Amish Fiction Book Review: The Jam and Jelly Nook
About the Book
Title: The Jam and Jelly Nook
Series: An Amish Marketplace, Book 4
Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish Fiction
Release Date: May 4, 2021
Publisher's Book Description
Since her husband died seven years ago, Leanna Wengerd has done her best—tending to her son, Chester, and running her Jam and Jelly Nook at the Amish market. Though she enjoys seeing her cousins and customers at the marketplace, she wishes she could find more time for her rebellious teenage boy.
When Chester gets into trouble for trespassing, he winds up at the police station with his friend Maggie, who was riding with him to a youth group gathering. Leanna comes to the police station to fetch Chester and happens to meet Emory, Maggie’s father. Emory is also a widower, raising Maggie alone—and both he and Leanna have similar burdens and problems.
time Emory and Leanna become closer friends, discovering how much they
have in common. As single parents, they struggle with the limits of what
they can provide for their children and feel somewhat responsible for
what happened to their respective spouses. The two eventually realize
they have feelings for each other—but when they try to date, their
children resist. Will God pave a way for them to build a family
together, or will hurdles block the path to a second chance at
featuring specialty coffee drinks, jams, jellies, or hand-crafted
gifts, the booths at the local market serve once again as a special
setting for the characters in this novel. This charming setting gives
the characters a place to display their talents, nurture relationships,
laugh together, and help one another through difficulties.
Whether at home or working in their booths, the characters in this book show themselves to be authentic, vulnerable, and relatable. The relationships among the characters and the ways in which they interact with one another are believable and compelling. As they strive to overcome their uncertainties, reevaluate their expectations, and open their hearts to unexpected possibilities, they grow in grace and hope. Themes of honesty, integrity, forgiveness, and family resonate as the characters persevere even though they face doubts and tough choices. And as the characters press-on, the light of God’s grace and mercy shines through with hope, redemption, and restoration.
The Jam and Jelly Nook is a special novel and a wonderful conclusion to a heart-warming series. Ms. Clipston
certainly excels at creating communities and characters that draws
readers in wholeheartedly, and this book is no exception. Once again,
has written a touching story that is genuinely appealing, edifying, and
thoughtful. A satisfying story from beginning to end, I recommend it to
*I was given a copy of this book from the author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.