I have enjoyed all of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, but # 5 was awesome. What I like best about #5 was that it brought together all the stories and the characters talked about in #1-4. It tied up all the loose ends of the other 4 books. I just could not put the book down.
I especially enjoy the series books because the story continues on to more adventures etc.
I would highly recommend this series as a GOOD READ. The author is a great writer. Keep these kinds of books coming. Enjoyed greatly
A Season of Love, the final book in Amy Clipston's Kauffman Amish Bakery series, was a heartwarming couldn't stop reading till the last word. Katie, Lizzie Ann and Lindsay friendship is strong and special until Lizzie Ann and Lindsay are engaged or seriously dating. What will happen to Katie when her father doesn't believe her about Jake Miller, a Mennonite boy, who rescued her from some mean young men? After all Jake has a connection to the Amish community in Bird-in-Hand, PA since his mother grew up Amish.
A Season of Love was a wonderful conclusion to the charming characters in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. There are plenty of twists and turns along with laughter, love, disappointments, faith, hurt, sorrow and healing among family members. Readers of Amish genre will enjoy the entire series. This reader is glad to have completed the series with all the books staying in her personal library.
This book is very repetitive and mostly a lot of childish drivel. A middle schooler might find this interesting, but as an adult, I found it juvenile and boring.
Beyond that, it was pretty unrealistic too. There was very little development of the love story. Rational people just don't turn their worlds upside down over someone they decide they're in love with one day that they weren't the day before. Also, the way the main character's father treats her is abominable at times. I can't imagine putting up with being treated that way, nor would I want to encourage an impressionable teenager to think they should.
SPOILER ALERT: And the ending is completely unbelievable. I'm no expert, but I don't buy a Mennonite converting to Amish; they don't believe the same things about Jesus or salvation or missions (among other things I'd guess). You just don't go from a saving faith and personal relationship with the Savior to a religion that doesn't even believe this is possible. That notwithstanding, faith that "changes" just to be with someone else, isn't genuine faith. A poor message to any reader, especially a young one.
I really found nothing uplifting about this book. A pitty; the first few in this series were much better. I only kept reading to complete the series and because I hoped it would get better, but I ended up sorry I wasted my time on it. I recommend skipping it; it adds nothing to the series.
I knew it! I just knew Lindsay would never leave her family and friends and go back out into the world, like her sister Jessica did
Amy Clipston is a marvel at continuing a story, selecting one character, then another, to focus on in each novel. Once again, I must say how much I enjoyed getting to know Lindsay, Rebecca, Jake, Kathryn, Timothy and Miriam, and especially Caleb and Naomi. It takes an amazing, inspiring writer to take someone like Naomi, and show how she grows and matures, changing through each novel, until she is beloved of everyone. I declare, there were times I wanted to smack Sadie (and maybe even her mom).
But it all worked out for the best even better than I hoped and I was thrilled to find that in the very next novel, Caleb and Naomi were married and expecting a boppli of their own.
Amy is such a talented writer, she even makes you like Jessica (that took awhile)!
At the end of A Life of Joy (book 4) Lindsay had decided to return to Bird-in-Hand, an Amish community in Pennsylvania. Everything works out and Lindsay is surprised when Matthew meets her at the train station, then she gets to surprise her Aenti Rebecca with her returning home.
This is said to the final book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, although if Amy Clipston were to surprise us with another, I would be thrilled and Im certain all of her fans agree with me. However, to be fair, after five full-size novels and two novellas + a young adult novel, perhaps Amy feels that the story is finished at least for her.
But heres your chance, readers if you would really enjoy reading another sequel to the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, leave a comment here for Amy to read. Perhaps we could convince her that theres another story left!
I was disappointed. The plot was kind of scattered and didn't keep my interest. I live in Lancaster and hear Deutch all the time....having the characters saying certain words (like Heemet) too many times in a row was just annoying and didn't seem genuine.