Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Seat by the Hearth An Amish Homestead Novel By Amy Clipston

A Seat by the HearthA Seat by the HearthAn Amish Homestead Novel

By Amy Clipston 

Priscilla Allgyer knows that the past can never fully be left behind. But can love lead her toward the promise of healing?
Priscilla Allgyer left the community in hopes of escaping the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return to the place she thought she’d left behind forever—along with her six-year-old son. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.
As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day—while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won’t give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn’t realize it—and after Priscilla’s father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, the two are compelled to enter an awkward, unexpected engagement.
After Priscilla and Mark marry and live as friends, affection quietly grows between them—but Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.
My Thoughts:

Author Amy Clipston continues to write better with every single book and series she releases and A Seat by the Hearth is no exception. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, which is one of the reasons why I love reading books by Amy. She is fantastic Amish author and if you haven't read a book by her, I highly recommend all of her books. 
The plot in A Seat by the Hearth is enough to keep you turning the pages reading up way to late in the night until you finish the book. You'll love the characters as they are well developed and relatable. The characters face hardships that many readers face, which makes the characters real and the plot amazing. I will give one spoiler, if abuse is trigger for you I might recommend holding off on this book if that is an area you are working through in your life as the characters do walk through some of this from the past in this story. While this isn't a main theme, this content does come up. I love Mark, Priscilla, and Ethan. You will too.
Amy Clipston does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and making you feel that you're a part of the story. They experience life that we all relate to, including emotions, faith, forgiveness and hope. I highly recommend this book. Make sure you add this book to your Christmas list.
About the Author:
Amy ClipstonHi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories. 

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