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Foundation of Love

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The older I get the more I enjoy stories of older adults falling in love under tougher circumstances. While Crystal is still young (early thirties), Duane is a few years older (50) and has lived a married life with children. My parents were seventeen years apart and had almost 45 wonderful years of marriage. This story made me think of their beautiful love story.

A clean romance that is suitable for almost all romance readers.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.
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A wholly enjoyable romance of second chances, new beginnings and fighting for love. 

I was cheering for Crystal from the very beginning, she is hardworking and selfless to a fault. I adored that she and Duane are slightly older than your typical fictional couple, and have their own unique set of challenges to face together.

Engaging from the start, my heart went out to Crystal who longs for a family of her own, but things just didn't work out for her in the past. She has a heart for children, and selflessly helps her brother and sister-in-law. Duane is a kind-hearted man, he is wise and has done his best to raise his boys, I loved how the young children trusted him right away.

Overall, this was a wonderful read that I didn't want to put down. I related a lot to Crystal, and loved that she and Duane both stood up for their relationship. A well written read, with a heartwarming romance, adorable children, I loved how they both brought their relationship before God in prayer throughout the story. Highly recommend this well written, feel-good Amish romance. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Crystal Glick is thankful for her life and the nieces and nephews that she helps her brother and his wife care for. But, deep down, she’s still love a family of her own. She has lived with her brother’s family ever since her father died and her fiancé, Owen, broke their engagement and her heart. Crystal loves her nieces and nephews and quite happily takes care of them while her sister-in-law deals with a very difficult pregnancy. Duane Bontrager is still mourning the death of his wife, Connie, after 24 years of marriage. He and their grown sons are still struggling to adjust to life without help. They are running a thriving roofing business and Crystal’s brother hires them to work on the roofs of their farm. Crystal and Duane quickly become friends and find that they are drawn to each other, despite their fourteen year age difference. Crystal’s brother and his wife worry that they’re going to lose her much needed help with their six, soon to be eight, children. They also don’t like the age difference and think that if she has to marry, she should reunite with Owen. Duane’s sons fear he is trying to replace their mother and resent Crystal. Duane’s bishop thinks he should marry a young widow in the community who has children. 

I always enjoy Amy’s books. She has an incredible talent for writing relatable, likable characters. What I like is that the main characters aren’t perfect, they have their individual personalities and flaws. Crystal and Duane fall in love very quickly but they both had a lot to overcome to be together. I could relate to Crystal’s desire to help her loved ones and worry about letting them down. Duane’s struggles with his sons was very understandable. All in al, it was a very interesting story and an easy read. The secondary characters were all realistic, too. It’s natural for Crystal’s friends to be concerned about the age difference and how fast they connected, but once they saw how happy Crystal was, they were supportive. I am definitely looking forward to the next book and reading more with these wonderful characters!
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Foundation of Love by amazing storytelling author is such a clever story. I loved it! Author Clipston has an easy style of writing that just pulled me in. Her characters were believable and intriguing. It was not difficult to become invested in their lives. This is the story of Crystal and Duane. Without giving anything away about this fabulous story, I just want to say that author Clipston comes up with unique and interesting story that contain twists and turns. This was a real page turner, and I had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend it. It gets a 5 star review. A copy was provided from NetGalley, but these are my honest words.
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4.5 stars.

  Foundation of Love by Amy Clipston is a charming Amish romance.

  Thirty-three-year-old Crystal Glick is unmarried and lives with her brother Kane and her sister-in-law Leona.  Crystal takes care of her nieces and nephews as Leona takes it easy due to her current pregnancy. Crystal would like a family of her own, but without any prospects on the horizon, she tries to remain content with caring for her brother’s children. With six kids to care for and endless chores, she rarely has time for herself. When her brother hires Duane Bontrager and his three adult sons to replace their roof, Crystal is drawn to the friendly widower. Once she realizes her feelings are running deeper than friendship, she wrestles with other people’s objections to the age difference between them.  Will Crystal allow this chance for love and happiness slip away?

 Ever since Duane’s beloved wife Connie passed way, he and his sons, Jayden, Tyler and Korey, have muddled their way through cooking, household chores and running their roofing business. Duane still deeply misses Connie and he is not looking for a new wife. But he greatly enjoys spending time with Crystal and as he gets to know her, his feelings turn romantic. But Duane is a little conflicted about their age difference, having more children and his sons’ reactions to his announcement he is dating are troubling. He is also being pressured to marry a widow in his community.

  Foundation of Love is a touching romance with a wonderful setting and appealing characters. Crystal and Duane are vibrantly developed characters whose faith guides them through their obstacle strewn journey to happily ever after. Crystal is self-less and caring but she often puts other people’s needs ahead of her own. Duane is evenly tempered as he struggles to work through his son’s resistance to his fledgling relationship with Crystal. The romance is heartwarming but their future is far from assured. With one final conflict to resolve, Amy Clipston brings this first An Amish Legacy novel to an uplifting, smile-inducing conclusion.
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The first book in author Amy Clipston’s newest series, An Amish Legacy Novel, Foundation of Love will keep your attention from beginning to end. With well developed characters, you’ll be cheering for Duane and Crystal. I liked all of the characters and would love to visit with them, though I did get frustrated with Crystal’s family for taking advantage of her. And with Crystal for allowing it. But it made for a good story.

Clipston’s story has so many emotions. It’s a roller coaster of love, loss, second chances, forgiveness, and extreme fatigue. I don’t know how they handled it all but they did and allowed God to move. If you enjoy Amish fiction I recommend Foundation of Love. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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This is the first book in a new Amish series by Amy Clipston. If you have enjoyed other books by Amy Clipston, you'll be sure to enjoy this one.
Crystal is living with her brother, his wife and their six children. Did I mention that twins are on the way? Crystal helps take care of the house and the children.
In case you're wondering why 33 year old Crystal is still single, well...she felt she needed to stay and care for her dad when her fiance' wanted her to move away with him. This has left her with trust issues when it comes to men. What if another were to leave her?
Then, there is Duane who terribly misses his wife who passed away 1 1/2 years earlier. He and Crystal meet and there is something there between the two of them. There is a significant age difference in he and Crystal's ages. He has two grown sons, after all. Can they overcome this? Can Crystal trust her heart with another man?
Very sweet story that will grab you from the beginning.
I was given an advanced ecopy by the publisher, Zondervan through Netgalley. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review.
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I love reading Amish stories and Amy Clipston's in particular. I loved the cover of this story as it gives a good representation of Duane and Crystal. 

However, I feel this story was heavier than your typical Amish romance. Crystal and Duane were "just friends" even though they felt an attraction to each other. They had quite a few barriers to their relationship, especially with Crystal doing so much for her brother's family. All their friends and family were against them becoming more than friends, mostly because of their age difference.  It's because of their age (old enough to make their own decisions), that this really got on my nerves. 

Overall, I enjoyed the story, and you do get a mostly happily ever after. The story is full of hope and promise, with themes of second chances and how people handle grief differently. There is a strong faith element as Duane and Crystal often sought the Lord's guidance in their relationship.

Thank you to Net Galley and Zondervan for the opportunity to read this story. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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This is a very sweet story about the power of love and family. As the friendship between Duane and Crystal grows I was drawn in even more to the story. The obstacles they have to overcome in order to have their happily ever after are immense with family pressures on both side as well as leaders in their Amish church. This was a wonderfully written story by Amy Clipston and I'm very glad I read it.
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Duane Bontrager lost the love of his life after 24 years of marriage. Running a thriving roofing company with his three grown sons, Duane still feels alone.  What will he do when his sons marry and move away?  Chrystal Glick lost her chance at marriage when she chose to be her father's caregiver.  Although she wouldn't change her decision, Chrystal now feels like she wants more than just taking care of her brother's family.  With her father now deceased, will Chrystal find love again? A chance meeting between Duane and Chrystal sparks more than friendship that not everyone agrees is good.  Will they convince folks that they have the foundation of love in order to make a marriage?  I loved the characters in this book. I look forward to the next.  I received a copy through Netgally.  A review was not required.
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"Foundation of Love" highlights the lives of two characters seeking love and friendship, but stymied by interfering friends and family. Duane lost his wife to cancer, and now is left to raise three young adult sons, while tending to his roofing business and farm. Crystal lives with her brother and cares for his growing family, yet yearns for a love and family of her own. When Duane and Crystal begin to care for each other and plan a life together, family and community members continue to try to match them with others and find reasons to keep them apart. 

This book impressed me with its attention to a theme seldom seen in novels about Amish people: love later in life. Duane and Crystal are no starry-eyed youngsters; instead, they are mature adults who seek a fulfilled life together. The story is realistic and shows how friends and family can disrupt relationships for reasons of their own. In this case, Duane is pushed to take a widow for his wife in order to help the community, while his sons believe he should not remarry out of respect for his deceased wife.. Crystal's brother and sister-in-law selfishly expect Crystal to continue caring for their large family as a maid of all work, without consideration for her future happiness. It was frustrating to see them continually thwarted and kept apart, and.I quietly cheered when Duane and Crystal finally stood up for themselves. Themes of child bearing, male dominance, and grief also appear in this novel.

This is a clean novel, without adult intimacy scenes, graphic violence, or strong language. The faith component is an integral part of this story. Readers who enjoy novels about Amish people, with a bit of a twist to the usual themes, will find this to be a thoughtful and intriguing choice. 

I received this novel from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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Beautiful story on love and family! Crystal Glick is a 'live in nanny' to her nieces and nephews while her sister in law struggles with a twin pregnancy. Crystal shoulders most of the responsibility and chores while neglecting her own personal life. When she falls in love with a roofer that comes to her brother's farm, she is faced with a choice. Will she marry the man of her dreams, or will she marry her ex-boyfriend who is penitent and repentant?
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Here is another great novel, Foundation of Love, by a favorite author, Amy Clipston. The characters are a bit older than most, in the Amish romance genre and it makes for a nice change in expectation and character development. You will enjoy Crystal, who at 33 is not married and Duane, at 47, is a widower with 2 older grown sons. Not only is there an age difference there are families that do not want them to pursue a relationship. The negative outlook includes their bishop. Will they weather the storms and negative attitudes or will they cave to opinion and go with different suitors. Sit back, open the book, light the candle, pour the drink of choice and lose yourself within the pages.....

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher (Zondervan) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I think this is my favorite Amy Clipston novel so far!  Crystal Glick is thirty-three, unmarried and lives with her brother, sister-in-law, and their six children.  It is obvious to everyone but Crystal that her family is taking advantage of her for childcare.  Duane is forty-seven and a widower raising three young men.  The men  are dealing with their grief in different ways.  Crystal and Duane become friends and want more.  But their families and community are against the relationship.  Duane’s son Korey is especially giving the pair a difficult time.  This book did not sugarcoat the challenges of a May- December romance and blending families. I’m looking forward to the other books in the series. 
I want to thank Amy Clipston, Zondervan Fiction and Netgalley for a complimentary copy of the book. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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I always love Amy Clipston books and this is no exception.  I really love that this book is about an older father who loses his wife and finds love again.  Both Crystal and Duane have known loss in their lives and they click the first time they meet.  I am looking forward to the next books in the series to see how Duane, Crystal and his sons handle being together.  The romance is sweet and this is an emotional book.  I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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Amy Clipston is one of my favorite authors and I enjoyed this book as much as I expected I would. Crystal is a caring woman who lives with her brother and sister-in-law, helping to care for her many nieces and nephews. She wonders if she will ever marry and have a family of her own. Duane is a widower with three grown sons. They grow to care for each other but wonder if they have any chance of future happiness together.
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Sorry, I tried to like this book, but the whole thing seems forced.  And what is up with the trendy names she gives the characters?  It's an AMISH book, Amy, it isn't a teen romance.   I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly, read one of her older books.
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It has been too long since I’ve read an Amish novel, and after reading this one I wonder what else I have missed out on.  Clipston had my interest from the first page and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.  It was unique reading a book about a couple that was 14 years apart.  Duane has 3 mostly grown sons, and Crystal has been taking care of her family for what seems like forever.  Putting aside her hopes and dreams, life seems to be passing her by until she meets Duane.  Despite their age difference they both feel drawn to each other.  Regardless of their feelings others in their community think they should get to tell them who they should marry.  When Crystals ex boyfriend enters the picture everything is confusing and mixed up.  Are Crystal and Duane made for each other?  Or are there more practical answers for both of them?  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Romance.  It was nice watching Crystal and Duane get to know each other and I enjoyed their chemistry.  Seeing Duanes’ family dynamic as they still grieve losing his first wife, and then seeing their dad meet someone new was interesting.  The boys are each so unique and I can’t wait to see what the next story holds.  I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Zondervan Fiction and was in no way forced to post a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.
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I quickly felt attached to the characters in this first of a series by Amy Clipston and am already looking forward to book #2. Crystal and Duane had no intention of falling in love as they both were in the midst of healing from different forms of grieve. I loved how their friendship grew and how they faced all the adversity that others put in their path.  Too often we allow others to speak into our lives as we know that they deep down have good intentions.  This story reminded me that I can’t live my life based on other people’s opinions and good intentions. Both Crystal and Duane treated each other with respect and honored the others emotions. They had to seek God for direction and then make some difficult choices.  I very much enjoyed this novel and will be recommending it to my family and friends. 
I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher (Zondervan) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Foundation of Love is a well written Amish romance.  Great plot and character dynamics.  I recommend this book.  My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley.  This is my unbiased review.
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