Naomi’s Gift

 

Title of Book: Naomi’s Gift

Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Christmas, Christian Fiction, Young Adult
Series: Kauffman’s Amish Bakery
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: September 12, 2011 (Hardcover, 184 Pages)
Book Source: Borrowed from Library
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Synopsis: is from Goodread
Naomi’s Gift re-introduces twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches—a time of family, faith, and hope for many others—Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family’s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down. Naomi’s story of romantic trial and error and youthful insecurities has universal appeal.

My Thoughts on this Book:
This story keep my interest but it did not take my heart to want to a point where I was wanting to know to What going to happen next. I will say this it is good read and a Christmas story to itself. I hope it was meant to stand alone. Just my thought because I liked does not meant it will be for you it up to you to decide.
In the beginning of the story, Caleb and his daughter Susie (Susan) are coming to visit Caleb family. Susie want to stop at the market to get a pie or something to take to her Aunt Sadie’s place. They stop in the farmer market. Susie run to a quilt stand and starts talking to Naomi King.
The Kauffmans are some what talked about though out the book. Though most of the story is around Caleb,  Susie and Naomi along with a snip of Kaffuman family. It centered around the Christmas season. You see Caleb’s sister side of the story as well and try to match her brother up with Irene Wranger.
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A Gift of Grace

 

Title of Book: A Gift of Grace

Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Christian Fiction, Young Adult
Series: Kauffman’s Amish Bakery
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: April 14, 2009 (Paperback, 336 Pages)
Book Source: Borrowed from Library
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Synopsis: is from Author Website
Rebecca always dreamed of being a mother, and now she was—of two teenage girls. Somehow, it just wasn’t the scenario she had planned for…

Rebecca Kauffman longs to fulfill her quiet Old Order Amish life by giving her husband Daniel a child, but for years she has been unable to conceive. When her older sister, Grace, who left the Amish community for the modern world, dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca is left custody of her two teenage nieces, Jessica and Lindsay. Now Rebecca wonders how she is going to take on this daunting task of being an Amish woman raising two English teenagers.

Rebecca struggles to give the girls the guidance they need as she tries to fulfill her duties as an Amish wife. The strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as the girls search for their identity in this new home. Caught between her husband’s disapproval and her nieces’ unhappiness, Rebecca begins to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God. Will she be able to reconcile differences in her home—or will the clash of cultures tear her world apart?

My Thoughts on this Book:
The start with several different issues are address in this first book in the series. Rebecca is first having trouble conceiving a child of her own. She get a letter or will after her older sister and brother in law are killed in as automobile accident. She is left to raise two teenage girls.

Jessica and Lindsay are force to move and live with their Aunt and Uncle in this Amish Community. Jessica has a hard time adjusting to live in this small community. Jessica is found guilty of doing just about everything wrong. Lindsay on the other hand is adjusting just fine and fitting in with where is living. Lindsay start wearing  plain dresses and start doing things the Amish way. Lindsay goes to work with Rebecca at the bakery for she likes baking. Jessica is sent to work with her Uncle Daniel at the Furniture store as an accountant. Though Jessica does not understand that she and Lindsay are done school though the Amish way of live. Lindsay does not seem to mind. Lindsay by the way try to make new friends and meeting her cousins and other family members. Can it be possible that Lindsay and Jessica are complete opposite of each other and every simpler to Rebecca and Grace?

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A Promise of Hope

 

Title of Book: A Promise of Hope

Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Christian Fiction, Young Adult
Series: Kauffman’s Amish Bakery
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: March 30, 2010 (Paperback, 294 Pages)
Book Source: Borrowed from Library
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Synopsis: is from Author Website
In A Promise of Hope, an Amish widow with newborn twins discovers her deceased husband had disturbing secrets. As she tries to come to grips with the past, she considers a loveless marriage to ensure stability for her young family … with her faith in God hanging in the balance.

My Thoughts on this Book:
Sarah was married to Peter Troyer and was expecting a child. Her husband worked at the Kauffman and Yodler Furniture store. There as an terrible fire at the furniture store and Peter died in it. Sarah is grieving for her husband and moves back in to her parents home. Her parents are trying to love and support their grieving daughter.She find out later that she is expecting twins and she is still sad for they will not know their dad.

Luke Troyer is shocked to find out that his family member is dead, and that he was still Amish, and that he had a family. Even more dismaying to Luke is the jealousy he feels because Peter had this wonderful family. He finds himself very attracted to Peter’s widow, and is sure that is not a good thing, but he just cannot deny that attraction.
A wonderful story of how good can come from the ashes of sorrow and pain. Each book in this series just has you longing for the next one.

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A Plain & Simple Christmas

 

Title of Book: A Plain & Simple Christmas

Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Christmas
Series: Kauffman’s Amish Bakery
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: September 13, 2010 (Hardcover, 186 Pages)
Book Source: Borrowed from Library
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Synopsis: is from Author Website
A Plain & Simple Christmas is the tale of Anna Mae McDonough who was shunned by her family four years ago when she left her Amish community in Lancaster County, PA, to marry an “Englisher” (non Amish) man and move with him to Baltimore. Now, eight months pregnant when her first child, she longs to return home for Christmas to reconcile with her family, especially her stern father, who is the religious leader for her former Amish church district.

So Anne Mae writes a letter to Kathryn Beiler, her brother’s wife, to enlist her help. Kathryn asks her husband, David, if she should arrange Anna Mae’s visit. David cautions her that a visit would cause too much stress in the family and instead suggests they visit Anna Mae and her husband in the spring. However, Kathryn arranges the visit anyway, believing in her heart that it’s God’s will for the family to heal.

When Anna Mae arrives in Lancaster for Christmas, she doesn’t receive the welcome she expects and her world begins to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in her family – and her faith in God.

A book filled with love, the pain of being separated from one’s family, and the determination to follow God’s will regardless of the outcome, A Plain and Simple Christmas is an inspiring page-turner that will keep you guessing what happens next…right to the very last page.

My Thoughts on this Book:
Anna Mae McDonough is shunned by her family and the Amish community. She left her community to marry Kellen McDonough who is an Englisher and moved to Baltimore. She is know expecting her first child and is now long to reconnect with her family and with the approaching of the holidays.

Anna Mae reach out to her sister in law to make arrengments to come and visit her family for the holidays. Her sister in law talks to her husband David. Her husband tell her not to do this and agrees to take her and the children to visit Anna Mae and Kellen in the spring. Katherine goes against her husband wishes and plans this visit for Anna Mae.

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Reckless Heart

Title of Book: Reckless Heart

Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Illness
Series: Kauffman’s Amish Bakery
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: April 17, 2012 (Paperback, 272 Pages)
Book Source: E-book
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Synopsis: is from Author Website
Lydia Bontrager’s youngest sister is frighteningly ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher’s assistant and helping part time at her grandmother’s bakery. Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk. 

The secret of that mistake leaves Lydia feeling even more restless and confused, especially when Joshua, the only boy she’s ever loved, becomes increasingly distant. When a non-Amish boy moves in nearby, Lydia finds someone who understands her, but the community is convinced Lydia is becoming too reckless. With the pressures at home and her sister’s worsening condition, a splintering relationship with Joshua, and her own growing questions over what is right, Lydia could lose everything that she’s ever held close.

My Thoughts on this Book:
I truly fell that his it a good read. You learn about Lydia youngest sister Ruthie and Lydia struggles. You may to start crying while reading this book. I now I did. I felt like i was a part of the story myself. We also meet the  Kauffman’s Family.We meet some of the Kauffman Family member from the Kauffman’s Amish Bakery series. This story is about the Elizabeth and Eli granddaughter Lydia Bontrager.

Lydia starts out with being stressed out about her little sister illness. She makes several mistakes and she starts to understand a bit. Her parents are stressed out as well about their youngest daughter and what she might have.

Lydia works two jobs. One is at her grandmothers bakery, the other is as teacher assistant to the Amish Primary School in her district. You will have to read to find out what happens to her and if she get her dream and what job she chooses for full time. I do recommend this book all readers young and old. This book can stand along a bit. Though if you want to get to know the rest of the Kauffman’s Family I suggest that you read the “Kauffman’s Amish Bakery” series.

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