Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sarah's Garden (Patch of Heaven #1) - Kelly Long

Summary from Good Reads: When Sarah realizes that she has fallen in love with an Englisch doctor, she must choose between loving a man and losing her family.

Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains, shy Sarah King is happiest when working in her vibrant Amish kitchen garden, but new family responsibilities lead her into the confusing world of the Englisch.

Sarah finds her life turned around when she encounters the community's new Englisch veterinarian, Grant Williams. His blue-gold eyes and his obvious concern for her people attract her immediately. Sarah seeks solace and direction from the Lord as she creates a quilt pattern which details her struggle between two worlds.

The Lord is guiding Sarah to follow His will, but will she listen?

Sarah is a very shy and faithful Amish woman who is 20 years old and not married.  She is given the responibility of managing the farm stand at the end of their driveway.  She is very nervous since she has never dealt with Englishers.  Then she meets her new neighbor, Dr. Grant Williams.  He is an honest man looking to make friends and become accepted by the Amish communiy as the new vet.

As time goes on, Sarah starts to develop feelings for Grant and Grant feels the same but is more vocal about his thoughts and feelings.  Their friendship begins to bloom as she assists in preparing a kitchen garden for him at his house.  But there is more growing between them than should.  Will Sarah leave her faith, family and community to follow her heart???

I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Lilly's Wedding Quilt, which is due out in April 2011.  I love Kelly Long's writing style and character development.  As a quilter myself, I loved how she used it to help Sarah think through and work out her problems.

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