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Rebecca Kauffman's Old Order Amish life is thrown into upheaval when her sister, who had joined the outside world, is killed in a car crash and leaves two teenage daughters for Rebecca to raise.
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Rebecca Kauffman's tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her 'English' sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife. Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica's rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kauffman Amish Bakery Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310289831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310289838
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at www.AmyClipston.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks.

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Playful Professional on May 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Rebecca is an Amish wife who's been told she cannot have children. When her sister Grace dies, she leaves Rebecca her two teenage girls giving her the chance to finally be a mother. It sounded intriguing to me and rightfully so. The book had a lot of potential, a great plot and characters, just poor execution in my opinion. The entire first half was great, Clipston developed not only each character fully but also developed the relationships between the characters. She posed realistic conflicts between the "English" girls and the Amish community and made you sympethic to both sides.

One of the biggest conflicts throughout the book is between Jessica (the oldest daughter) and Rebecca's husband Daniel. Jessica is set on not conforming to Amish culture, and Daniel is trying to following the rules of his religion and expects anyone living under his own roof to do the same. Try telling a 16-year old girl that she can't use her IPOD and that instead of shorts and a tank stop she has to wear a full length frock. Anyone can see a conflict, but the conflict that had me the most intrigued was actually the one between husband and wife. Rebecca finally stood up to Daniel when he told her the girls should leave, and it almost tore her marriage apart. And the book goes on with each side holding their own views and not budging.

So up until there the book was exciting and enjoyable. My problem with the book came in the final few chapters Clipston resolved, or didn't resolve the conflict. You think the author is going to work out some type of compromise between characters as a resolution, but she doesn't. Rebecca has to give in and Jessica and Daniel both get their ways. I feel like the author takes the easy way out alongside her characters by not developing a better resolution.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By V. Spalek on May 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think that Amy Clipston has captured the struggles of the Amish verses the English lifestyle perfectly. How do you go from having all the luxuries of the modern world and go to living in the past? You get to see the struggles from both sides as Rebecca tries to welcome her nieces, who don't even know her, into her life and treat them as if they were her own. I only hope that the next book continues where this one left off. There are many things that I wish to have answered and can hardly wait for the next book. I just wish authors could write as fast as I can read.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Debra Viscosi on April 26, 2009
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I live in Wichita, Kansas and our state fair is held each year in Hutchinson, Kansas. To visit the fair we travel through the town of Yoder, Kansas. I've looked at the Amish houses, bought their bread and wondered about their lives. What interests me in their lives is how the reconcile themselves with the modern world. This book is an insightful and very easy to read look at their lives. I truly enjoyed the look into their lives and find that I have a new appreciation for their desire for simplicity in life. As the mother of a 17 year old girl, I found myself relating to the dilemma that Grace's daughters found themselves in. The author did a fantastic job describing the characters reactions and emotions.

I eagerly await the publication of your next book. The book is making it's way around my family and I know my 95 year old grandmother will even enjoy reading it. In reading the book you learn about some Amish recipes. It is wonderful that the author has included some of them. I haven't tried the recipes yet but I certainly plan too!
Outstanding book!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Bischel on April 29, 2010
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I was interested in the premise: adding two teenage girls, raised Christian but had never been to an Amish community, to an Amish household. The results were disappointing in every way. Both girls were suffering from the death of their parents and the shock of moving to an Amish farm to live with their aunt. The younger girl fell into the many rules and traditions so easily that it couldn't be believed. The older girl, understandably upset and confused, made some awfully stupid errors, so that I felt like yelling at her at times. Still, she was in shock, in grief, and mostly confusion: the rules were poorly and incompletely explained to her, although she was repremanded repeatedly for not following them. How could she be expected to follow rules she didn't know exsisted? No one told her that it wasn't acceptable for her to go off with a young man even in an innocent situation, so why was she in trouble for going to lunch with her new Mennonite co-worker, or going with her male cousin to see the new kittens? And why didn't these young men explain that everything was innocent? In fact, since they must have known it was innappropriate, why did they invite her to go? It is bizarre to me that the boys weren't reprimanded, when they knew the rules, and should have shown her the correct way to behave, yet the story never even mentioned that idea. Why was she condemned for wearing inappropriate clothes when no one explained to her exactly what appropriate clothing was? What upset me the most was the judging and criticism by the Amish community. She wasn't there very long when they'd decided she was a bad influence that would corrupt their community and should leave! Frankly, I was shocked at the pettiness and lack of compassion in the Amish community depicted here.Read more ›
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