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Reckless Heart

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  344 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Slipping. Lydia Bontrager's youngest sister is frighteningly ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher's assistant and helping part time at her grandmother's bakery. Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk. The secret of that mistake ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Zondervan
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Aug 11, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Lydia is in the unenviable position of being an oldest sibling in an Amish household that demands much of its elder daughters. One of her younger sisters is battling a terrible illness and Lydia is depended upon more and more to hold the family together while trying to have as close to a normal teenage life as she can. As the pressure gets to her, the more she rebels until she risks endangering not only her chances with the boy she loves, but her reputation in the community and her relationship ...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
This is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Zondervan for giving me a copy of this to review in exchange for my honest review.

I went into this book with no expectations. I hadn't read anything else by Clipston and didn't really know what to expect. However, I quickly was entranced by this story. Lydia was a character that I both respected and admired. Her strength and
Jan 18, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan
April 2012
ISBN: 978-0310719847
Genre: Amish


Lydia Bontrager's youngest sister is frighteningly ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher's assistant and helping part time at her grandmother's bakery. Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk.

The secret of that mistake leaves Lydia feeling
Sep 14, 2013 Kristi rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. This was the first Amy Clipston book I read and I can definitely say it won't be the last.

I won't spend time telling what the book is about because that is covered in the description. I will tell you the story is so good and written so well I was pulled into it and was able to read this book in hours, not days. (In fact I had to force myself to do housework and have reading this as a reward!).

This book is not your typical Amish fiction story. Amy writes about a serious health
Mar 23, 2017 Christa rated it it was amazing
Reckless Heart by Amy Clipston is a fast-paced, great read! Even though this book is part of Amy's "Young Adult" series, any adult will enjoy reading it!
Sixteen year-old Lydia Bontrager has not made some very wise choices lately. She feels much pressure and stress since her younger sister recently became ill. Her mother is staying in the hospital with her sister, which means Lydia, being the oldest, is basically in charge of making sure the household runs smoothly. Lydia's father has picked up e
{ I received an ebook for free from NetGalley. Full review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. }

I have a fascination with Amish culture, so when I learned of Reckless Heart, I knew I had to give it a read. The synopsis sounded strong, so I was expecting an equally strong story, something full of emotion where you could really feel Lydia's struggles as if they were your own. Unfortunately, for me, Reckless Heart just did not deliver.

My real issue with Reckless Heart is that it fe
Author: Amy Clipston
Published By: Zondervan
Age Recommended: Pre-Teen
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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"A Reckless Heart" by Amy Clipston was wonderful interesting read. There will be illness, misunderstandings, sadness, lots of conflict, faith, family, loyalty and love. The glossary at the front of the book with all of the Amish phrases was real good add giving you the definitions of many of the hard pronounced words.

The novel is set from a modern day Amish community with t
Patty Hearts Dave
Sep 24, 2012 Patty Hearts Dave rated it liked it
When Lydia Bontrager's parents discover that her 4 year old sister has a life threatening illness, the family's world is turned upside down. Lydia is suddenly thrust into the adult responsibilities of caring for her home and her siblings. The problem is that she is still a child herself. At sixteen years old, she is already working as a Teaching Assistant and at her grandmother's bakery. All Lydia wants is for her family life to get back to normal and for Joshua Glick to ask her to be his girlfr ...more
Sara Nowlin-Edens
May 26, 2012 Sara Nowlin-Edens rated it really liked it
Amy Clipston has written several Amish-themed novels. Her books are Christian novels, some even include Amish recipes. As a best-selling author, Clipston writes Young Adult inspirational fiction and Adult inspirational fiction. From what I’ve read so far, you don’t want to miss any of them.

Reckless Heart is a novel about a 16-year-old Amish girl faced with challenges that would give many girls pause. Her youngest sister, Ruth, is sickly, then the family finds out it’s leukemia. Leukemia is a dau
Jul 17, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Review:Reckless Heart by Amy Clipston
5 STARS I gave Reckless Heart 5 stars because it made me envolved in the story so much. I cried in it. I wanted to say things back to the characters. I was so Lydia Bontrager side except for one thing. Lydia Bontrager was 16 and wanted to be like other teens in her church. She was hoping that her good friend Josh would ask her to go on dates. She worked as a teacher assistant and in her families bakery. Her little sister was really ill and she was concerned
Mar 28, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it
Reckless Heart by Amy Clipston
Review by Kara Grant

My Review
Lydia’s story is not the average Amish story, so be prepared. She’s the eldest of four children with a sister battling an illness that will change life as they know it. Her parents, her friends, and her siblings will be tested in ways they never imagined while Lydia has to decide what’s right as well as where she belongs in her community. This story is filled with sadness, loyalty, faith, frustration, love and family.

Another great thing
Eustacia Tan
May 26, 2012 Eustacia Tan rated it really liked it
I actually didn't know that I've read one of the books in this series until I started reading Reckless Heart. Then, it hit me. I realised that the names were familiar not because they were common, but because I've seen them before.

And really, I enjoyed this book more than A Life of Joy.

Reckless Heart follows Lydia, who's suddenly overwhelmed when her younger sister Ruth is diagnosed with Leukemia. She reacts by alternately trying to bear the weight of the household on her shoulders and what sh
May 23, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
My Synopsis:
16 year old Amish Lydia has a younger sister who is very ill, while coping with this, she has to run her household, look after her other 2 younger siblings and work 2 jobs while her mum takes young Ruthie for treatments. She befriends a young “Englisher” boy, which is frowned upon by her community.

Why I picked this book up:
I like reading about how people react when they have ill members of family, I also thought it would be interesting to learn about the Amish as I knew nothing abou
Kelly Tyree
Dec 01, 2016 Kelly Tyree rated it it was amazing
Reckless Heart by Amy Clipston was a gripping novel. It captures your attention on page one and keeps you glued in until the last page.

Lydia Bontrager, age 16, is the oldest sibling in her home. Her baby sister, Ruth, has been sick and is diagnosed with leukemia. Lydia is put in the position of maintaining the home, taking care of her siblings, working at the bakery, and the school house. Lydia's mother is staying at the hospital with Ruth while she undergoes chemotherapy. Lydia's father is wor
Oct 13, 2012 Lorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a new stand alone novel from Amy Clipson, but it ended up being based on a series of Amy's that I love, the Kauffman Bakery. This book focuses on Lydia who is the assistant teacher for the Amish school and also works in the family bakery. She also has a sister who is very sick. Lydia's parents ask her to become an adult overnight as she is expected to work both her jobs and take care of her two siblings and the household chores. She is also expected to give all of her paycheck ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Slipping. Lydia Bontrager's youngest sister is frighteningly ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher's assistant and helping part time at her grandmother's bakery. Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk. The secret of that mistake leaves Lydia feeling even more restless and confused, especially when Joshua, the only boy she's ever loved
Jul 24, 2014 D.J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Whoa! Amy Clipston has serious talent!

I began reading Reckless Heart and immediately had a bit of a rough time identifying with it… until I remembered that this isn’t one of her Amish novels written for women; it’s written for young adults… for youth… for teens!

And then it clicked and everything made sense.

Teenagers don’t think the way grown women do… especially women my age! And Amy somehow picks up on this and this novel totally relates to a young person – how they think, how they act… and rea
Amber Stokes
Mar 12, 2012 Amber Stokes rated it liked it
Lydia's life - as she once knew it - is falling apart. It starts with a poor choice one lonely night at a youth gathering. Then horrible news crashes down on her family, and Lydia finds herself trying to juggle work with worries about her sister, her reputation, and her future. She yearns for the "normal" life she once had - but is that what she truly needs?

Reckless Heart is a book with plenty of conflict - from illness to forbidden friendship, misunderstandings, and unrequited love. With lots o
May 30, 2012 Rosie rated it liked it
Reckless Heart was a very relaxing read. I haven't read any of Clipston's other (separate) Kauffman Amish Bakery novels. So the family tree at the beginning was very helpful. :-) This novel circles around a topsy-turvy year (or very close to) of Lydia Bontrager's life.

Lydia is an ordinary sixteen Amish young woman. She is works as a teacher's assistant at the school most weekdays and she spends the rest of her weekdays at the family Bakery. But at home, things are less than normal.

Her youngest s
Jennifer Lavoie
Reckless Heart is the story of Lydia, an Amish girl who is facing a very difficult time in her life. She is sixteen years old, interested in a boy whom she wants to date, but her youngest sibling is diagnosed with a terrible disorder. Her family starts to fall apart when her mother leaves to take care of her sister in the hospital. She befriends an English boy who moves into the neighborhood and their innocent relationship is under scrutiny.

I both enjoyed this book and it frustrated me, but the
Jill Williamson
May 29, 2013 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Lydia is struggling. Her four-year-old sister is diagnosed with leukemia and Lydia doesn’t know what to do. In a moment of weakness at a youth meeting, Lydia goes with Mahlon and his friends and drinks beer, something her parents would never forgive if they found out. When Lydia’s mother has to take her sister to the hospital, Lydia must help out more at home.

When an English family moves to town, Lydia befriends their teenage son, Tristan. But the community doesn’t like Lydia being friends with
Apr 13, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
We join the Kauffman Family Bakery series again, however this time, it is in a young adult novel, which is centered around Elizabeth Kauffman's grand-daughter Lydia Bontrager.

How much can a sixteen year old take? Lydia doesn't know but it sure seems like God is determined for her to find out. A illness, leukemia strikes her youngest sister Ruthie, and her Mamm has to take Ruthie to Hershey to the big hospital for treatments. This means that Lydia has to fill in where her mom would normally. She
Ms. Yingling
Apr 25, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok

Lydia has a very busy life-- she is an assistant teacher at the local Amish primary school, and also helps out at her grandmother's bakery. Her four-year-old sister has been very ill, and after consulting doctors, the family has a diagnosis-- leukemia. In order for Ruth to receive treatment, she will have to stay at a hospital, and the mother will stay with her. Lydia now has to add household chores to her schedule. It's little wonder that when she was at a youth group meeting and the attractive
Shari Larsen
Oct 21, 2012 Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lydia Bontrager feels like her world is falling apart. Her youngest sister is seriously ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher's assistant and working part time in her grandmother's bakery. Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk. The secret of that mistake leaves her feeling restless and confused, especially when Joshua, the one boy she has ever loved, ...more
May 02, 2012 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
I loved it! I really got into it after the first 70 pages. Of course, you can predict it but it was VERY enjoyable.

Lydia's younger sister Ruthie has been ill, and they find out she has cancer -- So their mom and sister have to stay at the hospital for treatments. So that leaves a lot of the responsibilities up to Lydia. She works at the family bakery part time and at the school part time too. So Lydia is feeling a bit overwhelmed.

The one boy, Joshua, Lydia has liked a long time seems to want no
Maureen Timerman
May 08, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I so enjoy visiting with the Kauffman family, I've come to know them. We are visiting with Lydia Bontrager and her struggles. Her baby sister Ruthie is diagnosed with Leukemia and the family is very worried and financially strapped.
Besides the worry about her sister she is at a crossroad as to what she want to a teacher or work in her Grandmother Elizabeth's bakery? She is also facing some challenges from some decisions she made, and really regrets. At 16 she takes on the role of an adu
Carolyn E
Feb 16, 2015 Carolyn E rated it really liked it
Not quite sure what to say about this story. It points up many of what I consider to be major flaws in the Old Order Amish culture. Of course, all cultures have problems--none are perfect. Certainly, the Amish focus on God, family, and community is commendable--unfortunately, something we seem to have lost in mainstream America. But in this story, as in some other Amish stories I have read, I think they carry this a bit too far.

Spying and gossiping about their neighbors when they don't know, or
Jun 11, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
Lydia Bontrager's life is falling apart. Her younger sister, Ruthie, is diagnosed with Leukemia and has to leave, along with their mother, for treatments. At 16 Lydia is thrust into the role of being a mother to her brother and other sister, as well as running the household and working two jobs. The stress is too much for her to carry (as well as the stress from worrying about Ruthie) and starts to disobey her parents and make bad decisions.
I did feel sorry for her, at 16 no person is ready to
Lynne Young
Dec 22, 2012 Lynne Young rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read. I can honestly say I would not have wanted to be in Lydia Bontrager's position when I was seventeen!

As part of the Kaufmann Amish Bakery family Lydia has a very large extended family but it all falls to her to care for the family when her younger sister becomes very ill and mother and sister are away at the hospital. That combined with working at the bakery, being a teachers assistant, and trying to be a normal Amish teenager gets Lydia so frustrated she
Janet Crandell
Oct 11, 2013 Janet Crandell rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish-fiction
This is a Youth fiction. Having read all 5 of the Kaufmann Bakery series, this was another story of one of the grandchildren, Lydia. Lydia is 16 y/o and the oldest child in her family. Her family is in a very stressful situation. The 4/year old, Ruthie is diagnosed with leukemia. Because of the need of care required, Lydia is called to take charge of her mother's household. On top of that,Lydia has two at the Kauffman bakery and one as a teacher's assistant. With all this stress, Lydia ...more
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Hi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories.

My books include:

Kauffman Amish Bakery Series
• A Gift of Grace (3/2009)
• A Promise of Hope (3/2010)
• A Place of Peace (2/2011)
• A Life of Joy (1/2012)
• A Season
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