Genre: Amish & Mennonite

BOOK REVIEW: A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston

Posted November 14, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Amish Homestead, Amy Clipston / 0 Comments

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

BOOK REVIEW: A Place At Our Table by Amy ClipstonA Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston
Series: Amish Homestead #1
Published by Zondervan on November 14th 2017
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance, Small Town & Rural
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
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Kayla Dienner has suffered her fair share of heartache, which is why she vows to protect her heart at all costs . . . until she meets Jamie Riehl.

Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten.

Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year discouraging her younger brother, Nathan, from becoming a firefighter. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago is fresh in her mind—she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.

Then tragedy strikes, and Jamie wants to extinguish any flame between him and Kayla. Can Kayla set aside her own fears to save the love she was determined to deny?

The first book in the Amish Homestead series, A Place at Our Table invites us to a quiet community in Lancaster County where love burns brightly no matter the cost.

A young Amish volunteer firefighter who lives and breathes his family dairy farm and the fire station.  A young Amish woman who works in her family’s restaurant and lives and breaths her family life.  Two broken families touched by grief.  And two young people who find themselves falling in love with grief and baggage and an obnoxiously annoying inability to actually communicate with each other in a way that makes sense and helps them move forward through all that is life instead of moving them backward.  I loved them, I cheered for them, I virtually smacked them and at times I simply despised them.  They were both completely selfish and drowning in self-pity that manifested in different ways.  They both had, and still have, a lot of growing up to do.  Despite the conflicting emotions I’m still completing rooting for them.

‘A Place at Our Table’ tells the story of Jamie Riehl and Kayla Dienner.  She lost her brother to a fire when he was a volunteer firefighter.  He lost his mother to an accident that he feels responsible for.  Let’s talk about Kayla first.  She’s an annoying self-centered twit.  She’s been hurt by an ex-boyfriend, like really hurt.  She was has last priority in everything.  She’s hurt by the loss of her brother.  She’s bossy.  She wants to be the center of Jamie’s world and she can’t handle it when she’s not his only priority.  Let’s face it.  She’s every single one of us, we just tend to keep it tucked inside and aren’t quite as outspoken about it.  Jamie.  He’s the oldest son of a dairy farmer.  He feels as though the farm is his future and his priority.  Farm and family.  That extends to his work as a volunteer firefighter as well.  His commitment to public safety is his priority.  He doesn’t date, he is reeling from the death of his mother and he has Kayla that can’t leave his thoughts.  He was an entire different display of self-centeredness with his martyr complex.  Everything, literally everything, was his fault and his responsibility.

The truth is that neither one of them were in a position to consider a relationship.  They had too much baggage to fall in love.  But baggage doesn’t care about love does it?  They were both annoyingly self-centered.  But that doesn’t care about feelings does it?  These two people irritated the dickens out of me.  They grated on my nerves and I wanted to Gibbs’ smack them and yell at them.  But you know what?  I also kinda grew to adore them.  I could see past their self-centered insecurity and martyr complexes and immaturity and the absolute idea that neither was emotionally steady enough nor mature enough to jump into a relationship.  I’m rooting for their future.  If they can just get themselves in check individually so that they can check as a couple.  There’s hope there.

A Place at Our Table (Amish Homestead #1)
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About Amy Clipston

Amy Clipston

I enjoy spending time with my family, including my hubby, my two wonderful sons, my mom, and my four spoiled-rotten cats. I love reading.
I’m an advocate for organ and blood donation. I donated a kidney on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation, my husband received a second kidney transplant. My husband and I matched another couple and we swapped kidneys with them. I gave a kidney to my husband’s donor’s wife. Feel free to email me and ask me what it was like to be a kidney donor. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. If you’re healthy, please donate blood! Also, become an organ donor.

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