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A Place at Our Table: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

A Place at Our Table

A Place at Our Table – Not My Favorite

Amy Clipston has written some of my favorite Amish-genre novels. Her Kauffman Bakery series was so very entertaining! When I had the opportunity to read her newest release, A Place at Our Table (first in her Amish Homestead series), I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, it was not all I hoped it would be – and I’ll tell you why.

I was so thrilled to see a series that followed an Amish volunteer firefighter – I had even recommended it to an author because it is an area that has not been written about much (and sometimes, the information has been downright wrong.) While A Place at Our Table starts off strong and engaging, the entire plot and subplots begin to dwindle. I could see where the author was taking the reader, but it was painstakingly slow. Details of every day life were explained to the nth degree. And I mentioned this of her last book: There are too many “gasps” and jaws dropping. Word choice (or lack thereof) is everything.

I was given A Place at Our Table in exchange for my honest review. While I like Amy Clipston, and most of her writings, this was not my favorite. Although the relationship between the main characters is sweet, there just isn’t enough substance. I also would have liked to see the firefighter’s life more fully fleshed out. Again, love Clipston and most of her writings, but I was disappointed with this one. That being said, I know others that have loved it – so read it and see what you think.

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

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