Today I am reviewing Reckless Heart, a young adult novella in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston.
This is what GoodReads has to say about Reckless Heart:
Lydia Bontrager’s youngest sister is frighteningly ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher’s assistant and helping part time at her grandmother’s bakery.
Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk. The secret of that mistake leaves Lydia feeling even more restless and confused, especially when Joshua, the only boy she’s ever loved, becomes increasingly distant.
When a non-Amish boy moves in nearby, Lydia finds someone who understands her, but the community is convinced Lydia is becoming too reckless.
With the pressures at home and her sister’s worsening condition, a splintering relationship with Joshua, and her own growing questions over what is right, Lydia could lose everything that she’s ever held close.
Whoa! Amy Clipston has serious talent!
I began reading Reckless Heart and immediately had a bit of a rough time identifying with it… until I remembered that this isn’t one of her Amish novels written for women; it’s written for young adults… for youth… for teens!
And then it clicked and everything made sense.
Teenagers don’t think the way grown women do… especially women my age! And Amy somehow picks up on this and this novel totally relates to a young person – how they think, how they act… and react.
I have to admit, I was blind-sided… I didn’t expect a young Amish maedel to act so reckless (duh – maybe the book title should have given me a clue) but it is written tastefully and is a real eye-opener.
The story touches on how the young people can be seduced by some of the English ways, without even knowing it. It also shows how conflicted the young person can feel and how “normal” the household is – even to the family members being tired, angry, argumentative, jealous, frustrated and afraid. Yet they have something many others don’t have – they have a God whom they can trust, even in the bad times.
Amy Clipston does a tremendous job of showing how Lydia, Tristan, Mahlon and Joshua deal with their teenage anxieties and feelings.
If you haven’t read this amazing YA novel, pick up a copy and read it. It fits perfectly between the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series books 4 (A Life of Joy) and 5 (A Season of Love) but it focuses on some of the teenagers.
Tomorrow come back for my review of the (sob) final book from the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series… A Season of Love.
If you’ve been reading this series, don’t miss this YA… no, it’s not written the same; just think about your teenage years… and you’ll love it, too.
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©Donna J. Mynatt 2014
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