Review: Starting From Scratch by Kate Lloyd

Posted 4 April, 2018 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

Title: Starting From Scratch
Series: Lancaster Discoveries, #2
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publish Date: March 21,2018
ISBN: 978-0736970235
Source: Publisher
Pages: 352
Rating: 5 Stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | CBD

About The Book
An Old Flame Brings a Spark of New Hope

En Alt Maedel—an old maid.

At age twenty-nine, that’s what Eva Lapp considers herself. And who could argue with her? Finding a good Amish husband at her age will be next to impossible. Plus, Eva’s unwarranted bad reputation in Lancaster County precedes her. Maybe living the Englisch life would be better.

Squeezed out of her childhood home by her brother’s boisterous family, Eva finds lodging and a new job managing a small café at a local plant nursery. But the challenge of her new position isn’t enough to distract from her current predicament.

To Eva’s surprise, her first love, Jake Miller, suddenly returns to Lancaster County. Flooded with emotions and filled with questions about Jake’s past, can Eva trust what she’s feeling?

Jake and Eva face many obstacles in their quest for a fresh start in the community, but perhaps with God’s help, they can find the redemption they both desperately need.

Add To Goodreads
Add To BookBub

My Thoughts
After reading A Letter From Lancaster County and loving it, I knew I had to get my hands on this book. I was so excited when I got that chance! Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to Amish Fiction, I’m very picky. With favorites like Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis and Amy Clipston, I have high expectations when it comes to well written, inspiring simple lives of the Amish variety. Ms. Lloyd is right up there with them and I loved every second of this page-turning, scrumptiously written, novel.

The characters within this novel are chiseled flawfully and beautifully. Jake and Eva remind me a lot of my own husband and myself. We both had a rough go for many years, and after meeting each other, and seeking God, we got to start over with each other, start from scratch and create a beautiful life together. Eva and Jake are captivating both alone in their stories, and when they are together. Watching them come to terms with their need to seek God in all they do, and for their need to start over and move on from the past, really tugged at my emotions.

Ms. Lloyd is truly talented. This novel is so worthy of the 5 star praises I’m singing to people. This book will wrap you up, twist you inside out, and land you in a place that only God can prepare for you. The inspiration that Ms. Lloyd pieces into the pages is beyond amazing and before I knew it, I was done with this novel. I can’t wait for another fantabulously done, awesometastic Amish story in this incredible series! Well done, and hats off to you, Ms. Lloyd! Bring on the next!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

About The Author

Kate Lloyd is a CBA bestselling novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for The Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, (CBA bestseller Leaving Lancaster, its sequel CBA bestseller Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish.) Her most recent novel is A Letter from Lancaster County, released July 1t, 2017, soon to be followed by Starting from Scratch in March 2018. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society.

Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate’s first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied painting, photography, and Italian in college. She has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restauranteur.

Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Twitter

Tags: , , , ,


6 responses to “Review: Starting From Scratch by Kate Lloyd


    I purchased this book and I loved the story such a great read by a wonderful author if you haven’t read it you need too I love the amish books!

Cover To Cover Cafe Loves Comments!