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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Clipston Narrator: Devon O’Day Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Kauffman Amish Bakery Series Release Date:
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Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams…and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the ‘English’ way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families.

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.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Holly | 2/19/2014

    " May be the most annoying book I've read. I think the author went a little thesaurus crazy. No one 'walked' in this book. They sideled, sauntered, clomped, padded, shambled, tread, and schlepped. No one 'sat down', they 'sank'. I've never read anything like it. I always like stories with recipes as I love to try them out. I thought it was strange that the recipes in this book were not recipes for the foods mentioned in the story. It would have been interesting to see the shoo-fly pie recipe or the chocolate oatmeal cake recipe. I managed to make it through the story which wasn't really worth the effort. It was too predictable. I usually really enjoy stories set in Amish communities but not this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Megan Ochoa | 2/18/2014

    " Definitely the material of a Christian Lifetime or Hallmark movie. Very feel-good but little depth. I don't think I'll read the rest of the series and grateful it was free on Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/11/2014

    " I picked up this book because it reminded me of another series (due to character names/similarities to that series). After reading, it still reminds me a bit, but mainly because it's the same genre. Though the Amish are portrayed slightly different here, specifically the language dialect (ex. stated the Penn. Dutch word for father is "Dat", whereas before I'd learned father was "Daad"). The recipes are kind of neat, left wanting to try several of them after reading. One slight disappointment as I read the intro to the next book in the series is not finding out what more happens to the older sister sooner. One of the books in the series will pick up with younger sister again, but Jake and Jessica was such a cute little couple (friends, technically). Oh well. Still, I liked the read and look forward to the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by India Sturgill | 2/5/2014

    " In A Gift of Grace Rebecca Kauffman receives custody of her two nieces after their parents die in a car accident. Lindsey and Jessica were already having a hard time coping with their parents death before being drug to an Amish town. They had to respect the Amish ways. Lindsey adjusted quickly but it took Jessica a bit longer.This book was really good. The author did very well explaining the Amish culture. This book was great for people like me who love learning about the Amish. "

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