgiveness, redemption, second chances, new beginnings; these are some of the words that best describe the idea or themes behind this novel. This is the story of a woman coming home to the family she deserted, and the story of this woman's only daughter finally feeling at home with the family she never knew she had. Both women are afraid, scared and in desperate need of love, mercy, grace and each other. It could have been such a wonderful, beautiful, touching
Leaving Lancaster is the first book in the series, and despite the name, the book has very little to do with the title. The book alternates between first person & third person - something I hate in a book - and makes it hard to get into any of the characters. In the beginning, I thought the book was taking place in the 60's and I was thrown for a loop when I realized it was actually taking place in current times - I also thought one of the main characters, Esther, was a teenager, and was rea ...more
Cindy Williams
Review for Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd
Kate Lloy takes us on a gentle journey through grace and forgiveness. Our story starts out with Ester receiving word that her mother is very ill and wants her to come home. Home is in Lancaster PA where her mother and siblings reside. Ester is a grown woman with a grown daughter of her own. Ester’s husband has been mia since he left for the war, before Holly, (Ester’s daughter) was even born. Ester’s kept her past well hidden, and has told Holly that her
Dani Moore
Holly Fisher never knew her father. He died before she was born, in Vietnam As far as she knows, her mother Esther is her only living relative.
She is about to lose her job, a victim of the bad economy. Here relationship with her mother has always been strained. Now that she's living at home, even more than usual.
She has no idea how much worse things are about to get.
Her mother springs on her, with no warning, that her grandmother, who Holly thought was dead, is alive, sick, and wants them to com
Ann Green
Holly Fisher is in her late thirties and at a crossroads in her life. Although her well meaning mother has served as both mother and father since losing the father she never met in Vietnam, Holly has always wanted a "real" family. Just as she is downsized from her job, Holly finds out from her mother, Esther, that her grandmother is still alive and begging for Esther to visit her. A trip from their home in Seattle to Lancaster, Pennsylvania revels a family farm and relatives that her mother aban ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I have read quite a few Amish fiction books and this one has more substance than most. I am happy to see that there is a seguel, I would like to know what happens next. I liked the writing style for the most part except I din't think it was very effective when the point of view was switched. I usually like when the point of view switches between different characters since I think it gives you a better sense of their thoughts and personalites. It was confusing when it ...more
Amish Fiction With A New Twist!

This is my first novel by author Kate Lloyd and I absolutely loved it. Amish fiction with a storyline that I haven’t read before. It is very rare that a book will grab me from the first page. Leaving Lancaster is a book that did just that.

Holly Fisher might seem a little spoiled at times but I tried putting myself in her shoes and I probably would have reacted with a lot more anger and hurt than what she did. Why were these secrets kept from her all these years? Di
Esther Fisher has mourned the death of her husband for almost forty years. Samuel was killed in Vietnam and Esther has convinced herself that he was a perfect man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her daughter, born after her husband's death, has always longed for a family. When Esther receives a letter from her mother stating she is very ill, she comes clean will Holly and confesses that they really do have living family living in Pennsylvania - Amish family members. Esther and Holly ...more
Connie Roberts

I felt sorry for Esther through the whole book. yes, I can understand Holly too. I'm so glad they all repented of their cruelty. I loved the characters Jeramiah and Nathaniel the best. These men were so understanding and compassionate. I especially was happy that Nathaniel stood up for Esther. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to get started on the next one. As a matter of fact, when I was just halfway through the book, I checked to see if there was another. It turns out that
Leaving Lancaster ( Legacy of Lancaster #1 )
By: Kate Lloyd
This is my first book to read by Kate Lloyd and it will not be my last. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I loved reading Leaving Lancaster and had no problems with the story or the characters. Holly Fisher is thirty-something and lives in Seattle. She has always long for grand parents and family. She has her mother and grew up poor. Holly learns about a deep secret that her mother, Esther has kept from her. Esthe
This book was provided by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. I thank them. to start?

I did enjoy the book, especially as Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres. It had a storyline that was different than any other that I've read. That was what caught my interest from the beginning. I had to see where it would lead. There were a couple of things that I didn't care for, though.
Pros: The characters were well developed. The storyline was intriguing.
Cons: I hated Holl
Andrea Guy
Leaving Lancaster is a lot different from the Amish fiction I usually read. This book deals with a woman that was raised Amish, but didn't get baptized into the church. Esther and Samuel ran off to California. In the process, they got married and Samuel got drafted and sent to Vietnam, where is becomes MIA.

The book takes place in the present. Esther runs The Amish Shoppe in Seattle and Holly is her daughter. They seem to have a good relationship until a letter arrives from Esther's mother, who H
Shari Larsen
37 year old Holly Fisher longs for a family. Growing up in Seattle without a father or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a secret; Holly's grandmother and uncles are still alive, and living in an Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Esther, who is guilt ridden, yearns to see her family again, before it is too late, but she is afraid to face them alone, and begs Holly to accompa ...more
Esther Gingerich and Samuel Fisher left home in their Rumspringa, never to return together. Samuel lost his conscientious objector status by not being at home with his Amish family, and was drafted into the Vietnam War to never return. And Esther was ashamed that she had caused Samuel's death by convincing him to leave. Now her mother Anna Gingerich has sent her a letter telling Esther she is ill, and the family is moving away to Montana. How will she explain all this to Holly, her daughter. Hol ...more
“Leaving Lancaster” is not just about the Amish, but about the relationship between mothers and daughters, about rejection and acceptance, and about starting over. First, the story deals with the relationship between Anna Gingerich and her daughter Esther, who leaves her Amish roots to go to California with Samuel Fisher during their Rumspringa in the 1960's. Many years after Samuel’s death, Esther decides to return to Lancaster County with her daughter, Holly Fisher, to visit her mother, Anna, ...more
Victor Gentile
Kate Lloyd in her new book, “Leaving Lancaster” published by David C. Cook gives us a modern tale of a prodigal daughter and reconciliation.

From the Back Cover: Can a splintered Amish family reconcile?
More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and unc
Author: Kate Lloyd
Publisher: David C. Cook
March 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7814-0508-9
Genre: Amish/women’s fiction

Can a splintered Amish family reconcile?

More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Es
Review:Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd
3 STARS It was a good story but for some reason I just did not feel connected to the characters. This was clean read not swearing or sex scenes. Deals with real problems. Esther Fisher gets a letter from her mother whom she has not seen since she was 16, when her and Samuel ran away from home. Her mother is in her 80's and wants to see her. Esther needs to tell her daughter the truth she has hidden for all these years. Holly Samantha Fisher at 37 has just l
Widow Esther Fisher hadn't seen her mother, Anna Gingerich, for more than thirty years. Esther left her Amish community in her twenties and never returned. She didn't even tell her daughter, Holly, that she was Amish. After receiving a letter from Anna saying she was sick, Esther decided it was time to finally visit her mother. First, she had to tell Holly that she had family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Esther never spoke of her own brothers and their families and had told Holly that her grandpa ...more

Esther Fisher confesses to her daughter that, despite allowing her daughter to believe they were alone in the world, they do have a large family in the Amish community.Esther and her daughter Holly make the long, emotional journey to Esther's old home and Holly comes to learn of the life she has been missing.

I really did not like either character at all. Neither woman would listen to the other, both were selfish, arrogant harpies. I havent read any other books by this author, and I wonder if the
"Leaving Lancaster" delivers a story that draws the reader in and offers a glimpse into the Amish community that shows that beyond the horse and buggy and plain dress, the members display many of the same emotions that their counterparts, the English, struggle with as well -- unforgiveness, secrets, stubbornness. I have rated this book 3 stars as it is a book that I would recommend to others but the quick resolution of the feelings that the characters have harbored for years does little to keep ...more
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Can a splintered Amish family reconcile?
More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging. Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Esther to return. And Holly is shocked when she learns that the family she’s never known lives on a Lancas
Esther left her family and community behind when she headed west with Samuel Fisher nearly 40 years ago. Now, with her mother ailing, she finally reveals to her daughter Holly, that they have family back in Lancaster, PA. After arriving in PA, Esther feels everyone is mad at her or out to get her because of what happened to Samuel. But, Holly is loving finally have a large family and the love that comes from feeling part of a family. When Esther's past starts spilling out, will Holly be able to ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
When Esther Gingerich left her Amish community in Lancaster, PA during her rumspringa, with the love of her life Samuel Fisher, the rest of their family expected them to return. Yet they didn't. Instead, they headed for a completely new life in San Francisco and would later move to Seattle where life again would take an unexpected turn. In this case, Samuel would be drafted into the Vietnam War and would never be found again. He would remain forever Missing in Action, just like Esther and Samuel ...more
Mary Shipman
By now many of you know that I enjoy Amish fiction. Leaving Lancasteer by Kate Lloyd is one of the best I have ever read!

Samuel and Esther leave their community in their rumpspringa, back in the 1960′s, heading for California, the world of ‘peace, love and happiness’ their immediate goal. Living the communal lifestyle is not a big change from what they had, but Samuel loses his Concientious Objector draft status and finds himself in Viet Nam.

Esther is going to have a baby. Life spirals out of co
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Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setti ...more
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