The Courtship Basket

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The Courtship Basket
Written by: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan
Month, Year: June, 2016

A brief summary from Amy Clipston:
Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself. Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Rachel is determined to keep her mind off the pain, and she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities. Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal. With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship. The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

My Thoughts:
The Courtship Basket is a sweet tale of Rachel Fisher, a young woman who gets her heart broken by a scoundrel.  In order to get her mind off her heartbreak, she takes a job as teacher at a local Amish school for children with learning disabilities. While teaching, she meets one of her student’s handsome older brother, Mike Lantz, and sparks fly! What makes this novel great is that both Rachel and Mike are hesitant to begin a friendship, much less dating.  Rachel from her heartbreak, Mike from work-life balance overload with working and taking care of his younger brother and his ailing father. The sweetness of this story is bound to make you go “awwwwww” the entire time!

Amish fiction is usually not my go-to read, but I am super glad I had a chance to read The Courtship Basket. This book is so sweet and pleasantly surprising and I’m excited to see what the next book will be like in the series!

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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