A Gift of Grace (Kauffman Amish Bakery Series #1)

A Gift of Grace (Kauffman Amish Bakery Series #1)

by Amy Clipston
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Butterfly530 More than 1 year ago
A Gift of Grace is a delightful book set in the Amish Community. The author has obviously done extensive research on the Amish Community of Pennsylvania. The places in the book are based on actual places in Lancaaster County. I enjoyed being transported into the Amish community. I was given insight to the traditional ways. Rebecca's sister, Grace, left the Amish community, married, and had 2 daughters, Jessica and Lindsay. After an accident that killed Grace and her husband, the daughters are sent to Bird in Hand to live with their Aunt Rebecca. This novel describes how 2 teenage girls felt being thrown into the Amish community. Rebecca and her husband had tried for years to have a child, however, she was unable to conceive. Now suddenly, they become the guardians to 2 teenagers raised in the "English World." The girls have just lost their parents and now they are expected to change their way of life to fit into the Amish ways of life. Could life get any more complicated??
BethWiseman More than 1 year ago
Amy Clipston has truly captured the voice of fifteen-year-old Jessica. Any parent who has raised a teenager knows that the teenage years are challenging under normal circumstances. But what happens when you take a child that age, whose parents have been killed, pull them from everything familiar - their home, school, and friends - and send them to live with relatives in an Old Order Amish community? No TV. No Internet. No place to charge an IPOD or cell phone. Add to that - Jessica will no longer be attending school since the Amish only believe in taking an education through the eighth grade. There go her dreams of graduating with her friends and going to college. But Jessica's younger sister, Lindsay, adapts quite well to the Old Order ways, much to Jessica's horror. All Rebecca wants is a happy family and to be a good guardian to her two nieces following the death of her sister and brother-in-law. It's the family she's always wanted, and despite the unhappy circumstances surrounding the situation, Rebecca is certain that it is God's will for the girls to live with her. Early on, Jessica's rebellious behavior causes upset in the community, and Rebecca's husband, Daniel, is held accountable for Jessica's actions. This leads to troubles within the marriage as Rebecca is pulled between her husband and the duty she feels to be a good mother-figure to her nieces. The Old Order Amish believe that everything that happens is God's will. But what happens when our own wants and needs block out the voice of God and what is truly His will? Clipston does a great job of posing this question to the reader through Rebecca's thoughts and actions. Rebecca is so determined to be a good mother to these children and to have the happy family she's always wanted, sometimes she doesn't see the bigger picture. My heart ached for both Rebecca and Jessica as they each struggled with the changes within their lives. The ending both surprised and pleased me. It was real and stayed true to the characters. This is Clipston's debut novel, and she did an excellent job of capturing the ways of the Old Order Amish. Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy this book, and even if you haven't read stories set within an Amish setting, give this one a try. I look forward to more of Amy Clipston's books.
LauranAZ More than 1 year ago
A Gift of Grace is a charming, well-written novel which focuses on the emotional and spiritual conflicts which arise between family members from two completely different backgrounds. Ms. Clipston's writing style is both lovely and riveting as she describes the everyday life of a childless Amish couple struggling to adapt to the presence of their Englisher nieces in their home. This is a fantastic story and I could not put A Gift of Grace down until I had finished the very last page! I have already recommended it to my friends, my family members, and my Ladies' Bible study group. This is definitely a MUST READ for anyone who enjoys a wholesome, well-written inspirational romance.
scf1031 More than 1 year ago
good reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like all the Amish books because they are good clean books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet, lovely story. Does a heart good to read this.
olympicgram More than 1 year ago
I love to read about the Amish culture, It has always fascinated me and these 3 books did not disappoint me I read all three of this series and it was good how the characters smoothly entered the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book but can sympathize with outsiders how difficult it would be to live that life.
nanajudyJW More than 1 year ago
This book is easy reading and you can identify with the characters. They are funny, serious and sad. Very good reading.
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Where amish kids get cell phones dress in jeans and go to movies there are a few very strict sects that dont but these do not sell to english like a bakery or employ a non amish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed the whole series! If you enjoy reading about the Amish people and way of life, be sure to read Kauffman Amish Bakery Series!
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Anyone interested in the Amish lifestyle will love this book! This story follows the journey of an Amish woman who gains custody of her two English (not Amish) nieces after both her sister and her sister's husband die in a car crash. Rumors spread and a few sparks fly, and you'll quickly find yourself saying, "Just one more chapter!" There is just enough drama and romance. I recommend reading the next books in the series. Great for book clubs or just a nice pleasure read!
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Very well written. You need to get the 2nd book of the series too. Hope there will be a #3 bk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shows family love and respect for others.