Amish Fiction Book Review: An Amish Singing


About the Book

Title:  An Amish Singing: Four Stories 

Author: Amy Clipston 

Genre: Amish Fiction/Romance 

Publisher: Zondervan 

Release Date: September 1, 2020

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Publisher's Book Description

"Romance is bound strike a chord when the young people of Bird-in-Hand join together to bring their community the gift of song.  

Hymn of Praise 

Sharon Lambert and Jay Smoker have been friends for a long time, but lately Jay has seen Sharon in a new light. They begin spending time together, and Sharon invites Jay to her family’s home to serve dinner and sing traditional hymns for their English guests. When Jay decides that this tramples upon his doctrinal beliefs, can these two dear friends compromise and find love? Or will Jay’s strict views keep them apart?  

Amazing Grace 

Dave Esh is broken with guilt after a recent tragedy. When Alice Blank, an acquaintance from school and youth group, invites him to join an informal singing group that performs for community members in need, Dave doubts he will enjoy himself—let alone find peace. Will Alice’s friendship help Dave learn how to forgive himself the way God already has?  

Great Is Thy Faithfulness 

Darlene Bender’s mother has been battling cancer, and Darlene can’t understand why God would allow someone so wonderful to go through such a terrible time. She finds strength in her singing group and friends, and when Andrew Detweiler senses that Darlene needs a confidant, he approaches and befriends her. As love blossoms between them, Darlene might soon realize that God was with her all along.  

O Holy Night 

Elaine Lantz and her parents have just moved to town from New Wilmington. After leaving behind some painful events and a group of deceitful friends, Elaine worries she’ll never be able to trust again. But the young people of Bird-in-Hand don’t give up, and Calvin King takes it upon himself to make Elaine feel welcome. Perhaps friendship and love await Elaine in her new hometown."

My Review

An Amish Singing, by Amy Clipston, is a delightful collection of four, interrelated novellas featuring stories of faith, family, friendship, and sweet romances. As close friends gather to share hymns of praise with others, relationships are nurtured, friendships are strengthened, and love is given an opportunity to bloom. With the message of a classic, beloved hymn adding a meaningful theme to each story, this book is relevant and uplifting. 


With a natural flow from one novella to the next, the four special stories in this collection are linked together through the passage of time, the power of faith, and the bonds of friendship. Set in a small, Amish community over the course of several months, these four stories unfold, revealing a likable cast of characters who join together to bless their friends and neighbors by singing hymns of praise. In each of these stories, the characters build connections with each other as they overcome insecurities, misunderstandings, and doubts. The characters offer forgiveness, embrace new perspectives, and find more reasons to open their hearts to new dreams and unexpected blessings. 

I truly enjoyed being in the charming, rural world depicted in this book. As I read each of the four stories in this collection, I was easily invested in the plot of each novella, and I quickly developed a genuine emotional connection to the characters within each story. Their struggles, successes, motivations, fears, and perseverance kept me interested and inspired from the first page to the last. An Amish Singing is an endearing book. Abounding with warmth and plenty of heart, this book is enjoyable and engaging. I recommend it wholeheartedly. 


*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

Click here to visit Amy Clipston's website.


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