My Review of The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston

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Amy Clipston’s second book in her Amish Heirloom series is The Courtship Basket which will be available June 28, 2016.  In the first book, The Forgotten Recipe, Veronica Fisher finds an old recipe up in the attic.  In the second book, The Courtship Basket, her sister, Rachel, finds an old courtship basket up there.  Their attic must be an interesting place to visit.  I wonder what Amy Clipston has up her sleeve or should I say up in the Fisher’s attic for her third book, The Cherished Quilt, which will be out in November of this year.

I just loved reading Amy’s The Kauffman Bakery Series, and The Amish Heirloom series rates right up there with that series.  Excellent books that you must read if you love Amy Clipston’s writing style, Amish fiction, and Lancaster County.

Here is the synopsis from the back of The Courtship Basket:

“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?”

This book especially had to be close to Amy’s heart to write since it dealt with the subject of kidney disease.  Tying something so personal into one of her books touched my heart, and it will touch yours as well.

This book made me laugh and cry as I was reading through the pages.  I have to admit I read this book in only two sittings – it was that good.  I didn’t want to put it down.  As well as getting to know Rachel Fisher and Mike Lantz, I enjoyed reading about the characters from The Forgotten Recipe as well and catching up with them.

Rachel’s jumping the gun on her words and actions reminded me a lot about myself and trying to fix life’s problems.  I am always one to jump in and try to fix something – sometimes good and sometimes not, as seen in the case with Rachel as well.

I love reading anything set in Lancaster County.  I can relate to places mentioned and just visualize being there with the characters.

On June 28th when this book becomes available, you must grab yourself a copy.  If you haven’t read The Forgotten Recipe yet, grab that now, so you can learn about the characters that are also mentioned in The Courtship Basket.  And then when June 28th gets here, start reading this.  You can also pre-order a copy on Amazon right now by following this link…

Another great series by Amy Clipston!  Find out what the background and importance of the courtship basket is.

Disclaimer – I received a copy of this book to review for being a member of Amy’s Bakery Bunch.


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