Monday, March 29, 2021

Book Review: A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould


A Patchwork Past (Plain Patterns Book #2)

When wild child Sophie Deiner--the daughter of an Amish bishop--is forced to return to Nappanee, Indiana, quilt-shop owner Jane Berger is one of only a few who welcome her back. It's the last place she wants to be, but Sophie's recent illness requires that she recover for a while.

As Sophie heals, she befriends a group of migrant workers and is appalled to learn of the wretched living conditions they're forced to endure. Sophie begins advocating on their behalf, but soon finds herself opposed by an ex-boyfriend who is the farm foreman.

Jane begins relating the story of an Amish couple who rescued survivors of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, many of whom were Irish immigrants. And Sophie is more convinced than ever that she needs to fight for the powerless. But when digging deeper makes conditions even worse, has she chosen a fight she can't win?

My thoughts:  

A Patchwork Past is packed full from the beginning to the end, with suspense, history, romance, dating abuse, illness, faithfullness, misunderstandings, and family bonding.  As you might imagine, I never once put it down from beginning to end!  

I loved that Jane was back in this series, telling a heartfelt but very sad story about the Chicago fire.  The story coincides with a family that Sophie is helping with our new immigration problems.  I'm amazed how that we've just switched prejudices over the years to different nationalities and it was a good reminder to make sure to  love all people.  

What a great great read.  This is one that will leave an impact on your heart and mind.

I received this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

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Kathy said...

Sounds interesting! Thanks for the review!
I love what you said "it was a good reminder to make sure to love all people."

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I loved the history. .sadly it seems to be repeating itself Kathy.