Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Promise Of Hope by Amy Clipston ~ review

A Promise of Hope: A Novel (Kauffman Amish Bakery Series)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031028984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310289845

About the book:
In A Promise of Hope, the second book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston, an Amish widow with newborn twins discovers her deceased husband had disturbing secrets. As she tries to come to grips with the past, she considers a loveless marriage to ensure stability for her young family … with her faith in God hanging in the balance.

My take on this book:
A Promise Of Hope is the second book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, but can easily be read as a stand alone work, I actually read book three first and became hooked, and while I have totally read the series out of order, I had no problems jumping into this story, the author provides enough background information that kept me from feeling lost,but didn't bog the story down.
When Peter Troyer dies in a fire, his wife Sarah feels as if her world has fallen out from under her, not only is she grieving the loss of her husband, but she is also expecting twins. She is further shocked Luke Troyer shows up saying that he is a relative of Peter's, because her husband had always told her that he was an orphan with no family. When Luke starts revealing Peter's past Sarah starts to wonder if her marriage was a sham. Why would Peter lie about having a family, and what other secrets did he have? Will Sarah ever be able to find forgiveness for her deceased husband, and will her heart ever be able to trust and love again?

I really love the setting of this story, the Kauffman family bakery reminds me of a little Amish bakery that I visit when I travel into Ohio. The characters in this story are very easy to relate to, and you can easily imagine the devastation that Sarah must have felt when she lost her husband,  but then to find that he had deceived her was another blow. The close knit feel of the Kauffman family was  easily felt as I read the story. There are discussion questions included with the story, and recipes peppered throughout which is an added bonus!
If your looking for a great book, that has a nice inspirational message that revolves around Amish characters then you should pick up this book, but I will warn you once you read this one you are going to want to read the rest of the books in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series!

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