Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A Welcome at Our Door by Amy Clipston

A Welcome at Our Door by Amy Clipston is the final An Amish Homestead Novel.  It has been seven years since her mother, who was also her best friend, passed away and Cindy Riehl is still grieving.  She has watched her father plus her siblings marry and Cindy does not understand how they could move on so quickly and be happy.  She also feels estranged from God and does not understand why he took her mother so soon.  One day, Cucumber gets out and follows a golden retriever to the Lapp’s home.  Cindy goes to retrieve their Houdini cow and meets the Lapp’s new Englisher farmhand, Drew Collins.  She finds him easy to talk to and soon finds herself sharing things with him that she cannot divulge to her family.  Cindy soon learns that Drew has lost his whole family and understands what she is experiencing.  The pair draw closer together and develop romantic feelings for each other.  Cindy no longer feels close to her community and, if their secret meetings are discovered, she will need to make a choice.  What choices will Cindy make about her future?  Can she find her way back to God? 
A Welcome at Our Door is the fourth and final book in An Amish Homestead series.  We have watched as Cindy’s father and siblings have found love, married and started families of their own.  Cindy finds herself lost in her grief and not understanding God’s decisions.  Cindy lives in a community where you are not supposed to question God’s will.  I do recommend reading this series in order or you will be a little lost.  There are a number of characters and it will help you to understand Cindy Riehl.  I thought A Welcome at Our Door was well written and it progresses at a good pace which makes for an easy to read story.  I was drawn into the story in the beginning and could relate to Cindy’s grief (anyone who has lost a loved can understand).  You continue to miss a parent, especially one that you are close to, each day.  I have enjoyed visiting the Riehl family in each book and have been wanting Cindy’s story.  Amy Clipston brings her characters to life, so they seem like they are real people.  They are characters that people will like and can relate to.  I liked that there was some humor introduced through Cucumber, the cow with escapee tendencies.  We are also introduced to the sweet golden retriever, Bruce.  The importance and power of prayer is emphasized in A Welcome at Our Door.  It is vital to pray about life changing decisions in our life, so we know if we are following God’s path for our life.  Only God knows how our life will play out.  There is always a reason for His actions as we see in A Welcome at Our Door.  One of my favorite phrases from this story is “God sends us friends when we need them most”.  There is some predictability to the story (of course, I have been reading Amish novels for over twenty years), but that does not take away from this touching story.  A Welcome at Our Door is a story of grief, love, struggle, faith and family.  You will not want to miss Cindy’s heart wrenching and heartfelt story in A Welcome at Our Door. 

The other novels in An Amish Homestead series are A Place at Our Table, Room on the Porch Swing, and A Seat by the Hearth (my favorite).  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you found my review helpful.  I am reviewing The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan next time.  The first book in A Jazz Ramsey Mystery series.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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