Today I am reviewing The Courtship Basket, book two in the Amish Heirloom series by Amy Clipston.
Here is a brief synopsis:
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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You have got to read this… it’s so wonderful!
Wow! Another amazing, beautiful story from Amy Clipston!
Amy’s stories are thought-provoking in the best ways possible . . . I carry them with me for weeks after reading one—hesitant to let go of the characters I’ve come to love. These stories pull at my heartstrings and mess with my emotions, until I can finally walk away. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait long for her next book.
Rachel and Mike certainly had this effect on me. I could so easily identify with both of them. And I knew from experience that things might—or might not—work out for them. Of course, I’m not going to say anything more about that! If you’re curious (and I hope you are) get a copy and read it for yourself.
I love the idea of sharing a picnic basket—and the hope of a brighter tomorrow—so much that I couldn’t put it down till the very end. Of course, I did the same thing when I read The Forgotten Recipe — and I’m looking forward to the third (and probably last) book in the series, The Cherished Quilt. If you enjoy reading Amish fiction as much as I do, get the whole series and read them all, one after another – it’s just what I’m planning to do when book three is released.
Amy, you excel at writing wonderful Amish stories with just the right amount of hope, love and faith! Thank you!
If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you’ll LOVE The Courtship Basket!
God bless you!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt