17 February 2011
A Place of Peace by Amy Clipston, Book Review
A Place of Peace, Book 3 in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series has all the requirements for a good story about the beautiful Amish countryside Amy Clipston so vividly describes for avid readers.
Four years ago heartbroken Miriam left Pennsylvania and the Amish community she belonged to. Believing her fiance Tim Kauffman was not faithful to their love, she breaks up her engagement and leaves without an explanation to live in the English world.
When she is called back following her mom's sudden death, she returns home seeking forgiveness and understanding from her family. She soon realizes they are not ready to accept the past and amongst much hurt and confusion she leaves again, but not before she finds out jealousy was behind the lies she was told about her fiance. Tim however has found someone else.
Back in Indiana, Miriam comes to realize she does not belong anymore there than she belongs with her friends and family and it is a time of much soul searching for her.
Returning to her birthplace for yet another family emergency, she endures more loss leaving her to question her faith in God and her place in a community that shuns her.
With her warm and thoughtful descriptive of the Amish countryside, Amy Clipston lets us discover how Miriam and Tim learn eventually to forgive past hurts and finds peace in the place that means so much to them.
Her refreshing novels gives us a glimpse of a unique order, a "plain" community who has retained their faith in their "Ordnung" in a Century of constant new technology.
A Place of Peace brings you once again the many facets of the Amish life readers enjoys discovering in her books, with lives and daily struggles reminding us that Englisher or Dietsch speaking, God is always by our side and faith can indeed work miracles.
A glossary of the "Dietsch" language is included along with a "wunderbaar" recipe for Apple Strudel!
Once again a heartfelt thank you to Amy Clipston for her detailed acknowledgment list in particular, The Creekside Inn in Lancaster County, PA.
I always enjoy checking out the many sources she delves in whilst writing yet another novel.
Be sure to check out also A Gift of Grace, A Promise of Hope and of course A Plain and Simple Christmas (reviewed here) for more of her stories!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ARC book free from Zondervan Book Publisher as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."