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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
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Published April 17th 2012 by Zondervan
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Kristi
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...more
Laura
Title: RECKLESS HEART
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan
April 2012
ISBN: 978-0310719847
Genre: Amish

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...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...more
Susan
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
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...more
Sara Nowlin-Edens
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...more
Shari Larsen
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
Cindy
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...more
Ms. Yingling

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...more
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...more
Jillian
{ 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...more
Maureen Timerman
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 do...be 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...more
Lorie
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
Rhonda
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...more
Jill Williamson
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...more
Tammy
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
Eustacia Tan
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...more
Amber Stokes
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...more
Tonya
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...more
Arlena
Author: Amy Clipston
Published By: Zondervan
Age Recommended: Pre-Teen
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
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Review:
"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...more
Kara
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...more
Rosie
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...more
Amy
Jun 06, 2012 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Janine
"Reckless Heart" by Amy Clipston is yet another wonderful, couldn't put down, emotional roller coaster of a book. I found it eye opening that an Amish teenager could feel so out of control as Lydia did. I have seen other books where the Amish teen is not perfect or has one kind of problem or another, but not quite like what Lydia has on her shoulders.

Lydia just wants to be normal but nothing in her life feels or is normal. Sure there is the typical girl liking boy trouble but even that seems to...more
Janet C.
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 jobs..one at the Kauffman bakery and one as a teacher's assistant. With all this stress, Lydia...more
Holly
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...more
Abby
Sweet, endearing story. I just wish I had discovered the glossary at the beginning of the book and not at the end! Most of the words I could gather what they meant but some I was unsure of the meaning.
But it was an emotional story for Lydia as she and her family dealt with the illness of her little sister, Ruthie. Amy Clipston captured the emotional turmoil in Lydia's world and you could feel it through the pages.
Lynne Young
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...more
Colette
a very good quick read. when her young sister is in the hospital undergoing cancer treatments, young lydia must care for the household and for her younger siblings in addition to keeping 2 part time jobs. this book deals with her stress and growing up decisions that have the potential to change her life forever.
Ellen
I love reading about the Amish - their culture, community, and faith. Reckless Heart did not disappoint! Amy Clipston has penned a wonderful, heartfelt story inviting us, the readers, into the lives of Lydia and her family.


Although Reckless Heart is written toward the 'Young Adult' crowd, I had no problem relating to the emotional roller coaster Lydia was on. As a mother, I could only imagine the difficulties of raising and loving a chronically ill child. This novel has something for everyone......more
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Hi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with Zondervan Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories.

Please check out my bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery book Series, including the following books:

A Gift of Grace, April 2009
A Promise of Hope, April 2010
A Plain & Simple...more
More about Amy Clipston...
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