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Lilly’s
Wedding Quilt

ATCH OF
H
EAVEN
N
OVEL

K
ELLY
L
ONG

(c) 2011 by Kelly Long All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or any other—except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Thomas Nelson is a registered trademark of Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Thomas Nelson, Inc. titles may be purchased in bulk for educational, business, fundraising, or sales promotional use. For information, e-mail [email protected].

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE
(r)
. (c) The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.

Publisher’s Note: This novel is a work of fiction. Any references to real events, businesses, organizations, and locales are intended only to give the fiction a sense of reality and authenticity. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Long, Kelly.

Lilly’s wedding quilt / Kelly Long.

p. cm. — (A patch of heaven novel ; 2) ISBN 978-1-59554-871-9 (pbk.)

1. Amish—Fiction. 2. Amish Country (Pa.)—Fiction. I. Title.

PS
3612.
O
497
L
56 2011

813’.6—dc22

2010051161

Printed in the United States of America
11 12 13 14 RRD 5 4 3 2 1

For John Evans, a Champion of the Cross
And for his beloved family: Kimberly, Chris,
Deanna, Sarah Jan, and Andrew

May we all someday be found “washed up on heaven’s shore
.”

C
ONTENTS

Glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch Words and Phrases

Author’s Note

Prologue

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Acknowledgments

Reading Group Guide

About the Author

G
LOSSARY OF
P
ENNSYLVANIA
D
UTCH
W
ORDS AND
P
HRASES

ach
—an exclamation like
oh
or
my
aentis
—aunts

appenditlitch
—delicious
boppli
—baby/infant
bruder
—brother
buwe
—boy

daed
—dad/father
danki
—thank you
derr Herr
—God
dumm
—dumb/stupid
eck
—bridal table
Englisch
—non-Amish people and their ways
fraa
—wife

—God
grossmudder—
grandmother
guder mariye—
good morning
gut
—good

hallich gebottsdaag
—Happy Birthday
hiya!
—hi

hoech-nawszich
—high-nosed or high-browed
hund
—dog

jah
—yes

kapp
—prayer cap
kinner
—children
kumme
—come

maedel
—girl

mamm
—mother

munn
—moon

naerfich
—nervous
narrish
—crazy
nee—
no

rumspringa
—running-around time
schnee
—snow

schtecklimann
—groom’s go-between
schweschder
—sister
sei so gut
—please
wunderbaar
—wonderful

A
UTHOR’S
N
OTE

I
n researching this novel I discovered the fact that Amish communities differ from one to another from both simple to larger-life activities. For example, there are dialectal differences in the spelling of such words as “dawdi” house, which may also be spelled “doddy” or daudi,” depending on the region in question. In addition, praying aloud at the dinner table may also, at times, be a voiced prayer when there is a particular praise offered.

The Amish man who was my main source of information, the truly forthright and dry-humored Dan Miller, told me that it would be difficult to find two Amish communities exactly alike. While all may share basic beliefs in the Lord, family, and work ethics, diversity still exists.

It is a lesson to me as an
Englischer
that though the Amish may appear to live “the simple life,” their differences provide a rich culture for both fact and fiction, and it is my honor to represent some small threads of their ways of life.

—Kelly Long

P
ROLOGUE
P
INE
C
REEK
, P
ENNSYLVANIA

I
n the moment between heartbeats he heard the ominous report of a gun, then lurched forward from a burst of blinding pain. He groaned aloud and stared down at the dark sleeve of his left arm in the moonlit winter night. He tightened his muscular thighs against the horse.
Stay on. Stay on
. The voice seemed both his own and that of a fading echo. He wavered, then concentrated on the saddle horn, the reins, and the lead of the other horse behind him. Primal and metallic, the smell of his own blood mingled in his senses with the distancing shouts of the shooter, and he managed a grim smile. He was now, among supposedly other intriguing things, a horse thief …

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