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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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ebook, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by David C Cook
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Wendy
Jul 25, 2012 Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Iola
May 22, 2012 Iola rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle, amish, 2012
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
Deb
Jan 06, 2013 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads
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
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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
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Cindy Williams
Nov 01, 2013 Cindy Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anastacia
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
Betty
Jul 10, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ester
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Dani Moore
Apr 13, 2012 Dani Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Barbara
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
Sharon
Sep 23, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Amish story books. This one was good. I did get tired of the two main characters always putting themselves down. Makes me want to be Amish. (Hee hee????)
Victor Gentile
Mar 17, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cheri Swalwell
Sep 04, 2013 Cheri Swalwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the privilege of reading Leaving Lancaster, introducing a new author to me, Kate Lloyd. Her book combined all I love about the Amish lifestyle and traditions and showed me Biblical truths about deception (and its consequences) and why we need to show forgiveness toward not just others but also ourselves.

Anyone who is a female realizes that mother-daughter relationships can be challenging at times. Ms. Lloyd does a great job taking those complications and adding additional pressure such as
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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
Wendy
Apr 17, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-i-read
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
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Jodie
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
Rhonda
Jun 25, 2012 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ela
Sep 18, 2016 Ela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5

There was something about this novel I didn't quite get. It lacked something.
I really like the setting and premises, but as I continued reading, I couldn't help feeling something was missing. I don't like repeting over and over the same thing, but when you're in a story, this 'i'm-reading-but-it-needs-a-little-savour' feeling is not something you should feel. Well, at least according to me.
I couldn't really empathise with any of the characters or situations. Esther, Holly, Anna. Maybe I a
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Faye
Apr 16, 2012 Faye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting way of blending point of views sets this book apart.




When Holly's mother, Esther reveals that she has living relatives, their fragile Mother-Daughter relationship continues to crumble.

Esther was raised Amish, but left with her husband, Samuel during the sixties. Now, many years later she goes back, with her bitter daughter in tow, to face the past she thought she'd left behind.

What will Holly and Esther find among the Amish of Lancaster County?


As I said above, this book has a very
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Ellen
Publisher's Description
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
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Deborah
Sep 24, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, farm—as part of an Amish community her mothe ...more
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
With Amish settings maintaining a firm hold on the Christian fiction market, I always appreciate when a story has a unique angle or something that makes it stand out from the "typical" Amish story. The synopsis for Leaving Lancaster sounded unique and promising, but unfortunately I was unable to connect with the characters.

I found both Holly and her mother Esther to be unlikable and rather immature. They constantly bicker back and forth through-out the book, with Holly often rehashing the same t
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ACS Book-finder
Jul 02, 2013 ACS Book-finder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly Fisher and her mother Esther live in Seattle, Washington. Holly’s father died while overseas in the military. One of Holly’s life long regrets is that she was forced to grow up without a father and without any other known family members. She and her mother had eked out a meager existence with the help of a few faithful friends.

To Holly’s amazement, one day her mother reveals to her that Holly not only has living grandparents, but a large extended family living near Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Laura
May 08, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Title: LEAVING LANCASTER
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
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Tammy
May 07, 2012 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Deb
Mar 14, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth
Sep 07, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary Shipman
Aug 21, 2012 Mary Shipman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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IrenesBookReviews
Mar 05, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leaving Lancaster is a great book about family and forgiveness. Written by Kate Lloyd, the story is set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It takes place during modern day with cell phones and computers. It also has plenty of the Amish traditions that normally appear in this style of book.

Holly Fisher has grown up believing she had no other immediate family except her Mother. Finding out otherwise changes her life. Esther has kept many secrets from her daughter Holly and decides that it is time
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Judy
Aug 15, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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