The Courtship Basket #2   -     By: Amy Clipston
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The Courtship Basket #2, in the Amish Heirloom series, by Amy Clipston

Overhearing a whispered conversation between the love of her life and her best friend puts an end to Rachel Fisher’s hopes for a happy life.  To ease her sorrow, she takes up teaching a class for learning disabled children at the Amish school.  When Rachel insists on intervening in the life of one of her students – John - a new relationship begins with John’s older brother, Mike Lantz, who’s helping his family cope with the death of his mother and his father’s illness. 

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 X 1.04 (inches)
ISBN: 0310342015
ISBN-13: 9780310342014
Series: Amish Heirloom

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Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined to keep her mind off the pain, she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.

The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

Author Bio

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

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  1. Red Lion, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story Full of Hope!
    October 22, 2016
    Bitsymc
    Red Lion, PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Courtship Basket is Book Two in The Amish Heirloom series. I enjoy series that are also stand-alone. The characters are relatable and the story inspirational. Rachel Fisher is heartbroken when the young man shes loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. She is determined to get past this bump in her road and starts teaching at an Amish school with children who have learning disabilities. Rachel recognizes six- year-old John Lantz needs extra help. His mother is deceased and his father has kidney disease so he is being raised by his older brother, Mike. Rachel takes it upon herself to reach out to the family by taking them meals in a special basket she found in her familys attic. Soon Johns grades improve and Rachel and Mike find their friendship growing. Will Mike and Rachel be able to overcome their doubts? Will they learn to trust and find forgiveness? Kidney disease is a subject dear to Amy Clipstons heart and this story will not disappoint! By the way, keep the tissues handy!

  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting the whole way through!
    September 6, 2016
    Maria
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston is the second book in the Amish Heirloom series. I didn't read the first book,but it didn't matter. I immediately became engrossed in the story and this book has now become one of my favorite Amish books. It wasn't boring or slow or trite. Instead it was full and engrossing and real.

    Rachel Fisher is devastated when she overhears her boyfriend and best friend talking about when they will be together. Shocked and hurt that her boyfriend of the last couple of years never really wanted to be with her, she holes up at home until she gets an offer to work as an assistant teacher in the learning disabilities school.

    Mike Lantz has a lot on his plate. A sick father requiring constant care, working at his father's shop, and caring for his 6 year old brother, John. Overwhelmed and exhausted Mike doesn't have much energy left to deal with John's behavioral issues at school, but when things get worse Mike decides to send him to the special needs school.

    Rachel immediately feels for John and spends as much time as she can helping him, but when her note home to his brother goes unanswered she assumes that means Mike doesn't care. Rachel decides to confront him and is dismayed when she finds out how wrong her assumptions were. Will she be able to fix things with Mike?

    This book kept my attention the whole time, and I'm planning on reading the first book in the series ASAP! The characters were so well thought out and well written, and the struggles that each character faced were realistic and intriguing. I can't wait for the third book to come out but until then I'll be over here reading the first book.... ;-)

    I was given this book for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
  3. WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Top Notch Amish Fiction
    August 22, 2016
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the second book in the Amish Heirloom series and I loved it. Amy Clipston never fails to deliver a top notch novel. Her characterization is full of depth and leaves you wanting more. The backstory of Rachel's mom continues in this book and leaves you wondering and wanting book three. I loved that Rachel pours herself into teaching after being rejected by her boyfriend. Her love and concern for a boy in her class leads her to a chance to love again. Faith, love, mystery, family, sacrifice, etc are all touched on. I highly recommend this book, as it leaves you feeling good and wanting to read more about this family.

    I received a copy of The a Courtship Basket from Thomas Nelson &Zondervan for an honest review and I have done that.
  4. Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Love and Forgiveness Fit in a Basket...Again!
    August 18, 2016
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an interesting story about two young people who seem to think they don't deserve to fall in love.

    Mike is busy caring for his younger half-brother, John, and their twice-widowed father who is slowly dying of renal failure. Rachel is trying to recover from a broken heart by immersing herself in a new job as a special-needs teacher. Neither thinks they have the time, and therefore "the right" to indulge in a romance that is obviously bound to happen. Fortunately, their families feel quite differently about the issue. Mike's supportive cousins encourage him to accept the after-school help and friendship Rachel offers little John...and by extension, Mike. Even his ailing father urges Mike not to let this "schee maedel" get away. Rachel's mom and sisters help her cook up dinners to share with Mike's bachelor household - arriving in an historical "courtship basket" that once helped to reconcile Rachel's parents. Eventually Mike and Rachel realize what we readers knew all along - they are perfect for each other. But their romance is short-lived, derailed by a simple misunderstanding. They each have to learn again how to forgive from the heart if they are to see their friendship blossom into married happiness.

    I enjoyed this book, though parts of it seemed trite and predictable (eg, hospital scenes), and some parts just seemed repetitive. I wish there was a "3.5 star rating" because I keep vacillating on how to rate it. I liked that is revolved around a scripture written inside the much-traveled courtship basket by Rachel's father: "And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort." When our emotions are unstable, I think it helps greatly to tie our minds and actions to the unchanging Word.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. If you like Amish fiction, I think you will enjoy this second book in Clipston's Amish Heirloom series.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Real and magical all at once.
    August 12, 2016
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    What a sweet story in The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston. Amy has such a way with her Amish stories. For me, Amish novels are about the culture, the faith and the community. The Courtship Basket illustrated all that, giving me a good dose of life in an Amish community, and a budding romance that had me cheering. The premise, using an "heirloom" to tie together romance of the past and the romance of the day, was beautiful. The rocky start for Rachel and Mike made for some drama, as well as a reason for restraint (of the characters). For me, as a reader, I'm soaking it all up, enjoying how sometimes the unexpected and the disappointments may very well be a blessing in disguised.

    The Courtship Basket is contemporary, allowing us to relate to these characters emotionally. I just love the communal aspect of helping one another, not just within the family, but as a community. I love the faith element as well as the evidence of experiences that reinforced that faith. Rachel's mamm's story had me intrigued, as well Veronica's story in The Forgotten Recipe, Book 1 of the Amish Heirloom series. Does anyone know if their mamm's story is another of Amy's novels? And if so, which one? Then , there's the hope chest of their grandma's, which in some ways seem almost magical. God's magic in His perfect timing. So experience this magic of a story, and let the courtship basket in this novel bring you something special as well.

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly Blog.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
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