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The Courtship Basket (An Amish Heirloom Novel) Paperback – June 28, 2016
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"Readers will be engaged not only with Rachel and Mike's romance, but also with the slowly unwinding story told by Rachel's mother about her courtship days with Rachel's father." ---RT Book Reviews --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston
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Rachel is a relatable character, a conscientious woman who wants to do well in all her endeavors but sometimes lets her weaknesses get in the way, as we all do. Mike, too, wins empathy and sympathy right away as he does his best to care for a severely ill father and the little brother who desperately needs him. He and Rachel are a pleasure to watch together, especially as they interact with other Lantz family members. As John so innocently puts it, these three people act like a family long before they actually commit to each other.
Once again, Amy uses her impressive knowledge of the Amish to craft a romance centered around a unique object that would be special to that culture. Here, it's a picnic basket the Fisher girls' mother used to take meals in to their father. Rachel uses it to bring needed meals and fellowship to Mike, John, their father Raymond, and their cousins. The results are often as sweet as a plate of brownies, though not always substantial.
The lack of substantiality in this book disappointed me. As with The Forgotten Recipe, characters seem to go round and round, having the same dialogues again and again. For example, Rachel constantly dithers over whether Mike likes her, despite the fact that almost anything he does and says after a certain point indicates he does. Everyone around her also constantly comments on how good a teacher Rachel is. Many times in the early chapters, it's said that John needs help, even though readers can clearly see efforts to provide said help.
I also had a problem with some of Rachel's actions late in the novel, and what precipitated them. For example, she jumps to the conclusion that Mike is seeing another woman behind her back and refuses to talk to him about it because her ex-boyfriend already did this to her. Fine, but up until that (very late) point, we had seen no evidence Mike would do such a thing, or that he had ever had other romantic interests. Worse, the "other woman" turns out to be his cousin Janie, which he somehow neglected to mention to Rachel, and Rachel had somehow never seen. I had a really hard time buying that.
Overall, this book is an okay read, but I wish Amy's characters had been better developed and her plot had been richer. I don't remember characters in her former series doing this much dithering or having such inconsequential subplots--what happened? I don't know, but I wish Amy would go back to her earlier style.
The story starts with Rachel Fisher, who has been dating David Beiler for the past 4 years. However she over hears a conversation between David and her best friend Sharon and finds out they have secretly been dating and are in love with each other . Devastated, Rachel confronts them and ends her relationship with David.
Rachel's cousin Malinda invites her to come and be her assistant teaching in a special needs Amish school for children that need more help with learning. Rachel starts working with A new student John Lantz . John's older brother Mike is taking care of him and their critically ill father. Mike and Rachel get off on the wrong foot with each other. Then Rachel finds out why John is not getting much attention at home and not progressing. Rachel feels bad for her quick judgment. Rachel decides to start taking meals over to the Lantz home to help out. She finds an old picnic basket that she found in her mothers hope chest that belonged to her grandmother to pack the meals in. On the inside of the lid is a scripture added by her dad. The story then evolved in the growing relationship between Mike and Rachel.
It was a good story. I could relate to Rachel's character. I am looking forward to the next two books in the series and how her grandmother's heirlooms continue to impact on her posterity.
Rachel Fisher is excited to start planning her own wedding after dating her boyfriend David for four years, however during her older sisters (Veronica's ) wedding she stumbles a crossed David and her best friend (Sharon) since they were small girls talking about David breaking up with her since David and Sharon have been secretly seeing each other. Now devastated Rachel takes a job with her cousin Malinda at the school for children that need extra help, in the hopes it will help her heal her broken heart.
Mike Lantz is a young man with overwhelming responsibilities, her takes care of her six year old brother, works full time and takes care of his father who has a serious health illness and is going through kidney dialysis dialysis three times a week. When Mike moves John to the special school Rachel takes an immediate interest in Jonny and makes it her special project to help Jonny to improve in school, what she did not plan on is the attraction to Mike.
Mike can not let himself get close to Rachel, Rachel is determined to help Mike and Jonny and mike's father during this difficult time so she starts preparing meals in a picnic basket also she continues to tutor Jonny. Can Mike and Rachel find a way to come together during this difficult time and heal their past, or is the past to strong to overcome? Amy has done it again with this book it is truly a winner you will need a tissue so have them ready. I highly recommend this book and book 1