The Courtship Basket

The Courtship Basket

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by Amy Clipston

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Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined to keep her mind off the pain, she starts teaching


Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined to keep her mind off the pain, she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.

The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

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An Amish Heirloom Novel
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5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Amy Clipston is the award-winning, bestselling author of many novels, including the Kauffman Amish Bakery series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel books. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit her at

C. S. E. Cooney launched her voice-acting career narrating short fiction for Podcastle, the world's first audio fantasy magazine. She is a performance poet, singer-songwriter, and fantasy author whose collection Bone Swans has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Locus Magazine.

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The Courtship Basket 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
artsybookworm 19 days ago
The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston is the second book in the Amish Heirloom series. I didn't read the first book,but it didn't matter. I immediately became engrossed in the story and this book has now become one of my favorite Amish books. It wasn't boring or slow or trite. Instead it was full and engrossing and real. Rachel Fisher is devastated when she overhears her boyfriend and best friend talking about when they will be together. Shocked and hurt that her boyfriend of the last couple of years never really wanted to be with her, she holes up at home until she gets an offer to work as an assistant teacher in the learning disabilities school. Mike Lantz has a lot on his plate. A sick father requiring constant care, working at his father's shop, and caring for his 6 year old brother, John. Overwhelmed and exhausted Mike doesn't have much energy left to deal with John's behavioral issues at school, but when things get worse Mike decides to send him to the special needs school. Rachel immediately feels for John and spends as much time as she can helping him, but when her note home to his brother goes unanswered she assumes that means Mike doesn't care. Rachel decides to confront him and is dismayed when she finds out how wrong her assumptions were. Will she be able to fix things with Mike? This book kept my attention the whole time, and I'm planning on reading the first book in the series ASAP! The characters were so well thought out and well written, and the struggles that each character faced were realistic and intriguing. I can't wait for the third book to come out but until then I'll be over here reading the first book.... ;-) I was given this book for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
LucyMR1 3 months ago
This is the second book in the Amish Heirloom series and I loved it. Amy Clipston never fails to deliver a top notch novel. Her characterization is full of depth and leaves you wanting more. The backstory of Rachel's mom continues in this book and leaves you wondering and wanting book three. I loved that Rachel pours herself into teaching after being rejected by her boyfriend. Her love and concern for a boy in her class leads her to a chance to love again. Faith, love, mystery, family, sacrifice, etc are all touched on. I highly recommend this book, as it leaves you feeling good and wanting to read more about this family. I received a copy of The a Courtship Basket from Thomas Nelson &Zondervan for an honest review and I have done that.
Heidi_Reads 3 months ago
I read this book after visiting Amish Country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, so the setting was fresh and vibrant in my head as I read about Rachel and Mike's struggles, and I think it enhanced my experience. The most touching thing in this book to me was the way Mike was the caregiver for his dying father. Such a heart-wrenching time of life, full of exhaustion, grief, worry, hope, and prayers. He needs all the support he can get, and his first meeting with outspoken Rachel did not start them off on the right foot. Over time Rachel's compassion shines through her dedication to his little brother John's education and the meals she sends in the large picnic basket to help his family. I thought Rachel's initial ambivalence about teaching was interesting, but as she learns some humbling lessons and increases her skills, she sees the value that helping others has in her life. She and Mike are definitely attracted to each other but misconceptions and fears create a bumpy road in their developing relationship. I loved the strong sense of community and family in both households and the bond they shared with their family members, which created a memorable cast of characters. (Thank you to Zondervan Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
jacksonmomLV 3 months ago
This is an interesting story about two young people who seem to think they don't deserve to fall in love. Mike is busy caring for his younger half-brother, John, and their twice-widowed father who is slowly dying of renal failure. Rachel is trying to recover from a broken heart by immersing herself in a new job as a special-needs teacher. Neither thinks they have the time, and therefore "the right" to indulge in a romance that is obviously bound to happen. Fortunately, their families feel quite differently about the issue. Mike's supportive cousins encourage him to accept the after-school help and friendship Rachel offers little John...and by extension, Mike. Even his ailing father urges Mike not to let this "schee maedel" get away. Rachel's mom and sisters help her cook up dinners to share with Mike's bachelor household - arriving in an historical "courtship basket" that once helped to reconcile Rachel's parents. Eventually Mike and Rachel realize what we readers knew all along - they are perfect for each other. But their romance is short-lived, derailed by a simple misunderstanding. They each have to learn again how to forgive from the heart if they are to see their friendship blossom into married happiness. I enjoyed this book, though parts of it seemed trite and predictable (eg, hospital scenes), and some parts just seemed repetitive. I wish there was a "3.5 star rating" because I keep vacillating on how to rate it. I liked that is revolved around a scripture written inside the much-traveled courtship basket by Rachel's father: "And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort." When our emotions are unstable, I think it helps greatly to tie our minds and actions to the unchanging Word. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. If you like Amish fiction, I think you will enjoy this second book in Clipston's Amish Heirloom series.
BookReviewerTG 4 months ago
Amy Clipston is one of my favorite authors! In this wonderful read about a picnic basket and heart in love one finds that history sometimes, invariably, repeat itself. Rachel Fisher is completely devastated when the young man that she is dating leaves her/breaks up with her to go with her best friend. Her heart aches from broken promises. But when Mike Lantz's father becomes ill and he is responsible for caring for his family it seems overwhelming. But then Rachel begins to send food to the family in her parents' old picnic basket. Because that's what the Amish do . . . they help each other in times of crisis. Well, as Mike's dad begins to recover and less responsibility is required of him, he begins to see Rachel. But Rachel doesn't want heartbreak again. This is a fantastic story. Yes, it is about the Amish but it is so well written that it grabs the reader attention. Loved, loved this story! *This book was provided for review by BookLook Fiction Guild*
Cynthia181 4 months ago
I received this book for an honest review from Fiction Guild. This is the 2nd in this series and it is just as wonderful as the first. Amy Clipston brings out the storyline of each of the characters so wonderfully well you feel like you could just reach out and touch them to either give them comfort or a cheering section. This book brings the 2nd sister of the Fisher Sister's front and center and her dealing with the loss of love and finding something new to do. She finds her boyfriend of 4 years and her best friend are in love on her sisters wedding day and needs something to do, so her cousin offers for her to be a teacher with her for the Special classes and they have a new student who has a lot going on at home and his last teacher didn't seem to help. Rachel has taken John under her wing and has found that she find that this is what she really wants to do. John's father is very sick and his older brother is trying to keep everything together. Well Rachel and Mike butt heads but end up doing the best things to help John and find out that they really care for each other even though both of them aren't really looking for love.
Ellen-oceanside 4 months ago
COURTSHIP BASKET the #.2 in the Amish Heirloom Series, by Zondervan Publishers, author Amy Clipston. A delightful story of a heirloom picnic basket, kindles a romance between Rachel and Mike. The story starts with Rachel after dating David for 4 years, is interested in her best friend, Sharon. Though hurt, God brought a new direction for her, as a teacher, something she hadn't thought of doing. Was to help children with extra needs. In this she meets John 6 years old. Finding that the dad is sick, she starts sending food home in the picnic basket. Meeting Mike his older brother, who is overwhelmed by what is going on. To accept help from others, and to be open to love. For her it was in trusting others. Finding rejection was not the final answer for them. Another great story for all to enjoy. Given ARC from Thomas Nelson / Zondervan for my honest opinion..
Baranski1987 6 months ago
The Courtship Basket is book two in the An Amish Heirloom series. This book was absolutely fabulous. Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. The characters are so captivating that they draw you into the book. There are so many twists and turns throughout this book that there is never a dull moment. This is a book that is fill with faith, love, devotion, heartache and pain. This book will definitely take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. Be sure to grab you sweet tea and you tissues are you take your ride through this most wonderful book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book for my honest review. 5 stars! Be sure to order your copy today!
BrittanyMc 7 months ago
This story was so good! The author did such a great job of packing many different emotions into The Courtship Basket, from betrayal and a broken heart, to nervousness about possible new love, to happiness as relationships grow, to heartbreak and overwhelming loss. This book has it all. It wrung a lot of emotions out of me as I read it, especially toward the last third of the story. Even though Rachel and Mike did occasionally frustrate me at times with their fears of commiting to each other, their concerns truly did make sense. Rachel was scared to trust another man after being so badly betrayed by her former boyfriend. Mike was scared to take time for himself and invest in a relationship when he felt so bound to take care of his father and brother. This book is a great example of how people try to plan out their lives, putting things into an order that they think will work, while not trying to figure out how God is attempting to work for their good with an even better plan. I really enjoyed this story and could hardly set it down. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 months ago
The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston is the second book in An Amish Heirloom Novel series. Rachel Fisher has been dating her boyfriend, David Beiler for the last four years. She is hoping that he will propose soon. Rachel is standing on the front porch when she hears his voice nearby. Rachel goes to investigate and finds David with her friend, Sharon. Evidently, David no longer wishes to see Rachel, but did not know how to tell her (I think telling her would be better than betraying her with her best friend). To help occupy her time, Rachel takes a position as a teaching assistant to her friend, Malinda at the special school. At this school the children receive more one-on-one attention that some children need (especially when in the first grade). Rachel will be working with the new student, John Lantz. John’s father, Raymond is extremely ill and Mike, his brother, is taking care of them. Mike is hoping the school will be beneficial to John. Then there is a misunderstanding on Rachel’s part. To make it up to Mike and his family, Rachel sends a meal to the family in her mother’s picnic basket (the first of many). The picnic basket was special to Rachel’s parents and has a beautiful (and comforting) verse on the underside of the lid (2 Corinthians 1:7). Slowly Rachel starts spending time at the Lantz farm helping John (tutoring him) and gets to know the family (especially Mike). But both of them are hesitant to take their attraction beyond the friendship zone. Then Rachel witnesses a scene (between Mike and a woman) and feels that Mike has betrayed her (no, she does not talk to Mike). Then a tragedy strikes the Lantz family. Just when Mike needs Rachel the most, she has pulled away. Is there a future for Rachel and Mike? Can the basket help bridge the gap and bring them back together? The Courtship Basket is a sweet (though simple) story. It is a little predictable with the typical couple gets together, they have a misunderstanding (just when Mike needs her the most) and then back together again. I was hoping the book would not have the rift section. This would have been a wonderful opportunity for Rachel to step up. It would have helped the growth of her character. The Courtship Basket is well-written (as are all of Amy Clipston’s novels) and easy to read (and has a good pace). I liked the characters in the story as well as the lovely setting of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I liked the school concept portrayed in the book. It is a shame that there are not more schools like this for children. I give The Courtship Basket 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it). This is the second book in the series, but you can read it as a stand-alone novel. There are a couple of references to the first book, but they do not hinder the reader’s enjoyment of The Courtship Basket. I look forward to the next book in this series titled The Cherished Quilt. I received a complimentary copy of The Courtship Basket in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
LizD1 7 months ago
The Courtship Basket ( Amish Heirloom Book 2 ) By: Amy Clipston Wow, what a story, I loved it. The Courtship Basket is book two in Amish Heirloom series. I did read the first book and I loved it too . You will learn of the characters and the history behind the basket. It seems to have brought two hearts together . Will history repeat itself again? I really enjoyed this wonderful Christian Amish romance. The author had me hooked right from the start and did not let go till the end. At times I caught myself laughing and crying . This story is one of those page turners, when you start reading you cannot read fast enough to turn the pages to see what is going to happen next. I love the two main characters, Rachel and Mike. Rachel is a young woman who has gotten her heart broken and does not want it broken again. Mike has an ill father , a six year old brother , and a farm to take care of. He does not have time for a girlfriend. Now Rachel wants to help the family anyway she can . I know you will love this story like I did, be sure and get you a copy and read about Rachel and Mike. I was given a complimentary ARC of this book by the author for my honest review.
Lane_Hill_House 7 months ago
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston, © 2016 The Amish Heirloom Series, Book 2 This is a heartwarming story of life lived well. Rachel Fisher and Mike Lantz find each other through Mike's younger brother, John, a new student at an Amish classroom for assisted learning. Rachel is new at teaching, joining her cousin Malinda. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Mike does woodworking with his uncle and cousin at their Bird-in-Hand business for tourists and is at home with his widowed father and John. Two of his cousins rotate staying with their uncle during his illness while Mike is at work. Rachel and her sister Emily prepare a couple weekly evening meals to take to them. Their older sister Veronica supplies her wonderful homemade pies. Bringing the meals develops into tutoring that both Rachel and John look forward to. Mike and Rachel fall into a routine that adds attention and love for John. The one-on-one at school and extra at home develops his confidence and joy. Invited to Rachel's family home brings Mike, Raymond, and John on outings that are fulfilling and a comfort as they get to know each other. I am looking forward to reading more about the inheritance of the courtship basket in the next story! I liked how Rachel's family had open communication, sharing with each other. Mike has been so busy being busy in his daily work and care that he hasn't seen the value of friendship with others. Instead of an addition, it becomes a supply of warmth and care he didn't realize he needed in his own life. Amy Clipston tells a story so flowing that you come to know the characters and their thoughts as they are revealed to themselves. Learning to trust and gain friendship is paramount as both Mike and Rachel have sorrows to leave behind and learn to live beyond necessity. ***Thank you to author Amy Clipston for sending me an advance reader's copy of The Courtship Basket for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Christa4 7 months ago
Amazing! The Courtship Basket is the second book in the Amish Heirloom series by Amy Clipston. This is such a wonderful series; I have really enjoyed reading both the first and second book. I am most definitely looking forward to reading the third book as well! Devastated, Rachel Fisher agrees to help her cousin teach at a special Amish school in hopes that it will clear her mind and mend her broken heart. Mike Lantz is not sure how much more he can handle in his life. He is overwhelmed with the responsibility of taking care of his very sick father and his six-year old brother, John. Mike is not one to ask for help, but appreciates the meals that Rachel sends home with his brother on a weekly basis. Can a simple basket filled with meals and an unwavering faith restore a broken heart and create a beautiful friendship? Amy Clipston is an exceptional author! She truly brings the characters to life and you will feel like you are right there with them experiencing heartache, sickness, love, hope and forgiveness. This fast-paced book would make the perfect gift for anyone. Once you start reading it you won’t want to put it down! I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion, which I have given.
cscott9 8 months ago
The Courtship Basket is Book Two in Amy Clipston’s The Amish Heirloom Series. Let me begin by saying I am a huge fan of Amy’s books and I live in North Carolina also. I have read many of Amy’s books and find myself anxiously waiting for a new one to release. The Courtship Basket releases Tuesday June 28th. The Courtship Basket will have you laughing and crying all the way through it. One you will not want to put down until you finish it. I enjoyed reading the story of Rachel and getting to know Mike, John and the rest of the characters from this novel. Amy also includes some of the characters from book one, The Forgotten Recipe. We all can relate to the characters in this book. If you love Amish Fiction, Lancaster County, and Amy Clipston, then this book is for you. I highly recommend reading The Forgotten Recipe first. I promise, you will not be let down. Grab the tissues, tell others you will be unavailable, curl up with The Courtship Basket and read!! Thank you to the Author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review!!!