Amish Fiction Book Review: A Welcome at Our Door
"After a devastating loss, Cindy Riehl is still searching for peace. Will she find it in the community she calls home—or will love send her down a new path?
Over the last few years, Cindy Riehl—the youngest of the Riehl children—has watched her siblings find love and happiness in Lancaster County. But as her family has settled down and grown, Cindy has continued to grieve her mother, whose death left an enormous hole in her heart. Since that haunting day, Cindy has struggled to find peace and wonders if the community is the place for her—and if her faith in God will ever feel the same as it once did.
When a handsome and kind Englisher named Drew crosses Cindy’s path one surprising day, the two of them become fast and easy friends. Drew dreams of starting a family after some losses of his own, and before long, he and Cindy discover that their feelings for each other are romantic. As they spend more time together—often in secret—Cindy is drawn further and further away from the Amish community and the family she loves. In time, she is faced with a difficult choice that threatens to upend her world.
Will Cindy find contentment and love, and will she ever find restored comfort in God and her beloved community? In this final installment of the Amish Homestead series, we return to the charming town of Bird-in-Hand for a story of healing, family, and God’s perfect provision.
My ReviewA Welcome at Our Door (An Amish Homestead Novel, Book 4), by Amy Clipston, is an enjoyable piece of inspirational Amish fiction. It is a story of loss, forgiveness, and new beginnings written in a style that is engaging and descriptive.
The story Ms. Clipston has crafted is moving and endearing. Threads of redemption and restoration are woven beautifully throughout this novel. The well-paced plot, well-rounded characters, and well-drawn setting blend together to create a memorable and satisfying reading experience offering just the right combination of struggle, romance, and charm.
The characters within this novel have an authentic vulnerability that makes them utterly relatable and unforgettable. They demonstrate determination, courage, and conviction as they earnestly seek to discover God’s specific plan and calling for their lives. Themes of loyalty, faith, and family resonate as the characters grow and mature by facing tough choices and overcoming personal losses, doubts, and fears. The characters struggle through real, heart-wrenching trials that test their faith exceedingly. Yet, even as the struggles escalate, the light of God’s grace and mercy shines through with hope, forgiveness, and restoration.
With warmth and heart, A Welcome at Our Door places a significant emphasis on family and the ways in which family members support, encourage, and protect one another. It is honest, tender, emotionally stirring, and ultimately uplifting. It is a well-researched and entertaining book that I eagerly recommend to anyone who appreciates a finely written Amish fiction novel.
*I received a copy of this book from the author. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
My ReflectionAs humans who make mistakes, sin, and miss the mark, we share a common need for forgiveness. We all require redemption. We are all in want of restoration. Forgiveness and restoration are powerful themes within A Welcome at Our Door. There are heart-wrenching disappointments and uncertainties the characters must endure as they struggle to heal, recover, and forgive. They face difficult consequences from their choices and actions. Yet, as they persevere through their struggles, their faith develops as they begin to trust that they are wholly loved by a gracious and merciful God.
The themes of this book reflect meaningfully on the truth that God is the ultimate redeemer who can shape beautiful things out of the broken and regretful events of our lives. With abounding love and grace, he softens and heals the painful memories, molding them into moments of purpose and value. I found it very encouraging and meaningful to follow the characters in this novel as they found the healing, forgiveness, and restoration for which their hearts desired.
The journey that the characters travel as they seek redemption and forgiveness will linger with me for a long while. I am thoroughly pleased when I find a work of fiction that not only entertains the mind, but also touches upon the soul’s need for love, and spurs the heart of the reader to accept and appreciate the free gift of God’s grace. Within its fictional world, A Welcome at Our Door is a novel that entertains, encourages, and inspires with the very real truth of God’s love and longing for all people.