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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: April 2009 ISBN: 9780310773313
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When Amish Rebecca Kauffman gains custody of her English nieces, “blended family” takes on a whole new meaning. She’s always dreamed of being a parent, but the clash of cultures threatens to tear her home, including her marriage, apart.

Rebecca Kauffman’s tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly becomes guardian to 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 is frustrated by her new role and begins to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.

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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 1/30/2014

    " This is first book I read by Amy Clipston & I look forward to reading more of her books!!! Rebecca & Daniel Kauffman are Amish while Jessica & Lindsay Bedford are english. Rebeccca's sister Grace dies along with her husband Philip Bedford & their will is for Rebecca to raise the girls. Lindsay accepts the amish way of life while Jessica yearns for her english life she had in Virgina. Ups & downs throughout the story testing Rebecaa's & Daniels' love for each other. In the end Jessica lives with her god mother Trisha McCabe & her husband Frank. The girls mis each other but know they are living the lives they want. This is first book in the Kauffman Bakery Series. I look forward to reading more books in this series. Another sad part was when Sarah Troyer ( who is with child) lost her husband Peter in a fire at the Amish Furniture Store. I'd recommend this book I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Deppe | 12/30/2013

    " I truly enjoy the books that are written in Amish country. I'm just amazed at their lifesyle. Could I live it??? Sometimes I think I could. It's such a simple lifestyle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati Rank | 12/25/2013

    " I originally got this because it was relatively cheap. I did find it quite good and different from what I normally would have chosen (not necessarily bad for me to change every once in a while) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/25/2013

    " A sweet story, set in Bird-In-Hand, PA, about being torn between family members, listening for God's will and forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 12/25/2013

    " I really enjoy "Amish" books, they bring out the simple life in the un-rushed lane. This one was especially interesting because the main character had to take charge of 2 nieces that had never lived this simple live. One was accepting and the other niece fought it tooth and nail. In the end. one niece joined the "Order" and the other decided against it. The trials and errors kept the book moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariann | 12/18/2013

    " free on my kindle. Was actually a pretty good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Duncan | 9/30/2013

    " I loved this book, it was very good, took me about 2 days to read. I cannot wait to start and finish books 2 and 3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna Mosier | 9/18/2013

    " Rebecca's sister dies and Rebecca becomes guardian to two teen-age girls. Raised "English", will the girls find their path with The People? This was a really enjoyable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann10 | 5/7/2013

    " Wonderful book! I can's wait to get my hands on the next is this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathryn | 4/9/2013

    " good book. unselfish love and listen to the heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve | 3/20/2013

    " Am starting this book 8/18/12 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 1/10/2013

    " This book is BAD!! its free and NOT worth reading. Save yourself for a good paid for book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/31/2012

    " Another Amish based book. I'm not sure how I feel about them. Granted this is my second try at a series, but they all have everybody gossiping, out of control, and leaders who just point fingers rather than discuss and find out the truth. I can't believe that the community is actually like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glmomich | 7/31/2012

    " This book was good it really expressed the strictness of the Amish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/31/2012

    " Can't wait for the sequel! I haven't read a good amish book in a long while! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/16/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. I'm definitely going to read the others in the series. It was a little bit predictable but that didn't take away from the story at all. I like this author's style of writing and the characters seemed very real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Hellige | 11/22/2011

    " I did enjoy reading this first book in the Kauffman Bakery Series and do look forward to the next book but at times the author repeats the same verse of scripture way too many times and it begins to sound trite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vonia Thomas | 10/11/2011

    " Definitely different than my normal books but very interesting plus the recipes rock "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison1497 | 6/22/2011

    " can't wait for the sequel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/29/2011

    " I loved this book, it was very good, took me about 2 days to read. I cannot wait to start and finish books 2 and 3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelley | 5/25/2011

    " First time reading this author of Amish fiction. I enjoyed the story, but the author's style of writing was repetitive and the dialogue seemed unnatural. I do look forward to reading more in the series, as I liked the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frannie | 4/7/2011

    " Great reading. Love to read about the Amish lifestyle. About two girls who parents die in an auto accident and go to live with their Amish aunt. One easily fits in and the other is criticized for not following their ways and laws. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 4/4/2011

    " Readable but too preachy for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. i especially loved the way that it had recipies in it. And I am planning on trying some of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/10/2011

    " This book brought back memories of trips to Lancaster, PA for me. I enjoyed learning about the Amish culture by reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathryn | 2/1/2011

    " good book. unselfish love and listen to the heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/19/2011

    " Novel about a childless Amish couple who take in their two English neices whose parents have died. Some aspects don't seem fully explored or realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/16/2011

    " This was one of the free books that Kindle was offering for a limited time and I decided to check it out.

    It was a simple read, but a beautiful story about second chances and listening to God's voice...I'll probably read the second book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camiba | 1/10/2011

    " Good story; easy read. I enjoyed following the lives of the characters and found myself wanting more as the book concluded (I believe it's part of a series). However, I found the epilogue lacking and disliked it's cliffhanger-esq ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/6/2011

    " I truly enjoy the books that are written in Amish country. I'm just amazed at their lifesyle. Could I live it??? Sometimes I think I could. It's such a simple lifestyle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/4/2011

    " good book. we should pay more attention to listening what the message really is. Listen with the heart. "

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About the Author
Author Amy Clipston

Amy Clipston is the author of numerous fiction series, including the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists. She holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College.

About the Narrator

Devon O’Day, a radio personality, former plus-size model, songwriter, and author, studied voice-over and commercial acting at the Weist-Barron School in New York City and is the voice of choice to narrate specials for such artists as Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, and others.