Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the “English” way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Miriam Lapp, who left the Amish community of Bird-in-Hand three years ago, is heartbroken when her sister calls to reveal that her mother has died suddenly. Traveling home to Pennsylvania, she is forced to face the heartache from her past, including her rift from her family and the breakup of her engagement with Timothy Kauffman. Her past emotional wounds are reopened when her family rejects her once again and she finds out that Timothy is in a relationship with someone else. Miriam discovers that the rumors that broke them up three years ago were all lies. However, when Timothy proposes to his girlfriend and Miriam’s father disowns her, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles. When Miriam’s father has a stroke, Miriam returns to Pennsylvania, where her world continues to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community and her faith in God.
About the Author
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.
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A Place of Peace
By Amy Clipston
ZONDERVANCopyright © 2011 Amy Clipston
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Chapter OneMiriam Lapp leaned over the counter and smiled at the little redheaded girl, her favorite patient at the Center for Pediatrics. "Good morning, Brittany. How are you feeling today?"
The four-year-old scrunched up her nose, causing her freckles to wrinkle. "My ear hurts."
Miriam swallowed a chuckle at the girl's adorable expression. "I'm sorry. I'm certain Dr. Sabella can help you."
Brittany's face was grim. "Yeah, but I don't want a shot."
Miriam leaned down, angling her face closer to the girl's, and lowered her voice. "I have a hunch he won't give you a shot. I bet he'll just look in your ear and make sure it's not full of potatoes."
"Pee-tatoes!" Brittany squealed a giggle, covering her mouth with her hand.
Glancing at Brittany's mother, Miriam smiled. "It's so good to see you today. How's Mr. Baker?"
"He's doing well, thank you." The woman pulled out her wallet. "How are you?"
"Doing just fine, thank you." Miriam straightened her purple scrub top. "I'll take your co-pay, Mrs. Baker."
"Thank you." The woman handed Miriam her debit card.
Turning, Miriam swiped the card through the credit card machine and snatched a pen from the counter.
"Miriam!" Lauren, the office manager, rushed over from the inner office. "Miriam, there's a call for you on line two."
"I'll be just a minute," Miriam said, punching the keys on the credit machine. "I'm running through Mrs. Baker's co-pay."
Lauren took the pen from Miriam's hand. "I got it." Frowning, she nodded toward the inner office. "Use my phone."
Arching an eyebrow in question, Miriam studied her coworker's worried face. During the year Miriam had worked for Lauren, she'd never seen her look so concerned about a phone call. "Who is it?"
"Go on," Lauren said, nodding toward the office again. "I'll take over up here. You take your time."
"Who is it?" Miriam asked again.
"Hannah," Lauren whispered.
"Hannah?" Miriam's mind raced, wracking her brain with thoughts of who it could be. She only knew one Hannah ... "My sister Hannah?"
Lauren gave a quick nod. "Yes. Now go."
Miriam's stomach twisted. In the nearly four years since she'd left her family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, not one member of her family had ever called her. Only Hannah had written her, but callednever. Miriam had made it a point of giving Hannah her cell, home, and work numbers, and Hannah said she would only use them in case of an emergency.
Something is wrong.
Her thoughts moved to Hannah's eldest daughter, Lena Joy, who'd been born with a genetic disorder. Had something happened to her?
Her eyes widened with worry.
"Go!" Lauren nudged her toward the office. "Take all the time you need."
Taking a deep breath, Miriam rushed to the inner office, dropped into Lauren's chair, lifted the receiver to her ear, and punched the button for line two.
"Hello?" Miriam held her breath, waiting for her sister's familiar voice.
"Miriam," Hannah said. "How are you?"
The voice was sweet and familiar, bringing tears to Miriam's eyes as memories assaulted her mind. She'd treasured those nights long ago when they would lie awake late into the evening in the room they shared, whispering their future plans. Funny how it all came true for Hannahshe'd married the love of her life and had a family. Miriam, on the other hand, was the disappointment of the family. She'd left the community and never joined the Amish church or married.
Hannah was the only one who'd seemed to understand when Miriam made the choice that changed her life foreverwhen she left the love of her life, her family, and the only community she'd ever known. Hannah forgave her when the rest of the family did not.
Oh, how Miriam had missed her sister.
"I'm good. You?" Miriam stared absently at the date and time glowing on the phone while winding the cord around her finger.
"Gut." Hannah's Pennsylvania Dietsch brought another flood of family memories crashing down on Miriam.
"It's so wonderful to hear your voice, Hannah," Miriam said. "How is your family? How are the children?"
"Oh, the kinner are gut, danki," Hannah said. "They grow so fast."
"And Lena Joy? She's doing well?" Miriam asked and then held her breath in anticipation of the response.
"She has good and bad days, as to be expected. If only there were a cure ..." Hannah paused for a moment as if collecting her thoughts or perhaps censoring her words. "Miriam, I'm afraid I have bad news." Her voice was cautious, causing Miriam's heart to thump in her chest.
"What is it?"
"Mamm ..." She paused. "Mamm iss gschtarewe."
"What?" Miriam gasped. "Mom died?" She groaned and covered her face with her hands. "No. No, no, no. Hannah, you don't mean that."
"Ya, I'm sorry to say I do." Her sister's voice trembled. "I can't believe it either."
"Last night. In her sleep, from complications due to pneumonia. Daed found her this morning. He didn't know that she'd ..." Her voice trailed off, the unspoken words hanging between them like a thick fog.
Miriam wiped the tears trickling down her hot cheeks. "How can she be gone? I was planning a trip home over the holidays to try to make everything right."
"I'm so sorry to call you at work and tell you this."
"No, no." Miriam plucked a tissue from the box on Lauren's tidy desk and dabbed her eyes and nose. "I'm glad you let me know. I'll go home and pack and then get on the road. I'll be there as soon as I can." She glanced at her watch and then mentally calculated the trip from her home in LaGrange, Indiana, to Gordonville, Pennsylvania. "I should be there before midnight."
"Oh, gut. I was hoping you'd come."
"Of course I will. We're family."
"Ya. We are." Hannah's voice trembled. "Drive safely. Ich liebe dich, Schweschder."
"I will." Miriam tried in vain to stop the tears flowing from her eyes. "I love you too, Sister."
After dropping the receiver into the cradle, Miriam cupped her hands to her face and sobbed while memories of her mother flooded her mind. The last time she'd seen her mother was the night she snuck out of the farmhouse and left the community to move to Indiana and live with her cousin Abby.
Lifting the receiver to her ear again, Miriam dialed Abby's office and groaned when voicemail picked up.
"You've reached the voicemail for Abigail Johnston, paralegal with Wainwright, Morrison, and Rhodes," Abby's voice sang into the phone line. "I'm either on the phone or away from my desk. Please leave a detailed message, including your name, the time and date of your call, your phone number, and the nature of your call, and I will call you back as soon as I return. Thank you."
After the shrill beep ended, Miriam took a deep breath. "Abby, it's me." Before she could stop them, the tears started, and her voice was thick. "Call me. I just got the most horrible news. Hannah called me, and my mamm ..." Her voice trailed off; she couldn't say the word. "I'm heading home to pack up and leave for Gordonville right away. Call me. Bye."
She slammed the phone down and stood. After explaining the situation to Lauren, she rushed to the apartment she'd shared with Abby since Abby's husband left her two years ago.
Miriam was drowning in memories and packing when the door to her bedroom whooshed open, dragging across the worn tan carpet.
"What's going on?" a voice behind her asked.
Miriam turned to find her cousin standing in the doorway, clad in her best blue suit. Her light brown hair was cut in a short, stylish bob, perfect for a professional climbing the corporate ladder. She looked the part of an aspiring lawyer.
"Abby," Miriam said. "What are you doing here?"
"I left the office as soon as I got your voicemail." Her eyes were full of concern. "What did Hannah say?"
"Mamm passed away last night." Miriam's voice broke on the last word. Covering her mouth with her hands, she choked back a sob.
"Oh no." Abby encircled her in a hug. "I'm so sorry."
"I can't believe it," Miriam choked through her sobs. "I was going to surprise her with a visit over Christmas and try to work things out. I wanted to make things right. I wanted to see her and talk to her in person. But, now ... Now she's"
"Shhh." Abby patted her back. "It's going to be all right."
"But how?" Miriam swiped her tears away with the back of her hands.
A somber smile turned up her cousin's lips. "Remember what you told me when that snake of a husband of mine left me for his perky secretary?"
Miriam shook her head. "Not really."
"You reminded me of a very important verse from Isaiah'those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.'" Abby's eyes were serious. "We'll get through this. I promise."
Biting her bottom lip, Miriam nodded.
"I'll pack a few things, and we'll get on the road." Abby headed for the door.
"You're coming with me?"
Abby gave a little shrug. "Of course I am. Did you honestly think I'd let you face the family alone after nearly four years?"
Miriam let out a sigh. "I'd hoped not."
Abby gestured toward the suitcase. "Get packed, and we'll get on the road. With any luck, we'll be there before midnight. I imagine your dad and my parents won't welcome us with open arms. I guess we'll stay with Aunt Edna?"
Miriam nodded. "I was thinking that. As far as I know, she's still living alone in that little house on my daed's farm."
"I should have said Aenti Edna." Abby smiled. "Guess I better brush up on my Pennsylvania Dietsch, huh? Man, how long has it been since I've been back there?"
"Six years, right?" Miriam lowered herself onto her double bed next to her suitcase.
"Yeah, I guess so." Abby shook her head and stepped toward the door. "Well, we have a long ride ahead of us. We better get on the road."
Taking a deep breath, Miriam rose from the bed and fished a few blouses from her dresser. Closing her eyes, she whispered a prayer for strength and courage as she embarked on this painful trip to her past.
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What People are Saying About This
A Place of Peace is a beautiful story about second chances and the many ways that God moves through our lives until we step onto the path he has chosen for us. Clipton's latest book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series is sure to delight fans of Amish fiction and those who love a tender romance.' Beth Wiseman, Author, Daughters of Promise series
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading the first three books of the series.
If you enjoy Amish stories, This is a wonderful continuing story of the Kaufman's & others!
I especially like the books about the Amish. Lovely stories about families. Gives insight into the Amish way of life.
Would love to live in that time
EASY READING AND HELD YOUR INTEREST
I could not put this book down! Amy Clipston does an excellent job with the characters...I felt like I knew them by the end! I can not wait to read the next one!
This book is a great book. I have read all the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series books so far. They are great books to read. I would recommend these books to everyone.
Book three of the series Kauffman Amish Bakery come the new book A Place of Peace. Again Amy Clipson came through with a great story, Bertha Lapp dies in her sleep, her daughter Miriam had left the Amish Community to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse after she and her betrothed had broken up. But she never became as nurse as she didn't have the money so she lived with her cousin and worked in the office of a doctor's office. She got the call about her mama and left for her old home to find her dad still had not forgiven her for leaving even though she had never been baptised into the faith. She stayed with her aunt Edna and after the burial of her mama she went to work again in the Kauffman bakery for a while until she returned back to her job. This bakery is owned by the mama and sisters of her former finece' Timothy so she saw him a lot, and knew her feeling for him had not died. He was dating another your woman but neither of them had married. But with so much misunderstanding between them it looks as if they will never get back together. Mariam went back to her job and then her dad had a stroke, so here she goes back to the Amish community again, will she find her family ready to accept her and what about Timothy, can she live and work in the same community and he married to another. This book was sent to me by Zondervan Publishing for my honest review.
Several years ago, the accident shattered many lives in the Amish community Pennsylvania. Most families turned to the Lord trying to understand how an innocent died while Miriam Lapp watched the baby. Miriam blamed herself for causing the tragedy; so after her dad shunned her and her boyfriend Timothy betrayed her she left the only home she knew and moved to Indiana where her cousin Abby warmly welcomed her Her married sister with children Hannah, who forgave her unlike their parents and other siblings, calls Miriam to inform her that their mother died. She races home, but her father refuses to acknowledge her; most of the townsfolk and her family except Hannah follow his lead. Miriam grieves the death of her beloved mom who she was not allowed to see ever since her father threw her out. She also knows she still loves her former fiancé Timothy Kauffman, who is seeing someone else. Miriam knows she will never forgive herself so why should other forgive her. She returns to Indiana only to come back home when her father suffers a stroke. However, still a pariah, Miriam begins to question her faith for the first time. The third Kauffman Amish Bakery tale (see A Gift of Hope and A Promise of Hope) is an engaging entry as the undesirable tries twice to come home, but remains in exile. Miriam is a wonderful lead character who after several rejections questions her faith. Hannah is courageous as she is there for her sister, which could ostracize her and her family. Although Timothy is a bit irritating when he is not chomping on strudel, fans will enjoy this Amish bakery romance. Harriet Klausner
Book 3 Kauffman Amish Bakery Series Amy Clipston Publish Date January 2011 Zondervan Fiction/Christian/General Miriam Lapp, left the Amish community, heartbroken. Betrayed by her boyfriend, rejected by her family after the baby in her care died of SIDS. Leaving the Amish community and going to live in Indiana with her cousin Abby, seemed the only out that Miriam had. Four long years have passed and Miriam doesn't really fit in the English world, but her heart was so broken she was afraid she wouldn't fit into her Amish community anymore. News of her mother's sudden death sends her rushing home, determined she will try to straighten out the mess with her Daed, and her family, but her father rejects her once again. Seeing her boyfriend with another young woman, Miriam knows she cannot stay in Pennsylvania. Broken hearted she returns to Indiana. What will her future hold, will Miriam ever be reconnected with her family? Amy Clipston has once again brought us another awesome story from the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, we will once again meet our friends that we met in the first two stories. Another great story! 224 pages $12.99 US 5 stars
You know I adored the first and second book of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series and I have to tell you this third book totally exceeded my expectations. I loved this story so much. I devoured the book in a day and wished there was more.The characters in this book drove me batty since they wouldn't communicate! I couldn't imagine going through life and changing your life for a rumor¿I think that the book really does show that communication is key in your life. I really identified with Miriam, the main character, in all she wants is acceptance from her family and the love from the man she's always loved. I think those are two things every woman wants and needs. The whole story had me on the edge of my seat to see what would happen. With every step/decision that Miriam made I was inwardly cheering or moaning¿something I never do! I also love how Amy keeps characters from the other two books in this one. It's like a little treat whenever one would appear or would be talked about! I always get to and end of a book and wish I knew more about what happened to the characters¿Amy gives you that and I'm forever thankful! Ok, so I'm rambling now. Bottom line - READ this book/series now!!
Another fabulously written addition to the Kauffman Amish Bakery novels by Amy Clipston! I was super glad to have had the chance to review these novels in this series. They are about the plain and simple Amish, but they are packed full of BIG, complex lessons of God's never ending love and guidance. Once again, we are taken to Pennsylvania Amish country through Amy's words and research. This particular addition to the series is my favorite. It just settled into my heart and pulled me straight into the story. We get to see lots of the fun loving characters from the first two novels, along with some new ones. I really felt a connection to Miriam as she questioned things in her life. I have often found myself doing just what she did as she asked the questions, and I found, like Miriam, at times that it was hard to rely on Faith alone. But, through lots of prayer and understanding, God's love shines through Miriam and flows straight to the readers souls. Once again, I give Amy's book no less than 5 stars and the highest of recommendation. If you are new to Amy's books, never fear....this, as with the other two, are good as stand alone titles as well, but, as always, I highly recommend that you read these fabulous books in order. I am looking forward to more work from Amy (hmmm...possibly another Kauffman additional???? Hint, hint, Amy ;-)!) in the future! Hats off, to a WONDERFULLY amazing author!
This book sadly ends the Kauffman Amish Bakery series (according to other sites). Miriam has left the Amish community and her beloved Timothy because of lies told by her sister, Lily. When Miriam's mother dies, she returns home only to be rejected by her family in the same old story. Miriam struggles to be accepted by her family and to accept the fact that Timothy is engaged to Naomi. The story is the same old same old but this time Cliptson pulls it off. I found myself unable to set the book down, anxious to see what happens to Miriam, Timothy, and Naomi, as well as the rest of the characters.Besides delicious recipes, this book holds a lesson for its readers: Do not be judgmental or allow misunderstandings to control your life.
“A Place of Peace” by Amy Clipston is a great read! It is the third book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. Miriam Lapp has been English for the past four years. She returns home to her Amish family after she received the devastating news that her mother passed away. However, she is not welcome home. Most of her family wants nothing to do with her and her former boyfriend Timothy Kauffman is engaged to be married. She thought she had moved on with her feelings toward him, but has she really? I have loved every book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, and this book follows suit. It is a fantastic read, one that you definitely won’t want to put down!
Loved the book. I felt like it dragged n parts, but verall it kept my interest.
WOW -- just have tissues ready I love Amish stories for so many reasons and although the stories are fiction and written within the confines of the Amish culture the writers never have to resort to using profanity or explicit sexual encounters in order for the reader to know the couples are in love, are having disagreements, etc. A Place of Peace is both a heartwarming and tear jerking story. It is about a young, engaged couple who separate because of vicious someone spreads about each one. Both are so deeply hurt and devastated they never consider the gossip might not be true and don’t confront the other to verify the facts. Because of the lies and her family’s rejection the woman decides to visit her cousin in another state to see if she may be more suited for the “English” way of life. Even after four years she still has such mixed emotions—her job in the ‘English’ world is ok but there is a longing in her heart. She still loves the Timothy, the man to whom she was engaged, but should she return? Will he tell her “why” he did it if she confronts him? If she returns will he forgive her for running away? The decision of If she should return or not is made for her with the death of her mother. Upon hearing her mother died, she returns at once but, only an elderly aunt, one sister, and her best friend, who happens to be the sister of the man she loves, accept her. She stays for a while to help her aunt who is suffering greatly from arthritis by working in her best friend’s mother’s bakery. About the time she wants to talk things out with Timothy as she has discovered she was told likes about him; but, the love of her life has become engaged to another. Once more love is lost and she flees her community heartbroken. Not long after her return the sister who accepted her calls begging her to return because of an emergency medical crisis. Without hesitation she rushes to home to be with her sister knowing she cannot stay once the crisis is over because her beloved is scheduled to be married in a few short weeks. Is she destined to never finding true love?
This was a purty good book.
Goodness gracious! He said, she said, I saw, what if? Many a relationship has been plagued by talking but not listening, assuming and presuming but not inquiring and listening, withdrawal or running rather staying and working it out. A Place of Peace opens with a phone call that changes Miriam Lapp's life. Loss overshadows loss as she returns to her hometown after four years. After a tragedy, she left behind her family, her Amish community, and the man she loves. Loves- present tense. Then she gets a call from her sister. Miriam's mother has died. She goes home; but, her father, sister, and brother won't speak to her or allow her in their home. A maiden aunt takes her in. Everything seems so wrong. Until she sees him across the room. Their eyes speak volumes; but, he's with another young woman and Miriam escapes. He follows only to find her speaking with another young man. It all just gets so mixed up. A little help from well meaning relatives sometimes complicates things. Oh, you'll just have to read this one. There's no way to really share it without giving it all away. This is the third in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. I enjoyed it. A little honesty, clarity and a whole lot of listening go a long way in a relationship!
If you enjoy Amish reading, you will enjoy this book. Great reading.