The Courtship Basket, a novel by Amy Clipston, opens with Rachel hoping her boyfriend of four years would ask her to marry him soon. Instead, he and Rachel’s best friend break Rachel’s heart. Trying to heal, she accepts a teaching position at an Amish school for children with special needs. Through one of her students, she meets Mike Lantz whose family has endured their own heartbreaks. For their own reasons, neither wants to enter into a romantic relationship, but reluctantly a friendship starts to develop. Will it lead to something more?
The characters are believable and their emotions are clearly detailed. They face very real challenges. They are committed to their families and take responsibilities seriously. Readers watch as Rachel and Mike grow as they come to know themselves, and each other, even during the most difficult of times. There are meaningful messages in this story. One of which is that love often appears when least expected.
I found this to be a well told story. This book is well worth reading.
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