WOW!! I have now read both of Amy's Kaufman Amish Bakery Series books, and I thought they were both wonderful. Amy Clipston is now my favorite author of Amish fiction. When I started reading A Promise of Hope, I could not put it down. I read it in two days. I love how she includes Bible verses in her writings and emphasises how we should turn our struggles and trials over to
God and rely on him. My heart really went to Sarah when she lost her husband in the fire. I cried when I read that part. I cannot wait until December for the third book to be released.
This is the second book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series and the book that made me realise that Clipston is definitely my favourite author of Amish fiction. Beverly Lewis may well have earned a name for herself but I've fallen in love with the Kauffman novels. Clipston portrays the Amish as normal people who have the same problems as us "Englishers" and have to rely on God to help them through these struggles. I particularly like the fact that Clipston mentions specific Bible verses through her novels, rather than simply having vague references to characters praying. I really got the feeling that these characters looked to the Lord when they experienced problems. I also loved the sense of community that exists in the Kauffman family. I really envy the togetherness and commitment of Amish communities, which Clipston captures beautifully. I wasn't completely sure what to think of the storyline initially, as the idea of an Amish husband with a hidden past seemed a bit over-the-top, but it panned out wonderfully and I really felt the emotions of Sarah Rose and Luke. I've rather fallen in love with Clipston's characters and I hope that the epilogue was hinting at a third book in the series about Sarah Rose's brother Timothy. Another 5* from my favourite Amish author!
I loved this book. My heart ached for Sarah in losing her husband, finding out she is expecting twins and then to learn her husband had an affair and a child she knew nothing about. Then to have her husband's brother come and decease everyone who he is, was heartbreaking for Sarah. I loved how Sarah and Luke were brought back together again and his relationship with the family was restored. I loved how the Lord helped Sarah, her family and Luke thru all the trials they faced and brought them thru victoriously. I highly recommend this book and looking forward to book 3. I so appreciate the recipes as well. They sound delicious.