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?
A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould is a beautifully told story. It is one that I will cherish for a long time. Inside, are characters who need to find where they belong, their calling, and a way to help those in need. I loved the inside peek into the Amish way of life. Their ways and customs are so interesting. The whole story was heartfelt. A charming tale with believable characters whose journeys take parts of my heart. Community that gathers together to help one another was also, nicely done. This whole novel was a clean read. The new direction with Amish fiction was refreshing. I enjoyed Leslie Gould’s characters and scenes. She is a brilliant writer. I cannot wait to read more by her in the future. If you love Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, or Kelly Irvin-then you will definitely love this read as much as I did. Overall, it was a fast read.