Amish Fiction Book Review: Foundation of Love

About the Book

Title: Foundation of Love 

Series: An Amish Legacy, Book 1 

Author: Amy Clipston 

Genre: Amish Fiction 

Publisher: Zondervan 

Release Date: February 1, 2022

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Publisher's Book Description

“They were ‘only friends’ . . . but they wanted so much more. 


Crystal Glick is grateful to live with her brother’s family since her father died and her fiancé, Owen, broke their engagement. Crystal loves her bruderskinner and cheerfully helps her sister-in-law through a difficult pregnancy with babies number seven and eight, but she yearns for a husband and children of her own. 


Duane Bontrager is mourning the recent death of his wife, Connie, after twenty-four years of marriage. He and his grown sons have a thriving roofing business but can’t get used to life without her. As the young men prepare to launch out on their own, Duane can’t imagine life alone—nor with anyone but Connie. 


When a roofing job at the Glicks introduces Duane and Crystal, they’re attracted in spite of their fourteen-year age difference. But their bishop thinks Duane is better suited for the sweet widow Tricia, and Duane’s sons object to his interest in any woman. Crystal’s family fears losing her indispensable help. If she must go, they’d rather she be reunited with Owen in spite of his betrayal. 


They’re the only two who believe they’re a match made in heaven, can Duane and Crystal overcome the obstacles to love?”


My Review

Foundation of Love, by Amy Clipston, is the first novel in the Amish Legacy series. A touching love story, this book is filled with hope, family, friendship, faith, and new beginnings. With its small-town setting and endearing characters this novel is certainly special. From beginning to end, this book offers a moving, memorable, and truly enjoyable reading experience. 


Ms. Clipston is very talented at writing character-driven stories that quickly capture the reader’s interest. The characters in this book are very appealing as they show themselves to be authentic, vulnerable, and relatable. The relationships between the families and friends that are developed within this novel are wholly believable and compelling. The conflicts and tensions that are explored throughout the plot offer just the right amount of drama that keeps the story flowing smoothly toward its gratifying conclusion. Themes of thankfulness, faith, loyalty, and love enrich the story making it entertaining as well as thought-provoking and uplifting. 


Beneath its beautiful cover, Foundation of Love offers hours of cozy reading time that are definitely pleasurable and enriching. In this novel, Ms. Clipston has written a story that is thoughtful and satisfying. I am happy to recommend Foundation of Love. I certainly enjoyed reading it, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series. 


*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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