Books by Kate Lloyd
New From Kate
A Lancaster Family Christmas
What starts as a getaway to Amish Country could turn into the Christmas that changes Diana’s life forever, if only she opens her heart.
Diana can’t face another lonely Christmas in her Manhattan apartment. When a coworker invites her on a last-minute trip to visit her Mennonite family in Lancaster County, Diana jumps at the chance.
Arriving in Amish Country in the middle of a snowstorm, Diana discovers a world that couldn’t be more different from her life on the Upper East Side. She is fascinated by the sprawling farms and buggies on the roads, but what she really notices are the welcoming families, cozy kitchens filled with home-cooked meals…and the two handsome men who may or may not be vying for her attention.
But every community has its secrets. Jesse, the rakish young Amish farmer, is hiding more than just a forbidden cell phone. And then there’s handsome Brett, the guarded Mennonite craftsman who harbors a dark secret of his own.
From Rome With Love
Lucy Goff’s new job caring for the quirky daughter of a wealthy Seattle couple comes with an unexpected perk: being whisked off to Rome the week before Christmas. Putting up with fifteen-year-old Tabatha’s mood swings, not to mention Lucy’s own fear of flying, is worth the opportunity to explore The Eternal City.
But Lucy’s dreams of a relaxing European vacation are upended almost as soon as they arrive. Tabatha’s parents disappear, and Tabatha herself turns out to be more than a handful. The only person Lucy can turn to is Mario, the smooth and handsome Italian who volunteers to be their personal tour guide. Can she trust him? And what about Brad, the old boyfriend who wants to pick up where they left off?
When a mysterious painting opens up painful family secrets, it seems as though Lucy’s romantic holiday is over for good. Instead, she must confront not only her employers, but also her own feelings about love and loyalty.
Is she ready to see that Christmas is just the beginning?
Jessica Nash loves to sing but is paralyzed every time she gets on stage. After blowing an excruciating audition, she wonders if she should give up on her dream. She’s already committed to a week-long choral tour of England with her church choir, though, and as a single mom with a limited income, this might be her only chance to travel.
The trip gets off to a rocky start when Jessica has to sit next to Martin, a once-famous British tenor whose career plummeted in a scandal, on the flight to London. Is it her imagination, or does he seem to aim his bitterness toward womankind specifically at her? And to make things worse, once they arrive Jessica discovers she has to room with the choir’s thorny lead soprano.
When Nick, their handsome tour guide, takes a special interest in showing Jessica the sights, things finally seem to be falling into place. She starts to relax and let herself be wooed against the backdrop of the charming English countryside. But is she ready to give him as much as he’s asking for?
Things aren’t as simple as they seem. Almost every person on the tour, it seems, is hiding a secret, and before her English holiday is over Jessica will find herself stretched and tested in every direction—including the soloist’s place center stage.
Lancaster Discoveries Series
Starting From Scratch
(Lancaster Discoveries, Book 2)
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.
A Letter from Lancaster County
(Lancaster Discoveries, Book 1)
When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Sylvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.
Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.
Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy
(Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Book 1)
More than anything Holly Fisher longs for family. She’s furious when her mother, Esther, reveals a long-kept secret: Holly’s grandmother and uncle are still alive and begging her to return to the family farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, part of an Amish community her mother once abandoned. 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 unexpected love.
(Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Book 2)
Meeting the family her mother had kept hidden from her, Holly comes face to face with her real-life and blood legacy. She also falls for charming Zach, a handsome Mennonite veterinarian who seems to be everything she’s wanted in a husband. And Zach proposes marriage. Her mother and Amish grandmother think she’s rushing into a commitment with a man she barely knows and who harbors a dubious past. Holly is in love with Zach and ignores their warnings.
Until she meets an attractive Amish man.
And an old suitor shows up.
(Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Book 3)
The latest book, completing the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, Forever Amish introduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This is a story of forgiveness, legacies, and the ties that bind through generations.
Earlier Books by Kate
An Amish Christmas Kitchen
The Coziness of a Warm Kitchen Awaits . . .
As the weather grows cold and the nights grow long, the cheer and warmth of the Christmas season is a comfort for all of us. This collection from bestselling Amish fiction novelists Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd celebrates the heart at the center of the holiday and offers three novellas that rejoice in family, faith, and especially the sights and fragrant smells of a bustling holiday kitchen.
In “An Amish Family Christmas,” Leslie Gould tells the story of how, in the wake of a heartbreaking loss, a young Amish woman finds unexpected comfort and friendship while selling her family’s traditional baked goods at the local Lancaster Christmas Market.
Jan Drexler’s “An Amish Christmas Recipe Box” gives readers a sweet tale of a shy Amish woman who decides to use her talent in the kitchen to woo a local Amish boy with her beloved Christmas cookies.
And Kate Lloyd offers “An Unexpected Christmas Gift,” a moving tale of a woman’s unforeseen discovery about the truth of her past, and the welcoming Amish family table she finds herself invited to on Christmas.
Includes three authentic Amish recipes for your holiday baking!
An Unexpected Christmas Gift
Driving into a Lancaster County ditch during a near-blizzard is not where Maria Romano envisioned she’d end up on the day before Christmas Eve. But somehow she finds it fitting–after all, her life has been stuck and lonely for years, and the recent discovery that she was adopted makes her yearn for connection.
So when a genealogy search leads her to a shop in Amish country, she can’t help but visit in person, regardless of the weather. Despite a rough introduction, Maria is surprised by the warm and welcoming Amish family table she finds herself invited to on Christmas. But will the family’s kindness be enough to help her find her place and the truth about her past?
An Unexpected Christmas Gift is an endearing novella from Amish fiction author Kate Lloyd.
A Portrait of Marguerite
When single mom Marguerite Carr’s son leaves for college, she feels as though her life has lost its focus. A friend drags Marguerite to a drawing class — her first since college — where she rediscovers her long-lost passion for painting, finds unexpected love, and learns that forgiveness covers all, even our worst sins and deepest, darkest secrets. A Portrait of Marguerite is a real-life contemporary novel that isn’t afraid to lift the corner of the rug to expose secrets and regret, while also offering hope of spiritual, personal, and creative growth.