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A Gift of Grace (Kauffman Amish Bakery #1)

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Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams ... and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the 'English' way of life---and the decisions and consequences that follow. Mo ...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published (first published March 20th 2009)
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Holly
May be the most annoying book I've read. I think the author went a little thesaurus crazy. No one 'walked' in this book. They sideled, sauntered, clomped, padded, shambled, tread, and schlepped. No one 'sat down', they 'sank'. I've never read anything like it. I always like stories with recipes as I love to try them out. I thought it was strange that the recipes in this book were not recipes for the foods mentioned in the story. It would have been interesting to see the shoo-fly pie recipe or th ...more
Donna Zakem
This book is about two teenaged girls whose parents die in a tragic accident and are sent to live with their aunt and her husband in the Amish community in Pennsylvania. One girl adjusts much easier and better than her sister. Reading this book really opened my eyes to the way of the Amish and taught me about a whole other culture. It also taught me , as a Christian, that what I hear and believe sometimes, may not necessarily be what God is wanting me to hear and believe. An excellent book for a ...more
Sydney
I can't really describe my feelings for this book.

I originally enjoyed it about a year and a half ago (Jan 2013) but now rereading it, I realized that while I still do like it, I also noticed some things I didn't like.

I do like the plot, in a way. The girls parents died in an accident and now have to live with their Amish aunt and uncle and learn how to adjust some to their strong Christian values and simple way of living. I felt pained for Jessica and Lindsay, because I know how hard the loss
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Claudia
This was a free Kindle download and I didn't expect it to be the great American novel, but, while the story had possibilities, the writing left a lot to be desired. Two teenaged girls are orphaned and find themselves under the guardianship of a very loving Amish aunt. The story is focused on the contrasts between their previous "English" life and the Amish life they must now live. Unfortunately, the novel barely scratches the surface of the many challenges they faced.
The most serious writing fla
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Sara
I loved this book - adored it - until the end. I will read the other books in the series because I enjoyed the characters enough to want to know what happens next. But I simply can't get over what happened at the end of the book that led to my disappointment.

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Sarah
Oh My Gosh,this book was amazing. This book talks about healing, forgiveness and really listening to God. Yes this book is amish however this book is about a struggle through 2 english teenages, and the life of an amish family, and the loss of many things. I think anyone who reads this book will see that they can relate to one of the characters in this book some how some way. When you start this book I would suggest that you grab a box of tissues, it will be needed.

This book is the first book i
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Camille
A Gift of Grace by Amy Clipston


This book is the first book in Amy Clipston's series, Kauffman Amish Bakery Series.

I have been hearing about this series for quite a while and have heard only the most positive things so I thought it was about time I take a dive into the series myself.

I have to admit, I was not disappointed!

In A Gift of Grace, Rebecca Kauffman has been trying to be a mother for years, with no success. Perhaps God just does not have it in His plans for her, or so she thinks. But whe
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams ... and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the 'English' way of life---and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place
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Rachel Brand
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect of this book and was pleasantly surprised. Although it is written in a rather simplistic manner, it suits the book and doesn't detract from the values of the story. Although written in the third person, I really felt like I got inside the heads of Rebecca, her husband, Daniel, and her nieces, Jessica and Lindsay. I felt like I was experiencing the hurt of the girls at being uprooted from their normal life and the confusion Rebecca had over what was the best ...more
Jean
I recently read a lot of heavy books, the Jaycee Dugard memoir, another on teen suicide, etc. So I decided I needed a light, feel good book before hitting my next more serious book. I downloaded this to my Kindle a while ago when it was free. This did the trick, it was light, but I didn't really enjoy it.

I hate to be overly critical since I only have a few minor things published, but the writing in this book is not great. The terms, "bit her lower lip" and crossed her arms over her chest" were r
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Effie
This was a free Kindle download. I confess I don't understand the current craze of Amish novels. Most of the conflicts tend to center around whether or not someone will remain in the community or choose the worldly life. This novel, the story of two orphaned girls sent to live with their Amish aunt, was more full of stereotypes than actual emotions. Older sister rebels, younger sister embraces the faith. Amish family members make ridiculous accusations and the local bishop makes veiled threats. ...more
Abby
Wow I loved this book! This author is just amazing. I liked that she included the two teen girls in the book so I could relate to those. :) It was a really sad-sweet and inspiring story. And I learned some things from it which is always good! I am still quoting"compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience" you will understand why after you read the book...which you, yes you whoever you are should totally read it!! Its wonderful
Lori
very good....as some new twist from what normal amish fiction is....and leaves you hanging waiting for the next book =) Tears were shed and laughs were had.
DJ
Can Rebecca be an Amish mother to two English girls?

I cannot imagine what it takes to write such a book as this… Amy Clipston has an amazing capacity for creating the perfect scenario!

It is perfect! A woman who left the Amish faith leaves instructions for her children to return to the family home if anything should happen to her.. and does Amy take the easy way out? Nope.

A Gift of Grace is a wonderful story about two sisters, forced to live with their Aunt and Uncle in an Amish community, after
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Rylee Andrews
Love the characters and the combination of current-day life with Amish setting. Extremely well done - Kudos to Amy Clipston!
Deborah Malone
This is only the second Amish book I've read - I have to admit it is not my genre of choice. But since I've been reviewing/influencing books I've tried to keep a very open mind. I've been pleasantly surprised in doing so, as I was with this book. I couldn't tell if this was the girls story or if it was Aunt Rebecca's story. I suppose it could be both. It seemed that Rebecca's husband Daniel was being very hard on the girls as well as his wife, while they all tried to adjust to the lose of their ...more
Molly
Jul 11, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Amy Clipston
Complete with recipes, Amy Clipston's Amish novel is tender and warm, mixed with a bit of heartache and longing. Amy's work is outstanding and puts me in mind of Wanda Brunstetter's work! Absolutely loved it!

In this start of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series, we meet Rebecca, a young Amish woman who longs to be a mother. But it doesn't seem like that will happen for her, causing her inner turmoil. But then something tragic happens and she's forced into motherhood, taking care of two English teen
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Karen
When Rebecca Kauffman's older sister dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca takes custody of her two modern, non-Amish teenage nieces. Will she be able to reconcile the two worlds in her home or will the clash of cultures tear her world and marriage apart?
I have heard interviews by this author on the Amish Wisdom podcast and her real life is interesting as her husband had a kidney transplant that failed, so they got back on a list where she offered one of her kidneys for one that would match to
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Cindy
A Gift of Grace
Kauffman Amish Bakery Series Book 1
Amy Clipston
2009
Zondervan
Fiction/Christian/General

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Two neices, all of sudden Rebecca and Daniel Kauffman find themselves raising two neices, Rebecca's sister Grace, who left the Amish community when she was young and married and English man, has died in a tragic accident and left her sister as guardian over her two daughters.

Rebecca and Daniel, married fifteen years and childless, now have two teenage 'daughters' who have
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Megan Palasik
This was a nice, easy read, Amish book. I actually read it in 2 days, which is very quick for me.

This is the story of an Amish couple and their 2 nieces whose parents unexpectedly passed away and are *willed* to the care of their only living relatives, the Amish couple. The nieces are 14 and 15 years old, so not only are they teenagers, which is hard enough, but they are *English* turning Amish. The story unfolds with the two girls adjusting (or not adjusting) to their new Amish lives. I really
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Lorie
This is the first book I've read from this author and I really enjoyed the story. If you remember book:The Redemption of Sarah Cain|918895] by Beverly Lewis, this story is like that but it is reversed. The English girls go to live with the Amish family. The two teenage girls are forced to live the rules of the Amish community even though they are not Amish after their parents die in a car accident and their mom (Grace) wants them to live with her sister, Rebecca, who is Amish. Rebecca and her hu ...more
Ron
Half of this story is a young adult novel about two teenage girls who are sent to live with an Amish aunt they've never met after their parents die in a car accident--their mother had left the community years earlier--one of whom adjusts well and the other of whom does not, while the other half is sort of a romance novel, except that it's about an Amish couple who are already married, so what happens is that the presence of the girls (especially the one who doesn't fit in) tests their relationsh ...more
Megan

Amish fiction is one of the most popular sub-genres in Christian fiction. At the bookstore, we had women looking for them daily. I am not one of those avid followers that reads them all; however, I have read a few and will probably read a few more.
I enjoyed A Gift of Grace. There was some repetitive language throughout the novel, and I felt that the final conflict was unnecessary (maybe a little too much). Over all the plot was interesting and unique. The story centered around Rebecca Kauffman,
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Lindsay
The start with several different issues are address in this first book in the series. Rebecca is first having trouble conceiving a child of her own. She get a letter or will after her older sister and brother in law are killed in as automobile accident. She is left to raise two teenage girls.

Jessica and Lindsay are force to move and live with their Aunt and Uncle in this Amish Community. Jessica has a hard time adjusting to live in this small community. Jessica is found guilty of doing just abou
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Sarah
Choppy paragraphs and redundant prose mar Clipston's debut (in a series, no less). As an Amish woman takes in her orphaned nieces, their cultures clash. While the peek into a manner of plainer living is sometimes interesting, it mainly comes off as a romanticized version of it all. There is also a lot of hoping and gasping going on. Apparently, that's all these characters were capable of since they did one or the other on nearly every page. They just rehashed the same feelings again and again. T ...more
Kasi Lou
When Rebecca Kauffman's older sister, who left the Amish community when she was a teenager, dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca is left custody of her two modern non-Amish teenage nieces, Jessica and Lindsay. Will she be able to reconcile the two worlds in her home-or will the clash of cultures tear her world, including her marriage, apart?

My Review - I use to love to read Amish books and for some reason I haven't read any in a really long time. But I'm glad that I decided to read this book.
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Melissa
I basically read this book because I was bored on public transportation and it was free on my Kindle. Never one to pass up a good deal, I decided to give it a try. It's about two orphaned girls who go to live with their Amish aunt, whom they've never me before, after their parents die. The rest of it is a mixture of predictable plot points, some of which are pretty absurd and hard to believe. Everything is over-dramatized, and while this story could have been really interesting, it was instead j ...more
Diane U
Rebecca Kauffman receives custody of her older sister's children after she and her husband died in a tragic car accident. Grace left the Amish way of life and was shunned by her family and community to persue her education in the English world. Jessica and Lindsay weree from Viriginia Beach and life in Bird in the Hand, PA is quite different. Lindsay adjusted quickly while Jessica felt out of place and wanted to return to Viriginia because she did not belong and could not adjust to the Amish rul ...more
Britni
Rebecca is an Amish wife who's been told she cannot have children. When her sister Grace dies, she leaves Rebecca her two teenage girls giving her the chance to finally be a mother. It sounded intriguing to me and rightfully so. The book had a lot of potential, a great plot and characters, just poor execution in my opinion. The entire first half was great, Clipston developed not only each character fully but also developed the relationships between the characters. She posed realistic conflicts b ...more
Marilou
Rebecca Kauffmans tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her "English" sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife.

Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and con
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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
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