I just finished reading Amy Clipston’s final novel in her Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, A Season of Love. I can honestly say I’m sad to see the end of this series, as I feel like I have really gotten to know the Kauffman family and friends. I’m really going to miss them.
A Season of Love tells the stories of Katie Kauffman, Lindsay Bedford and Lizzie Anne King. All three girls have decided to be baptized into the Amish Faith. It is an easy transition for Lindsay and Lizzie Anne, but Katie has some issues. Katie works at her grandmother Elizabeth’s Bakery and if very happy working there. Jake Miller works at Katies grandfather’s furniture store, where his grandfather is part owner. He and Katie’s grandfather come to the bakery to do some work and Katie and Jake strike up a friendship. This would be okay and accepted in Katie’s community except that Jake is a Mennonite. As Jake and Katie try to fight their feelings, Katie is continually met with problems. Her father is not happy at all with her “behavior” and threatens shunning. Meanwhile, things are going really great for Lindsay and Lizzie Anne. They have both met acceptable Amish men. Lizzie Anne is dating Katie’s brother Samuel and Lindsay is dating Matthew Glick, an Amish man who works at Eli Kauffman’s furniture store.
I really feel for Katie as she fights her feelings and has to deal with her father’s punishments for speaking to Jake. Her father doesn’t even want her speaking to Jake because he is not Amish. Sometimes he is more worried about his image in the community than about his daughters feelings, especially when a devastaing situation happens with Katie and Jake is the first person there to help her. But in the end GOD brings everything to right. As in all the books in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, Elizabeth Kauffman is the voice of reason. She is a really admirable lady as she uses scripture and the teachings of Christ to help her family deal with everyday issues.
All in all, A Season of Love is a very good book. One that I highly recommend. Amy Clipston is an excellent writer. She makes you feel that you are actually there with the characters and that you actually know ther personally. Like I said, I’ll really miss the Kauffman family and hope to revisit them in the future. Keep up the great writing, Amy!