Monday, January 31, 2011

And have I mentioned how much I enjoy Amish stories? -- A Place of Peace

A Place of Peace is the third book in Amy Clipston's Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, and I hope it's not the last.  It was fun to re-visit characters from the other stories and meet some new ones as well.  (And there are surely more stories to be written about those characters.)

Miriam Lapp left her Amish community four years earlier and returns home when she learns of her mother's death.  Her visit home -- which she hopes will be an opportunity to mend some relationships -- just seems to create more hurt and confusion for Miriam and some of her friends and family.  She returns to her "English" way of life in Indiana but is torn more than ever about where she really belongs.  When she is called back home again for another family emergency, she learns more about the power of forgiveness and how important it is to untangle lies, separate out the truth, and make important decisions -- no matter how difficult.  Forgiveness and reconciliation shine through as important themes in this story.

As in the earlier books in the series, Amy shares several Amish recipes.  I can personally recommend the Apple Butter Pie on page 201!

On a personal note, I found it fun that the main character was Miriam Lapp from Gordonville, PA.  When my husband and I visited Lancaster County, we stayed in a guest house in Gordonville, PA, run by a dear Amish lady named Miriam Lapp!  No connection between character and real-life person (I contacted Amy Clipston to ask about it), but I enjoyed remembering my time with Miriam while I read this story.


  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review!

  2. I have never read any of the Amy Clipston books but I'll have to see if I can find some now.

    I just finished reading "The Search" by Suzanne Woods Fisher which I found to be an excellent Amish fiction book. I'm a little picky when it comes to this genre.

  3. Thanks for stopping by! For many years now, I have read books by several Amish authors -- Amy Clipston and Suzanne Woods Fisher being two of them. I have loved their stories and been fascinated with learning more about the Amish lifestyle. This summer one of my long-time dreams was realized when my husband and I made a trip to Lancaster County. We had the special opportunity to stay in a guest house/dawdi house of a precious Amish couple and made new friends there. I look forward to checking out "A Joyful Chaos" and learning more about your journey.