The Bake Shop (Amish Marketplace #1) by Amy Clipston
Published November 5th 2019 by Zondervan
Whenever I pick up an Amy Clipston book, I get an enjoyable Amish romance, with great characters and an interesting twist to the plot. This one was no exception. Christiana loves to bake and runs a roadside stand in front of her home. When the opportunity arises to get a spot in the Amish Market, she is able to convince her father to let her to try it, even though he is not happy about it. Her booth takes off and she finds herself one of the most popular stops in the market. Unfortunately, her customers block her neighbours booth, and he is not happy about losing business. This is a bit of a a love/hate relationship at first, but as they spend more time together, things heat up.
I liked the slow simmer of this relationship. It started with some hard feelings, but being Amish, Jeff continued to help Christiana and as they spend time together the relationship that began to blossom was quite sweet. I really liked Christiana. She was a sweet girl who only wanted the best for everyone. She is caring and is a good friend. I also liked that she spoke her mind, even to her father, although with him, it didn’t have the effect she was hoping for. I also liked that she was willing to fight for what she really wanted. At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure if I liked Jeff or not. He was easy to anger, didn’t want to give anyone the benefit of the doubt and was suspicious. As the book went on, we begin to see another side of him and I began to like him a lot more. I was not sure what Christiana’s father’s problem was, but when we find out it becomes more understandable. My only complaint with this book was that his coming around came really quickly and it just seemed like the end was too abrupt. I liked the secondary characters in the book, her sister, her cousins and even Just Sarah Anne. Overall, I enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next one in this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: Return to Lancaster County with the first installment of Amy Clipston’s charming new Amish Marketplace series.
Christiana Kurtz loves to bake, but when her bake stand becomes too busy, her mother encourages her to move her business to the local market. Her new bake shop becomes so inundated with customers that the line blocks the leather and woodcraft shop next door, which is run by Jeffrey Stoltzfus. When Jeffrey complains that her stand is driving away business due to the lines, she complains to him that his personalization machine smells. Though their relationship starts off on bad footing, they eventually forge a friendship.
When Christiana’s father makes a surprise visit to the market, he is upset to find that Jeffrey uses the building’s electricity to personalize his items. He tells Christiana that Jeffrey is too modern for her, and she’s forbidden from dating him. Christiana is crushed, but she knows she must obey her father.
When Jeffrey’s shop catches fire one day, he puts the entire market in jeopardy—including Christiana’s bake shop. Christiana, however, can’t deny how she feels about Jeffrey despite his mistakes. Though the odds are against them, can two young people find a way to rebuild both their businesses and their relationship?