Heroine Interview from Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd

» Posted on Jul 12, 2013 in Blog | 28 comments

This week I’m hosting  Louise Gouge with A Lady of Quality and Kate Lloyd with Pennsylvania Patchwork. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (July 14th) evening. 

Patch1Heroine Interview from Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd:

Holly Fisher, what is the most interesting thing about you?

A few months ago, I would have described myself as a typical Northwest woman pouring her energy into building a career. But that was before I lost my job and my mother dropped the bombshell, revealing her Pandora box of deceit, its roots buried deeply into the soil of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Since then, I’ve moved to an Old Order Amish farm in Lancaster County, PA, where I’ve floundered to grasp hold of reality. Until I met Zach, a Mennonite veterinarian.

Is he the man of your dreams?

From the first I could see Zach was drop-dead gorgeous, but I thought he was a mama’s boy. Then I came to realize he was forthright, hard-working, caring, and crazy about me. When he proposed, I closed my eyes and dove in! The most spontaneous, impetuous act I’ve ever committed. Truth is, I’m basically unsure of myself.

What’s the most important trait in a spouse?

Bare-bones honesty. Plus, we need to share a zing of attraction.

Are there obstacles in your relationship with him?

Unfortunately, yes. My mom and my Amish grandma claim Zach carries a duplicitous past: a dark secret. I figure my Amish grandma would prefer I marry an Amish man, which makes sense. And my mother continues a weird lifelong rivalry with Zach’s mother. I think it’s time they both accepted me as an adult capable of making her own choices. But what if they’re right and my world is about to tumble upside down again?

You are also being pursued by an Amishman. Can you imagine yourself living in an Amish household without electricity or telephone?

Yes, if surrounded by a loving family, I’d give up my car and computer.

Should God grant your greatest request, what would it be?

To meet my father, who died in Vietnam. Not once did Dad cradle me in his arms, although I’m sure he longed to be with Mom and me from across the other side of the world.

Do you think growing up without a dad influenced your attitude toward men?

Yes, I was always wary of them—and my heavenly Father, who never seemed to answer my prayers. Several years ago, I got involved with a deadbeat cheater, adding to my distrust of men. But still, deep inside I ached for family more than anything: a husband and a minivan—or a horse and buggy?—full of kids. Now in my 30s my bio-clock is running out of time.

What is your worst character trait?

I tend to hold a grudge and need to emulate the Amish. For example, I honestly want to forgive my mother; I’ve told her I have. Yet, I can’t forget a lifetime of her dishonesty. What if she’s still scheming against me?

What are you afraid of most?

Making the wrong choice that will forever alter the trajectory of my life.



  1. What a wonderful interview. Holly does sound conflicted. I hope she finds happiness.


  2. Sounds like a very good book.

  3. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story 🙂

  4. I so enjoyed the interview and meeting Holly! I read and reviewed the first book in this series and what a blessing it would be to finally get to read and perhaps win this one!


  5. Please Enter me

  6. Loved Leaving Lancaster, would also love to win this book!

  7. Love to read the book! Want to find out what happens with Holly.

  8. Thanks for stopping by to read Holly’s interview! Good luck to all of you!

  9. I so love Kate’s books!
    Would so love to win!
    I am a book junkie!

  10. I love the interview with Holly. She is very strong and an inspiration as is her whole family!!


  11. Sounds like a very interesting and enjoyable read. Please accept my entry in this giveaway. Thank you.

  12. Sounds like a good book. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity. My e mail is momndad243@Yahoo.com

  13. I subscribe to Kate’s blog and love it. I would love a chance to win her book; I love all things Amish and this looks like an incredible story.

  14. Would love to win this book – thanks

  15. Enjoyed the interview with Holly. Would love a chance to win Pennsylvania Patchwork. Thank you.

  16. i would love to win this. thanks n God bless ida davis email is houswife(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Sounds like a great read. Would love to know what happens to Holly, and how!!

  18. Nice interview. I’d love to win a copy of this book.


  19. Enjoyed the interview. I’m building a new church library and would love to include this book.

  20. Love to win too….the book sounds so inspirational….just my kind of relaxation book…with a big glass of iced tea…….babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

  21. That would be something to be afraid of

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  22. Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd sounds wonderful.Thank you for the opportunity to win . Have a great week.I email you my email address.

  23. Hi Holly Fisher,
    You had a very good interview with Margaret, she is a great lady, and does a great job with getting great books out to the public. So you love Zach, but there is problems there. I hope every thing works out for you, just stay true to your heart and God guidance and everything will work out. God bless you and i love Amish books and i sure hope i get this one.
    Norma n38stanforth@yahoo.com

  24. I have the first book in this series and would love to win a copy of Pennsylvania Patchwork and continuing reading Holly’s story!
    kam110476 (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. I really enjoy Amish fiction. I like how they find themselves falling in love with people outside of their community. Of course, that’s the intrigue of it all-violating their strict ordnung. sharon, ca

  26. I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book.

    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  27. Thank you, all who entered! I am also looking forward to the announcement of the winner.

  28. I love reading Amish books. I would like to read this one. I have read Kate’s first book “Leaving Lancaster”. Hope this one is just as good. Thank you for the chance.

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