Series: Daughter's of Lancaster County #2
Published by Barbour Pub. on 2005
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Amish Fiction, Fiction, General, Romance
Abby Miller leaves her successful quilt shop and patient fiance in Ohio to help her newly remarried and now pregnant mother in Lancaster County. While she's away, Abby's world is shattered in one fell swoop. How can God make anything good come out of this tragedy? With shaken faith, Abby is forced to look for answers away from friends and family. Will she find them in the ashes of the past, in her love of quilting, or in the heart of an overlooked Amish man? Can her faith withstand the flames of tragedy? The Quilter's Daughter is book 2 in the Daughters of Lancaster's County series. Other books in the series include The Storekeeper's Daughter: Book 1 and The Bishop's Daughter: Book 3.
When we left the Fisher family in ‘The Storekeeper’s Daughter’ Dad had refound love with Fannie Miller. Naomi had rekindled love with Caleb. And Zach (Jimmy) was growing up with his English family on the west coast. In ‘The Quilter’s Daughter’ we return to Fannie’s daughter back home in Ohio running the original quilt shop. And engaged to Lester. And missing her mom. Who happens to announce she’s pregnant. Needless to say Abby goes to Pennsylvania to help her mom and spend time with her new family, leaving her ever too patient fiance back in Ohio. After the birth of the boys (yes Fannie has twins, spoiler?) Abby makes plans to return home after Thanksgiving and resume wedding plans. She never gets to make that trip to see Lester and plan their wedding. She makes the trip to say goodbye and attend his funeral instead. Meanwhile on the west coast Jimmy is growing up and his mom is slowly learning to let go a bit. It’s not helping her jacked up marriage but it is helping her grow as a human and find faith of her own.
A lot happens in this book. Naomi and Caleb are now married with boplin. Fannie and Abraham are expanding their family. Abby is saying goodbye and learning how to live again, slowly and painfully. I enjoyed the continued interplay between Zach/Jimmy’s life and the Fishers. It give me hope that perhaps they will be reunited. The way their lives interplay like the Kevin Bacon game, just a step or two removed from them actually reuniting. The cliffhangers are killin’ me! I’m really starting to feel for Linda (you know, unwitting participant of the kidnapping). Jim, her husband, is the definition of toadnugget. I get it, the fear of getting caught can do a lot to change a person. What he did isn’t small stuff, ya know. But hateful is his middle name. She’s floundering trying to find the balance between protecting her child and letting him thrive. She’s making a friend, attending church, and even accepts salvation. I was a little put out though as her salvation experience is too quaint. You don’t figure it out that fast all on your own ya know? Especially for someone who has no background with church or faith.
I loved this book. I still can’t stand Jim. Abraham is growing on me. Abby was a bit self-absorbed for a bit but she’s come around as well. I have hopes for her and Matthew. Naomi still struggles with her martyr complex but it’s getting better. I just hope the choice she’s made isn’t explosive. Guess I’ll have to wait to the next book. I need to find out how it all plays out and the cliffhangers can stop and actually give me answers. I need answers people! Answers!