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Author: Amy Clipston Narrator: Devon O’Day Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kauffman Amish Bakery Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780310773320
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An Amish widow with newborn twins discovers her deceased husband had disturbing secrets. As she tries to come to grips with the past, she considers a loveless marriage to ensure stability for her young family...with her faith in God hanging in the balance.

Sarah Troyer never expected to raise her children on her own, but when her husband dies in a tragic accident, she finds refuge in the home of her parents in the Amish community of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Sarah is taken completely by surprise when a stranger arrives claiming connections to her husband’s past—even though he had told her he was an orphan with no family. From Luke, she learns her husband hid a secret life, one with ramifications that will change her own.

Sarah’s family, concerned for her and her children, encourages her to marry again. It should make sense...but Sarah’s heart says no. She feels trapped. Should she marry a man she doesn’t love? Or discover if her growing interest in Luke can be trusted?

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, trails, 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tillie | 2/7/2014

    " The author did a MUCH better job in this book of not repeating as much. I enjoyed the book and loved how she moved to a different member of the family...This one was about the youngest of the Kauffman children who was pregnant when she unexpectedly lost her husband. I really felt for her and her journey to mourn the loss of her husband and deal with the birth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed book 2 in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. Sarah Rose Troyerwas so sad & missed her husband Peter, who died in fire at his place of employment was Kauffman & Yoder Amish Furniture.Sarah lived with her parent. She also found out she was having twins. She had a boy & girl on Christmas day.Two amish men were in her life one a friend who lost a spouse ( Norman Zook)& the other a cousin who later turned out to be her brother in-law Luke Troyer. Both of these men care about Sarah Rose. Timothy Sarah Rose's brother new about Peter's secret past but not that Luke was his brother. Timothy was afraid the truth would come out & his family would be mad at him for not telling them the truth. Peter had a child named Cody with DeLana Maloney, but their parents didn't want them to get married. DeLana was English while Petere was Amish.By the end of the story Norman was sad because Sarah Rose turned down his offer to get maaried. She courted luke & I was happy to read that because they seemed to be perfect for each other. He loved the zwillingtonbopplin Seth & Rachael very much & he loved Sarah Rose very much,too!!! I look forward to reading rest of books in this series. I must say I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2014

    " really good read. Could have done with footnotes in it, due to the german in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/8/2014

    " This has been a wonderful series. As I often say about reading Christian fiction, it's quite uplifting. I've recently made a choice to live more plain and I'm sure part of it has been due to books like this. I love the simple things in life and anything I can do to simplify my life is welcome. I've always been this way and am now fully able to practice it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 1/7/2014

    " I did really like this book, especially the ending. But the first book seemed a little better. I guess it's because I liked how the first book told you a lot about the Amish faith. But this book was great and I would recommend it to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/2/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Amy is gifted author. I will continue read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/27/2013

    " A good "clean" book about the Amish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/5/2013

    " A sweet story of love and forgiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/25/2013

    " Enjoyable 2nd book in the series- looking forward to reading #3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 11/23/2013

    " Another book about forgiveness and family... There is less about the bakery and the furniture store but lots of family..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kati | 11/3/2013

    " This was a different kind of read for me. Very inspirational and a bit of a fantasy story of a different kind -- I did haave the feeling that it is a bit Pollyanaish throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/14/2013

    " This is a sweet but interesting Amish romance. When a fire took away Sarah Rose Troyer's husband Peter, she is pregnant with twins and overcome with grief. Then Peter's cousin arrives throwing Sarah Rose's life into chaos. peter told her he had no family. What else might he have lied about? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/1/2012

    " This good. I like the characters. It has a nice plot and is a clean read. It's a nice story of second chances and how lies can affect people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann10 | 8/14/2012

    " The second book in the Kauffmann Amish Bakery was better than the first. A great relaxing read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adina | 4/12/2012

    " I liked this book's characters and the huge family. Look forward to reading more in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 12/20/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book and loved that they are including recipes throughout :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 9/13/2011

    " As good as the first Kaufmann Bakery Series book, a Gift of Grace. Did not disappoint. Characters are very believable and loved the happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diamond | 9/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I love reading Amy's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 8/7/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book, shows how the Lord works. You just need to listen! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathryn | 6/18/2011

    " love the fact that recipes are included in the books...cant wait to read the 3rd book. again the focus was listen to your heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 6/17/2011

    " This was an easy read. New author for me I have enjoyed the first two books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 5/19/2011

    " Another great book! I must say, my favorite part of these series is all the Amish recipes. I can't wait to get baking! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/15/2011

    " It is unfortunate that time was wasted all because of jealously, but as God always has in His plan, things work out according to His plan. Good reads! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi-Beth | 12/2/2010

    " What a powerful conclusion to the series. I'm looking forward to reading some of her future books. Amy's writing is powerful and grabbing. She genuinely makes you feel a part of the story and gets you invested in the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 11/2/2010

    " I hope there are more books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marg | 9/18/2010

    " Excellent bok and a very enjoyable series "

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the award-winning, bestselling author of many novels, including the Kauffman Amish Bakery series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel books. She holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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.