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Title:
A seat by the hearth
ISBN:
9781630150952
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication:
Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor Media, [2018]
Physical Description:
8 audio discs (approximately 10 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Number in series:
#3.
General Note:
Title from web page.

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Summary:
Priscilla Allgyer left the community in hopes of escaping the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return to the place she thought she'd left behind forever--along with her six-year-old son. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation.
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Priscilla Allgyer left the community in hopes of escaping the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return to the place she thought she'd left behind forever-along with her six-year-old son. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day-while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won't give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn't realize it-and after Priscilla's father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, the two are compelled to enter an awkward, unexpected engagement. After Priscilla and Mark marry and live as friends, affection quietly grows between them-but Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed?


Author Notes

Amy Clipson has lived in New Jersey and Virginia. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband, Joe, and their two sons, Zac and Matt, and her mother, Lola.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This third book in Clipston's Amish Homestead series (following Room on the Porch Swing) is a moving portrait of a disgraced woman attempting to reenter her childhood community. Pricilla Allgyer fled her family and their Amish community in Lancaster, Penn., when she was 18 to live with a cousin in Baltimore. Now, eight years later, she has a six-year-old son, Ethan, and an abusive husband. Deciding she has finally had enough of her husband, she reluctantly returns penniless to Lancaster County and her perpetually disappointed father. Instead of welcoming Pricilla home, her father immediately establishes a firm set of rules for her to follow, including undergoing a shunning for her sins and marrying an Amish man of his choice. Mark Riehl, the social butterfly of their Lancaster county, is glad Pricilla has returned and is set on winning her friendship-but not her heart. However, Clipston predictably steers the two together, and their growing affections provoke Pricilla's father to attempt to control his daughter's life even more. Though readers won't be surprised by how the romance plays out, this will please Clipston's fans and also win over newcomers to Lancaster County. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Tired of her father's endless criticism, Priscilla Allgyer leaves her Amish home behind. She is attracted to an Englisher, Trent, and soon becomes pregnant. But Trent begins to drink and becomes abusive after their son, Ethan, is born, so Priscilla returns to the Amish community. It's not a pleasant homecoming. Her father refuses to speak to her, and she's shunned for six weeks until she is accepted again by the church. Priscilla remembers handsome Mark, her father's hired hand, as being wildly popular in school, and she's determined not to fall for him. When they're innocently caught in a compromising position, however, they agree to wed in name only. Priscilla feels as if she's trapped Mark and agonizes over their relationship. Mark is attracted to Priscilla but agrees to her terms to keep peace. There is a surprising amount of sexual tension in this Amish romance as the two try to fight their growing feelings for each other while staying true to their faith. Fans of Amish stories will root for these likable characters.--Candace Smith Copyright 2019 Booklist