Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Building a Future by Amy Clipston

 Building a Future

Book Summary

They both had different plans for their futures . . . until their hearts led them to each other.

Michelle Lantz dreams of marrying and starting a family, and now that she’s been dating Korey for over a year, she thought it was only a matter of time before he proposed. But lately, Korey has seemed distant and is far from the attentive boyfriend she once knew. They’ve spent so much time together that she feels she can’t give up on their relationship, but she begins to question her own feelings as his seem to cool.

Tyler Bontrager is focused on expanding his father’s roofing company so he can take over one day. He throws himself into his work and thinks he’s too busy to worry about finding a wife. He and his brother Korey find themselves continually arguing: Tyler doesn’t approve of how Korey treats Michelle and Korey thinks Tyler is out to take anything that’s his. When Tyler happens to be around when Michelle needs a listening ear, he is startled to realize that he has feelings for Michelle, so he denies them because his relationship with his brother is too important.
But when there’s an accident and lives are at stake, true feelings come to the surface. Is it possible for Michelle and Tyler to put aside their feelings for the sake of their relationships with Korey, or will they find a new foundation on which to build their future?
My Thoughts

Building a Future by Amy Clipston is a heartwarming Amish novel.  I like Amy Clipston’s writing style.  It is casual and engaging.  I feel like I am visiting old friends.  I found myself easily drawn into the story.  I like the characters in this story especially Michelle and Tyler.  I was not a fan of Korey who was inattentive to Michelle and did not realize that she is a caring woman with a big heart.  Korey came across as juvenile.  His behavior reminded me of a sulky teenager.  I was surprised that his father let him get away with that type of behavior.  Korey states he wants to help run the business with Tyler when their father retires.  However, we do not see him coming up with business ideas or displaying the maturity needed for a leadership position.  We get to see what it is like to be ignored by someone we care about and the pain that it causes. 

I enjoyed the lovely descriptions of Michelle’s paintings.  I want one of her milk can scenes.  I was surprised when one scene mentions Michelle putting the milk can in her tote bag.  I did not know that milk cans came in such a small size (there are vintage milk cans that measure 3.5” by 6.25”). I thought the relationship between Tyler and Michelle progressed at the right pace.  I could see this scenario playing out in real life.  I like how the faith element was incorporated into the story (the author strikes the right balance).  It never comes across as preachy. There are good messages (and life lessons) in the story.  We see the importance of prayer to seek God’s guidance.  The story had a sweet ending.  Building a Future is the second An Amish Legacy Novel.  It can be read as a standalone for those who have not read Foundation of Love.  I like that we get to see how Crystal is faring since she married.  There is a glossary of Amish terms at the beginning of the book which I found helpful. Building a Future is a hopeful Amish tale with relationship woes, finding a friend, enjoyable youth gatherings, roofing business strategies, and a guiding God.

Building a Future is available from Amazon*.  The first An Amish Legacy Novel is Foundation of Love.  Amy Clipston has the contemporary Christian novel Something Old, Something New coming out January 3, 2023.  You can find the author's other novels here.  I appreciate you dropping by and reading my review today.  Tomorrow I am a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Shifting and Shenanigans by Janice Thompson.  It is the debut of A Magical Mystery Book Club series.  I hope that you have a joyful day.  Take care, stay cool (it is so hot and humid), and Happy Reading!


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