Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: Summer Storms

Summer Storms
By Amy Clipston
Part of An Amish Summer collection
Thomas Nelson, 2017


Arianna is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse.

Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.

My thoughts

There’s something special about Amy Clipston’s writing and I’ve never been disappointed. Summer Storm, a novella in the 4-story collection An Amish Summer, might seem like a short, sweet Amish romance – but there’s much more to experience here. Summer Storms reflects real-life situations in this story of misunderstandings and broken relationships – not only between boy/girl, but father/son and two best friends.

The actions of Arianna’s brother, Tobias, created a conflict that put her love for Jesse and desire to obey her father at odds. Even in the shorter novella format, Clipston creates well-rounded characters, emotion, and spiritual depth. Character growth takes place along with sweet romance, and I especially connected with the secondary character of Tobias. I long for his story to be told in the future.

There’s much more to enjoy in this novella collection and I hope to share my thoughts soon. Recommended to all who enjoy quality Amish fiction.

I was provided a free copy of this book from NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. 

Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats.

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