The Coffee Corner by Amy Clipston
Publisher & Release: Zondervan, December 1, 2020
Time and setting: Present Day, Pennsylvania
Genre: Amish Fiction
Length: 332 Pages
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
In this third installment of Amy Clipston’s Amish Marketplace series, an acquaintance grows into love over a few well-timed cups of coffee.
Alongside her cousins who have booths of their own, Bethany Gingerich runs a busy and successful coffee and donut stand at the Amish market. Since she has café-style tables and chairs, her regular customers enjoy purchasing a morning treat so they can sit and talk to their friends.
Micah Zook and his grandfather, Enos, visit Bethany every Saturday morning to purchase coffee and donuts before going to work at Enos’s custom outdoor furniture shop. Bethany enjoys talking to Micah and Enos, and she’s always thought Micah was handsome—but she doesn’t think her crush will ever result in anything more.
When Micah and his grandfather don’t come to see her one Saturday morning, Bethany begins to worry. And when she learns that tragedy has struck, she wonders how to help Micah in his time of need. Turns out he needs a friend now more than ever, and Bethany may be just the kind of friend that God has provided for him.
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Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary audio copy of The Coffee Corner by Amy Clipston. I voluntarily agreed to listen and review prior to publication. My opinions are my own, and no one has influenced them.
The Coffee Corner is a heartwarming Amish fiction novel with character you’ll grow to love, and a plot that will touch your heart. The pacing kept me involved from the beginning and kept me until the end. Ms. Clipston’s novels always give me a strong sense of the Amish life, which is why I enjoy this genre.
I listened to the audio version of The Coffee Corner, and Lauren Berst is the narrator. Her beautiful reading pulled me in right away. She brings the various characters to life and made it easy to determine each of them. Her ability to pronounce the Dutch Pennsylvania added greatly to my enjoyment of this lovely Amish tale. That is not the case in some of the other narrators I’ve listened to, and I have listened to a great many over the years.
Bethany Gringerich is the heroine, and she stole my heart from the beginning. Her insecurities over her desirability as an Amish wife touched me at my core. It showed her deepest vulnerabilities. Her willingness to offer the hero her friendship, even though she believes it will cause her future disappointment if he doesn’t develop feelings for her only made me love her more.
Micah Zook is the hero, and he too has issues with self-esteem. He grew up with a father who is constantly critical of him and his desire to learn his grandfather’s carpentry skills. He’s estranged from his family and lives with his gros-dadi learning his chosen trade. He’s suffered the death of the Amish girl he’d expected to marry, which caused the rift with his family. I could feel his confusion and fear when he finds he’s drawn to Bethany.
The romance is sweet and gentle as with most Amish romances, and I enjoyed their journey to finding their happy ending. It’s a rough road since both don’t believe they will because of their insecurities. Bethany, because doesn’t believe the hero could possibly love her, and Micah, because of his belief he is not worthy. I truly wanted them to find their way to each other.
If you enjoy Amish fiction with endearing characters, and a plot that will have you rooting for them, then you will love The Coffee Corner as much as I did. I always know I’m in for a treat whether I’m listening or reading one of Ms. Clipston’s delightful Amish novels. Happy reading and listening!
Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.