A Simple Prayer

Paperback | May 5, 2015

byAmy Clipston

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Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.

Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.

As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.

Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?

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Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have des...

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310335884

ISBN - 13:9780310335887

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forgiveness Resentment, no forgiveness, and yet Amish, and not living your religion, this is how Samuel Ebersol has been living his life. He probably isn’t alone, but we meet him head on in this story, and how he has sabotaged his only brother. Being head strong, and living a wild life as a teenage Amish boy, Aaron felt he had finally broken the camels back when he burned down the bishop’s barn. He was only fifteen when he left all that he knew, his faith, family and community. Linda Zook, was orphaned young, when she is taken to live with her Aunt and Uncle, injured and lonely. She is now grown and taking care of her widowed Uncle, who has not been kind to her, and verbally abused her during her life. What will this two hurt souls have in common when Aaron is called home because he mother has had a stroke. Fate has put these two hurting people together, will they both come tumbling down or will they heal off each other? I enjoyed this story, and being caught up with the lives of characters in past books was wonderful. We put endings to so many stories here, and I really didn’t want to leave. This story has a big theme of forgiveness, both to others and to oneself, and all within living ones faith. It took a long time, but God has worked in these peoples lives, and we hope for the best for all. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2015-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Prodigal Son plus Romance and Mystery A Simple Prayer is book four in Amy Clipston's Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. I received a free advanced copy of this novel from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. Aaron Ebersol was 15 years old when he left his family and the Amish settlement in Pennsylvania where he grew up in order to seek a fresh start in Missouri. He had hung out with a rebellious group in his teens, sneaking out of the house at night to drink, smoke, and carouse in some convenient barn in the neighbourhood. One night, he suggested they have a bonfire but it had been a dry season and nearby leaves caught fire and the bishop's barn caught fire and was quickly consumed. Luckily none of the animals were lost and no-one was injured. But Aaron had created embarrassment and hardship for his family and so he left with some friends. He had learned to work with wood at his father's side and had a real gift for it, so soon found his way in construction. Eventually, he and a friend began their own business, Paradise Builders. Linda Zook was just a child when a semi carrying new cars lost control on the ice and crashed into her family's buggy. She was thrown clear but both her parents were killed. It took several operations and physio to learn to walk again, but now there was only a trace of a limp, and that only when she was at home with her stern, bitter onkel Reuben who, with her aenti Verna raised her after her parents died. Now, she works part-time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel and part-time at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast to help out Hannah (a former Ammish lady who has left the community to marry an Englisher named Trey Peterson) who has to take it easy as she's expecting a boppli. Suddenly, Aaron and Linda are thrown together as he returns to care for his mamm who has suffered a severe stroke and is asking for him. Aaron is surprised to find that most of the Amish community is very glad to see him, that he was long ago forgiven for this missteps, but the letters he wrote weekly at first, then monthly for the past seventeen years were apparently never received, and his brother Solomon has hardened his heart toward him for all the hurt Aaron caused his parents when he left. Aaron sees ways he can help his parents, earn the respect of his family, and possibly return to the community but Solomon doesn't want him there, wishes he had never returned. Aaron also sees a beauty in Linda in both her face and her spirit. He values their developing friendship and her advice, but can't figure out why she becomes a different person in the presence of her onkel, completely insecure and nervous. Very soon, Aaron has made many connections with his nephew Manny, his nieces, Linda, old friends and new, but Solomon and his wife Becky are totally entrenched in freezing him out. This is very much a prodigal son story with a bit of romance and redemption on the side. It is a glimpse into a fictitious Amish community where faith and prayer allow flawed characters to receive forgiveness and restoration. Clipston's characters are varied and the feeling of community comes across the pages in a very real way. The use of authentic Amish language adds to the flavour of the story. In context, they are easily understood, but just in case you're stumped, there's a glossary at the beginning of the book along with a family tree of the main families you meet in this community. The story is a page-turner as you puzzle over the hidden secrets that are plaguing some of the characters, and wonder where the romance can go between an Englisher and an Amish maedel.
Date published: 2015-04-26

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"Clipston brings this engaging series to an end with two emotional family reunions, a prodigal son parable, a sweet but hard-won romance and a happy ending for characters readers have grown to love. Once again, she gives us all we could possibly want from a talented storyteller." - 4 1/2 star review and Top Pick!