The Jam and Jelly Nook by Amy Clipston has Leanna Wengerd worried about her son, Chester. He has been rude and disobedient recently. Leanna gets a late-night call from Chester who is at the local police station. Chester along with Maggie Speicher were caught trespassing on a local farm. At the police station, Leanna meets Emory Speicher, Maggie’s widowed father. The pair learn that they have similar doubts and misgivings especially regarding their children. Leanna and Emory get coffee together at Bethany’s Coffee Corner and begin discovering that they have a lot in common. Life begins to look brighter for Leanna and Emory until their teens voice disapproval. Neither Leanna nor Emory wants to do anything that would upset their kids, but what do they do about their budding feelings. In the meantime, Emory’s sister-in-law decides to set Emory up with a friend. They get along well, but the spark he feels with Leanna is missing. His daughter, though, likes the woman and bonds with her over sewing. Emory wonders which path is the right one for him. Leanna begins to wonder if she will get a second chance at love. What does God have planned for Leanna and Emory?
The Jam and Jelly Nook by Amy Clipston is the 4th (and final) An Amish Marketplace Novel. It can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading this charming series in order. It will allow you to get to know the characters and follow their progress. We get Leanna Wenger’s story in this tale. I have been looking forward to getting to know Leanna better. Leanna is a widow of seven years with a teenage son named Chester. Chester went from sweet boy to surly teenager who is smoking and carrying a cell phone. Leanna worries about Chester and wonders she can do to help him. Emory Speicher is a widower of six years raising his teenage daughter, Maggie. Maggie is a sweet girl who prefers to remain at home. She does not spend time with other people her own age and she lacks joy. When Emory and Leanna end up at the police station to pick up their kids, they discover they have things in common which leads to a friendship. Of course, friendship could lead to something more if the circumstances are right. I thought The Jam and Jelly Nook was well-written with friendly, relatable characters. We get a chance to catch up with Bethany, Christiana, and Salina. I have enjoyed getting to know these four ladies and I was sorry to see this delightful series end. I love the setting of the Bird-in-Hand Marketplace. I liked watching the friendship develop between Leanna and Emory. Patience is the key to their having more (waiting is key when you have faith). Faith is at the forefront in this book. It is nicely woven into the story. The Jam and Jelly Nook was a good book to read and one that I was sorry to see end (because that meant the series was over). I will miss these lovely characters. My favorite phrase from The Jam and Jelly Nook is, “With God all things are possible.” The Jam and Jelly Nook is a great escape novel. The Jam and Jelly Nook is an enticing Amish tale with jewel-toned jellies, quality quilts, darling dolls, beguiling birdhouses, a problematic lad, a jam-packed marketplace, a dutiful daughter, and a snoopy sister-in-law.
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