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Friday, June 10, 2011

Fiction Friday: Patchwork Dreams

I confess. I enjoy Amish fiction, which has become one of the most popular genres of Christian fiction. So I was delighted to be invited to review Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton.

Patchwork Dreams is a simple story, with a twist I haven't seen in Amish fiction – a heroine who returns from her rumschpringe pregnant and unwed. Although Becky has confessed her sin and joined the church, she remains an outcast in the community. She has reconciled herself to live as a maidal in her parents’ home or be married to an older widower.

Then Jacob Miller comes to the family farm to help with chores for the summer. Unbeknownst to him, his father sent Jacob there to distance him from Susie, his sweetheart in Pennsylvania.

It’s little surprise that boy meets girl, kindling romantic sparks that neither seems capable of dealing with. The entire story chronicles the terrible communication between these two and the misunderstandings that ensue. Neither seems capable of clear, open, honest communication, resulting in a painfully predictable, formulaic plot. Lacking a subplot, the story soon became tedious. I found the characters annoying, wanting them to just say what they’re thinking! It’s a very simple love story. Quite readable. At times enjoyable. But not exceptional.

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3 comment(s):

Hi there!

My name is Gina and I am working with a publisher on a new sandwich generation novel coming out this fall. How would I get in touch with you for reviews, etc?

Please drop me an email with your contact info. Thanks so much


By Anonymous Gina, at 2:11 PM  

Hi Pat,

I, too, am working with a publisher and would love to tell you about a hilarious memoir called THE HABIT coming out in November. Might I have your email address so that I may send you more info? You may reach me at Thanks!

All best,

By Blogger Ditmas Mom, at 12:39 PM  

Thanks for this interesting book review. Amish Christian romance novels are favorites for several in my Sandwich Generation family. My daughter and her senior grandmother both love them. I'll share this info with them. Thank you.

By Anonymous Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation, at 7:25 PM  

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