Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Bake Shop by Amy Clipston

The Bake Shop (Amish Marketplace #1)
Happy Book Release Day!  A few of the new books that were released today are (each book title is a clickable link) Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen*, Cast Iron Alibi by Victoria Hamilton, The Angels' Share by Ellen Crosby, A Precious Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amish Front Porch Stories by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter, & Jean Brunstetter, Dead Wrong by Vannetta Chapman and The Bake Shop by Amy Clipston. Which one are you planning to grab first?  
Visit Amish farmers markets
Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market
The Bake Shop by Amy Clipston features Christiana Kurtz who loves to bake.  She has been running a roadside bake stand outside her family’s home.  The one problem is customers will come up to the house when the stand is closed looking for her delectable desserts.  Christiana is visiting three of her cousins at the Bird-in-Hand market where each of them have stalls when they recommend, she relocate to the market.  There happens to be a stall available plus there is not a bakery in the market.  After gaining permission from her conservative father, Christiana opens her stall which is an instant success.  Jeff Stoltzfus sells various leather products that he creates at the market in the stall next to Christiana.  Christiana and Jeff get off to a bumpy start, but she sees a sadness in him and wants to become his friend.  After a few setbacks, they slowly become friends and get to know each other.  The friendship soon blooms into something more.  Before Jeff can request permission to date Christiana, her father visits the market and discovers that Jeff utilizes electricity to run one of his machines.  Freeman Kurtz forbids Christiana from having anything more to do with Jeff even though Jeff has permission from the bishop to use electricity.  Her father has always been strict, but she does not understand his reasoning.  Will Christiana and Jeff be kept apart? 
Roadside Stand 
The Bake Shop by Amy Clipston is the first An Amish Marketplace Novel.  I know when I pick up a book written by Amy Clipston, that I will enjoy it.  The Bake Shop did not disappoint with the lovely setting of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania and the developed as well as realistic characters.  I picked up The Bake Shop and was quickly drawn into the story thanks to Amy Clipston’s engaging writing style.  You cannot help but root for the young couple whose relationship got off to a rocky start.  I like how the characters developed over the course of the story especially Christiana’s father, Freeman.  Faith is woven into the story beautifully.    We see the importance of having faith, the power of prayer, and how forgiveness is good for not only the person receiving it but also for the person giving it.  I like the messages or life lessons I got from reading this book.  The Bake Shop allows us to see how the past can influence our present behavior.  We need to work through our issues if we are to have a fulfilling life.  I was happy that there was an epilogue that nicely wrapped up the story. There is a family tree at the beginning of the book.  The Bake Shop is a sweet Amish novel that will leave you with a smile on your face.  
Lancaster Central Market
The Bake Shop is available through Amazon* (Amazon UK--December 12) as well as other major retailers (Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, CBD, and iBooks).  The next An Amish Marketplace Novel is The Farm Stand which will be out on May 5, 2020.  Thank you for reading my review today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Dead Wrong by Vannetta Chapman.  Debut novel in Agatha's Amish B&B series.  I hope you have an upbeat day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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