Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Farm Stand by Amy Clipston

Experience some sweet, garden-fresh romance in the next installment of Amy Clipston's Amish Marketplace series.

Salina Petersheim runs her own booth at the Amish market, where she’s known for having the freshest and most delicious produce in the area. Her father is the bishop of her church district, and her brother is a deacon. They are a very close family, yet sometimes she tires of being compared to her older brother, Neil, who is married and has two children. She also feels the pressure of having to be the perfect daughter for her parents.

Salina has been dating Josiah for almost a year now, but he feels more like a friend than a boyfriend. Her parents approve of Josiah, who is a hardworking roofer. He’s handsome and easy to talk to, but he just doesn’t warm her heart the way she feels a boyfriend and future husband should. She secretly longs for more.

Along comes William “Will” Zimmerman, a Mennonite chef who runs a restaurant located next door to the Amish market. He wants Salina to supply the produce for his restaurant, and as they forge a business relationship, they both feel themselves falling in love. Salina especially tries to deny her feelings for Will since her father wants her to marry within the community.

Both Salina and Will feel stuck in their current relationships, but they cannot deny what they feel for each other. Will they follow their hearts or bow to the pressure of family? Or will God provide a surprising new road for them?


About The Author

Amy Clipston originally worked for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning as a writer/editor. Her career as a fiction author took off after she joined the Chesapeake Romance Writers fiction writing group. Amy’s plots involve family issues intertwined with faith. She sold her first book in 2007 & received a six book contract for the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her books have been recognized on the CBA (Christian Book Association) & ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller lists.
Amy is a strong advocate for organ and blood donation.She donated a kidney; and through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Feel free to email Amy and ask her what it was like to be a kidney donor. I If you're healthy, please donate blood! Also, become an organ donor. They make their home in in North Carolina.


My Review

We are back at the Bird-In-Hand Market, and back with some characters, that now feel like friends. We are updated and with Christina and Jeffery, and they are also with us in this read, but the focus here is cousin Salina, and her roller coaster of emotions!
Salina Petersheim has a love of gardening and has turned it into her job, she grows wonderful vegetables, and soon catches the eye of a Mennonite restauranteur whom ends up buying her out each day she is at the market.
The author has us standing with Salina as she tries to fall in love with the boyfriend her  parents want her to marry, but they sure seem to have a platonic relationship. Will these people be hurt? Will they end up marrying the wrong individual to please others? Answers are forthcoming!
This book quickly became a page turner that I never wanted to end, and yet, I need the answers.
I'm hoping for another visit here!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.

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