A Welcome at Our Door

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In this final installment in Amy Clipston's Amish Homestead Series, we enjoy Cindy Riehl's story of peace after a difficult loss. Her relationship with Drew, the English neighbor, was interesting to read.
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This Amish story isn’t your sweet and tidy type. Cindy Riehl struggles with grief over the loss of her mother and with her relationship with her kind Englisher neighbor, Drew. She and Drew are attracted to each other, but claim they’re just friends. Her Amish family doesn’t understand her, but she can share with Drew, who has suffered his own losses. Can each of them find healing and hope for the future? The conclusion comes with a satisfying surprise. I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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This is the final book in the Amish Homestead series and it ties up this story nicely. Cindy Riehl is still dealing with the death of her mother and her guilt that she could have prevented the accident. She is not necessarily angry with God, but she is not sure whether she wants to become part of the Amish church. As the rest of the family moves forward, she is still trying to figure out where she belongs. When she meets Englischer, Drew, she is immediately drawn to him. He is handsome, but also has a great sense of humour and she is very comfortable with him. Her family welcomes him into their home as he working and living on their neighbour's property. What they were not expecting was that Cindy would spend so much time with him and consider a life with him, outside the Amish Church.

The Riehl family is strong in its faith and are getting somewhat impatient that Cindy has still not joined the church. They want her to get baptized, find a nice Amish man and settle down. She has other plans. I understand having a strong faith and community, but part of being a Christian is to love your neighbour and the way they treat Cindy and Drew is frustrating. I love the main characters. Both Drew and Cindy have suffered loss in their lives which is one of the things that pulls them together. They are confused about some things, but so sure about others. My heart broke for these two young people who are trying to find their way in the world. There were some members of the Amish Community that were trying to help them and I was so glad they were there to support this young couple. I have enjoyed this series and was very pleased with this conclusion. It had my emotions all over, encouraged faith and trust and shows that family is important and must be nurtured. Amy Clipston is becoming a go to author for me when I read Amish Fiction. If you enjoy Christian Fiction, specifically Amish Fiction, pick up this series and spend some time with the Riehl family.
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This is the kind of story I like to get all wrapped up in.  Heartwarming, wholesome clean Amish, realistic life-challenging situations, along with good messages for me.  

Cindy Riehl is very aware that she is the last sibling living at home with her dad and step-mother while she strongly desires to be like her siblings with a family.  She's felt guilty over her mother's deadly accident and she mourns her loss after seven years and doesn't feel close to God any longer even to the point of not joining the Amish church like the rest of her family.

One day the family cow, Cucumber, got out of the gate and ran to the neighbor's yard while Cindy chased it.  She met an Englisher farm hand, Drew, and they hit it off immediately.  While talking, they found they had much in common with the losses of family members resulting in their feelings of loneliness.  Acts of kindness and fellowship drew them to each other until Cindy had to make a painful decision that would change her life as she knew it.

Cindy's family closeness was at stake as well as the community involvement.  Her story is very real and very moving, an enjoyment to read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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Another great book! I love Amy Clipston! Her writing style is one that you fall in love with. Her books are always on my shelves!
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Being the youngest of her biological siblings hasn't been easy for Cindy Riehl.  For example: the unexpected death of her mother, the weddings of her older siblings, her father remarrying a widow with has children, siblings having babies all while still trying trying to live life AND dealing with her own grief of her mom's death. 

I could personally relate to Cindy on many levels, the biggest one grief.  One morning three years ago, God called him home very unexpectedly while he was sitting on his mother's front porch.

My favorite support character was the escape artist cow.  Yes, a real life fictional cow who liked to escape to the neighbors.

I look forward to reading more books by Amy Clipston in the future.

I received a free copy from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is my review in my own words.
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I just loved this book. I loved the characters and how you got to see them develop. I was surprised at how the book ended, but I was hooked right from the start. 

Cindy Riehl is the youngest sibling in her Amish family. She is still grieving the death of her mother. She has watched her siblings and her father go on with their lives but she feels stuck, not really knowing how to go forward. One day the family cow gets loose and she follows it to her neighbor's home where she meets Drew. He is an English farmhand that had been hired by her Amish neighbors. As Drew and Cindy begin to talk, they find they have so much in common. Both have suffered loss and they find that their friendship begins to feel like more. Soon Drew and Cindy find that their friendship and budding relationship cannot go on due to Cindy being Amish and Drew being English. 

As Cindy and Drew try to go on without seeing one another, they find they are both miserable. They soon realize this is love. I won't spoil this review with the decisions that they make but I love how well their decisions are written and the ending that surprised but delighted me. 

I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest feedback.
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In this final installment in Amy Clipston's Amish Homestead Series, we read about Cindy Riehl, who is still searching for peace after a terrible loss. If you read the previous books in the series, you will have read about Cindy's siblings who have overcome loss and found love and happiness.  While I'm sad this series is coming to an end; I'm grateful for the characters I've had the chance to read about.

A Welcome at Our Door was another great book in this series! My heart went out to Cindy as she was searching for a place in her community. Her relationship with Drew was interesting to read about, especially with him being an Englisher and her Amish.

Once again, Amy Clipston delivered an enjoyable read with engaging plot lines. Now that this series has come to an end, I can't wait to read what is next!
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Cindy is Amish, but not yet baptized. She meets neighbor Drew, who is English. They form a friendship, which goes against Amish rules. Their friendship begins to turn into something more and they soon realize that one or the other will have to convert in order to continue their relationship. Is their love strong enough?

I enjoyed this story so much. I had a hard time putting the book down, trying to figure out what would happen next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I love Amish fiction and this book didn’t fail to disappoint.  A lot of love, twists, and surprises led to a satisfying end.
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Amy Clipston has written a stunner of a conclusion to a great family series. There is so much emotion jumping from the pages that you would have to be heartless not to feel the pain Cindy experiences in her decisions when it comes to Drew.

You do not have to read the series in her order but I would suggest you do. You will appreciate Cindy's story more.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Zondervan Fiction, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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Every time I pick up one of this author's works, I know I'm in for a read that will have me thinking about my faith as well as being entertainment.  This book was no exception to that!

I absolutely loved the conflict in this story!  I felt that Cindy had legitimate reasons for wrestling with her feelings, and was honestly uncertain as to how she'd ultimately decide where she belonged!  I loved how steadfast Drew was!  I thought he was a wonderful counterpoint to Cindy, and I loved watching their relationship grow, despite their plans for it not to!  My one complaint in this story was the deception that the two of them engaged in.  At times, I felt that it wasn't as realistic as it could have been.  Other than that, I really enjoyed this couple!

This story felt mostly realistic from start to finish and was such a joy for me to read!
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I had not read all of Amy Clipston’s Amish Homestead series. I had no problem following along with this story. I will be going back and reading the beginning of the series. This story is about the youngest sibling, Cindy Riehl. Ms. Clipston always does a great job in creating unique and memorable lscenarios and characters. One of the things that you will see in this book is faith lived out in real life. 

My most favorite character was that of Cucumber. A family dairy cow that has figured out how to unlatch the gate and loves to explore.... especially the neighbor's yard. I loved how the story started out with Cindy chasing Cucumber down the street. 

Cindy is still searching for peace and contentment after her mother's death. Will she find it within her community? You will find yourself laughing, crying, smiling and turning pages quickly with this book. I enjoyed reading this book. 

A Welcome at Our Door is a heartwarming, and uplifting story. I always look forward to reading Amy Clipston's new releases. 

I received a copy of this book through the JustRead blogging program. All thoughts are my own.
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My thoughts:
I am a big fan of Amy Clipston so I was super excited to get to read and review this book.  Her writing never fails to pull me in and make the characters my best friends.  I’m just going to say now that you should read all of her books because they’re that good.  Reading the series in order is always recommended but not necessary as you can still enjoy the book as a stand-alone.

In A Welcome At Our Door, we follow the story of Cindy Reihl who is still suffering from her mother’s death.  She just can’t seem to move on.  Her family has moved on it seems and her siblings are finding love and settling down into their Amish routines.  But not Cindy.

When Cindy meets the neighbor next door Drew she feels an immediate connection.  Only one thing is a black mark against her happiness.  He is not Amish, in fact, he’s English which means a relationship with him is forbidden.  

Drew and Cindy connect on a deeper level as they are both still trying to come to terms with the loss of those they love.  Cindy finds herself spending a lot of time with Drew, most of it by sneaking around so her family won’t know.  After all, she tells herself, if they don’t know they can’t be disappointed in her.

But will Cindy make the ultimate sacrifice which will make her lose the rest of her family?  Will she choose Drew over her life?  What will they do?

This is a great read.  It reads fast and though there weren’t any huge surprises it did keep me reading and loving the characters.  I always enjoy watching the characters develop and grow into personalities of their own throughout her books.  

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
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This entire Amish Homestead series by Amy Clipston has been awesome.  Amy’s writing is top notch, and you definitely feel like you are part of the Riehl family from the beginning of her first book to the end of “A Welcome at Our Door”.  The raw emotion I felt reading Cindy’s story – wow!  The way Amy told this story made me feel like I was in those pages as I turned each one.  There were times I could relate to Cindy in the decisions she made for herself, the losses she felt, and her joy in baking.  And in true Amy fashion, she took Cindy’s story full circle and captured my heart at the end of this story.  I always thought Amy’s Kauffman Bakery series was my favorite series written by her, but I have to say her Amish Homestead series rates right up there with it.  All the feels…just make sure you have tissues handy when you do read Cindy’s story.  You will need them.  Thanks Amy for making me Amish on your pages – well, at least that is how I felt.
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Looking for a good read with a twist? Then stop, and make sure you pick up Amy Clipston latest book A Welcome at Our Door. This book is full of forbidden love, secrets and misunderstanding. I absolutely loved each page of this book and found myself not wanting it to end. I'm so glad to have clean reading made available to me to read and to pass on to the future.
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This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction or Christian fiction.
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I had often thought of Cindy Reihl throughout  this series and have been curious as to what the future held for her.  I find myself doing that when I read this authors books because I get attached to her characters.  Cindy is the youngest in her family and has had the most difficulty dealing with the death of their mother, so I was looking forward to reading her story.

Let's just say that I never expected a cow named Cucumber to play a role in her meeting the young man who would become so important to her.  There is an obstacle in their way as he is English hand she is Amish.  Out  of all the young men she could meet, Drew was the one who held her heart but of course that didn't go over so well with her family and friends.  The one thing that I have admired about Cindy is that she has remained steadfast in her refusal to settle for anyone just for the sake of getting married and raising a family.  I think she has believed that would happen when the time was right and she would be with the one she was meant to be with.

The path to true love and happily ever after isn't easy and through the ups and downs, the highs and lows, Cindy and Drew have so many obstacles to overcome before they can finally have the lives they both deserve.

I received a copy for this book from the publisher through Netgalley but was under no obligation to write a review.  All opinions are my own.
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Following the devastating loss of her mother, Cindy Rigel finds herself searching for peace. Will she find the peace she so desperately needs in the Amish community she calls home or will she need to look in the English world? She’s watched her siblings find love and happiness. But, as they’ve grown and settled down, Cindy finds herself still grieving and heartbroken. It baffles her that the rest of her family seems to have been able to move on easily. Cindy still has a whole in her heart from her mother’s absence and wonders if she’ll ever be able to find healing and peace. Then she meets a handsome, kind Englisher named Drew and they quickly become friends. Drew dreams of starting a family, having experienced some devastating losses of his own. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that their feelings have grown beyond friendship to romantic, despite the obstacles between them. Will Cindy choose life in the English world with Drew or will she choose her family and the only way of life she’s ever known?

I enjoyed reading this final installment of The Amish Homestead series so much! Honestly, it may even be my favorite. I thought Cindy’s story was so sweet and relatable. I truly enjoyed getting further visits with my favorite characters from the previous books and truly hope that they’ll feature in future books and series. Amy has such a talent at writing characters that you can really relate to and are genuinely likeable, all while writing stories that you find yourself immersed in. I love reading her books!
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A Welcome at Our Door is an Amish fiction story about a girl that doesn't know if she should join church or not. She misses her mother who died six years ago, and she meets a neighbor's employee that has had a similar experience. It's a well written story that is clean, and good to read!
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