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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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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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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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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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Not Up to Par With Others in the Genre

I'm a huge fan of Amish fiction, but try as I might this one does not measure up. It is too wordy (with not really much to say), too frivolous and the narration is really poor. I am not used to hearing about Amish gossiping and whining about little things, and found the chit chat to be boring. The story didn't seem to be going anywhere. Authors such as Vanetta Chapman (Amish Village Mysteries and Shipshewana Amish Mysteries), Samantha Price (Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries) , Linda Byler, or W. Dale Cramer are much better choices, and provide fictional stories of substance and interest. While this series may be okay for some, I found it to be too light and fluffy for my taste.

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WORST. NARRATION. EVER.

Cute story, but the narrator is absolutely atrocious. Wouldn’t you think that if you were to narrate a book using a -lot- of another language, that you’d at least learn to pronounce the words? Nope; not this lady. She SLAUGHTERS the “Pennsylvania Dutch”/Amish German, but not in the way a butcher would slaughter a pig, w/finesse. Oh no; she just wades in & starts chopping & slashing away at whatever her arm can reach, torturing the poor “pig” as she goes.

I’m not being picky; this woman has no idea how to pronounce any of the words. “Donkey” for “danke”, & “frynd” for “freund”, (which should be pronounced “froynd”) are the mildest. Some words I couldn’t figure out for the longest time until the translation was slipped in. Then I was astounded, because the narrator’s interpretation of said word had only the first & last letters in common (& often not even the last letter...).

So if that wasn’t bad enough, her robotic delivery of all dialogue is enough on its own to sink this ship. During the narrative, she’s actually good, but as soon as dialog starts, the robot emerges.🤖 If this story was science fiction, her interpretation of the dialog would be worthy of many snarky wisecracks on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Wonderful Amish Story

This is a very nice and easy read. There is a little insight into the Amish culture and a refreshing, light, entertaining listen. Enjoyed every word. The narrator was excellent!!

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Amy Clipston does it again!

I always look forward to new stories by Amy Clipston , she never disappoints. The Bake Shop gets triple stars.

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Great read

This is such a sweet story of love, forgivness, and so much more. Amy's books never disappoint.