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Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton

October 20, 2012

Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton is a delightful book that plunges the reader into the heart of Amish Life. Even though the Amish are a plain God-fearing people, who live a simple pacifist esixtence without modern conveniences, their lives are by no means boring. Their emotions run deep, but it seems a desire to be proper sometimes causes a lack of communication which can lead to misunderstandings.

Jacob Miller is a handsome young man who has a sweetheart he plans to marry in his native Pennsylvania. The girl, Susie, has a rebellious streak and isn’t sure she wants to remain Amish. She would like leave the community and take Jacob with her. Jacob’s father thinks the marriage would be a mistake. In order to put some distance between the two, he signs Jacob up to go and work with Jacob’s mother’s fourth cousin, twice removed in an Amish community in Missouri.

Jacob isn’t happy with the move, but he is an obedient son and is willing to go wherever it is God’s will that he be. The minute he meets Becky Trayer, he has unexplained feeling that makes him rethink whether or not Susie is the girl he wants to marry. Becky has baggage that complicated things. She is an unwed mother who has suffered the humillation of shunning by the community. Although she has confessed the sins and joined the church, she has still not gained the full acceptance of her peers. Now, she feels she must remain single or settle for marrying a widower with many children..

Jacob learns the blacksmithing trade while visiting with Becky family. He is determined to break through this sad girls resistance and, at least, make her smile. Becky had learned to distrust men and is ashamed to be around young people who gossip behind her back, or men who believe her to be loose and try to take advantage of the rumors they have heard.

Afraid to show her true feeling, Becky become a challenge for Jacob. The hopes for a relationship seems doomed by misunderstanding and the complications of other relationships. There are many twists and turns as the story unfolds. It is a book that is hard to put down. I enjoyed it immensely

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