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This first book in the Amish Homestead series, involves two Amish families dealing with the loss of a loved one.
In a quiet community in Lancaster County, Jamie Riehl runs his Amish farm and is a volunteer fire fighter for the local fire department.
Kayla Dienner lost her older brother to a fire a year ago. She still has a difficult time when she hears the sounds of sirens. Her younger brother Nathan, wants to join the fire department and she tries to persuade him not to join.
When Jamie and Kayla meet, the two hit it off, but both try to avoid getting involved because she needs to get over the fear she has of losing someone she loves and he needs to get over his feelings of guilt.
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Amish Homestead
An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster CountyBeth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron, Kelly LongThomas Nelson / 2017 / Mass Paperback$5.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Amish Millionaire Collection: A 6-in-1 Series from Holmes CountyWanda E. Brunstetter, Jean BrunstetterShiloh Run Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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In the midst of family heartaches, can two young Amish people move past their grief and trust that Gods will includes finding happiness again?
Jamie Riehl might very well be burning both ends of the candle. Running the family farm keeps him busy enough, but add in his volunteering for the local fire department, and Jamie barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner while responding to a fire, he is smitten.
Kayla tries so hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, shes spent the last year trying to talk her younger brother, Nathan, out of joining the fire department. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago has reinforced the dangers of just such a profession, and she cant bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.
When tragedy strikes, Jamie runs from the guilt he feels and buries himself in his work, extinguishing any flickers of a relationship between him and Kayla. In order to save the love she was so determined to deny, Kayla must set aside her own fears, trusting that the reward of love is far greater than the risk of pain.
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller 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 three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston
Musicgirl665 Stars Out Of 5HeartwarmingFebruary 14, 2018Musicgirl66Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Kayla Dienner has suffered heartbreak at the hands of a former boyfriend. Can she trust her heart again? Jamie Riehl has never been one to date and doesn't know how to relate to a girl even though he has 2 sisters. Tragedy strikes, is there any hope for Kayla and Jamie? I don't read a plethora of Amish book, but this is one I would highly recommend because the focus is on the characters, not the religion.
Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Place at Our Table by Amy ClipstonFebruary 7, 2018Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A number of issues and how they are explored and dealt with are covered in this tale of our two lovers, Kayla and Jamie. The different members of their two families are thrown together by way of their Amish faith, occupations and sad loss.
There are many ups and downs, hurt feelings, wrong impressions and the way they are dealt with, keep you turning pages and you realize these two families love God but sometimes forget to trust Him.
There is much good advice woven throughout for us all to consider. Amy is an excellent storyteller and I look forward to how she resolves problems. I have many of her books.
Thank you, Fiction Guild, for this fine book!
Yvette K.3 Stars Out Of 5First of new Amish Homestead seriesJanuary 17, 2018Yvette K.Quality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3A Place at Our Table starts off as a boy meets girl story, where he is too shy and she is busy protecting her heart until tragedy strikes and puts one of them into a bit of a tailspin.
James (Jamie) Riehl, volunteer firefighter and very eligible Amish bachelor, hasn't ever had a serious girlfriend and his younger siblings are on his case. His younger brother Mark, a twin, is particularly prone to handing out advice that he himself doesn't follow. So they are all excited when Jamie finally asks Kayla Dienner to be his girlfriend. Their families had begun to bond at the barn raising after the fire that introduced Jamie and Kayla (and gave Jamie the opportunity to start off as a bit of a hero in the story, particularly in the eyes of Kayla's younger brother Nathan).
Tension between Jamie and Kayla initially stems from her broken heart from a past break-up as well as the encouragement Jamie gives fourteen-year-old Nathan to look into training as a volunteer fireman. The loss of their oldest son in an accident with the same fire company has Nathan's parents reluctant to allow him to sign up and Kayla even more upset at the prospect. Though beyond thrilled to be boyfriend and girlfriend, once Kayla is willing to go beyond being just friends, there are issues that continue and a plot-twisting tragedy that was a bit foreshadowed brings those issues to new levels.
I've found that I enjoy these sub-genre novels best when there is something I find unexpected in them. While Kayla and Jamie both exhibited behaviors that I wasn't expecting - and I didn't fully expect the pivotal event that should have turned at least one of them into a more sympathetic character - I just didn't quite get on with this one. But still, it is a well-written story and will surely please many fans of Amish Romance and of Amy Clipston, who continues to have some of the prettiest covers of the sub-genre. I'm unsure if I'll continue with this series, though Mark's story might tempt me the most.
This review refers to a finished copy I voluntarily received from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great New SeriesJanuary 7, 2018LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed reading about an Amish firefighter as this is something I have never heard of. Jamie and Kayla are both dealing with loss in their lives and each grieving in their own way that causes them to make poor choices in how they act and react. Watching their Faith play a part in healing and second chances makes for a sweet read. I look forward to more in this series as some of the secondary characters grabbed my attention and I hope to learn more about them. This is a wonderful story of forgiveness of self and others, healing, and loving in the hard times.
I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring Story!January 6, 2018Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"He needed to go back to the firehouse and mind his own business."
Kayla Dienner has lost one brother in his role as a fire fighter, she is not about to lose another one, if she can help it. So why is her interest piqued by the handsome fireman who seems to be answering all of her little brother's questions, after pulling Nathan out of a burning barn?
Jamie Riehl can't help but notice the lovely young woman whose unwarranted animosity towards him seems a little out of place. After all, the barn could be rebuilt, the fire did not spread to the home and no one was serious injured. Perhaps they could begin their acquaintance under different circumstances.
When Kayla does agree to a friendship, Jamie could never have imagined the troubled path that would unfold before them; grief, broken promises, and misplaced priorities all combine to "A Place at our Table" a tutorial on the ability for "faith to make us well".
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.