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- Print Length: 318 pages
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- Publisher: Zondervan (May 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 5, 2015
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KV0ZURM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Q&A with author Amy Clipston
How did you research the setting and culture of the Lancaster County Amish community?
I have a dear Amish friend who answers all of my questions. She lives in Lancaster County, PA, and I visit her at least once a year as well as speak to her on the phone frequently.
Readers love your believable, compelling characters. How do you create characters who seem like real people?
I always make sure that my characters have layers instead of being one dimensional. And like the rest of us, my characters aren’t perfect. They have problems, they make mistakes, and they struggle with universal issues, such as being estranged from family members, feeling as if they don’t fit in, suffering with grief after losing a loved one, or feeling disconnected from God. I hope that my readers can see themselves in my characters and that my books give them hope and possibly even a deeper faith in God.
What fascinates you about the Amish way of life?
I was always fascinated with the Amish when I was a child. I remember visiting Lancaster County when I was younger, and my father, who was a German immigrant, told me the Amish speak a dialect that is similar to my German relatives. I was drawn to their simplicity and their strong faith. Due to my German heritage, I feel a loose connection to the culture. I love how their culture is focused on family and God. I’m fascinated by how the Amish continue to keep their traditional ways while the world around them changes with the advances in technology. They are loyal to their culture, and they take care of each other.
Your novels evoke strong emotions in your readers. How are you able to make readers feel they way that your characters feel?
When I write, I try to put myself in my characters’ shoes. I try to draw on my own life experiences or stories I’ve heard from family members or friends. I do my best to imagine how I would feel if I were put in the same situations as my characters. A reader recently emailed me and said that she could feel the emotions in my book. She said that I must “feel things deeply,” which surprised me since I had never thought of myself as an emotional person. I suppose I’m able to breakdown emotions and then pour them into the pages of my books.
About the Author
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, Amish Homestead, and Amish Marketplace series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Will Aaron family be open to him returning to help with their mother?
Linda Zook works two part-time jobs, one being the Lancaster Grand Hotel and the other being the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Linda is hoping to finally earn her Uncle Reuben's respect with the extra money she is earning. Her uncle, Reuben, took her in to raise after she became an orphan after a terrible buggy accident at the age of four years old, but it was not willingly gesture of her Uncle's.
Can she forgive Aaron?
Will Linda find someone who will accept her life-long injuries that she sustained during the accident?
I have yet to read the series from start to finish but I was not lost in reading "A Simple Prayer" by Amy Clipston. Amy Clipston made it easy to follow this story and the life of this two main characters, Aaron Ebersol and Linda Zook. I would say this book can be a stand alone in the series; since the series is taking place in and around the Lancaster Grand Hotel.
I look forward to reading more books written by Amy Clipston in the future.
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. No money was exchanged. This is my honest review in my own words.
In A Simple Prayer, we meet Linda Zook, an Amish woman raised by her not-very-nice uncle after being orphaned at 4 years old after a buggy accident, and Aaron Ebersol who left the Amish community to escape the restrictions of his father and community after a night of fun turned into something ugly.
This book 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. 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.
You will walk away after reading this book realizing just how important forgiving others and also yourself are.
There were a lot of old hurts in this story. Hurts that had to be healed. If you've ever lived in a similar situation you will understand the feelings in this story.
I have loved all of Amy Clipston' s books and this one did not let me down. I most definitely recommend reading it!
Top international reviews
Emotional at times and joyous at others. Simple, wholesome escapism.
With God's love and leading at the heart.