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Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Kauffman Amish Bakery
Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where youll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each womans story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. Youll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the "English" way of lifeand 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 Miriams father disowns her, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles. When Miriams 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.
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
The author tells the story by using multiple viewpoints that allow readers a peek into the mindset of an Amish community. Readers will be caught up in character conflict as they watch sparks fly between Miriam and her former love interest. It is this relationship in particular that reveals the most artfully-woven plot points. Readers are sure to be properly frustrated by the author's page-turning ability to keep her main characters apart.
The central portion of the plot revolves around Miriam and her desire to be reunited with her Amish roots. Though she is continually shunned by her family, Miriam slowly wins her way back into the hearts of her friends and even manages to catch the eye of her old sweetheart, Timothy Kauffman. But the opening of old wounds and the unraveling of a deceitful web leaves Miriam's future hanging in the balance. Ultimately, Miriam must decide if she will return to her Amish upbringing or permanently abandon it in favor of a comfortable English life.
Miriam Lapp is a sweet, confused human who desires to be accepted and loved by those people she cares for most. While her long-suffering nature can make her seem almost too perfect at times, her loyalty to family and concern for friends is admirable. It is also notable that minor characters who are initially portrayed as antagonists are, in the end, only well-meaning members of what is essentially a somewhat dysfunctional, Amish family. Overall, the theme of Clipston's latest tale solidly upholds biblical truths, such as those found in Colossians 3:13: Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Reading A Place of Peace was an experience that can be compared to eating a whoopie pie. The first few bites were tasty, but by the time the entire dessert was consumed, I was left wondering if Clipston's creation was just a little too sweet. However, unlike the empty calories of a whoopie pie, this Amish treat does offer up some nutritious value. Generous portions of Christian love and forgiveness, along with liberal dashes of loyalty and friendship, are found throughout the book. Top it all off with a dollop of romance, and you have a recipe for a story that any Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunstetter fan will be sure to enjoy. Kari Travis, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com