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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2014
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A Spoonful of Love, An Amish Kitchen Series #1- eBookAmy ClipstonThomas Nelson / 2013 / ePub$2.99Availability: In StockCBD Stock No: WW39033EB
Its senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney wont get into the right collegeher alma materwith imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylors rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship.
Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the drivers seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identityand Gods plan for her lifebefore she throws everything away?
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at www.amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston
DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I was thrilled to discover destination unknown, a sequel to the equally amazing roadside assistance!September 16, 2014DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Although Im miles past my young adult years, it was much simpler than I expected to re-connect with my teenage thoughts and feelings I have a theory that Amy Clipston writes such amazing books that she makes it easier to connect because she writes it just as I remember it to be.
Dont let the cover fool you Whitney stays and shows everyone that she knows what she wants and shes willing to do what it takes to get it.
Without giving away too much (hopefully), I could so identify with Whitney when she lies to cover up a truth that she knows will just upset everyone else. She tries to convince herself it really isnt much of a lie, but she knows better. And when the truth comes out, lots of people end up hurt including Whitney!
Fortunately, she is learning to depend on God through prayer, as well as being strong enough to face her family and friends with the truth and sincere apologies.
Amy is an amazing writer!
Ive been told not to expect any other YA novels after Miles From Nowhere is published, but Im hoping in the years to come that Amy will be able to publish more YA novels teenagers need to read and hear her sage advice, hidden inside her novels.
VeronicaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting but Frustrating Story.April 20, 2014VeronicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed this story written for teens, but also found it frustrating because Whitney's mom drove me crazy. She was incredibly controlling, telling her eighteen-year-old daughter everything from what to wear to what to eat and who to be friends with. While I don't agree with how Whitney treated her mom, I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner. I think her mom should have given Taylor a chance and not been so shallow, but I could see how she would think he was behind Whitney's attitude shift. It would also worry me if a girl seemed to dump her friends and change; I would wonder if the guy wasn't being controlling. I really liked how Whitney started to question what she wanted out of life and stood up to her friends who weren't treating Taylor right. The romance was cute, but I'm glad it started as friendship and that they got to know each other well. I really appreciated the strong faith element, with an emphasis on the importance of prayer, knowing God is always with you, and that lying is never the way to go. I felt the ending wrapped up a bit too neatly as it seemed her mom became understanding all of a sudden, even though Whitney really blew it. This works well as a stand-alone, but her cousin Emily is featured prominently and a prior book was about her, which I haven't read. Overall, this story has a good message and an interesting story. I think teenage girls would like this book!
I received a free ARC from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
AliciaNew York, NYAge: Under 18Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable Read!April 7, 2014AliciaNew York, NYAge: Under 18Gender: femaleAs I head towards the finishing high-school and getting closer to college stage, this book really seems to resonate with me. Amy Clipston took your average perfect cheerleading teen with the privileged lifestyle and overbearing parents and transformed it to a real life story.
Whitney is a very hard character to describe. She has good intentions, likable, naive, and a tad bit spoiled. At times you applauded her for her change in character and other times you wondered what is going on with her.
Throughout this story I kept on wondering if this family really had a relationship with Jesus would they act this way. Would the mother be so overbearing and judgmental? Would Whitney be friends with who she was with, lie to her mother, and feel so overwhelmed. Whitney did pray in the book, but if she had a true relationship with the Lord she could have avoided so much hurt.
Though the man focus of the story was finding your identity many other lessons are also presented. The importance of truth, handling
betrayal, good friendships, and getting closer to the Lord.
I really enjoyed the applicable plot, the overall message of the importance of finding your identity, and the many sub-messages. It is an easy to follow story that hopefully will help to draw you closer to your parents, friends, and most importantly God.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, from Zondervan, in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.
PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5High School Pressures, Romance, FamilyMarch 7, 2014PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whitney is the captain of the cheerleaders, Honor Roll, always striving to be the best at what she does. She teaches cheerleading, tutors and then when her mother finds out that she made a D in calculus she hires Whitney a tutor. How embarrassing. As she becomes acquainted with her tutor Taylor, they strike sparks due to misunderstanding the other. As their friendship grows she finds herself changing but family doesn't recognize that she is. She quits the cheerleading squad, her boyfriend breaks up with her on Valentine's Day after giving her a cheap box of chocolate. Then when he sees her with Taylor he tries to get her back.
This is about a teenage girl beginning to grow up, dealing with the pressures of being almost an adult, but not quite. Whitney begins to question her life and values, relies more on her faith and finds new friends, renewing old friendships and just being a typical teen. This is a book more for young adults and teens. The author recognizes the issues that teens deal with and she shows how one girl deals with the issues of growing up.
I received this book through www.bookclub.org and the author to read, review and give my honest opinion. Amy Clipston is an author I've read several of her books. This one was good (even though I'm a grandmother to boys) and I would highly recommend it to young adults and teens. I've read Amy's books about the Amish and she is a favorite author.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good for teenage girlsFebruary 25, 2014kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Senior Whitney Richards is tired of doing what everyone tells her to do: Be the head cheerleader, date the football team captain, earn excellent grades, and go to her mother's alma mater for college. Her identity crisis begins when she, a tutor, ends up needing a tutor in order to pass Calculus class. There she is reconnected with a childhood friend, Taylor, who lives on the wrong side of town. Then she must do a lot of soul-searching when she is accused of snobbery, because of where she lives and who her friends are. Her friendship with Taylor deepens and we find out that she really can think for herself, and she isn't like her snobbish friends. However, even though Whitney is a Christian, and seeks to grow closer to God, she isn't entirely a role model. Throughout the book she disrespects, disobeys, argues with, and lies to her mother.
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. Whitney's "Who am I?" got old after a while, and although her mother was unbearable at times, I didn't like how Whitney treated her. I think teenage girls would like this book, though, and I would like to read its prequel, Roadside Assistance, which is about Whitney's cousin Emily.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my review of it.
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