Thursday, March 1, 2012

Laurelhurst Author Releasing New Book Today And Offering Giveaway

Kate Lloyd, a longtime Laurelhurst resident and author, is releasing her newest fiction novel today, Leaving Lancaster, in which the characters live in Seattle and travel to visit family in the Pennyslvania Amish country. She has also written A Portrait of Marguerite, which takes place in the Pacific Northwest.

To celebrate, she is having a Facebook giveaway today through next Thursday, March 8th. The winner will receive a genuine Old Order Amish queen size quilt.  The  publishing house will also be giving away ten copies of the book.

She told us "Facebook friends all over the country can go to my Facebook Author Page to enter, but it would be extra fun to have someone local win as the story starts in Seattle." The winner will be announced on March 9th.

The inspiration for Leaving Lancaster come from Kate's spending time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society.

Kate sent us this description of the novel's storyline:
Can a splintered Amish family reconcile? More than anything else, thirty-something Holly Fisher longs for family.  Growing up in Seattle without a dad or grandparents, she wonders what it would be like to have a heritage, a place of belonging.
Holly is furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncles are still alive and begging Esther to return. And Holly is shocked when she learns that the family she’s never known lives on a Lancaster, Pennsylvania farm—as part of an Amish community her mother once abandoned.
Guilt-ridden Esther, terrified to see her mother and siblings, begs Holly to accompany her on a visit to Esther’s mother before she dies. But can their journey to a conflicting world heal their emotional wounds and finally bring them home?Set in the heart of contemporary Lancaster County, Leaving Lancaster explores the power of forgiveness, family reconciliation, and love where least expected.

Kate's books are available through, Barnes & Noble,Books-A-Million,, Lifeway Christian Stores, and Parable Christian Stores.

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