If you love reading about the Amish, then you will love this new story from Amy Clipston called A Simple Prayer.
Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.
As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.
Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.
As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.
Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?
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I thought as I was reading this story that it really doesn't matter what we believe in, because we all have suffered at one time or another and we all love and get hurt, so it's no different here in this Amish community.
We are only human so we do end up making mistakes and like all mistakes, I think anything is possible and forgiveness is within anyone's grasp if they keep asking for it. Sometimes, I know you may not get it, but you are the better person for asking for it, so in the end, I think it makes you a better person because you learned from your mistakes.
Both Linda and Aaron will need that lesson in this story to overcome some great unfairness that was done to each of them, but in doing so, they will open up their hearts to each other and will be rewarded in ways that will enrich their lives.
This is one book and lesson you won't want to miss!
About the Author:
Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America.
She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors.
Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.
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