I absolutely loved this wonderful story! I have enjoyed every book in this series so far and can definitely say that the Amish Homestead series is proving to be one of my favorite Amish romance series that I have read. If you have not read the previous books, you should still be able to enjoy this one. Just know that previous siblings and their families play a large part in this book.
A Seat by the Hearth is not only a tale in which a gentle romance unfolds. It is also a story in which the brutal effects of abuse, both verbal and physical, is explored.
Priscilla and Mark are characters that I could not help but love. Mark’s lighthearted, teasing manner brought many fun moments into the story, yet the reader gets to see inside this ladies man to the caring and loving person he truly is. And Priscilla, a loving mother who wants to protect her child, has been so wounded in her past that she does not see herself as worthy of love. Mark is just the man to help her learn to understand what a treasure she is. I highly recommend this novel and the entire series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Priscilla Allgyer knows she cannot leave the past behind. But can love lead her toward the promise of healing?
Priscilla Allgyer left the community to escape the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return—along with her six-year-old son—to the place she thought she’d left behind forever. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.
As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day—while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won’t give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn’t realize it—and after Priscilla’s father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, their relationship becomes more complicated than ever.
As affection quietly grows between them, Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.
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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 and Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.