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 away from his home (and his sweetheart Susie) to work for a distant cousin he’s never met. His father doesn’t approve of Susie’s beliefs or her love of the (forbidden) guitar and works quickly to separate the two. Jacob is surprised at himself and caught off guard when he arrives in Seymour, Missouri and is quickly drawn to Becky, a young woman who has a baby daughter.
Becky Troyer doesn’t trust men – especially after being used, left alone and ashamed. One night of her rumspringa changed her life forever, but her baby daughter Emma is one unexpected change she doesn’t regret. While Jacob has moments of homesickness and misses his Susie, he also finds himself comparing her to Becky and realizing they are as different as night and day.
Jacob struggles with both guilt and excitement at his feelings for Becky that seem to grow stronger the more time he spends around her. Although Becky avoids Jacob’s overtures at first and tries not to encourage his interest in her, her heart isn’t agreeing with her head. Terrified that she’ll be forced to marry a man she doesn’t love, Becky begins to hope that Jacob’s interest in her isn’t just meaningless flirtation.
Patchwork Dreams is a sweet love story that proves second chances are possible. The back of the book includes a glossary of Amish terms, which is very helpful if you are new to Amish fiction. Those who enjoy this genre will want to watch for the release of this book in April 2011.
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