This story was so good! The author did such a great job of packing many different emotions into The Courtship Basket, from betrayal and a broken heart, to nervousness about possible new love, to happiness as relationships grow, to heartbreak and overwhelming loss. This book has it all. It wrung a lot of emotions out of me as I read it, especially toward the last third of the story.
Even though Rachel and Mike did occasionally frustrate me at times with their fears of commiting to each other, their concerns truly did make sense. Rachel was scared to trust another man after being so badly betrayed by her former boyfriend. Mike was scared to take time for himself and invest in a relationship when he felt so bound to take care of his father and brother. This book is a great example of how people try to plan out their lives, putting things into an order that they think will work, while not trying to figure out how God is attempting to work for their good with an even better plan. I really enjoyed this story and could hardly set it down.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.
Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined to keep her mind off the pain, she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.
Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.
With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.
The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Clipston holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, and two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.
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