30 June 2018

Room on the Porch Swing by Amy Clipston Book Review


When tragedy strikes, can two young Amish people find the hope that lies on the other side?

Laura Riehl is no stranger to heartache. Less than a year after her mother’s death, Laura finds herself burying another loved one: her best friend, Savilla, who has died after a brief and sudden illness. Laura feels heartbroken and alone, but her pain is nothing compared to that of Allen, the husband Savilla has left behind. He now faces a life so different from the one he imagined—plus a baby to care for on his own.

When Laura offers to help Allen with baby Mollie, he jumps at the opportunity until a permanent solution can be found. She’d do anything to lend a hand to Allen and to honor her best friend’s memory. Rudy, Laura’s boyfriend, is initially supportive of her plan, but the more time Laura spends with Allen, the more jealous and frustrated Rudy seems to become.
As Laura and Allen face hardships together, their friendship takes a surprising yet comforting turn—and she discovers an attraction she’s never felt with Rudy. Would falling for Allen betray the people she cares about most, or would denying those feelings betray her heart? This latest installment in the Amish Homestead series returns us to Lancaster County, home of the beloved Riehls, where a family’s strength—and advice from a new friend—may help Laura find God’s direction.  

My Thoughts:

Grab a box of tissues for the second book in “An Amish Homestead Novel” series. Don’t worry you won’t need your box of tissue throughout the story just the first few chapters. Talk about a dramatic opening to this heartfelt story.

Laura is still healing from the lost of her mother and now she just lost her best friend Savilla. Her dear friend left behind a husband and Mollie who is still an infant. Laura steps up to help Allen out with Mollie. Laura’s beau Rudy is fine with it in the beginning but, after awhile Rudy becomes uncomfortable with the situation.

This was such a heartfelt story of grief, healing, and joy. I loved Laura’s character from “A Place at our Table” and I was delighted to have her as a main character in this story. Allen what a gem he is and then his sweet daughter Mollie. 

I know I say this often but, I like it when reading a new novel and you still have some familiar characters from a precious novel. 

This was a wonderful story from Amy Clipston. Every time I read one of her books I think it’s the best one yet! She draws you into the story and grabs a hold of your heart. 

I look forward to the next story which is about Laura’s twin, Mark in “A Seat at the Hearth”.

I received a free copy of this product from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.


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