Amish Fiction Book Review: The Farm Stand

About the Book

Title: The Farm Stand
Series: An Amish Marketplace (Book 2)
Genre: Amish Fiction
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan
Release Date: May 5, 2020

Publisher's Description

"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?"

My Review

The Farm Stand, by Amy Clipston, is the second book in the Amish Marketplace series. With its charming marketplace setting, endearing characters, and compelling love story, this novel is certainly a special addition to the Amish fiction genre. From beginning to end, this story is moving, memorable, and truly enjoyable.

Ms. Clipston excels at creating communities and characters that draw the reader in wholeheartedly. The marketplace, the restaurant, the bookshop, the homes, and even the front porches where the characters work, live, and fellowship together are vibrant with life and activity. The relationships between the families and friends within this novel and the ways in which they interact with one another are wholly believable and satisfying. The conflict explored throughout the plot offers an excellent level of dramatic tension that keeps the pages turning toward a gratifying conclusion. Themes of faith, loyalty, obedience, integrity, and love enhance the story and ensure that this book is not only entertaining, but also relevant and uplifting.

Beyond its beautiful cover art, The Farm Stand offers hours of cozy reading time that are definitely pleasurable and enriching. In this novel, Ms. Clipston has written a touching story that is appealing and thoughtful. I enjoyed reading it, and I gladly recommend it.

*I was given a copy of this book by the author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Amy Clipston

"Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats." –Biography from Amy Clipston's author page on Amazon.com.

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