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Leaving Lancaster

(Legacy of Lancaster #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by David C. Cook
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Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
May 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Mercedes Cordero
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Cindy Williams
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dani Moore
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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????)
Kristine Morgan
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leaving Lancaster is the first Amish book that I have read in a while. I really enjoyed revisiting this genre. The theme of this book is forgiveness, can Esther forgive herself for taking Samuel away from their home? Can she ever return home? The story is fast moving and enjoyable. I will definitely read more of Ms. Lloyds books in the future.

From Amazon:

Can a splintered Amish family reconcile?

More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family. Growing up in Seattle without
Linda Hrebeniuk
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this Book.

4 star from me! Kate was very much on target regarding the daily thoughts, emotional struggles, and life of not just the Amish, but of all those who embrace the principles of life with our Lord. The book began with a slow start but as I kept reading I began to understand the reason why. I was touched how the life of a young person raised under the strict rules of Amish life would be tempted to leave and experience the grand life outside of the sheltered life, like a bird flyin
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Esther entered her Rumspringa, she hitch hiked her way to San Francisco with her boyfriend, Samuel. All this past was kept hidden from her daughter, Holly. Esther has kept her family background a secret from Holly.

When Esther's mom becomes ill and begs Esther to come home, Esther must now tell her daughter and face the consequences of her deceitful life.

Esther and Holly return to Lancaster County to face her family and friends. Some embrace her with open arms while others still harbor bitt
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The 30-year-old daughter was very annoying and constantly acted like a spoiled teenager. No matter which faith she was raised in, you would think that she would have had far more respect for her mother. The lack of respect between this family was wide-spread, more prevalent than one would imagine, especially with ties to the Amish faith. The Amish are definitely strict in their ways and don't leave much room for personal decisions outside their rules. So there was a lot of forgiveness needed to
Heidi Matheson
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable read - all about family, forgiveness, sacrifice and love. I love the contrast between the contemporary life that Esther and Holly are used to and the Amish life they have been thrown into. The author's use of first-person language mixed in with third-person was initially a bit jarring but I came to appreciate seeing the world through Holly's eyes in particular as well as through the author's narration. I'm looking forward to continuing the story and seeing how the characters' rela ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I really did not like either of the main characters in this book. They were both quite immature and a bit whiny. How does one get to be that old and not know or not learn how to drive. Holly acts more like a spoiled teenager than a thirty year old woman.
Helen Pickering
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leaving Lancaster

Love stories about the Amish really enjoyed this book we all need to forgive others because we have all sinned and need forgiveness q
Cheryl Alberino
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
The two main characters (the mother and the daughter) were not likable at all (for different reasons) which made it difficult to get through the book.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leaving Lancaster

I enjoyed the theme of forgiveness. We as people need to be more forgiving of others and ourselves. Only in forgiveness there is restoration of the human soul.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story a must read!
Gloria L. Kincer
Can't wait to read the rest of the series

I really enjoyed this book. I already have the kindle version of the second in the series qued up and intend to start it this afternoon
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good quick read if one is looking for a short escape.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Leaving Lancaster is a story of returning to your roots and moving forward, past your hurt, bitterness, and anger. The premise interested me because the estranged family who was left behind was Amish, and the main character Esther had to work through a lot in order to move on with her life. While I enjoyed the story, I didn't love the main character (Esther) or her daughter Holly. They were not nice people. That said, all the supporting characters were wonderful. This kept me reading. Throughout ...more
Wynona R
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good Read.

A nice look at how a family handles sorrow and a relationship between mother and daughter strained by unanswered questions.
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Esther and Holly live in Seattle with Esther running a shop sellng Amish goods. She gets a letter from her mother pleading with her to come home. The problem is that Esther left her Amish home with her Samuel many years ago. What kind of welcome will she get?

I enjoy reading about the Amish lifestyle which is focused on simplicity and following God.

This book however just doesn't flow well mainly because it switches from first to third person.

Worse though is the characterisation of both Esther an
Victor Gentile
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Cheri Swalwell
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her best selling novels Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. Her newest novel, A Letter from Lancaster County, releases 7-1-17.Kate and her husband ...more

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