• The Bake Shop

  • An Amish Marketplace Novel, Book 1
  • By: Amy Clipston
  • Narrated by: Lauren Berst
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Return to Lancaster County with the first installment of Amy Clipston's charming new Amish Marketplace series.

Christiana Kurtz loves to bake, but when her bake stand becomes too busy, her mother encourages her to move her business to the local market. Her new bake shop becomes so inundated with customers that the line blocks the leather and woodcraft shop next door, which is run by Jeffrey Stoltzfus. When Jeffrey complains that her stand is driving away business due to the lines, she complains to him that his personalization machine smells. Though their relationship starts off on bad footing, they eventually forge a friendship.

When Christiana’s father makes a surprise visit to the market, he is upset to find that Jeffrey uses the building’s electricity to personalize his items. He tells Christiana that Jeffrey is too modern for her, and she’s forbidden from dating him. Christiana is crushed, but she knows she must obey her father.

When Jeffrey’s shop catches fire one day, he puts the entire market in jeopardy - including Christiana’s bake shop. Christiana, however, can’t deny how she feels about Jeffrey despite his mistakes. Though the odds are against them, can two young people find a way to rebuild both their businesses and their relationship?

©2019 Amy Clipston (P)2019 Zondervan

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Light and Fluffy, but seems inaccurate

I picked this up on a recent audible sale. I haven't read an amish romance in a while, and was looking for something light and not very serious. this book does fit, but I am 5 hours in to this book, and am struggling to finish the final 2. The narrator is quite wooden and robotic, with no pauses between scenes. I could deal with this, but I like accurate portrayals of characters and I feel like the author of this book has not done a lot of research into Amish culture. I was surprised to find she had written other Amish romances.

Most prominently, she keeps using the terms 'dating' and 'boyfriend/girlfriend'. The main character, a 25 year old Amish girl, admits to the man she is interested in that she has had several boyfriends. This isnt an issue to me as a whole, except I don't think casual dating is allowed in this culture except maybe in certain situations, but that is never elaborated on in the book.

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Great story!

This is a great story of letting go of past hurt and forgiveness. Love covers a multitude of sin!

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Clean story

I loved that there was no foul language and that talk of God was normal. Respect to the parents was refreshing! I usually read suspense and mystery books. Those are definitely not family friendly. I like to take a break from those and read a book like this just to clean out my brain!

I would recommend this to everyone.

My only complaint is that the voice narrator didn’t vary the voices enough for me to tell the difference.

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Cute story!

I thought the story was cute, my only complaint is that I wish there was a guide to the words used, for those of us new to Amish novels it would be helpful, I kept hearing “donkey” (danke) I don’t know German or the Amish dialect so at first I thought “Donkey” was an expression used in place curse words 😆, then I thought, heck maybe they have a donkey? I kept trying to figure what the heck she was saying and it was used so much, finally figured that one out. Phew!
But I’m hooked, I thought it was cute and wholesome.

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a must read

this book is so moving.
it reaches out for the readers empathy.
a definite must read

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Not exactly a romance fan, but hey

It was a good story. A little overboard with the same Pa Dutch/German words. If I heard wunderbar one more time I was going to scream. It was predictable in some spots and ended quickly. The narrator did a great job with the variety of voices.

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very nice book

easy listening. nice story of young love. well written with a good flow in the storyline

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Love the Amish

This was my first Amy Clipston book and let me just say that I will be reading more. She had fully defined characters with such a deep storyline. I really grew to seriously dislike her dad until the end. I was happy to see the story resolve the way it did and it is part of a series!! I can't wait to read #2.

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good story. slow in the middle but good story

narration was good. sweet story. could have added a little more suspense to keep one listening

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Something about this story fell flat, it picked up a little bit near the end.

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  • Katy Leach
  • 01-26-22

The Bake Shop

I loved this book. It is a gentle and romantic story. Very well written and beautifully read.
It gives some insights into the Amish way of life.