Amish Fiction Book Review: Breaking New Ground

About the Book

Title: Breaking New Ground 

Series: An Amish Legacy Novel, 3 

Author: Amy Clipston 

Genre: Amish Fiction 

Publisher:  Zondervan 

Release Date: April 11, 2023 

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Publisher's Book Description

“Korey Bontrager and Savannah Zook are just pretending to date—but could their feelings turn into something more? 

Korey Bontrager knows he’s been an immature dummkopp. When his widowed dad remarried, Korey was unwelcoming to his kindhearted stepmother. Then he became estranged from his older brother. But after fourteen months in Ohio, God called Korey back to Pennsylvania. 

Easier said than done. Back home, Korey feels left behind by his family and friends, who want to see him happily married. Instead of looking for a new relationship, he finds himself spending time with Savannah Zook: the most outspoken maedel he’s ever met. She’s also confident and brave, having raised her younger brother from a young age. And she’s a natural beauty. But, hard as her friends try to convince her otherwise, she has no interest in dating. Her priority is looking out for her bullied brother. 

So when Savannah suggests they pretend to date as a way to get her friends—and his family—off their backs, Korey readily agrees. Soon, he can’t imagine life without her. But could Savannah ever truly be part of his future? 

Set in the faithful Amish community of Lancaster County, Breaking New Ground gives the most stubborn Bontrager a chance to redeem his story.” 

My Review

Breaking New Ground, by Amy Clipston, is the third novel in the Amish Legacy series, and with each new book, this series just keeps getting better! Set in a small, Amish community, this novel explores the value of family, friendships, and faith. With important themes such as forgiveness and reconciliation, the story itself is quite meaningful.  

From the very first page, engaging storytelling combines beautifully with effortless character development to craft a novel that quickly captures the reader’s interest. The characters in this book are as likable and interesting, as they are vulnerable and believable. The characters face a variety of conflicts and misunderstandings that are sprinkled throughout the story. These events add just the right amount of drama and concern to the plot as it leads the reader to an ending that is full of twists and heartwarming surprises. In addition to forgiveness and reconciliation, themes of loyalty, commitment, and honesty also add meaning to the story and make it thoughtful and inspiring. 

Breaking New Ground is a very special novel. Page after page, it offers a memorable story that is truly enjoyable and worthy of a reader’s time and attention. I happily recommend it, and I sincerely hope there will be more books 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 Clipton’s author page on

Click here to visit Amy Clipton's website.


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