Amish Fiction Book Review: Building a Future

About the Book

Title: Building a Future 

Series: An Amish Legacy, Book 2 

Author: Amy Clipston 

Genre: Amish Fiction 

Publisher: Zondervan 

Release Date: August 2, 2022 

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Publisher's Book Description

“They both had different plans for their futures . . . until their hearts led them to each other. 

Michelle Lantz dreams of marrying and starting a family, and now that she’s been dating Korey for over a year, she thought it was only a matter of time before he proposed. But lately, Korey has seemed distant and is far from the attentive boyfriend she once knew. They’ve spent so much time together that she feels she can’t give up on their relationship, but she begins to question her own feelings as his seem to cool. 

Tyler Bontrager is focused on expanding his father’s roofing company so he can take over one day. He throws himself into his work and thinks he’s too busy to worry about finding a wife. He and his brother Korey find themselves continually arguing: Tyler doesn’t approve of how Korey treats Michelle and Korey thinks Tyler is out to take anything that’s his. When Tyler happens to be around when Michelle needs a listening ear, he is startled to realize that he has feelings for Michelle, so he denies them because his relationship with his brother is too important. 

But when there’s an accident and lives are at stake, true feelings come to the surface. Is it possible for Michelle and Tyler to put aside their feelings for the sake of their relationships with Korey, or will they find a new foundation on which to build their future?”

My Review

Building a Future, by Amy Clipston, is the second novel in the Amish Legacy series. The small-town setting and compelling characters make this a very special novel. Family relationships, misunderstandings, faith, and friendships blend well together to create a storyline that is quite moving. With writing that is engaging and clever, this novel is certainly memorable and entertaining.

As the story begins, the reader’s interest is quickly captured through Ms. Clipston’s effortless ability to develop believable characters and the communities in which they live. The characters in this novel are especially appealing, because they are authentic, vulnerable, and relatable. The various conflicts that add dramatic tension to the plot further increase the interest in the story as it flows deftly toward a satisfying conclusion. Relevant themes of loyalty, commitment, and honesty strengthen the story and give it an uplifting, thoughtful tone.

Building a Future is truly a worthy novel. It features a touching story that is wholly enjoyable, and I gladly recommend it to all readers. I am definitely looking forward to reading 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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