Eliza King already has a broken heart, and thanks to a rickety ladder, she now has a broken leg too. She isn’t dealing with either very well. Ever since a brief romance ended when the boy who’d been courting her tried a little too hard to take things further, Eliza has sought refuge in reading books and tending to her beloved horses. Being incapacitated makes the latter impossible. But her Englisch doctor knows an Amish man looking for just such work . . .
Eliza is shocked to discover that the man is Levi Lapp, the very boy who humiliated her, now all grown up. Levi is embarrassed over his clumsy behavior as a teen. He wants to earn Eliza’s forgiveness, even if he can’t win back her heart. . . . And once Eliza reluctantly agrees to hire him, she finds herself enjoying the little gifts and encouraging notes Levi leaves for her. Encouraged by her older sister, she begins to fashion a quilt out of each item. Soon Eliza can see Levi’s caring spirit plainly before her—and the possibility that he might just be the best thing for her horses—and for her.
Titles in The Shadow Lake series include — The Memory Quilt —♥— The Forgiving Quilt —♥— The Christmas Quilt —♥—
Title: The Forgiving Quilt
Series: Shadow Lake #2
Author: Lenora Worth
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 29, 2022
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4.5 stars
The Forgiving Quilt is the second title in the Shadow Lake series, and although I came into this series with this story I do wish I’d kept to my usual routine of starting at the beginning. Oh, you can read Eliza’s and Levi’s romance just fine without the previous story but I did feel as though I was missing parts of the overall story that I would have liked to know beforehand. But, that’s me – you may feel quite differently for we all may read the same book but not react to it in the same fashion.
Levi and Eliza have a history, one that happened back in high school, a time of raging hormones no matter your beliefs and, unfortunately, that courtship ended quickly when Levi made a wrong move… one that Eliza would not tolerate. Soon after, Levi left the community and has only recently returned years later. Now, he’s been hired to help with the horses since Eliza is down with a broken leg, a situation that she isn’t exactly happy about but acknowledges that they do need the help.
I enjoyed The Forgiving Quilt. It’s a second chance for Levi and Eliza to work out their past and let their natural attraction to each other play out naturally, if with a bit of hesitation on Eliza’s part. Trust is a fragile thing, and Levi is going to have to work hard to regain it, and he does so in charming small offerings that melted my heart. Eliza may feel that she was correct all those years ago in her decision, but time moves on, even for stubborn women determined to hold on to a grudge. I loved watching Levi’s actions slowly win her over to seeing what they could have together, today – if she’d only leave the past where it belongs and open her heart to new possibilities.
If you love second-chance romance, an inspirational Amish romance, seeing love win out in the end, and a very well-written tale then you’ll love this one. Now, excuse me while I go back and read The Memory Quilt.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent.*
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