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Publisher Description

Bestselling author Amy Clipston (Amish Homestead series) presents a YA tie-in to her popular Kauffman Amish Bakery books with Reckless Heart, which follows a member of the Bontrager family as she deals with a mistake that could destroy her standing in the community.

One wild night. One big secret. When Amish teen Lydia Bontrager stumbles home drunk after a forbidden party, it opens up a world of guilt. Part of her wonders why she agreed to go to that barn after the youth gathering—but the other half knows: to avoid the tensions at home.

Lydia’s youngest sister is deathly ill, causing a strain on her parents and added expectation on her to be the good daughter and care for the household—in addition to working as a teacher’s assistant and helping part-time at her grandmother’s bakery. Adding to the stress, as Lydia feels even more restless and confused, Joshua, the only boy she’s ever loved, becomes increasingly distant. When an English boy moves in nearby, Lydia finds someone who understands her, but her community is convinced it is proof she’s becoming too reckless. With her sister’s worsening condition, a splintering relationship with Joshua, and her own growing questions over what is right, Lydia could lose everything that she’s ever held close.

A Reckless Heart:
directly connects to Amy Clipston’s bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series, but can be read as a standalone novelwill appeal to fans of Amish and cozy fictioncontains the universal themes of coming of age and dealing with societal pressure that are true for any teenager

Young Adult
May 13
Grades 8-11

Customer Reviews

WoodburyJL ,

Great Read!!

Amy Clipston is by far one of my favorite authors. She has a way about her words and descriptions that truly draw you into the lives of the characters. As I read Reckless Heart, I was drawn into the home of Lydia and her family and the struggles there were met with in a severe illness. I could see the worry on each of the parents' faces. The frustration and concern and anger within Lydia as she tries to navigate this new life even if temporary and how permanent it felt for her in the moment. I had to fight back my own tears during some of the more intense conversations between different characters and could feel the warmth of Irma wanting so much to be her sisters confidante in the midst of the chaos. It was tied in well to the Kauffman Amish bakery series but also enough of a side story to read it without needing to read the Kauffman series first. (Though I strongly recommend you read those too!! They are also amazingly done.) Very few books truly bring me into the picturesque scenery where I can envision the homes and the fields around and how the community is laid out and the setting in such complete detail without making the majority of the story as "setting the scene." Reckless Heart was so well written, I would definitely suggest the read!

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