The Patch of Heaven Collection: Sarah's Garden, Lilly's Wedding Quilt, Threads of Grace

The Patch of Heaven Collection: Sarah's Garden, Lilly's Wedding Quilt, Threads of Grace

by Kelly Long

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Overview

Sarah’s Garden

Quite by accident, Sarah King has fallen in love. But this love is forbidden, and could cost her everything she holds dear.

Tucked into the majesty of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains is a garden Sarah King has been nurturing for years. She never feels more alive than when she is alone with her thoughts and her Creator among the delicate rows of plants. But then duty calls her away from her beloved garden and into a world she knows little about.

Grant Williams, a handsome young veterinarian, has left the city to open a rural practice among the Amish. Within minutes of meeting shy but feisty Sarah King, he is captivated by her.

As their feelings grow for one another, Sarah insists they can never be together. Marrying Grant would mean being uprooted from her home, her family, and her community. Throughout the cold Pennsylvania winter, with her garden tucked away until spring, Sarah begins crafting a quilt that illustrates her pain. Can anything lasting blossom from a love that's forbidden?

Lilly’s Wedding Quilt

Handsome, headstrong Jacob offers Lilly his hand in marriage, but his heart belongs to someone else.

While Lilly Lapp has loved Jacob for years, she wouldn't compete with Sarah King, the woman Jacob was determined to marry. But when Sarah marries another, Jacob spontaneously agrees to wed Lilly.

Lilly divides her time between teaching the local Amish children and caring for her widowed mother who suffers from depression. Lilly's faith comforts her, but her heart still longs to be the sole object of Jacob's affection.

As the days slip by, Lilly decides that hoping is too risky and vows to protect her heart. But God is subtly as work, and as winter turns to spring, their hearts awaken.

The furthest thing from Lilly's mind is her Amish wedding quilt, a traditional gift for new brides. And the person she'd least suspect is the one making it. Like stray pieces of fabric quilted into a new design, Jacob and Lilly's marriage begins to bind them together in ways neither expected.

Threads of Grace

Grace’s beauty almost cost her everything. This new start is all she has left.

When Grace Beiler was only a girl, she was married off to an older Amish man in order to save her family’s farm. Years later, she finds herself newly widowed and a mother to a young son. She has finally fled her sad past and plans to settle into a quiet life in Pennsylvania.

As soon as she arrives, she captures the attention of Seth Wyse, the most eligible bachelor in Pine Creek. Seth is candid about his feelings for her, and for her son Abel, but Grace is determined to protect her heart.

Her determination falters when her brother-in-law reveals the troubling contents of her late husband’s will.

Seth offers Grace his hand in marriage, and thus a means of escape. But despite his having saved her from another loveless marriage, Grace is slow to trust her new husband. And as the months wear on, Seth wonders if he has made a mistake. But God is quietly at work in their hearts, and Seth and Grace soon discover that threads of grace bind them together in a tapestry rich in hope and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718082857
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: A Patch of Heaven Novel
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 16,928
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kelly Long is a nationally bestselling author of Amish Fiction who enjoys studying the Appalachian Amish in particular. Kelly was raised in North Central Pennsylvania, and her dad's friendship with the Amish helped shape Kelly's earliest memories of the culture. Today, she lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with her three children and is a great proponent of autism spectrum and mental health needs. Visit Kelly on Facebook: Fans-of-Kelly-Long and Twitter: @KellyLongAmish.

 

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Sarah's Garden (Patch of Heaven Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Goldilocks More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful Amish romance novel by Kelly Long, I also read book #2 in this series "Patch of Heaven". Book 2, Lilly's Wedding Quilt is even better than this one, but both are great reads I couldn't put either one down and finished each in one day each. Hopefully Kelly Long will give us book #3 in this series soon. Ms. Long does put a little more romance in her novels but it's all clean and I enjoyed it. You can't help but love her characters!
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
The first Amish book I read, I didn't enjoy at all. I struggled to get through the book and decided the Amish genre was not for me. Recently, though, like taste buds for food, my reading tastes have changed. I've read a few Amish books and actually enjoyed them. This book is no exception. Kelly Long has mastered story telling. While there was no action or adventure in the story, it flowed smoothly and was written in a way that had me eagerly turning pages until the very satisfying end. I've come to appreciate the simplicity of the Amish faith. Sarah King is a great example of that. I loved her internal struggles that made her seem so human, yet her strong faith in the Lord who loves us all shined through her life, no matter what turmoil she was feeling inside. I think that's what drew Grant to her. Grant Williams is a good man. He is a Christian, whose faith is not so different from the Amish, but his way of life is. He has a great appreciate for the Amish community, instilled in him by his parents, and works hard to become accepted by the community. They form a friendship and their romance is a sweet, sweet story. The message of the story, in my opinion, is simple: have faith in the God who created you and knows what is going to become of your life before it happens. As the Bishop reminds Grant, "You're tired because it's normal. Don't give in to despair. Have faith in what Der Herr (the Lord) can do, even if you feel that you have done all you can. That's where He gets His space to work, when it's at the end of what you are." Overall, Kelly Long has mastered the art of Amish Fiction. I highly recommend this book for Amish and non-Amish fans alike!
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to read this series. Kelly Long has a way of making me want to jump into a book and run away with a fictional character. I have to say—she makes an Amish man sound pretty enticing! I cannot believe how fast I’m reading through this series. I gulped down this book and moved right on to the next which I finished in one day! If you’re looking for Amish romance that is a little more vivid in the romance department—Kelly Long sure has that area down pat. It’s still tasteful but just a little bit sensuous! About the Story: Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long is the first book in the Patch of Heaven series and takes us into the lives of the King family. Sarah takes comfort in her garden and feels as if she doesn’t really fit in with the women in her community. She isn’t great at quilting fabric—instead she looks at her garden as her quilt. This makes her unique and it catches the interest of the new veterinarian in town. Problem is—he’s not Amish and as much as Sarah wants to deny her feelings, she’s pretty interested in the Doctor. At the urging of her family, she tries to put the thoughts of Grant Williams out of her mind but after a stolen kiss here or there it just isn’t possible. When Grant makes the decision to leave and let Sarah go so that she is not shunned from her family and taken from her faith—Sarah’s world comes crashing down around her. It is then that her family tries to set her up with her best childhood friend, Jacob. Jacob has always been in love with Sarah and is determined to step in and be there for her if he can. Thing aren’t so easy for Sarah to accept though and while she seeks peace—Grant is seeking something else entirely. I don’t want to spoil it, in fact I’d like to tease you perhaps and make you wonder… Does Grant return and steal Sarah’s heart or has she found peace in the arms of her best friend? I’ll leave it for you to decide (and hopefully to read!) I think you’ll love it! Just the right touches of romance to make you wish you were able to snag the heart of some handsome man out in the middle of Amish country. A delightful read that has been an absolute pleasure and honor to add to my growing collection of Amish fiction.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love this collection of stories. I could barely make myself put it down. I love how they all connected together and I felt like I knew the characters in the stories personally. I’m very sad that there is no more to read. I would love more stories from The Patch of Heaven Collection.
sheriefx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Patch of Heaven Series. Sarah's Garden is about a young amish woman (Sarah King)and her journey through life. She has a way with gardening and feels most at peace when tending to her plants. When she meets an Englisher and falls in love things begin to get complicated. This is a forbidden love and Sarah struggles with what this could mean and how everything can work out. Sarah insists they can never be together and she and Grant go their separate ways. In dealing with her pain and heartache Sarah begins to make a beautiful quilt. It is through this quilt that Sarah begins to heal. Will Sarah and Grant ever be together? Will someone new come along? A must read for any Amish fiction lover! I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
Jennisis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having grown up in Amish country in Indiana, I enjoy reading books about my neighbors' unassuming way of life. I chose "Sarah's garden" because I love to garden, myself.While I enjoyed this light read about a shy young Amish woman and her heirloom tomatoes, I found the Romeo and Juliet storyline to be very predictable. I felt that I was never really drawn into the world of either Sarah or Grant, the new Englisher veterinarian. I wish there had been a bit more of a glimpse into Sarah's gardening and Grant's veterinary practice. Perhaps, because this is the first book in a series, the author is saving character development for future books. There were a few entertaining vignettes that helped develop characters and place, and the story never lost its lighthearted whimsy.I did enjoy the book and plan to pass it on for other members of my family to enjoy, however this is probably not a book I will keep coming back to re-read.
weatherlover1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sarah is a young Amish woman who has not found herself yet. She is shy and loves to spend hours in her garden growing her vegetables. Now that her older sister is married she is taking over running the road side stand which puts her out of her element. On her first day at the stand she meets Grant the new Englisch vet. There is an immediate connection but such a relationship is forbidden. Will Sarah give up all she knows for true love or will Grant find himself by becoming Amish? You will have to read this book to find out!!I really liked this book. I admit I love a romance book where there is a bit of a block in the road for the couple. I found myself holding my breath wondering how it was going to turn out. I read this book with an online book club and some of the other members questioned the relationship between the two. I guess I found it so fun to read because I liked how true love was crossing a line. Over all a great book and I can¿t wait for the next one in the series.
bookaholicmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy read Christian fiction books about the Amish once in awhile. These books are like home to me. Some would say they are predictable but sometimes predictable can be comforting. I found this book to be light and comforting which is the type of book I was needing at the moment.Sarah is a young Amish girl who would rather hide in her garden. After the marriage of her older sister, Sarah is put to work in the family's roadside stand. While working there she finds herself drawn to Grant, the Englischer neighbor who is also the new veterinarian for the area. They develop feelings for each other which Sarah knows can go nowhere as it is forbidden by the Amish. At the same time Sarah's family seems to be the target of someone who has it in for them. Sarah turns to the Lord for guidance and learns she must put her trust in Him. I enjoyed the simple life of Sarah and her family. I was very interested in the quilt Sarah makes to represent her struggle with her feelings. This was a very nice book and it was a quick read. If you enjoy Christian fiction and stories about the Amish you will enjoy this book.
EdnaT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kelley Long is a new writer to me and I really enjoy the Amish books, even though there are so many coming out now with this theme. Kelley put a whole new twist on the Amish story. This book started out with a bang and ended with one. When I started reading it I thought it would be the same as the others I have read and enjoyed but this one was so different.Sarah was the only daughter at home with older brothers and she loved to garden, that was her top priority, she didn't care for quilting or sewing as most of the Amish women tend to do. But she could make a mean garden and knew about all the plants.When a new vet moved into the Amish community everything started to change. He was loved by all and did his work great but he was not Amish. This did not seem to brother the people as other books led us to believe in the past. They took him on as one of them.Sarah was a loner as she didn't like to meet a lot of people, (I understand her because that is the way I am) but she was made to run the stand that the Amish make a lot of their money from in the summer, and she hated it. She didn't know what she was going to do when the "Englishers" came. She decided to start a quilt top for her sister's baby that would soon make his appearance, so this is the way she got by sitting all day at the stand.As the story unfolds the Amish man that is in love with her "but she not him" keeps trying to get her to go out with him and he is a nice man but she grew up with him as a friend and that is all he will ever be.She does get by and with her new nephew she begin to see things more in the light of an Amish woman and even starts her own quilt and has a quilting party. This is a must read for all that enjoy Amish books, it is a good clean Christian book with a new twist.This book was sent to me for review by BookSneezeSynopsis: Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains, shy Sarah King is happiest when working in her vibrant Amish kitchen garden, but new family responsibilities lead her into the confusing world of the Englisch.Sarah finds her life turned around when she encounters the community's new Englisch veterinarian, Grant Williams. His blue-gold eyes and his obvious concern for her people attract her immediately. Sarah seeks solace and direction from the Lord as she creates a quilt pattern which details her struggle between two worlds.The Lord is guiding Sarah to follow His will, but will she listen?
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, another Amish book to add to the multitude. I approached this book with apprehension. Would it fall in the same line as other Amish books that are predictable and preachy or would it give a new spin to the already over-saturated genre? Well this book managed to fit both of those expectations.Sarah is a 20-something Amish woman who finds solace working in her garden than working with other people. When her sister becomes pregnant, she finds herself having to run the family business and therefore is forced to meet with Englischers. Sarah's interest in her garden put a wonderful spin on the book. There was a lot of detail about the different vegetables and other items growing in the garden and she really seemed to enjoy showing others about her green thumb. Sarah is not like most other Amish heroines as she doesn't have too much interest in the outside world but neither is she a prude either.I really liked her family as well. Her parents are very loving and encourage her while also giving her good advice. They don't forbid her to do things and trust her. Also interestingly, the Amish sect that they are in does believe in having a personal relationship with Jesus as opposed to other books where it is strictly forbidden to believe in anything but the Ordung.While I enjoyed how this book was different than other Amish reads, I was still disappointed with the ending.*Spoiler*I am very tired of reading about how people are converting to the Amish for love. After reading countless times from actual Amish people that this almost never happens in real life, it seems so unrealistic for authors to continue to portray this false lifestyle. Would it still be romantic or acceptable to Christian readers if someone converted to Islam or Buddhism? It just keeps making me feel like I'm being preached at to turn to the Amish lifestyle in order to have a better life. The true life of the Amish is not at all ideal as these books make them out to be. Grant also seems a bit too good to be true. He seems to come from a rich background as he has servants and referred to his deceased parents as "Mother" and "Father". He just came across as WAY too sensitive for a guy, too romantic and a bit over emotional. I just don't know any average guy that is like that. He seemed more like a character from a romance novel than an average 20 something male. I mean, even Darcy came off more realistic than Grant did.Overall, for the most part I did enjoy the book. The gardening aspect was very interesting and I really learned a lot from it. Sarah was a good main character and I felt welcomed in their Amish community while reading. I would read more of Long's books as I think she has put a unique perspective on the genre.
Beachfilly More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Kelly Long’s Amish Novellas. Sarah’s Garden being a full length novel allowed for more time to get to know the characters and form hopes and expectations for how the story would end. I will not spoil the surprise with details but the book kept me interested from cover to cover. I especially enjoy the though provoking questions Kelly Long asks at the end of her books to bring the reader back to the Christian Faith flowing throughout!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Garden is a novel that describes a young Amish girl's modern-day experiences. Living as an Amish young lady in the Amish Country of Pennsylvania, she is introduced to an English gentlemen who she develops a friendship with. I really enojoyed reading this novel, and felt that it was a "quick read." The author did a great job of capturing my attention throughout the novel. I enjoyed being able to picture how an Amish family relates to the modern technology that surrounds them in the outside world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long is a great book. It's about a girl named Sarah that's Amish. She loves her garden and plants. She meets the new neighbor vet and starts to have feelings for him. But he is forbidden because he is an Englischer. As they grow closer Sarah's moral dilemma grows. I loved this book because it portrays the Amish lifestyle very well. It was very interesting to me and I always love good love stories. I would highly recommend this book.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The scenery was detailed and very vivid, the thoughts of both Sarah and Grant were understandable and developed an indepth character history. It wasn't overly sentimental nor mushy but rather dealt with the struggles a young girl would definitely face when falling in love with a person who was not approved of by her parents and her community. Sarah had other struggles besides falling for the wrong man, she was also pushed into daily contact with a world that she was totally unfamiliar with and being very shy, had to build her confidence. I like that her family and the Amish community were given different personalities and characterists rather than being left as an anonymous background group. It also provided quite a bit of sly humour. Grant was also forced to choose a life path that would either include or exclude Sarah and his path was definitely unexpected. I also liked that the author included an Amish family that had left the community due to inappropriate behaviour showing that it does happen, not everything is perfect. It was definitely a good read. I look forward to more in the series. I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson Amish Books
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
Sarah King always tended the garden, and somehow her plants aways grew with beauty and the care she gave them. But,when her sister, Chelsea, married, it became Sarah's job to run the family farm stand at the end of the lane. Her first customer on her first morning was the new veterinarian, Grant Williams who had purchased the Fisher farm just across the way. Sarah' head knew that Amish girls did not fall in love with Englisch men, but her heart just wouldn't listen. And when Grant fell in love with her, too, they were treading dangerous ground, that could get Sarah shunned by the Amish community, and worst of all her family. Then, Grant disappears, sending her a cryptic letter that breaks her heart. Her family keeps hoping that her lifetime friend, Jacob Wyse can repair her broken heart. Will she marry Jacob, even though her heart still aches for her first love? Kelly Long has hit a home run with this novel, it kept calling my name, and I finished it in record time. I've read several Amish based novels, but this one has a twist.
retromom More than 1 year ago
I enjoy read Christian fiction books about the Amish once in awhile. These books are like home to me. Some would say they are predictable but sometimes predictable can be comforting. I found this book to be light and comforting which is the type of book I was needing at the moment. Sarah is a young Amish girl who would rather hide in her garden. After the marriage of her older sister, Sarah is put to work in the family's roadside stand. While working there she finds herself drawn to Grant, the Englischer neighbor who is also the new veterinarian for the area. They develop feelings for each other which Sarah knows can go nowhere as it is forbidden by the Amish. At the same time Sarah's family seems to be the target of someone who has it in for them. Sarah turns to the Lord for guidance and learns she must put her trust in Him. I enjoyed the simple life of Sarah and her family. I was very interested in the quilt Sarah makes to represent her struggle with her feelings. This was a very nice book and it was a quick read. If you enjoy Christian fiction and stories about the Amish you will enjoy this book.
Gabrielle321 More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Garden I don't usually read romance novels but I just finished "Sarah's Garden" by Kelly Long. It was sweet and clean and exactly what you would have expected from a romance novel. My guess is that if you typically enjoyed romances then you would like this book. I personally found it a bit too convenient and too obvious but then if you're reading a romance novel you aren't looking for a brain strain. My mother who does enjoy romance novels was chopping at the bit for me to finish so that she could dive into it. She didn't have to wait long. It was easy to read. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for light fluff that doesn't contain anything crass or provocative. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
WendiB More than 1 year ago
Sarah's Garden By Kelly Long Published by Thomas Nelson A young Amish woman named Sarah King is gifted with a green thumb in the beautiful Pennsylvania Allegheny Mountains. With her eldest sister married and now with child, Sarah must leave the confines of her precious garden and take over the family's roadside stand. A job that will place Sarah face to face with the outside world, and her new neighbor, a handsome, charming Englischer veterinarian named Grant Williams. Forbidden to be anything more than friends despite the strong compulsion drawing them closer, Sarah and Grant struggle between duty and an undeniable attraction. Sarah knows she must marry an Amish man, and Grant knows that to be with him, Sarah would have to give up her family and community forever; a price much too high to contemplate. Kelly Long creates a world of such breathtaking beauty and heavenly grace, it is easy to imagine the struggle Sarah faces within her heart. A sweet and touching love story, Sarah's Garden is the first novel in the Patch of Heaven series, and I personally can hardly wait for the next book to be released! I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
Amish books just pull at my heart! Something about the way they take you into a forbidden place for most outsiders. I liked this book! The story itself was a little different than most other Amish fiction books, I guess that is why I liked it. This to me is an entertaining book and not something as a spiritual challenge. It did not provoke questions or made me fall in love with the Lord anymore than I already do. It was a very easy read. Blessings to you! You are loved! Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.