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.
Starting from Scratch by Kate Lloyd is an interesting Amish romance story. The entire book holds true to the Amish way of living. God, faith, family and forgiveness can be found throughout the novel. I was immediately taken with the main characters. Both Eva and Jake have had issues in the past and now, they’re both navigating through them again. Maturing along the way, this couple has a lot to learn. They need to really focus on what they want and where they want to be individually before they take life head on as a married couple. Neither one can stop thinking about the other. Both feel jealousy at times. Their fresh wave of guilt, jealousy, and anger has them rethinking everything. Can they be together? Is it God’s doing? I enjoyed the Bible explorations and few phrases. It was an inspiration to read this tale. There was plenty for readers, like me, to take from this book. Sweet, heartfelt, and romantic Starting from Scratch is a well-written novel. I highly recommend it.