Book Review | A Patchwork Past

A Patchwork Past, by Leslie Gould, is the second book in her Plain Patterns series. It’s not the type of story I usually read, so why did I chose it? Because though a book may not be in my usual genre, something else about a story might capture my attention. In this case, there were many things!

Sophie Deiner had not planned to return to her parents’ Amish home, but a flare up of her chronic illness requires rest she can only find there. Her return is not welcomed by everyone, however. Partially because not only does no one know the real reason she left and second, there are plenty of lies surrounding the true story.

Sophie doesn’t let that stop her from getting involved in helping an immigrant family living nearby or helping an old friend whose garden has sprung too many weeds. Through these relationships, she discovers more of herself and learns the story of an Amish woman who finds herself in Chicago during the Great Fire. Growing up near Chicago, I especially enjoyed those scenes.

As someone who also battles a chronic invisible illness, though a different one than Sophie, I also found myself relating to much of what she goes through in the story. The feelings, the challenges, the misconceptions. I admired her desire to help those around her despite her physical challenges.

If Amish stories are ones you love to read, then definitely pick up a copy of A Patchwork Past. If you’d like to read a story about a woman who put her past and present challenges aside to help those around her, you’ll love this story, too. It’s a heartwarming tale and I’m glad I stepped out of my usual choices to read it.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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