A Letter from Lancaster County

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A Letter from Lancaster County

A Letter from Lancaster County (Harvest House, July 2017)

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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Reviews

  • An excellent story on family dynamics and learning to move past family issues. I like that this book is a bit different from your normal Amish fiction.

  • A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd is book one in the Lancaster Discoveries series. Love, faith, longing and sibling rivalry and so much more make for an excellent story. Kate Lloyd has written a story that will

  • Fans of Kate Lloyd will adore this new women’s fiction. Dynamic protagonists and increasingly tense narrative sets the scene for a heart-wrenching and engaging story.

  • This story was hard to put down. I also felt that I was close to the sisters while reading. There was just something about Kate’s writing that made me feel close to them. It was great. I loved her writing for this story. A fun faced paced story that I really enjoyed and can’t wait to get into another book by Kate.

  • I have to admit that I was drawn into the story at first. The book alternates between Rose and Angela’s point of view, and I really like that. I found myself getting to know both characters well, and I liked the balance of action and inner reflection.

  • This is my first read from Lloyd, but I was not disappointed at all! This was an amazing read full of  well developed, relatable characters and an amazing story that’s heartfelt. It’s one of those books that keeps you up at night because you just have to know what happens next. I found myself flipping through the pages at a steady pace. It’s definitely a book that I’d want to read again. I can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for us!

  • I loved this book from page one. It is a 5 star book and one not to be missed. I can’t wait for book two Starting frm Scratch.

  • “A Letter From Lancaster County” by author Kate Llyod is about something most people would want. Angela and Rose are sisters but, they could not be anymore different.

  • I really enjoyed A Letter From Lancaster County. It was a wonderful, warm novel that spoke to my heart.

  • This is a wonderful story of two sisters struggling to find themselves and learn how to relate to one another. Kate Lloyd’s newest book is an enjoyable and emotional read, one that fans of both Amish and contemporary fiction will enjoy!

  • A story about coming to terms with their lives, and two sisters trying to find the way back to their family.
    We are in Amish/Mennonite Lancaster, PA area, and become immersed in the local land, traveling by both car and buggy. Sylvia is a Mennonite and has invited her estranged sister’s daughters to come and spend time with her, and for them it is a stretch to be in each other’s company, but Rose and Angela agree.

  • Great story and great characters, too!

  • Dela Cruz says:

    The book Leaving Lancaster was a book I was looking forward to reading, but was somewhat disappointed. Though I did like some of the twist it was pretty mundane and there was a lot of fillers.

  • Overall, A Letter from Lancaster County is a decent novel, despite the fact that I had issues with the narration and the pacing. However, I’m still recommend other readers to give it a try.

  • Stories about sisters are bound to have a decent share of tension. I loved how Kate Lloyd reached down into the characters’ pasts to show how much it defines the present.

  • A Letter from Lancaster County is here, and it’s Kate Lloyd’s best work yet!  This emotionally-charged novel will keep you guessing about motivations, secrets, and temptations from the first page to the last. 

  • This story really put me through an emotional gauntlet and I liked how the author gave us each sister’s viewpoint every other chapter. This rounded out the story and gave us a fuller picture of their relationship.

  • This like the last Amish book is not like your traditional Amish book which made it even more appealing to me. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store with the rest of this series.

  • Reading a story told from multiple points of view is not usually a problem for me. This story, however, was hard to follow as the view alternated between the two sisters. The characters were not easy to “get to know” and did not draw me into their lives. Many of the details seemed scattered and never quite pulled together, and the pace was rather sluggish.

  • Moments says:

    This is a beautiful story of hope and forgiveness, yet it is not just all sweet and things are smooth sailing, so it is realistic and just overall a great book to read.

  • Cantraleast2 says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing the interaction between the two sisters. It gave me a feeling of how they were able to become closer even though they found out things that they did not previously know about their family.

  • I loved this book! I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Definitely a 5 star book and you SHOULD read it!

  • I wanted to like A Letter from Lancaster County. The cover is nice — but I’m afraid that (and the Seattle references peppered throughout) was the nicest part for me. Angela and Rose spent so much of the book bickering, I quickly tired of them and found myself skimming until the end just to find out the novel’s ultimate resolution.

  • I always like a story about hope and redemption. It’s refreshing to read stories that are fresh and clean and leave me with a happy heart.

  • A Letter from Lancaster County was my first introduction to Kate Lloyd’s writing. I was impressed by her complex characters and intricate plot. I would highly recommend this book to those who like contemporary or women’s fiction.

  • Two sisters get a second chance at life and love.

  • This was a hard novel for me to navigate through because each chapter alternates from each of the sister’s point of views. I had to keep telling myself at the opening of each chapter, this one is the married one and this is the single sister.

  • I found this a rewarding book to read in that family tensions are sometimes caused by false judgements, envy, and a lack of self-worth.

  • nancy jo says:

    I like your books and am always looking for your new ones. I will need to get you newest one. Maybe for my birthday which is this Saturday, 7-22. Have a blessed day, Kate.

  • Relationships are messy, especially ones with family, but if A Letter From Lancaster County teaches us anything, it’s we have to try.

  • Two sisters are on their way to visit with an aunt they haven’t seen in years after the death of their mother. Angela and Rose are as different as two sisters can be and unfortunately, they don’t currently enjoy a close relationship. What was really intriguing to read was their inner thoughts about how they really felt about each other among many other topics.

  • A Letter From Lancaster County was ultimately a moving and honest portrait of two sisters, both unhappy for different reasons, coming to terms with their lives and making changes for the better while coming to a faith in God.

  • I think the author penned a good novel that can relate to many readers, but just not for me. The lack of a strong faith element that one comes to expect of this genre surprised me. And I do hope to pick this book up again down the road, which might give me a different perspective.

  • I enjoyed the way A Letter from Lancaster County was written. It was written from both sisters’ points of view, both Angela and Rose. The chapters alternate between the two sisters. The girls are very different, and so it was interesting to hear each of their interpretation and feelings of the same event. The story moved along at a good pace, not losing my interest at any point.

  • Not your typical book that you would expect with the title Lancaster County.

  • Dee Kamp says:

    From the very first page of “A Letter from Lancaster County”, I was drawn into the sweet and spicy dialogue and relationship between two sisters. It a wonderful read and a touching story with characters you love to know more about. This book is a real treat. Kate is an excellent storyteller.

  • This story was well written but this wasn’t the story for me. The two sisters constant dislike for each other was tiring. The back and forth between the different points of view didn’t work well for me. And there was very little talk of faith and God.

  • The book is filled with life lessons and reminded me of how we think someone else’s life looks better than our own. As the sisters start to look at their life, they find that they need to work on making themselves happy and being thankful for what they have. There are some emotional moments that really capture the essence of bonding with family. I enjoyed the ending and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • An easy to read summer book which offers the beautiful romance of Amish country and a story that offers enough twists, turns and complete turn around to keep you invested until the very last page!

  • I’m sorry to admit I did not like this book – at all. The entire book is written in first-person and keeps changing from Angela to Rose and back. I spent most of the book having to go back and see who was talking to figure out who’s story I was reading.

  • Kcreatives says:

    I think the author allowed the reader to identify to some degree with all of her main characters. So, this book is both entertaining and a quick read, but also helps you to think about marriage, adventure, life, commitment, and contentment.

  • Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd is book one in the Lancaster Discoveries series. Love, faith, longing and sibling rivalry and so much more are found in this book. I have 3 sisters and we are all very different. I could relate to the sibling rivalry. The author has a good story line – and real feeling characters. It’s set in the heart of Amish Country – and the descriptions made me feel like I was there. I enjoyed reading this book. I am looking forward to the next installment.

  • The first book in the Lancaster Discoveries series, Author Kate Lloyd bounces the story between two sisters, Angela and Rose. Seen from each perspective, the reader realizes that life is like that. Two people can see the same situation but from entirely different viewpoints.

  • A nice read with a few twists and a sweet romance.

  • A Letter From Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd was a good book. I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this book, but in the end, it is a sweet story and one that I could see reading again in the future.

  • I’ll admit, this is one book I’ve had a hard time “getting in to.” It was challenging to continuously alternate between the two sisters’ points of view; hard to keep straight who was who.

  • This book was thoroughly engaging and compelling to read with insightful look in to the live and love story of two different sister who are opposite in every way, When Angela and Rose return to their mother’s childhood a simple country home town. This story will bring you to see how the relationship and the journey of two sister

  • 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. I am sure there are many readers out there that would enjoy this type of story. It just turns out this one was not my cup of tea.

  • The story is told from the perspective of two very different sisters, Angela and Rose. The constant change in voice from one sister to the other is not only exhausting but also very difficult to keep up with. Readers are likely to find the need to flip the pages backward to see which character is doing the speaking.

  • A Letter from Lancaster County is a beautiful story of pain, regret, sister love, hope and faith. Even when we struggle and are in pain, we can always find a way to move forward if we have hope, faith and love in each other. It is a truly inspirational novel that you will love to read over and over again.

  • There are aspects which I liked, but particularly Angela and Rose felt disjointed to me. Maybe it was the alternating perspectives that bothered me (unusual for me). Maybe it was their multiple emotional/relational/spiritual issues. Normally, I like dimension in a character but in this case each new ‘layer’ felt disconnected from the others. I can’t really pinpoint an exact reason for my lack of excitement over this story, which probably means it’s limited to me and most people will really enjoy it! So don’t let my ‘meh’ review keep you from trying it out for yourself!

  • High praise from me. This is a fascinating character study, rich and introspective, one that I wanted to take my time with and savor each page. A relationship drama in which deeper themes emerge beyond what appears on the surface. It’s not a fast-paced novel that you find hard to put down, although I did find it difficult to put down. It’s a meaty story, one that you can enjoy as you sink into its depths. I felt a sense of realism – and while I didn’t always like the behavior of Angela and Rose, I liked them. Spiritual themes are subtle in this story, but ever present. Kate Lloyd is an impressive, consummate writer and I look forward to the next book in this series.

  • A Letter From Lancaster County is the latest book in Kate Lloyd’s new series, Lancaster Discoveries Series, and I loved it. As a huge fan of Amish Fiction this book was a have to read for me. This is the first book from Kate Lloyd I have had the pleasure of reading and I am hooked.

  • More of Him says:

    This is not your typical Amish book in that the main characters are English but are visiting the Amish area and their aunt. I rather liked this twist as a change. I also liked that the sisters were so real and reflect the misunderstandings that sisters can often have.

  • Two Points says:

    The novel seemed like it would be an interesting read with very lively characters. However, I found both Angela and Rose to be very annoying and over-the-top. They act very selfish and harsh towards each other but expect the other sister to love them back in return. I also wish the story between Juliana and Silvia was developed a bit more instead of being filled with fluff pieces of Rose and Angela going to the antique store and playing with horses.

  • The author did a good job of bringing the characters to life. This was my first book by Kate Lloyd, definitely plan to read more.

  • Was unsure if I would like this book but found I couldn’t put it down. Sister, Rosa and Angela are completely opposite of each other. Each yearning for what the other wants but learning to be content it what they have. Travel to their Aunt Silvia’s home they each find something about themselves and their late mother. The story was very descriptive with the scenery and what Silvia’s house looks like. I think we can all relate to each of the characters. Thank you Litfuse and Kate Lloyd

  • This story of faith, hope and longing is beautifully written and highly captivating. If you are looking for a 4 star, wonderfully chiseled contemporary story filled with heart capturing characters and a whirlwind plot line, that keeps you hanging on every word, then this is definitely the book for you! I can’t wait to see the next book Ms. Lloyd has in store for her fans, especially if she mixes English, Mennonite and Amish together in a fantabulous read! 

  • Kate Lloyd is an author that I have enjoyed reading in the past. She in on my list of authors I like to read because I think her stories improve with each book that she writes. The only thing, which I don’t mind at all, is that her books can be a little predictable. I personally don’t mind that because I’m not much of a surprise person, but other readers might. I found this book to be in that category.

  • Angela and Rose are on two different tracks. This makes sense they are sisters not the same person, but they both feel unfulfilled in their respective lives. Rose made me feel like she was a free spirit but looking to find her breeze to settle in life. Angela was a lot more like me as a mother, and feeling at moments that she hasn’t met her glory. Both ladies have to come to Lancaster county to see an aunt, and this is where the story gets great.
    Going back to the area brings ups feelings and emotions that pull the reader in.

  • I thought that this book was great because it was a story different from many that I have read that went into a lot of tough subjects including death, rape, abortion, and divorce. I was surprised at all the turns that happened in the book because it really seemed like the sisters had a lot of problems that they were keeping from each other which was part of what was causing their distance from each other. After dealing with their mom’s death and unresolved problems from their childhoods, they visit their aunt together and find out that she is dying as well. Both sisters decide then and there to change their lives and start trying to make their life better.

  • A letter from a long unseen aunt has two sisters getting on a plane for a long flight together. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Think again. These sisters can barely stand to be in the same room.

    Most of Angela and Rose’s differences seem to stem from misunderstandings when they were growing up, but they never discuss any of that to even try to smooth things out.

    Thank you, Ms Lloyd for a twist on Amish fiction. I’m looking forward to reading Simply Delicious.

  • What a delightful book with a lot going on. I loved the engaging characters and how each one grew and developed throughout the book. The sisters relationship was very real and it was good to see how they started to build a better relationship as the book progressed.

  • Having sisters, I can surely relate to the misunderstandings between Rose & Angela. My sisters and I have had a few (many) misinterpreted moments that should have never happened. As I have grown older and (hopefully) wiser, I now have come to that communicative is so important.

  • Having 2 sisters and a brother I could definitely understand the sibling rivalry. I was excited when I found out that they were going to their aunt’s house. I thought that this would be a great opportunity for them to get back to their roots and childhood.

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