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The Courtship Basket (Amish Heirloom Series #2)

Amy Clipston
The Courtship Basket (Amish Heirloom Series #2)

The Courtship Basket is the 2nd book in Amy Clipson's Amish Heirloom series.Overhearing a whispered conversation between the love of her life and her best friend puts an end to Rachel Fisher’s hopes for a happy life. To ease her sorrow, she takes up teaching a class for ... Read More

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The Courtship Basket is the 2nd book in Amy Clipson's Amish Heirloom series.

Overhearing a whispered conversation between the love of her life and her best friend puts an end to Rachel Fisher’s hopes for a happy life. To ease her sorrow, she takes up teaching a class for learning disabled children at the Amish school. When Rachel insists on intervening in the life of one of her students – John - a new relationship begins with John’s older brother, Mike Lantz, who’s helping his family cope with the death of his mother and his father’s illness.

Product Details:
Pages: 320
Released: 08/2016
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jul 19, 2016
  • UPC: 9780310342014
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: Jun 28, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0310342015

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Second book in An Amish Heirloom series! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 7/3/2016

The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston is the second book in An Amish Heirloom Novel series. Rachel Fisher has been dating her boyfriend, David Beiler for the last four years. She is hoping that he will propose soon. Rachel is standing on the front porch when she hears his voice nearby. Rachel goes to investigate and finds David with her friend, Sharon. Evidently, David no longer wishes to see Rachel, but did not know how to tell her (I think telling her would be better than betraying her with her best friend). To help occupy her time, Rachel takes a position as a teaching assistant to her friend, Malinda at the special school. At this school the children receive more one-on-one attention that some children need (especially when in the first grade). Rachel will be working with the new student, John Lantz. John’s father, Raymond is extremely ill and Mike, his brother, is taking care of them. Mike is hoping the school will be beneficial to John. Then there is a misunderstanding on Rachel’s part. To make it up to Mike and his family, Rachel sends a meal to the family in her mother’s picnic basket (the first of many). The picnic basket was special to Rachel’s parents and has a beautiful (and comforting) verse on the underside of the lid (2 Corinthians 1:7). Slowly Rachel starts spending time at the Lantz farm helping John (tutoring him) and gets to know the family (especially Mike). But both of them are hesitant to take their attraction beyond the friendship zone. Then Rachel witnesses a scene (between Mike and a woman) and feels that Mike has betrayed her (no, she does not talk to Mike). Then a tragedy strikes the Lantz family. Just when Mike needs Rachel the most, she has pulled away. Is there a future for Rachel and Mike? Can the basket help bridge the gap and bring them back together?

The Courtship Basket is a sweet (though simple) story. It is a little predictable with the typical couple gets together, they have a misunderstanding (just when Mike needs her the most) and then back together again. I was hoping the book would not have the rift section. This would have been a wonderful opportunity for Rachel to step up. It would have helped the growth of her character. The Courtship Basket is well-written (as are all of Amy Clipston’s novels) and easy to read (and has a good pace). I liked the characters in the story as well as the lovely setting of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I liked the school concept portrayed in the book. It is a shame that there are not more schools like this for children. I give The Courtship Basket 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it). This is the second book in the series, but you can read it as a stand-alone novel. There are a couple of references to the first book, but they do not hinder the reader’s enjoyment of The Courtship Basket. I look forward to the next book in this series titled The Cherished Quilt.

I received a complimentary copy of The Courtship Basket in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

Heartwarming Heritage by Kathleen E. on 5/29/2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston, © 2016
The Amish Heirloom Series, Book 2

This is a heartwarming story of life lived well. Rachel Fisher and Mike Lantz find each other through Mike's younger brother, John, a new student at an Amish classroom for assisted learning. Rachel is new at teaching, joining her cousin Malinda.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Mike does woodworking with his uncle and cousin at their Bird-in-Hand business for tourists and is at home with his widowed father and John. Two of his cousins rotate staying with their uncle during his illness while Mike is at work. Rachel and her sister Emily prepare a couple weekly evening meals to take to them. Their older sister Veronica supplies her wonderful homemade pies.

Bringing the meals develops into tutoring that both Rachel and John look forward to. Mike and Rachel fall into a routine that adds attention and love for John. The one-on-one at school and extra at home develops his confidence and joy. Invited to Rachel's family home brings Mike, Raymond, and John on outings that are fulfilling and a comfort as they get to know each other.

I am looking forward to reading more about the inheritance of the courtship basket in the next story!

I liked how Rachel's family had open communication, sharing with each other. Mike has been so busy being busy in his daily work and care that he hasn't seen the value of friendship with others. Instead of an addition, it becomes a supply of warmth and care he didn't realize he needed in his own life.

Amy Clipston tells a story so flowing that you come to know the characters and their thoughts as they are revealed to themselves. Learning to trust and gain friendship is paramount as both Mike and Rachel have sorrows to leave behind and learn to live beyond necessity.

***Thank you to author Amy Clipston for sending me an advance reader's copy of The Courtship Basket for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

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