Miriam Lapp, who left the Amish community in Pennsylvania three years ago, is heartbroken when her sister calls to reveal that their mother has died suddenly. Travelling home to Pennsylvania, she is forced to face the heartache from her past, including her rift from her family and her broken engagement with Timothy Kauffman.
Miriam’s past emotional wounds are reopened when she finds out that Timothy is in a relationship with someone else and that the rumours that broke them up three years ago were all lies. However, when Timothy proposes to his girlfriend and Miriam’s father rejects her once again, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles.
But when Miriams father has a stroke and she has to travel back to Pennsylvania again, her world begins to change, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community and her faith in God.
What I thought:
Amy Clipston’s refreshing Kauffman Amish Bakery Series continues with A Place of Peace, the series third installment.
I thoroughly enjoyed reconnecting with the Kauffman family and their community. As always, Amys refreshing take on Amish fiction provides the perfect stage for a novel written from the point of view of a young woman who has lived in the English world. Miriams struggle to fit into the English world rang true for me, as she goes through the motions after having to set aside lofty dreams. As she is called home, I appreciated her willingness to keep trying to make things right with her family despite the heartbreaking opposition she faces.
As well as strong, well-developed characters and an engaging plot, A Place of Peace is sprinkled throughout with temptingly delicious-looking recipes inspired by the Kauffman bakery. My To Do list surely contains a note to test a recipe or two in the very near future. Walnut Kisses and Apple Butter Pie have my mouth watering for a taste! A Place of Peace certainly contains all the high quality ingredients for a satisfying and fulfilling journey with Miriam and her family.
A Place of Peace vividly shows how important family is and how each member should be cherished, despite how we may feel about their actions. Forgiveness and compassion should flavour our interactions and be the sweet ending to our challenges.
With thanks to Wynn~Wynn Media for Tracy’s review copy
Guest reviewer:~ My friend Tracy from Beyond My Picket Fence
Relz Reviewz Extras
Character spotlight on Timothy & Miriam
Character spotlight on Lindsay & Jessica Bedford
Interview with Amy