A Gift of Grace



A Gift of Grace Take A Trip To Bird In Hand, Pennsylvania, Where You Ll Meet The Women Of The Kauffman Amish Bakery In Lancaster County As Each Woman S Story Unfolds, You Will Share In Her Heartaches, Trials, Joys, Dreams And Secrets You Ll Discover How The Simplicity Of The Amish Lifestyle Can Clash With The English Way Of Life And The Decisions And Consequences That Follow Most Importantly, You Will Be Encouraged By The Hope And Faith Of These Women, And The Importance They Place On Their Families Rebecca Kauffman S Tranquil Old Order Amish Life Is Transformed When She Suddenly Has Custody Of Her Two Teenage Nieces After Her English Sister And Brother In Law Are Killed In An Automobile Accident Instant Motherhood, After Years Of Unsuccessful Attempts To Conceive A Child Of Her Own, Is Both A Joy And A Heartache Rebecca Struggles To Give The Teenage Girls The Guidance They Need As Well As Fulfill Her Duties To Daniel As An Amish Wife Rebellious Jessica Is Resistant To Amish Ways And Constantly In Trouble With The Community Younger Sister Lindsay Is Caught In The Middle, And The Strain Between Rebecca And Daniel Mounts As Jessica S Rebellion Escalates Instead Of The Beautiful Family Life She Dreamed Of Creating For Her Nieces, Rebecca Feels As If Her World Is Being Torn Apart By Two Different Cultures, Leaving Her To Question Her Place In The Amish Community, Her Marriage, And Her Faith In God.

10 thoughts on “A Gift of Grace

  1. says:

    May be the most annoying book I ve read I think the author went a little thesaurus crazy No one walked in this book They sideled, sauntered, clomped, padded, shambled, tread, and schlepped No one sat down , they sank I ve never read anything like it I always like stories with recipes as I love to try them out I thought it was strange that the recipes in this book were not recipes for the foods mentioned in the story It would have been interesting to see the shoo fly pie recipe or th May be the most annoying book I ve read I think the author went a little thesaurus crazy No one walked in this book They sideled, sauntered, clomped, padded, shambled, tread, and schlepped No one sat down , they sank I ve never read anything like it I always like stories with recipes as I love to try them out I thought it was strange that the recipes in this book were not recipes for the foods mentioned in the story It would have been interesting to see the shoo fly pie recipe or the chocolate oatmeal cake recipe I managed to make it through the story which wasn t really worth the effort It was too predictable I usually really enjoy stories set in Amish communities but not this one

  2. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here FULL DISCLOSURE Amish romance is generally not my thing I m reading this for work What I like about Amish romance usually is learning about the culture I also truly did enjoy the plot of this novel Becoming the guardian of two teenage nieces whom you ve never met must be difficult under the best of circumstances I can t even imagine how difficult it is when there is a major cultural difference too I think the author did a lovely job of describing the various points of view As a feminist FULL DISCLOSURE Amish romance is generally not my thing I m reading this for work What I like about Amish romance usually is learning about the culture I also truly did enjoy the plot of this novel Becoming the guardian of two teenage nieces whom you ve never met must be difficult under the best of circumstances I can t even imagine how difficult it is when there is a major cultural difference too I think the author did a lovely job of describing the various points of view As a feminist and as aspiritual rather than religious person..there were times I seriously wanted to throat punch characters in this book I am all for respecting the culture of the people with whom I live However, if a 16 year old girl, WANTS to continue her education, she should be allowed to, even if her guardian doesn t believe in it I was also proud of Rebecca for standing up to her husband Daniel, however, this was seen as stubborn and selfish behavior This was not enjoyable for me to read Finally, although I know that often women will become pregnant after trying for YEARS It s a little TOO convenient that Rebecca winds up pregnanta little too pat

  3. says:

    4.5 starsIn A Gift of Grace, Rebecca Kauffman gets custody of her two English nieces after both their parents die in a car accident Unable to have children of her own, Rebecca finds her nieces coming to live with her to be a gift However, seeing how the oldest of the two girls seems to have a hard time adjusting to Amish ways, Daniel Kaffman, Rebecca s husband, is not so sure the girls are meant to stay in his household.I was expecting A Gift of Grace to be a light an slow paced novel, like mo 4.5 starsIn A Gift of Grace, Rebecca Kauffman gets custody of her two English nieces after both their parents die in a car accident Unable to have children of her own, Rebecca finds her nieces coming to live with her to be a gift However, seeing how the oldest of the two girls seems to have a hard time adjusting to Amish ways, Daniel Kaffman, Rebecca s husband, is not so sure the girls are meant to stay in his household.I was expecting A Gift of Grace to be a light an slow paced novel, like most Amish reads are Instead, I found it to be an intense and emotional story I loved it I enjoyed getting a glimpse in the mind of each character I understood all their opinions regarding the difficult situation they were put in However, I got frustrated with them all for their stubbornness and their inability to resolve their conflicts I wanted all of the characters to have a happy ending, and with the tension between them running high, I wasn t quite sure how that was going to happen.I also really enjoyed how the premise to the second book in the series was set at the end of this one I m really looking forward to reading A Promise of Hope

  4. says:

    3.5 Stars A Gift of Grace is the first Amish book that I have read It was pretty good I found it to be captivating and did not want to put it down Perhaps that was because I haven t listened to this sub genre before so I wasn t sure what was going to happen Otherwise, it wasn t all that unique or full of excitement This book is about two teenage sisters whose parents die suddenly and tragically and their only living relative is an Aunt whom they have never met because she is Amish and thei 3.5 Stars A Gift of Grace is the first Amish book that I have read It was pretty good I found it to be captivating and did not want to put it down Perhaps that was because I haven t listened to this sub genre before so I wasn t sure what was going to happen Otherwise, it wasn t all that unique or full of excitement This book is about two teenage sisters whose parents die suddenly and tragically and their only living relative is an Aunt whom they have never met because she is Amish and their mother left the Amish community when she was a teenager Their mother left custody of them to said aunt and it thrust them into an unfamiliar and completely different type of life 14 year old Lindsay takes to her Aunt and the Amish way quickly as she says it makes her feel closer to her recently deceased mother 15 year old Jessica doesn t fit in at all and is horrified to learn that the Amish do not attend school beyond 8th grade and she would no longer be permitted to attend school or finish out high school Instead, the girls are to take jobs, Lindsay at the bakery with her aunt and Jessica doing the books and front counter at her uncle s furniture shop Lindsay is thrilled, Jessica is not To make matters worse, Aunt Rebecca s husband, Uncle Daniel, feels that the girls do not belong there and should be sent to live with friends of the girls parents Rebecca feels like this is her chance to be a mother as she and Daniel were never able to have children of their own and she knows that it was her sister s wish and wants to honor that as well The arrival of the girls and Jessica s continued and unintentional missteps threaten to ruin Daniel and Rebecca s standing in their community and among their people I struggled with the narrow mindedness and judgments cast by people in this Christian community I found it to be very hypocritical and disgusting It was annoying how often Jessica had to be talked to or told how important it was that she be mindful and respectful of their way of life and follow the rules of their community, yet never once did anyone explain these rules If you want someone to follow rules that are completely foreign to them, it would be helpful to spell it out to them or clue the person in on these rules Another thing that was odd was just how into the Amish way of life and thought process Lindsay was She was so quick to be exactly what and who she needed to be and it didn t feel genuine I needed to see some sort of adjustment or difficulties for her When it was all said and done, I felt underwhelmed with the wrap up We spent a lot of time getting to know these characters, so what happens next for them Instead we got another traumatic event that served as setting up book 2 for a side character to get her own book and story I needI m still interested in seeing , so I am going to try book 2 I contemplated skipping to books 4 and 5 just so I can get the rest of the story with these characters, but I think I will give the series overall a chance As for the narration, it was okay The narrator had a pleasant voice, but I didn t feel that her tone was appropriate for the story She literally sounded jovial and on the verge of a big joyous laugh the entire time Super emotional stuff was happening and she sounded straight up giddy throughout all of it It was really strange and not appropriate I also wasn t fond of her lack of distinct character voices I would still listen to the narration if I had it to do all over again, but it just doesn t fit the story and it takes a bit away from the overall engagement

  5. says:

    I think I ve fallen for an author This is the second book I ve reviewed by Amy Clipston I enjoyed A Plain and Simple Christmas so much, I couldn t wait to read A Gift of Grace I was not disappointed Instead, Mrs Clipston left me wantingA Gift of Grace is the first book of the Kauffman Bakery Series You can be sure that I will readof this series.From Zondervan Synopsis When Rebecca Kauffman s older sister, who left the Amish community when she was a teenager, dies in an auto I think I ve fallen for an author This is the second book I ve reviewed by Amy Clipston I enjoyed A Plain and Simple Christmas so much, I couldn t wait to read A Gift of Grace I was not disappointed Instead, Mrs Clipston left me wantingA Gift of Grace is the first book of the Kauffman Bakery Series You can be sure that I will readof this series.From Zondervan Synopsis When Rebecca Kauffman s older sister, who left the Amish community when she was a teenager, dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca is left custody of her two modern non Amish teenage nieces, Jessica and Lindsay Will she be able to reconcile the two worlds in her home or will the clash of cultures tear her world, including her marriage, apart My thoughts I didn t want to put this book down I stayed up way too latethan once I put off things I should be doing like laundry I hope my husband isn t reading this Each character was described in superb detail I enjoyed the depth of feeling that was expressed and not expressed from each of the main characters point of view I really like how Mrs Clipston put emphasis on listening and hearing God and how difficult and yet simple that can be I didn t want it to endand yet I did I was so wrapped up in the story, I wanted resolution I was surprised and happy with the ending I definitely give this book five stars I also give Mrs Clipston five stars.She was kind enough to comment on my review of A Plain and Simple Christmas.Zondervan gave me this book in exchange for an honest review The opinions expressed herein are my own

  6. says:

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer Romans 12 12That s the refrain that echoes through this story as Rebecca clings to this scripture in the midst of her suddenly turbulent life It was hard losing her sister to the English world years ago but harder still to lose her sister through death And that results in a sudden ready made family since her sister has appointed Rebecca guardian of Jessica and Lindsay Talk about culture shock Living an Amish lifestyle is a difficu Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer Romans 12 12That s the refrain that echoes through this story as Rebecca clings to this scripture in the midst of her suddenly turbulent life It was hard losing her sister to the English world years ago but harder still to lose her sister through death And that results in a sudden ready made family since her sister has appointed Rebecca guardian of Jessica and Lindsay Talk about culture shock Living an Amish lifestyle is a difficult transition for the teens especially outspoken Jessica.Clipston explores the complication of living in relationship within family,community and even with God It s gut wrenching and infuriating and even heartbreaking at times But the rewards of living in relationship far outweigh the difficult challengesif she can just get the balance right A compelling emotional story that celebrates the joyand trialsof living in relationship

  7. says:

    This review was updated to the Official Rating System on April 23rd, 2016 This book was first reviewed on June 5th, 2013 About this bookWhen Amish Rebecca Kauffman gains custody of her English nieces, blended family takes on a whole new meaning Rebecca Kauffman s tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly becomes guardian to her two teenage nieces after her English sister and brother in law are killed in an automobile accident Instant motherhood, after years of u This review was updated to the Official Rating System on April 23rd, 2016 This book was first reviewed on June 5th, 2013 About this bookWhen Amish Rebecca Kauffman gains custody of her English nieces, blended family takes on a whole new meaning Rebecca Kauffman s tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly becomes guardian to her two teenage nieces after her English sister and brother in law are killed in an automobile accident Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica s rebellion escalates Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca is frustrated by her new role and begins to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God Will she be able to reconcile differences in her home or will the clash of cultures tear her world apart Series Book 1 of five inKaufman Amish Bakeryseries Has two bonus Christmas novella connecting to the series Review of 1 Here and Book 2 Here Spiritual Content Prayers Crying out to God Many Scriptures are quoted, read, repeated remembered Many talks about God, listening to Him, His will plan H s are capital when referring to God All about the Amish Christian faiths as well many mentions of shunning the bishop Many mentions of prayers silent prayers over food Many mentions of Bibles, Bible reading devotions Many mentions of Church, services Sunday devotions Mentions of God faiths A few mentions of those in the Bible A few mentions of miracles blessings A few mentions of sins A mention of hymns A recipe for a Scripture Cake is included, each ingredient has a Scripture reference Negative Content Minor cussing including a crummy , a dumb , an idiot , a gosh , a sheesh and eight stupid s Jessica has an attitude eye rolling sarcasm Mentions of car accidents barely above not detailed Mentions of a fire death barely above not detailed Mentions of running away lying Mentions of gossip A few mentions of husbands striking their wives A few mentions of parties, trouble foul play in a death A couple mentions of divorce Sexual Content a cheek kiss and a a boarder line barely above not detailed semi detailed kiss Rebecca her husband kiss, embrace and also snuggle in their bed nothing ever goes beyond barely above not detailed for them Noticing and a bit of Smelling two harlot s and four hot s Jessica catches her best friend wearing Jessica s boyfriend s t shirt only and assumes they ve been doing hanky panky A mention of making out A mention of hormones A couple mentions of marital intimacy no details A few mentions of a rumor that Jessica gave a boy a seductive look she really didn t A few mentions of another rumor of Jessica alone with a boy in a barn nothing really happened Mentions of reputations Mentions of a kiss remembering it barely above not detailed Mentions of boyfriends dating Mentions of a boyfriend cheating kissing another girl Many mentions of Rebecca not being able to conceive a child Note Mentions of low rider jeans, tight tops, bikini tops shorts Rebecca Kauffman Jessica Bedford, age 15 16 P.O.V switches between them mostly, but also Lindsay Daniel along with Sarah in the Epilogue 302 pages with recipes Pre Teens One StarNew Teens Two StarsEarly High School Teens Three Stars Older High School Teens Four StarsMy personal Rating Four StarsEven though one of the main characters is a married woman, I can see my fellow Amish fiction loving teens enjoying the teen aspects of this novel because of Jessica and Lindsay I keep thinking that I m spelling my name wrong There are some great lessons about listening to God and not out selfish hearts inA Gift of GraceAmy Clipston is a talented author that made me feel many emotions while reading her first book published Also, isn t the new updated cover so pretty Link to review BFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author

  8. says:

    Rebecca and her sister were both raised Amish, but her sister left to be English When she died with her husband in a car accident, she named Rebecca guardian of her two teenaged daughters This story is about the struggles Rebecca and her family go through, as the girls try to adapt to the Amish life while the Amish community tries to understand the girls and accept their ways The author does a good job of illustrating the problems each must deal with, and the concept of English teens being th Rebecca and her sister were both raised Amish, but her sister left to be English When she died with her husband in a car accident, she named Rebecca guardian of her two teenaged daughters This story is about the struggles Rebecca and her family go through, as the girls try to adapt to the Amish life while the Amish community tries to understand the girls and accept their ways The author does a good job of illustrating the problems each must deal with, and the concept of English teens being thrust into an Amish community is an interesting and not a common scenario This well written story is an excellent beginning to what promises to be be a entertaining series

  9. says:

    Can Rebecca be an Amish mother to two English girls I cannot imagine what it takes to write such a book as this Amy Clipston has an amazing capacity for creating the perfect scenario It is perfect A woman who left the Amish faith leaves instructions for her children to return to the family home if anything should happen to her. and does Amy take the easy way out Nope.A Gift of Grace is a wonderful story about two sisters, forced to live with their Aunt and Uncle in an Amish community, after Can Rebecca be an Amish mother to two English girls I cannot imagine what it takes to write such a book as this Amy Clipston has an amazing capacity for creating the perfect scenario It is perfect A woman who left the Amish faith leaves instructions for her children to return to the family home if anything should happen to her. and does Amy take the easy way out Nope.A Gift of Grace is a wonderful story about two sisters, forced to live with their Aunt and Uncle in an Amish community, after they lose their parents One sister flourishes the other perishes Or at least she feels like she s been banished to another century, where there s no electricity, no phones, and no friends only stupid rules I was caught up in the story almost from the beginning about the time Jessica notices the not so pleasing smells coming from the farm.What a nightmare The strange thing is I live in an apartment with electricity, computers, phones, music, air conditioning and I have 2 vehicles to choose from whenever I want to go somewhere why did I identifywith Lindsay, the slightly younger sister who felt at home on the farm and blossomed there Why didn t I feellike Jessica, who missed all the technology and freedom I ll admit when trouble brewed, I didn t really feel sorry for Jessica but I did want to smack a few people and say, hey, what happened to showing a little love and compassion Stop making mountains out of mole hills But God has a way of dealing with people, especially when they re thinking too much of themselves, instead of showing His love to those who need it Amy follows right along with these thoughts and although it took me by surprise, it certainly shakes up the community.I love this book SO much, I gave away a copy

  10. says:

    I can t really describe my feelings for this book I originally enjoyed it about a year and a half ago Jan 2013 but now rereading it, I realized that while I still do like it, I also noticed some things I didn t like.I do like the plot, in a way The girls parents died in an accident and now have to live with their Amish aunt and uncle and learn how to adjust some to their strong Christian values and simple way of living I felt pained for Jessica and Lindsay, because I know how hard the loss I can t really describe my feelings for this book I originally enjoyed it about a year and a half ago Jan 2013 but now rereading it, I realized that while I still do like it, I also noticed some things I didn t like.I do like the plot, in a way The girls parents died in an accident and now have to live with their Amish aunt and uncle and learn how to adjust some to their strong Christian values and simple way of living I felt pained for Jessica and Lindsay, because I know how hard the loss of people you love can be I also felt sad for Rebecca and her not being able to conceive children The characters seemed well rounded and had what I think a good representation of what the Amish life would be like However, during theserious parts of the book, I felt like they didn t have realistic reactions to what was going on It all seemed very flat and dull it just didn t feel right view spoiler And when Rebecca suddenly finds out that she s pregnant, it seemed sort of sudden I think I would have enjoyed the book muchhad she woken up one morning to find a baby on her doorstep, or given a baby by one of the mothers in the community At the same time, the miracle of finding out she s going to be a mother might have added some hope into the story I don t know hide spoiler Overall, I did enjoy the book and plan on reading the rest of the series to see how everything pans out However, I feel like the age category should be for young teens rather then adults, but I also think it would appeal to anyone who enjoys light reading

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *