The Courtship Basket by: Amy Clipston

The Courtship BasketThe Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

A sweet Amish series of the Fisher family continues with simple items from a hope chest that brings the Fisher women love and faith. The Forgotten Recipe brought Veronica Fisher love and a renewed faith after her betrothed was killed from an accident and now Rachel the middle of the three sisters, must learn what the Lord is teaching her when her hope of love has been betrayed.

When she is asked by her cousin to help with teaching at the local Amish school for special needs, she jumps at the chance to help her heart heal and to help “kinder” that are having problems with basic learning. It is there she meets little John Lantz whose father is extremely ill and his older brother is raising him. Not knowing a mother’s love and nurturing since his mother died giving birth, he struggles to read and to learn. Rachel is taken with John and going against Amish policy, goes directly to John’s oldest brother Michael to confront his lack of communication regarding his little brother’s slow progress in school. It is then she begins to realize there is more to the Lantz family that instead of confronting, she begins to have compassion. With a basket found in her mother’s old hope chest, she begins the friendship of the Lantz family to bring meals to help care for the vulnerable family that is going thru much suffering. It is thru the suffering that she learns what kind heart Michael has and begins to fall for him. With wanting to protect her heart from pain, they both struggle with the simplicity of love and faith and not giving up on what matters.

I have only been reading Amish books for about a year and I just love how the simplicity of love and faith is shown in the Amish lifestyle. This was a tear jerker for me as it unfolds the pain of insecurity and holding on to pride. The author develops her characters well and the faith that binds the heart to love. I have truly enjoyed these series.

A Special Thank You to Zondervan and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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