Author: Amy Clipston
Title: A Season of Love (Kauffman Amish Bakery Series)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Book Blurb: “In the fifth and final novel of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, three young women are about to change their lives. Lizzie Anne and Samuel have decided to get married, and Lindsay is about to be baptized in the Amish faith and is courting Matthew. While Katie Kauffman is happy for her friends who seem to have settled their futures, she is also finding herself something of a fifth wheel. When Lindsay’s sister Jessica returns to Bird-in-Hand, she finds that Jake Miller has moved on with his life. He lost hope that Jessica would ever be satisfied to settle in rural Pennsylvania and takes comfort in becoming close friends with Katie. However, it’s not an easy road as Jake is Mennonite and Katie has just been baptized in the Amish faith. Her father forbids them to see each other, adamant that his daughter marry an Amish man. A Season of Love is filled with surprising twists that will grip you to the very last words. As the stories of your favorite Amish community draw to a close, join Lindsay, her friends, and all the people of Bird-In-Hand for one last volume.”
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all five books in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. I am an avid baker and love to be in the kitchen, so these books feed that passion of mine! Within all five books you can find recipes at the end of most chapters! Always fun to end a chapter and see what recipe I am going to photocopy next!
Katie Kauffman is the main character in this last book. She is baptized into the church with her best friends, Lizzie Anne and Lindsay Bedford. The excitement of being baptized quickly fades as she starts to feel left out within her trio. Both Lindsay and Lizzie Anne have boys in their life, so Katie feels like the lone duck during the youth gatherings. Her loneliness turns into a little resentment and bitterness towards the relationships of her friends.
At the beginning of the story, Katie is living with her Aunt Rebecca, who is on bed rest for a difficult pregnancy. But soon Lindsay, who is Rebecca’s niece, returns from Virgina on the news that Rebecca is having complications. Lindsay came to live with Rebecca, along with her sister Jessica, when Rebecca’s sister and brother-in-law passed away. Now that Lindsay is back, Katie gets to go back to work at the Kauffman Bakery. Although she loves her aunt dearly, her passion and love is baking and working at the family bakery as long as she can. Along with the bakery, the furniture store is also a family business, and some work is getting done on new cabinets for the bakery.
Jake Miller works for the furniture store, and is not Amish, but grew up Mennonite. He has family members that are Amish, of course, but his mother walked away from the Amish faith to marry his father, who was Mennonite. He has always been in this community, and feels just as much a part of the Amish as he does the Mennonites. As the story unfolds, no matter how much he feels like part of the Amish community, there are clearly differences and guidelines that cause quite a stir in the Kauffman family. Jake works with Katie’s grandfather on the new cabinets at the bakery. A friendship starts to blossom, even though they have known each other all their lives.
As boundaries keep getting crossed, Katie continues to disobey her father and spend time with Jake. Katie has never wanted to leave her faith, she wouldn’t have been baptized if any part of her was unhappy with the Amish life. She is confused for her feelings for Jake. She can’t understand why God would allow a friendship, only to take it away from her and leave her with a broken heart.
Can Jake make sacrifices he never thought he would make? He certainly cannot continue to hurt Katie by encouraging their relationship. She could be shunned. She loves her family, loves working at the bakery and would never want to leave the community. Either way, one of them will have to make sacrifices. This book is testament to the fact that God is always in the details. We may not know what is going on, what will happen, but if we keep our trust in Him, things will work out the way they need to. This was a great read, and a great ending to this wonderful series!
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A Season of Love