As a member of Amy Clipston’s Bakery Bunch, we are given challenges each month, and this month’s challenge is to review an older book of Amy’s that we have either read or not read before. My favorite series of Amy’s is The Kauffmann Bakery Series, and I have read all of those books numerous times since it transforms me in my mind to the Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop up in Lancaster County. I decided to step out of that comfort zone and re-read one of the books in Amy’s series, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel, “A Simple Prayer“, which is book 4 in this series.
Taken from the back of “A Simple Prayer“:
“Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.
As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.
Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.
As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.
Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?”
Here is my review of “A Simple Prayer“…
In Amy Clipston’s “A Simple Prayer“, her fourth book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand series, her novel portrays forgiveness amongst several different families and how far our strength in love and faith can carry us. One portraying of forgiveness is both Linda and Aaron need to forgive family members for wrongs that have been done to them. We cam all relate that is easier said than done.
One of my favorite things about this book is being transformed back to Hannah’s Bed & Breakfast and seeing how the lives of the characters I have grown to love in this series develop.
Amy’s writing makes you feel like you are right there in the pages of the book, not on the outside looking in. And I absolutely love this about a book – I want to feel like I am there involved in the story.
If my review has enticed you in any way, I’d recommend getting the first book in this series, “A Hopeful Heart“, and start reading that and then proceed with the other three books in the series. You can read this as a stand alone novel, but I just love reading a series from start to finish.