Despite the fact that A Place of Peace is very similar to many of the other popular Amish themed books on the market, it was easy to read and had a fairly good plot. Most of the story centered on Miriam, a young  woman who had left the Amish after she was blamed for the death of a baby and subsequently learned that her fiance Timothy was seeing another woman behind her back. After learning of her mother’s death, Miriam returned to her hometown for the funeral, hoping to renew her relationship with her family. Naturally, she encountered Timothy frequently.

This story made several twists and turns as secrets of the past were revealed. Eventually both Miriam and Timothy learned that each had been told lies about the other. Unfortunately that did not stop either of them from continuing to make poor decisions. At times I grew frustrated with just how stubborn and silly they both were acting. I also wondered how anyone could make such drastic decisions based on what they were told by one person.

As in most books of this genre, the prodigal Amish character finally decides that Amish life is the only life for them. I can understand somewhat the feeling of being a part of two very different worlds but not really fitting in either. I suppose the place of our roots may have the strongest call on us which would explain the decision to return to the Amish life. I just wish the authors wouldn’t imply that the Amish way of life is superior.

There are frequent scenes with vivid descriptions of food that are very tempting. Fortunately, the author has included a number of recipes for the dishes mentioned in the book; however none of them are appropriate for my current diet.

This book was provided for review by the Amazon Vine Program.


Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the ‘English’ way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Miriam Lapp, who left the Amish community of Bird-in-Hand three years ago, is heartbroken when her sister calls to reveal that her mother has died suddenly. Traveling home to Pennsylvania, she is forced to face the heartache from her past, including her rift from her family and the breakup of her engagement with Timothy Kauffman. Her past emotional wounds are reopened when her family rejects her once again and she finds out that Timothy is in a relationship with someone else. Miriam discovers that the rumors that broke them up three years ago were all lies. However, when Timothy proposes to his girlfriend and Miriam’s father disowns her, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles. When Miriam’s father has a stroke, Miriam returns to Pennsylvania, where her world continues to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community and her faith in God.


Amy Clipston is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery novels. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and currently works for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Amy lives with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled-rotten cats. Visit her on the web at