Priscilla Allgyer, a young single mother, knows she cannot leave the past behind. But can love lead her toward the promise of healing?
Priscilla Allgyer left her community to escape the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return—along with her six-year-old son—to the place she thought she’d left behind forever. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.
As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day—while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won’t give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn’t realize it—and after Priscilla’s father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, their relationship becomes more complicated than ever.
As affection quietly grows between them, Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.
Sweet, inspirational readFull-length novel (92K words)Third book in Amy Clipston’s Amish Homestead seriesCan also be enjoyed as a standaloneIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
This third book in Clipston's Amish Homestead series (following Room on the Porch Swing) is a moving portrait of a disgraced woman attempting to reenter her childhood community. Pricilla Allgyer fled her family and their Amish community in Lancaster, Penn., when she was 18 to live with a cousin in Baltimore. Now, eight years later, she has a six-year-old son, Ethan, and an abusive husband. Deciding she has finally had enough of her husband, she reluctantly returns penniless to Lancaster County and her perpetually disappointed father. Instead of welcoming Pricilla home, her father immediately establishes a firm set of rules for her to follow, including undergoing a shunning for her sins and marrying an Amish man of his choice. Mark Riehl, the social butterfly of their Lancaster county, is glad Pricilla has returned and is set on winning her friendship but not her heart. However, Clipston predictably steers the two together, and their growing affections provoke Pricilla's father to attempt to control his daughter's life even more. Though readers won't be surprised by how the romance plays out, this will please Clipston's fans and also win over newcomers to Lancaster County.
A SEST BY THE HEARTH
A SEAT. BY THE HEARTH. Amy. Clipston
Priscilla,no matter how she left it, with her son, she has returned, after eight years. Amish community, one hopes she is welcomed, though her childhood was not perfect, and she was shunned. A mother’s welcome, but, not her
father’s. Wanting a safe, and healthy environment for her son.if not, she would leave. Table to the side, for one, her, how does one explain that to a child. A mother’s plea to stay, she had keep in contact with her daughter, by writing,
that too was forbidden. Mark worked for her father, and he was critical, wanting everything perfect, making everyday work hard. A father’s rules if she stayed, one surprised her, find a husband and father, to right her situation.
She left one type of prison, would it be better here. If the Bishop allowed her to confess, and rejoin, would that help.
Heartbreaking story of a mistake made, when she was young, would she every have a happy life, Mark wants friendship would she ever accept. Powerful story of the heartache of Priscilla, hoping for love and acceptance
Given ARC by Net Galley and Zondervan for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Third book in charming series
A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston returns us to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Priscilla Allgyer is returning to her parent’s home after eight years with her six year old son, Ethan. Her mother, Edna welcomes her, but her father, Yonnie is just as cold, critical and disapproving as ever. Priscilla is thankful that he is kind to her son and that is what is most important to her. Yonnie will allow her to stay if she follows certain rules. He insists that Priscilla and Ethan wear Amish dress, visit the Bishop right away confess her sins and to get right with the church since she is currently shunned, and then he wants her to find an acceptable husband. Mark Riehl is now working for Yonnie helping him train horses and he is known for charming the local females. Priscilla is the first woman to not fall for his charm and is leery of trusting any man after her experience with Ethan’s father. As time passes, they are slowly becoming friends. One day Priscilla is upset, and she is talking to Mark in the barn. Yonnie and the Bishop walk in and misconstrue the situation. Priscilla must make a choice that not only affects her, but Mark, Ethan and their families. Can Priscilla learn to trust Mark and build a future with him?
A Seat by the Hearth is a lovely story. I thought it was well-written with steady pacing. There are good characters and a beautiful setting. Priscilla is reluctant to return home to her father’s dictatorial rule, but she has no other options. Yonnie has been indifferent, stern and judgmental of Priscilla her whole life. She wishes her family was more like the warm and welcoming Riehl’s. Mark is a charmer and he knows it. He has yet to feel the need to settle down. Mark is baffled by Priscilla’s indifference. He sees how Yonnie treats Priscilla and he wants to be her friend. I like how the relationship between Mark and Priscilla progresses slowly. They are attracted to each other in the beginning, but they take the time to get to know one other. In Priscilla’s case, she has issues to overcome before she can begin again with someone new. I appreciated that we get to see how actions speak louder than words. Amy Clipston created delightful characters for this story and the main characters complement each other. We also learn how upbringing can affect a person (we learn from our parents). The series issue of abuse is handled carefully and responsibly. Some of the Christian elements present in A Seat by the Heart are prayer, forgiveness, forgiveness and trusting in God. While A Seat by the Hearth is the third book in An Amish Homestead series, it can be read alone. Personally, I have enjoyed the journey with the Riehl family in each new book, and I am glad that I read them in order. I started A Seat by the Hearth and finished it within three hours. Amy Clipston has an appealing writing style. It is like Amy is sitting in a chair by the fire and telling us a story. A Seat by the Hearth is an engaging and emotional novel with heartwarming characters.