Get swept away in the first installment of Amy Clipston’s Amish Legacy series.
They were “only friends” . . . but they wanted so much more.
Crystal Glick is grateful to live with her brother’s family since her father died and her fiancé, Owen, broke their engagement. Crystal loves her bruderskinner and cheerfully helps her sister-in-law through a difficult pregnancy with babies number seven and eight, but she yearns for a husband and children of her own.
Duane Bontrager is mourning the recent death of his wife, Connie, after twenty-four years of marriage. He and his grown sons have a thriving roofing business but can’t get used to life without her. As the young men prepare to launch out on their own, Duane can’t imagine life alone—nor with anyone but Connie.
When a roofing job at the Glicks introduces Duane and Crystal, they’re attracted in spite of their fourteen-year age difference. But their bishop thinks Duane is better suited for the sweet widow Tricia, and Duane’s sons object to his interest in any woman. Crystal’s family fears losing her indispensable help. If she must go, they’d rather she be reunited with Owen in spite of his betrayal.
They’re the only two who believe they’re a match made in heaven, can Duane and Crystal overcome the obstacles to love?
“Amy Clipston has once again penned a sweet romance that will have her readers rooting for a heroine who deserves her own happily-ever-after.” —Kelly Irvin, bestselling author
Sweet, inspirational Amish romanceFull-length novel (85,000 words)First book in Amy Clipston’s Amish Legacy seriesIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
Clipston (The Jam and Jelly Nook) kicks off the Amish Legacy series with a heartwarming romance. Crystal Glick, a 33-year-old unmarried woman, resides with her brother, Kane, and pregnant sister-in-law, Leona, helping them care for their six children. She longs for love and a family of her own, but prays that caring for her brother's family will fill her empty heart. Then Duane Bontrager, a widower with three grown sons, comes to work on Kane and Leona's roof. Duane notices Crystal, and the two hit it off though her family and friends object to their 14-year age difference (and it initially gives Duane pause, as well, and he imagines the "blessed man" in his 30s who might win her instead). Meanwhile, Duane's older two sons hate the idea of their father dating anyone ("You're trying to forget her!" one son shouts, accusing him of clamming up at mention of their dead mother), and his bishop wants him to marry a widow with young children for the "gut of the community." Duane further worries he may not be able to give Crystal children. To complicate matters even more, Crystal's ex-boyfriend Owen returns to town eager to win Crystal back. As it happens, only God will be able to show Crystal and Duane which path to take. It's a tender romance, precisely the kind that Clipston's fans expect. Agent: Natasha Kern, Natasha Kern Literary.