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The Cherished Quilt

The Cherished Quilt
Amy Clipston

About the Book:

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Tragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.

Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle’s shop. Christopher’s heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind—he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.

When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she’s found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.
Emily finishes the quilt, in spite of her pain. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his heart?

About the Author:

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Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy’s memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at http://www.AmyClipston.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks.

 

My Review:

The Cherished Quilt is Emily and Christopher’s story, a story of tragedy, friendship and love. Christopher Hochstetler leaves Ohio to come to Pennsylvania to work at his uncles shop, Bird-in-Hand. Emily Fisher is excited to meet the new employee at her father’s shop. Little did she now, Christopher isn’t ready to make friends but Emily isn’t going to give up on him.

All Christopher is looking for is a fresh start, his heart has been severely wounded and its not until Emily is kind to him that he begins to open up to her. He shares with her the reasons why he left Ohio. Upon hearing this, Emily decides she is going to make him a quilt. Emily finds her self falling love with Christopher but a family emergency takes him back to Ohio. She finishes the quilt and gives it to him. What will happen with the budding relationship? Will Christopher return to Pennsylvania?

The Cherished Quilt is book three in An Amish Heirloom Series written by Amy Clipston. This has been one of those “I can’t put it down until I finish books.” You will savor every moment of Emily and Christopher’s budding relationship and shed a tear or two. Ms. Clipston has outdone herself with this one, with her amazing writing skills, her outstanding research, her books are ones you will re-read for years to come.

I highly recommend this book for all Amish Fiction lovers, even though it is book three in the series, it still can be read as a stand-alone however, I suggest starting with book one: The Forgotten Recipe and book two: The Courtship Basket. Be looking for book four: The Beloved Hope Chest releasing in May of 2017. I promise you will not be disappointed and will love this series!

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required!! All opinions expressed here are my own.

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An Amish Harvest

An Amish Harvest: Four Novellas

Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman

_140_245_book-1978-coverAbout the Book:

Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn.

Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman

When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again . . . until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi’s heart—and give Brock his own second chance at love?

Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman

When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the house is broken into, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends—and discover an unexpected new love?

A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller

Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he’s different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love—and the blessing of God—be enough to overcome their doubters?

About the Authors:

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She is a two-time winner of the Carol Award in, a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. This is Beth’s fifteenth novel, and she has also published thirteen novellas that appear in various Thomas Nelson collections.

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Wordand Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at http://www.kathleenfuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, and Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.

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

Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.  Visit Vannetta’s website: www.vannettachapman.com  Twitter: @VannettaChapman  Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks

My Review:

An Amish Harvest consist of four novellas written by some of the top Christian Amish Fiction writers; Vannetta Chapman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Beth Wiseman. These ladies have written some of the best books I have read. Each novella has a story of faith, hope, and love and set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn, hence the title An Amish Harvest. Each story will captivate you and you will not be able to put the book down until your finished.

Under the Harvest Moon is written by Beth Wiseman and tells us the story of Naomi Dienner who is suddenly widowed, and never plans on finding love again that is until she meets an English family friend, Brock Mulligan. Can Naomi learn to love again?

Love and Buggy Rides written by Amy Clipston tells us the story of Janie Lantz and Jonathan Stoltfuz. When a frightening accident brings the two together into a blossoming friendship but obstacles along the way come between them. Can their love burn away fear and regret?

Mischief in the Autumn Air written by Vannetta Chapman tells us the story of Eli Wittmer  who runs an auction house and the items start going above market value which leaves him thrilled and then puzzled. The auction house is broken into and Eli and Martha Beiler who is Eli’s bookkeeper track down a trail of clues. Can they solve this mystery?

A Quiet Love written by Kathleen Fuller tells us the story of Dina Hochstetler who longs for marriage but is overly shy. Amos Mullett who is a simple farmer is different but still longs for a loving wife. As these two begin a budding romance, can they overcome their doubters?

Wonderful written, full of surprises and definitely one I will re-read over and over!! An Amish Harvest is a book you will want to pick up today.

Thank you to the Publisher for providing me a copy of this book for my honest review.

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Q and A with Author Amy Clipston

I have had the honor of being on Amy Clipston’s Street Team, Amy Clipston’s Bakery Bunch. All of us help Amy promote her books by word of mouth, sharing on Social Media and by posting reviews. I have had the privilege to send Amy some questions that I have wanted to ask for her to answer. Here are those Q & A’s!!!

When did you know you wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved to write. It’s always been sort of a stress reliever for me. I started making up stories in my head when I was in elementary school, and I carried around notebooks that I filled with silly stories. I’ve always felt like something is missing if I’m not working on a book.

 

The strange thing is that I didn’t want to pursue a career in writing until after college when I accidentally found a local chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). Until I joined RWA, writing was a hobby.  When I attended a meeting, I realized I could possibly turn my hobby into something more. Through RWA, I met writers in all stages of their careers, and I learned how to polish a book and then find an agent.

After knowing writing was something you wanted to do, how did you choose the style of writing you use, the genre?

 

I was always fascinated with the Amish when I was a child. I remember visiting Lancaster County when I was younger, and my father, who was a German immigrant, told me the Amish speak the same dialect of German as my relatives. I was drawn to their simplicity and faith. Due to my German heritage, I feel a loose connection to the culture. I was inspired by other Amish authors to try to write my own Amish stories.

Have you always lived in North Carolina? If not, how did you know that’s where you wanted to be?

I was born and raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey. My parents and I fell in love with Virginia Beach, VA, while we were tourists. When I was 18, my father was 62 and wanted to retire, and we made the move to Virginia Beach. I attended Virginia Wesleyan College and then went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Norfolk, Virginia. I also met and married my husband, Joe, while I was in Virginia. Joe and I decided we wanted to live further south, so moved my parents and our children to the Charlotte area of North Carolina in 2006. We love it here! I often joke that I may have been born in New Jersey, but I got to North Carolina as quickly as I could.

A lot of people don’t know that you gave your husband one of your kidneys, how did you make that decision? How did he feel when you told him?

Joe received a kidney from his brother in 2004, and it only lasted four years.  In 2008, he went back on dialysis, and he was very ill. I was willing to donate to Joe, but I wasn’t a perfect match. Instead of donating a kidney to Joe, I found another way to help him. I became a paired donor for him, meaning that I donated a kidney so that he could receive one in exchange.

I donated a kidney on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation,  Joe received a second kidney transplant. My husband and I matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. I donated a kidney to a woman, and in exchange, her husband gave a kidney to Joe.

My memoir, A Gift of Love, details our journey with Joe’s kidney disease and his two kidney transplants.   You can find my memoir here: http://amyclipston.com/project/the-gift-of-love/

Due to Joe’s kidney struggles, I’ve become an advocate for both organ and blood donation. I volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation, and I also run blood drives at my church. If you are healthy and able, please give the gift of life and donate blood.

What are some things that you and your husband do to make your marriage stronger?

We try to make time for each other, whether it’s date night where we go to dinner or just watching a movie together. We do our best to keep the lines of communication open and talk things out when we get frustrated with each other. Marriage is a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it. We’ve faced some tough times, but in the end, we’re thankful to have each other and our two awesome sons.

 

Thank you to Amy Clipston for answering these questions for me!! Be sure to check out Amy’s newest series: Amish Heirloom Series and her newest novella in An Amish Harvest.

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The Courtship Basket

The Courtship Basket

Amy Clipston

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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?

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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

My Review:

The Courtship Basket is Book Two in Amy Clipston’s The Amish Heirloom Series. Let me begin by saying I am a huge fan of Amy’s books and I live in North Carolina also. I have read many of Amy’s books and find myself anxiously waiting for a new one to release. The Courtship Basket releases Tuesday June 28th.

The Courtship Basket will have you laughing and crying all the way through it. One you will not want to put down until you finish it. I enjoyed reading the story of Rachel and getting to know Mike, John and the rest of the characters from this novel. Amy also includes some of the characters from book one, The Forgotten Recipe. We all can relate to the characters in this book.

If you love Amish Fiction, Lancaster County, and Amy Clipston, then this book is for you. I highly recommend reading The Forgotten Recipe first. I promise, you will not be let down. Grab the tissues, tell others you will be unavailable, curl up with The Courtship Basket and read!!

Thank you to the Author and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review!!!

 

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An Amish Market

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Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman

 

An Amish Market is four novellas written by 4 very well known Amish Fiction authors, which you will not want to put down until your finished. An Amish Market begins with Love Birds by Amy Clipston.

 

Love Birds is the story of Ellie Lapp and her mother who are suffering the loss of her brother, Seth. Its only Ellie and her mom now and Ellie knows they don’t have much money to live off of, so Ellie takes a job at one of the gift shops in town and is so excited about her first job. Lloyd was Seth’s best friend and has a hobby of carving birds and when Ellie sees the birds, she knows exactly what he needs to do with them, sell them at the gift shop. Ellie secretly has a crush on Lloyd and betrays his trust. Will Lloyd forgive Ellie? Will he realize his true feelings for her or will it be too late?

 

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

 

Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market each week to sell and every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. There is a quilt that Hannah has her eye on and Ezra bids a huge amount on the quilt. Hannah Lynne has feelings for Ezra but does Ezra have the same feelings for her? Did Ezra bid on the blanket to win Hannah Lynne’s love?

 

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

 

 

On Isabella’s first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas, she shattered a jar of pickled beets. The store manager, Will Glick gave her a frosty reaction when it happened. Will has had his heart broken numerous times and Isabella wants to be the one to repair that broken heart. Will he let her in? Will Isabella be able to mend his heart?

 

Love In Store by Vannetta Chapman

 

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill along with new employee David Stoltzfus who is recent widower. Strange things begin to happen and it appears that someone wants to close the doors to the Old Mill. Stella and David must work together to solve the mystery. Will they find out who is behind it? Does God have a bigger plan in store for these two?

 

I absolutely love Amish Fiction and loved all four of these novellas. I couldn’t put the book down until it was finished!! This is one I definitely will reread over again. I highly recommend this book to all!!

 

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review.

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A Simple Prayer

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A Simple Prayer

Amy Clipston

 

About the Book:

 

Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.

Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.

As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.

Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?

About the Author:

 

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller 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 four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at http://www.amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

 

My Review:

 

A Simple Prayer is book 4 in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series by author Amy Clipston. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Clipston and I loved it, I have already purchased the first three in the series and can’t wait to read those. Ms. Clipston has done her research on the Amish and has to be one of the top Amish Fiction writers I have read.

 

A Simple Prayer is the story of Linda Zook, her upbringing and how she longs to be worthy of someone. At the age of four, Linda and her family were in a buggy accident and she was the only survivor left to be raised by her Uncle Reuben. Her life hasn’t been easy dealing with the injuries she sustained from the accident and from the upbringing she received. Feeling worthless until her friend ask her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed and Breakfast, this could be a turning point for Linda.

 

Aaron Ebersol has returned to Paradise, Pennsylvania upon hearing of his mother’s stroke. Aaron left the Amish community seventeen years ago and has decided to stay at the Bed and Breakfast. Aaron and Linda cross paths and realize they have a lot in common.

 

What will happen between Aaron and Linda? Can they forgive the ones who have hurt them? Will they find love?

 

This is such a great book; you definitely will not put it down!!! Must Read for all Amish Fiction lovers!!

 

Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book for my honest review!!