Monday, December 18, 2017

"A Place at Our Table" by Amy Clipston

About this book:

  Kayla Dienner has suffered her fair share of heartache, which is why she vows to protect her heart at all costs . . . until she meets Jamie Riehl.
  Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten.
  Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year discouraging her younger brother, Nathan, from becoming a firefighter. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago is fresh in her mind—she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.
  Then tragedy strikes, and Jamie wants to extinguish any flame between him and Kayla. Can Kayla set aside her own fears to save the love she was determined to deny?
  The first book in the Amish Homestead series,
A Place at Our Table invites us to a quiet community in Lancaster County where love burns brightly no matter the cost.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Amish Homestead” series.

Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are quoted, mentioned, & talked about; Prayers; Church going; Talks about God, His will, & having faith; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & His will; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, ministers, services, sermons, hymnals/hymns, & youth groups/gatherings; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of those & events in the Bible; A few mentions of faiths; A few mentions of a devotional & reading it; A few mentions of sinning.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, an ‘idiot’, and two ‘stupid’s;  Some eye rolling & sarcasm; Fires, smoke, injuries, & pain (semi-detailed); Seeing a dead body of a loved one (barely-above-not-detailed); Many, many mentions of fires, car accidents, accidents, injuries, blood/bleeding, pain, the possibility of harm/dying, & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of hatred; Mentions of nightmares; A couple mentions of throwing up.

Sexual Content- a palm kiss, a cheek kiss, an almost kiss, and three semi-detailed kisses; Remembering a (cheek) kiss (semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss someone (once); Touches, Embraces, Hand holding, Smelling, Warmth, & Butterflies (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing & Staring (barely-above-not-detailed);  Many mentions of dates, dating, asking someone out, couples, boyfriends, girlfriends, breakups, exes, & heartbreak; Mentions of flirting; Mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of kisses & kissing; A couple mentions of married couples kissing (not-detailed); Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A mention of butting into someone’s business; A mention of being the butt of people’s jokes.

-Kayla Dienner
-James “Jamie” Riehl, age 25
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        327 pages

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My personal Rating-

It’s the start to a brand new Amy Clipston series!
And what a good start to a new series it was! :)
After being shocked with the tragedy the back cover mentions, I was a bit on the edge of my seat…wanting everything to go well from there on out. I truly could see both sides of Kayla & Jamie’s reactions, but I definitely was more on Kayla’s side the majority of the time. I really did love how much importance was placed on family.
It did feel a little bit more romance-y than Amy Clipston’s previous books with all the feelings and those ending kisses, but it’s still a very clean novel whose sequel I’m looking forward to reading!

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Zondervan) for this honest review.

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