A Place of Peace by Amy Clipston

Book Description:  Miriam Lapp, who left the Amish community in Pennsylvania three years ago, is heartbroken when her sister calls to reveal that her mother has died suddenly. Traveling home to Pennsylvania, she is forced to face the heartache from her past, including her rift from her family and the break up of her engagement with Timothy Kauffman. Her past emotional wounds are reopened when her family rejects her once again and she finds out that Timothy is in a relationship with someone else. Miriam discovers that the rumors that broke them up three years ago were all lies. However, when Timothy proposes to his girlfriend and Miriam's father disowns her, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles. When Miriam's father has a stroke, Miriam returns to Pennsylvania, and her world begins to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community and her faith in God.

My Review:  Amy Clipston has become another new favorite author of mine.  She  writes a clear, flowing story with concise characters and the Plain people become a live in A Place of Peace.  
Sometimes we all need A Place of Peace to retreat to. Miriam Lapp is called home to a mourning family as she heads back home after her beloved mother's death.  But Miriam has been gone a long time . . . three years to be exact.  Three years of change in her, three years of change in him and three years of change in the community.  Can all the change be good?  
Home again in the small cabin of her sister's abode she prepares for the evening when she hears a horse and buggy come to the cabin and it parks near her honda.  It's not Zach as she expects  it's . . . Timothy Kauffman!  Oh, the agony!  Oh, the joy!  "She stared into his eyes, and the time they had spent together flashed before her like a movie. All of the love she’d felt for him in the past boiled up in her soul, and she wanted to reach out and hug him.
Instead, she stood still and held his gaze as his blue eyes studied hers.
“We were fed lies,” he whispered, his gaze so intense that her breath paused.
Speechless, she nodded."
Sometimes circumstances aren't as we see them.  Sometimes people think they have a better plan for a our lives and mistakes happen.  Such is the case in Miriam and Timothy's lives.  The misunderstandings and the judgments that came between Miriam and Timothy will make your heart break for them.  Can they get past the misunderstandings and forge ahead to a new path in their lives?  Not such an easy path but a 5 star story for the reader who loves Amish fiction!  There are also wonderful gut recipes included in this read.  
I've read A Gift of Grace so I dove into A Place of Peace but somehow left out the second book A Promise of Hope.  This is the Amish Bakery Series and A Place of Peace is the third book.  In my opinion one can read these as stand alone books but it would be better to read them in order.

*I reviewed this book for Zondervan*
*I reviewed this book for Zondervan

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