Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Piecing It All Together (Plain Patterns, #1) by Leslie Gould

When Savannah Mast's fiance dumps her a week before their wedding, she flees California for the safety of her Amish grandmother's farm near Nappanee, Indiana. She's not planning on staying long but becomes unexpectedly entangled in the search for a missing Amish girl. She can't leave--especially not when her childhood friend Tommy Yoder is implicated as a suspect.

When Savannah accompanies her grandmother to Plain Patterns, a nearby quilt shop, the owner and local historian, Jane Berger, relates a tale about another woman's disappearance back in the 1800s that has curious echoes to today.

Inspired by the story, Savannah does all she can to find the Amish girl and clear Tommy's name. But when her former fiance shows up, begging her to return to California and marry him after all, she must choose between accepting the security of what he has to offer or continuing the complicated legacy of her family's faith.


About The Author

Thank you for stopping by to read more about my books and writing journey! Some of my strongest memories from childhood include stories—and how those stories connected me to my family and friends. As a child, I remember my father reading A Street of Flower Boxes to us before bed and my mother reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on long car trips. My siblings, neighbor kids, and I—after hearing the story of Island of the Blue Dolphin—acted it out for years. I also soaked up stories of hope, grace, and redemption in the small-town churches we attended. My love of writing began as a four-year-old when I wrote my very first word—S-K-Y. Seriously, it was a life-changing moment for me that I still vividly remember!
Even though I knew I wanted to write fiction by the time I was in the sixth grade, as I grew older I pursued other things, such as majoring in history and communications, working as a museum curator, then as a public relations specialist, and finally as a magazine editor. Once I finally started writing fiction, it was another ten years until I sold my first novel.
Over thirty novels later, half of my stories are about the Amish, but I've also written stories set in France, Vietnam, and the U.S.—both historical and contemporary. No matter what I write, I aim to reveal truths about God’s love, beauty, and redemptive work in our lives. My goal is to connect more deeply to God, family, friends, and readers through my writing, and my hope is that my stories encourage others to deepen their own connections too.
I've been married to the love-of-my-life for thirty-five years. We have four adult children, live in Portland, Oregon, and enjoy research trips, hiking in the Cascades, and hanging out with family and friends! 


My Review

Did ever wonder where you really came from, and how you got to where you are today? This story broadens the horizons as a young woman's life falls apart, all her dreams and plans end in a phone call, and she goes to comfort, her Grandmother in Amish Country Indiana.
This young woman is what they call English, but her roots are Amish and she is thrown into the past with wonderful stories told by the local quilt shop Amish Woman, also a distant relative, but we are heading back to the original settlers of this are of the country.
This story is rich in history, but with flashes to today and some very tough subjects, with family dynamics, and history repeating itself in a good way.
This is the beginning of a new series, and the author did a wonderful job of pulling me in, both current and past times in the same area. You won't be lost as we go from present to past as they transition is Jane telling you a story as you visit, and picking up on the next meeting.
I can't wait for the next book!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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