1. Room on the Porch Swing
    Room on the Porch Swing
    Amy Clipston
    Zondervan / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful
    July 17, 2018
    Cynthia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild, I was not paid or required to give a favorable review. This was the second in the series and brought together characters from the first book and a few new. This story shows that the feeling the loss of a spouse is so hard on a singe parent and the help of friends, family and community can pull you through. Allan lost his wife Savilla to complications of the flu and was left raising their little girl Mollie alone. His mother in law was helping until she fell an hurt herself. Savilla best friend Laura comes to help take care of her and to do things around the home to help. But her boyfriend Rudy who hasn't been very attentive in the 4 years they have been together doesn't quite understand. Laura understands loss after her mom died not long before her best friends. I so enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the the 3rd book.
  2. Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not my favorite, but a good one!
    July 17, 2018
    Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    About this book:

    When tragedy strikes, can two young Amish people find the hope that lies on the other side?

    Laura Riehl is no stranger to heartache. Less than a year after her mothers death, Laura finds herself burying another loved one: her best friend, Savilla, who has died after a brief and sudden illness. Laura feels heartbroken and alone, but her pain is nothing compared to that of Allen, the husband Savilla has left behind. He now faces a life so different from the one he imaginedplus a baby to care for on his own.

    When Laura offers to help Allen with baby Mollie, he jumps at the opportunity until a permanent solution can be found. Shed do anything to lend a hand to Allen and to honor her best friends memory. Rudy, Lauras boyfriend, is initially supportive of her plan, but the more time Laura spends with Allen, the more jealous and frustrated Rudy seems to become.

    As Laura and Allen face hardships together, their friendship takes a surprising yet comforting turnand she discovers an attraction shes never felt with Rudy. Would falling for Allen betray the people she cares about most, or would denying those feelings betray her heart? This latest installment in the Amish Homestead series returns us to Lancaster County, home of the beloved Riehls, where a familys strengthand advice from a new friendmay help Laura find Gods direction.

    Series: Book #2 in the Amish Homestead series. Review of Book #1 Here!

    Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mention, quoted, & read; Prayers; Church going; Talks about God; Hs are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & His will; Mentions of prayers, praying, thanking God, & blessings over food; Mentions of church, church going, services, sermons, hymns, ministers, & youth gatherings; Mentions of Bibles; Mentions of singing Christian childrens song; Mentions of being blessed & blessings; Mentions of sins & being sinful; A couple mentions of Christian novels;A mention of praising God; A mention of a Christian man.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a shut up and two stupids; A bit of sarcasm & eye rolling; A sudden death & seeing another throw up (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a sudden death, illnesses, & throwing up (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of an accident & death; Mentions of pain, injuries, & blood/bleeding; Mentions of lies/fibs & lying; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of nightmares; A couple mentions of car accidents & injuries.

    Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, a head kiss, a not-detailed kiss, a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss, and a semi-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, & Shivers (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Remembering touches (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Wanting to touch & embrace (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Staring; Many mentions of dating, dates, boyfriends, girlfriends, break-ups, & jealousy; Mentions of reputations; A few mentions of cheating/affairs; A few mentions of touches; A couple mentions of a possible out-of-wedlock pregnancy; A couple mentions of kisses & kissing (not-detailed); A couple mentions of flirting; A couple mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of crushes; A mention of a wedding night; Love, falling in love, trying to not be in love, & the emotions;

    *Note: A couple mentions of unmentionables.

    -Laura Riehl, age 22

    -Allen Lambert

    P.O.V. switches between them

    321 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars

    My personal Rating- Four Stars

    While this wasnt my favorite Amy Clipston Amish book, it was a light four-star read that I enjoyed. Some readers might not like the back-and-forth of Laura and Allens emotions, but I thought that they were realistic. I think I would share nearly the same reactions as they did if I was in their shoes. Like other connected series, it was nice to see the couple from the first book and get hints about the third book. :)

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Zondervan) for this honest review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Story
    July 14, 2018
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cherished every word as I read this book. The author is such an eloquent writer and brings the characters to life with her words. I loved the significance of the porch swing in the story. My grandfather had a porch swing and every summer I couldn't wait to visit him. We would sit for hours just talking and the wisdom he shared with me I will never forget.

    When certain characters would sit on the porch swing, I knew it was going to be a time of memories and unconditional love. It was a place for people to sit and share their worries and be comforted. I loved Laura right away and admired her compassion to help out when her best friend passes away. It was difficult for Laura to adjust to not having her friend around, but she was blessed to be able to help take care of the baby that was missing her mother. Laura is still grieving the loss of her own mother and the loss of her best friend is a bit much for her.

    Allen is a very humble man and tries his best to take care of Mollie and still run his business. The arrangement he makes with Laura to be his nanny seems like a great idea. Laura has a lot to deal with and I wondered if she took on too much too soon. Her devotion to Mollie is special and maybe being around Mollie helped her to deal with losing her best friend. I have to say I was quite surprised that Laura stayed overnight at Allen's house. Is this something that the bishop would be alright with? It was sure to cause problems with her boyfriend and I loved the way Laura prayed and asked for guidance.

    The story is wonderful and really made me think how important it is to be happy in a relationship. Rumors and gossip can cause misunderstandings and draw people apart. The author does a great job of exploring a relationship between Allen and Laura. Is Allen ready to love again? Will Laura decide if her boyfriend is right for her? Don't miss this beautiful story of letting go and listening to God .

    I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
  4. East Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Amish Read
    June 29, 2018
    Tammy G.
    East Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love the cover of this book but the story is better than the cover!

    This story is a bit sad but through sadness Laura and Allen discover friendship and love. This is the second in the Amish Homestead novels. I did not read the first one and I wasn't lost so I believe this is a stand alone novel.)

    Poor Allen he not only lost his sweet wife, Savilla, but he has a baby daughter to care for also.

    Savilla was Laura's best friend so when she passed away Laura is heart broken. Then Laura realizes that Allen must care for baby, Mollie, and work. So, Laura tells Allen that she would like to take care of Mollie for him.

    Allen jumps at the chance and he and Laura begin to create a friendship that turns to more than friendship.

    Second chances come in surprisingly strange ways.

    A great story!

    *This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*
  5. WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed
    June 26, 2018
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Book two in Am Amish Homestead series revisits some old friends from book one and tells Lauras story. It is a story of loss of loved ones and loss of relationship and finding a new normal in the chaos of life. Baby Mollie is such an endearing character that grabs your heart and leaves you in tears. I found it to be somewhat predictable but was still an interesting read and enjoyable. I look forward to book three and spending more time with the Riehl family. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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