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The Memory Quilt

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sadly didnt get to read as I was a RN working double shifts re covid at my hospital. I had all the intentions of reading unfortuantly no spare time
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The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth is the first in the new The Shadow Lake series.
This well written Amish romance also has mystery and family life, 
When Abigail finds a man, barely alive, she has no idea how her life is going to be changed. Through helping the man through amnesia, running her family inn, and dealing with a meddlesome relative, Abigail has her plate full. 
You will not want to put it down.
I was given an ARC by Kensington via NetGalley for an honest review.
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This is the first book I have read by Lenora Worth.  I am a huge fan of the Amish fiction genre, and enjoyed reading The Memory Quilt.  Although the story line was a little repetitive, there was one main part of the story that was held back, so it enticed me to keep reading.

Abigail finds a man on the beach who has been shot.  He's also suffering from amnesia, and can't remember anything.  Abigail names him Jonah and nurses him back to health.  As Jonah begins to heal, he also starts helping around the inn that is run by Abigail's family.  Slowly, he starts to remember some of his past, and Abigail starts making a memory quilt for him.

The repetitive part was the storyline of Abigail and Jonah falling for each other, Jonah remembering his past, and the two of them knowing they can't have each other in the present.  Things are complicated by Jonah remembering a woman and child, indicating he may have been married.

Everything comes full circle at the fall festival where Jonah learns who he really is, and what will happen with him and Abigail.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed the story and would recommend it!

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.
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I was invited to review this book by the publisher for netgalley.com. This was a sweet and interesting book that kept my attention throughout the book, right up to the suspenseful and exciting ending! Abigail discovers a man washed up on shore and secretly hides him from her family. She names him Jonah, after the Biblical prophet that was swallowed by the whale. Abigail creates a memory quilt to help Jonah discover who he truly is. The author, Lenora Worth, creatively reveals clues along the way as the story is told. This was an exciting and entertaining book. I recommend it.
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This is my first book by Lenora Worth.  It is the first book in the Shadow Lake series.  It is an delightful story about Abigail King who with her sisters and parents run an Inn on Lake Erie in small Amish Community.  When she finds a wounded Englisher, Abigail sets out to help him.  However, he cannot remember who he is and what he was doing.  Dubbed Jonah, they embark on a journey to find his memory.  Abigail starts a quilt in order to keep track of the clues.  However, it comes clear that Jonah's only recourse may be to turn himself into the police so that he can find answers.  Will this lead to a future for he and Abigail? Or will it lead to an end?  I look forward to the next book in the series.  I received a copy through Netgalley.  I review was not required.
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A wonderfully crafted novel about a lovely Amish woman. The setting is in an Amish community in Pennsylvania and I would love to visit this area so well described in this novel. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and inspiration all wrapped up in a wonderful story.
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Memory Quilt is not your typical Amish romance as there is an element of suspense. Abigail King enjoyed her solitude as she walked along the lake near the Shadow Lake Inn that she assisted her family in running. With her compassionate characteristic she couldn’t let a man she found continue to lay in the freezing water. Who is this strange man and why had he been shot? 

Abigail’s creativity in making quilts gave way to a primitive quilt. Plus she is a dedicated worker/manager at the family’s inn plus holding an annual community’s festival there. Abigail’s family was opposed to Jonah initially but he proved to be a worker. Abigail’s and Jonah’s story is well written with a clear distinction they couldn’t continue with him being an outsider. The climax was well developed with the action packed scenes and direction for the future of the characters. This story is filled with family and their struggles, brokenness, finding peace and a place to belong. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Publishing for an early copy without any obligation to write a positive review. I have shared my own thoughts.
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The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth is a sweet Amish romance with a slight hint of suspense.

Abigail King and her sisters Eliza and Colette run their family-owned inn. Abigail is in charge and she works tirelessly keeping the inn running smoothly. She is independent yet she tries to be obedient to her parents’ wishes. Abigail is also a gifted artist and she designs beautiful quilts. She finds her alone time in morning while taking prayerful walks along the shore of Shadow Lake. One morning, Abigail makes a startling discovery when she finds a man near death during her walk. When he awakens with no memory of who he is, Abigail cares for him while keeping his presence a secret from her parents. But it is just a matter of time before they find out. When they do, will Abigail respect their wishes or will she continue to spend time with the man she is beginning to care for?

Since he does not know who he is, Abigail dubs the injured man “Jonah”. His injuries are troubling and cause Abigail to question what type of person he is. But she is certain she is safe and she steals as much time as possible getting to know Jonah. His memories are deeply buried and when he does remember something from his past, they are short recollections that are more frustrating than revealing. As he and Abigail spend time with each other, Jonah becomes torn between his past and his present when his feelings for Abigail deepen.

The Memory Quilt is a heartwarming novel with wonderful characters and a bucolic setting.  Abigail is a dutiful daughter but she finds is very difficult to keep her distance from Jonah. Her parents are understanding but firm as they try to prevent their daughter from making a decision she might regret. Despite the circumstances. Jonah enjoys the peace and quiet and hard work that soothe his worries. He and Abigail realize there is no future for them unless he remembers his past. But will he remember what happened to him before the people he cares deeply about are endangered?

This first installment in Lenora Worth’s The Shadow Lake series is a heartfelt romance that readers are going to love.
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I absolutely love her books. 
I couldn't put it down once I got in to it haven't felt to good, a good pick me up! I love the cover and the characters. her books getting better and better! can't wait for more!
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Abigail and her family manage the Shadow Lake Inn, a major tourist destination in Pennsylvania.When Abigail rescues an injured man from Shadow Lake, she never expects the significant changes that will occur in her life as a result of this kind deed. She calls him "Jonah," as a result of being "spit out of the lake," as Jonah was spit out from the whale in scriptures. Jonah has no memory of how he came to be in the lake or how he acquired his injuries. Upon his recovery, Jonah rapidly becomes a valued part of the King family and their Shadow Lake Inn operations. However, he cannot give up trying to remember who he was in his "non-Amish" life. Jonah engages help from law enforcement in his search for the truth of his life. 

Abigail and Jonah try to deny their growing love for each other, since both of them know the heartaches their relationship could bring. However, Jonah also knows he could be endangering Abigail, her sisters, and her parents as he gains parts of his memory and realizes his role in his previous life.

This novel contains elements of drama and suspense, as well as romance. The characters are lively and the setting is eloquently portrayed with good use of detail to evoke a feeling of being there for the reader. The story builds to an exciting climax, with a few teasers earlier in the book to keep readers guessing about Jonah's true identity. All loose threads are neatly tied up in the end.

Readers of Amish fiction novels will appreciate this different and suspense-filled story. The novel lacks overt sexual intimacy and strong language. This novel is advertised as the first in a series. Hopefully the author will continue this series, as I am anxious to read additional stories about the King family. 

I received this novel from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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THE MEMORY QUILT is great  story with  mystery, suspense and romance showing what  doing what’s right in order to help others, love of family, commitment to faith and loving someone enough to put their needs first even if it means walking away. It's  all woven together with a thread of faith as strong as  Abigail’s belief that the memory quilt will help Jonah remember the past. Lenora Worth starts this series off with an amazing first book Leaving us all waiting for the next book in this series.
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The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth takes us to the Shadow Lake Inn on the shore of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.  Abigail King is taking a walk along the shore when she spots a man laying motionless on the beach.  Abigail notices that he is bleeding.  She enlists her sisters’ help to get the man back to the guesthouse at the inn where she hides him from her parents.  The man awakens, but he cannot remember anything about himself.  As Jonah, as Abigail dubbed him, recovers, he remembers fragments.  Abigail sketches his disjointed memories which she begins making into a quilt.  The more time Jonah and Abigail spend together, the more the come to care for each other.  They both know it is not possible since they are from two different worlds plus Jonah does not know how he ended up injured in the lake.  The last thing Jonah wishes to do is bring harm to the King family.  How can Jonah discover the truth about himself?  The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth is a sweet story.  I thought the story contained good writing with developed characters.  We get to know the King family who run the Shadow Lake Inn.  Abigail’s parents have given Abigail the running of the inn because they have health issues.  I did find it curious how Abigail was able to spend so much time caring for Jonah when she was responsible for a busy inn.  There is a mystery regarding Jonah’s identity and how he ended up injured.  No one seems to be looking for him either.  There is some suspense near the end.  I wish there had been more clues for the reader so they could try to solve the mystery before the reveal (I love solving mysteries).  I would have liked a little more action as that would have increased the stories pacing.  There was also repetition of information.  I enjoyed reading about Abigail’s unique quilt. The King family were a close-knit unit with caring parents who wanted to make sure their daughters stayed on the straight and narrow.  They did not want to risk gossip about their girls or that one of them would jump the fence.  The descriptions of the area around the inn sounded beautiful.  It would be a wonderful place to go on vacation.  The Memory Quilt is a unique Amish novel with fragmented memories, considerate sisters, apprehensive parents, a compassionate maedel, an upsetting situation, and a sticky situation.
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The Memory Quilt is another excellent book by Lenora Worth.  It is set in the Amish community along Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.  I found the book to be an easy read and one that I had a hard time putting down.
	Abigail King loved to take walks around the property of the Shadow Lake Inn that her family owned.  One morning she stumbled upon a man washed up on the shore of the lake with a gunshot wound.  Always one to help the injured, she calls her sister for help.  Between the two of them, they move him into the carriage house without telling their parents.  Abigail nurses the man who she gives the name Jonah.  When Jonah finally wakes, he has no recollection as to who he is or what he was doing on Lake Erie, let alone how he received the gunshot wound.  
	Once the parents find out about Jonah, they offer to have him stay on at the inn to work off the care he has received.  He ends up tending the chickens, the horses, the garden, and whatever else needs his assistance.  As little bits and pieces of his thoughts remembered things, Abigail sketched them for him.  She then created a quilt block of that memory and worked on putting those blocks into a quilt.  Her sisters were always helpful in mastering ways for Abigail and Jonah to be together.  
	This book has some amazing characters and Lenora Worth has given depth to them.  I found this book a very delightful read.  I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
	I was given a free copy of this book for review and the opinion is my own.  #TheMemoryQuilt #TheShadowLakeSeriesBook1 #LenoraWorth
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The Memory Quilt by Lenora Worth is an Amish book like no other!!  Abigail King lives with her parents and two younger sisters and they run an Inn.  She is on her daily walk and recuses a man from drowning.  Abigail names him Jonah- since she found him in the sea.  Jonah has no memory of his previous life, yet heart wrenching memories try to push through.  However, Abigail does know that he is an Englisher.  As Abigail’s feelings for Jonah grows, her parents make sure they don’t get too involved.  She creates a quilt with his small memories to help recover his memory.  I couldn’t put this down!  The ending doesn’t disappoint.  
This was my first book by Lenora Worth, but it won’t be my last!  She has a talent for creating real characters with true emotions.  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.  
I want to thank the author, Kensington Books and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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This is an Amish Romantic Suspense, and this is the first book in The Shadow Lake Series. I love that this book had a suspense/mystery to this story. The mystery/suspense made this story everything. I loved getting to know the characters in this book, and I cannot wait for more books in this series. I also found the quilt that is talked about in this book sound so cute. This was not like any other Amish Romance books I have read before. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Zebra Books) or author (Lenora Worth) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.
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This is love story with what could be a deadly twist. I really enjoyed this book. I loved Abigail and her sisters. I loved how Abigail had a big heart and truly loves and cares for those around her. I liked Jonah he struggled and wanted to do what's right but it just didn't always feel right making the right decisions. I loved this sisters and can't wait to read more about this hopefully in the future. I did not like Mariam she was just someone I wanted to yell at Lol. I liked how the author keeps you guessing through out the book from the beginning to the last chapter. I loved that this book was kept clean and good for all. Overall this book was worth the read and I could not put it down.
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Most books don't start with the main character coming across a body near their family's Inn.
But, that's exactly what Abigail does. She is out for a walk, discovers a man  unconscious on the beach,  and has a gunshot wound. When he regains consciousness he insists on no police, he has no memory of who he is or why he is there. Since she sees him as being spit out of the lake Abigail names him Jonah and attempts to hide him from her parents. 

I cannot imagine the circumstances Jonah finds himself in. You immediately have empathy for him, even if you don't know he is a good guy or a bad guy. Regardless, he is in need of assistance and help in reclaiming his memory.

I love how Abigail does a "primitive" quilt, sketching Jonah's memories as they come and then incorporating them into the quilt. There were several things like this that were unique to the storyline. There are not enough clues given for the reader to solve the mystery of what happened to Jonah and how he came to be at the lake.

I enjoyed this story and well written and engaging it was. If you are in need of a sweet mystery with a unique storyline, then I highly recommend picking up this book.

Thank you to Net Galley and Kensington Publishers for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to provide a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
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Abigail finds a injured man almost drowned on the beach and with help gets him home. Because he seems to have been coughed up out of the sea she calls him Jonah.

And so begins the relationship between Abigail and Jonah. Abigail is Amish, she lives with her family, her parents and two sisters. Their parents have raised them to be independent thinking girls, but still ones who keep the way of living of the Amish.

Jonah is an outsider, and after he is discovered by her family he stays with him. His memory of who he is has completely vanished. As he works around the inn and grounds slowly he has little flashes of memory. Abigail keeps track of these in a primitive art memory quilt, building his story as memories surface.

However there is tension for Jonah and Abigail. They are obviously falling for each other but it is apparent to them all that his way of life and theirs is not compatible. There were many instances where this proved so, but others where it showed a different side. My favorite moment was Jonah standing up to Abigail's aunt Miriam.

There is a little suspense, especially at the end. Probably not in the strong way I am used to, however it was the insertion of Jonah into the Amish family and the tensions there of that held it together for me. I was especially interested in the quilt being made.

I was of course happy with how it all resolved and I have to say I just might want to read the next one about one of the other sisters, just to see how the family are doing.
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The Memory Quilt is a story in which the Amish and Englisch worlds meet in a unique and unusual way. Abigail King and her family own and run an inn on a small lake off Lake Erie. The family worked for the original owners but inherited it when the owners were killed. Abigail's life changed on a cold early morning when she found a Englisch man severely injured on the shore of the lake. She nursed him back to health but his memory is gone. He had been shot so he was apparently involved in a situation that must have been dangerous. She called him Jonah because the lake spit him out. As Jonah gets triggers that bring flashes of memory, Abigail draws the images and then makes them into a quilt, hoping that will help Jonah remember. The two become close, against her family's wishes, even though they try to keep things on a friendship basis. This is an emotional story of a situation that cannot happen, that of an Amish woman and an Englisch man. He might be married. He might have a child. He could be a criminal. This is a story that will draw in those who enjoy Amish and suspenseful stories. A great start to a new series.
I received a complimentary ARC from Kensington Publishing. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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I loved this book.  It is a Amish story but with mystery and action along with romance.  I loved what Abigail did with the Memory Quilt.  It is a great read.  Could not put it down.
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