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Thanks for stopping by for this last book review of July! I hope you find this review helpful and keep coming back for all the future reviews. Please see the disclaimer below.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review here on the blog. The thoughts and opinions stated in the “My Personal Review” are 100 percent my own and they are always honest.
About the book:
Two sisters get a second chance at life and love
Angela—Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.
Rose–Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?
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When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.
Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.
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My Personal Review:
In my book reviews here on the blog you guys, I always promise my real and honest reviews, no matter what. Just because I am blessed to get to read and share the books for free doesn’t mean that I would just write a great review when I feel the book didn’t deserve one. Although I have been lucky to have enjoyed most of the books that I have read and reviewed for you guys so far, which meant rave reviews I am sad to say that this review is not quite as positive. I did not find myself enjoying A Letter from Lancaster County near as much as I had hoped I would.
From the start of chapter one, I found myself not being able to make a personal connection with the two sisters, who are the lead characters. If you have read any of my other reviews you will know that the initial connection is very important to me and in the end, determines just how much I enjoy the story over all.
In the end, it was the sisters being at odds with each other, their bickering, and all the sibling envying made it hard for me to connect with either of them. Sadly, that main issue made it hard for me to read the book till the end. I understand that these types of relationships do exist in some real life families but I felt like it was just too much of the story for my liking.
In all fairness to the Author, I think that with the title of the book mentioning “Lancaster County” and me associating that with the Amish fictional story lines found in that county a lot. I might have had a misunderstanding of what to expect. I can tell the author is talented and I am sure she put much thought the storyline that unfolds with in these pages. Although, I didn’t find the book one of my favorites I wouldn’t say it was horrible and I am sure there are many readers out there that would enjoy this book. It just turns out this one was not my cup of tea.
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About the Author:
Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include “A Portrait of Marguerite” and the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. A native of Baltimore, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.