Saturday, May 12, 2012

Patchwork Dreams - Laura V. Hilton

Summary from GoodReads: Ever since returning from her rumspringa pregnant and unwed, Becky Troyer has been a pariah in her Amish community in Missouri. Even after the young mother confesses her sin and rejoins the church, her peers continue to shun her, and she despairs the unlikelihood of marrying for love. It seems that her only hope is to eventually marry a widower with a family of his own.

Becky's world changes when Jacob Miller arrives at her family's farm with the understanding that he will help with chores during the summer and then return to Pennsylvania. What Jacob does not know is that his father, who disapproves of Jacob's sweetheart, Susie, sent him away as part of a plan to introduce new blood into the Amish community of Seymour. In addition to his work around the farm, Jacob undertakes the task of cheering up the lovely yet listless Becky, inviting her to various youth gatherings and offering her the only unconditional friendship she's known.

As their relationship grows, the two find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. Will Becky and Jacob overcome their insecurities and self–doubts so that their love can grow, or will Jacob keep his pledge to Susie and turn his back on Becky, as so many others have done?

Jacob Miller thought that he was sent to Missouri help out a distant cousin, Daniel. When he arrived, he discovers that he was sent because Missouri was looking for some new Amish men to enter into their community. He was furious since he was planning on marrying Susie this December. Susie is an Amish girl who was still in her running around times that is dabbling in the English ways a little more than Jacob's family would like.

Jacob meets Daniel's daughter, Becky, he is instantly attracted to her dispite what the community thinks and says about her. Becky has a child out of wedlock by an Englisher who left her and her community feels that she will never marry. As their friendship develops, Jacob realizes that Becky has several doubts about herself as well as trust issues with men. Her first reaction is to reject then because it is easier than being hurt again. Will Jacob fall in love with Becky? Will Becky be able to let Jacob love her and trust him? Will she marry?

This is the first book that I read from Laura Hilton, as well as her debut novel, and I really enjoyed it! My only complaint is that the story waited until the last few pages to find out the conclusion. I would have liked to have had a chapter fast forwarding several months to learn how things worked out. I guess I will have to continue reading this series to find out more! The characters were well developed and I could easily feel all the emotions from Jacob and Becky. Thanks for a wonderful read Laura!

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