Room on the Porch Swing
By: Amy Clipston
“Would you like to sit?” He patted the seat beside him. “There’s room on the porch swing for you.”
When tragedy strikes, can two young Amish people find the hope that lies on the other side?
Laura Riehl is no stranger to heartache. Less than a year after her mother’s death, Laura finds herself burying another loved one: her best friend, Savilla, who has died after a brief and sudden illness. Laura feels heartbroken and alone, but her pain is nothing compared to that of Allen, the husband Savilla has left behind. He now faces a life so different from the one he imagined—plus a baby to care for on his own.
When Laura offers to help Allen with baby Mollie, he jumps at the opportunity until a permanent solution can be found. She’d do anything to lend a hand to Allen and to honor her best friend’s memory. Rudy, Laura’s boyfriend, is initially supportive of her plan, but the more time Laura spends with Allen, the more jealous and frustrated Rudy seems to become.
As Laura and Allen face hardships together, their friendship takes a surprising yet comforting turn—and she discovers an attraction she’s never felt with Rudy. Would falling for Allen betray the people she cares about most, or would denying those feelings betray her heart?
This latest installment in the Amish Homestead series returns us to Lancaster County, home of the beloved Riehls, where a family’s strength—and advice from a new friend—may help Laura find God’s direction.
“Change can be scary, especially when it’s unexpected. You and I both know that really well.”
Change can be scary. If you’re like me, you have a conflicting relationship with change. You cringe at monotony—can’t imagine doing the same thing or living in the same place for years and years, but at the same time you can’t imagine moving away from the people you care about or giving up a job you love—or throwing out your firstborn’s old ragged teddy bear. No matter how you feel about changed, there are certain changes no one desires to face—the lose of a loved one.
“I can’t believe she’s gone,” Laura finally said. “We just lost Mamm a few months ago. Why did God have to take Savilla from me too?” “You know it’s not our place to question God’s will.”
And that’s where we find our characters in “Room on the Porch Swing.” Laura and Allen have both come face to face with the most frightening change of all. Laura lost her mother and Allen—his wife. Both sudden deaths. These two bleeding hearts come together over one common goal. Little Mollie Faith needs someone to care for her. And Laura just wants to help. Savilla was her best friend and she’d do anything for her. And without considering the consequences, she does.
As she climbed into Mark’s buggy, her new reality hit her. Life would never be the same without Savilla. But she’d find a way to not only keep Savilla’s memory alive, but be a support to Allen in any way he needed. Savilla would do the same for her if circumstances were reversed.
But Laura’s boyfriend Rudy is not happy that his girlfriend is spending so much time with another man, even spending the night at his house. In a way I don’t blame him for getting jealous, but I will agree that Laura definitely deserved better.
Room on the Porch Swing is a beautiful Amish love story about hope and healing after facing a tragedy. It’s about finding love and support from those God has placed in your life. It’s about accepting his will in all things and opening your heart to the next step. I enjoyed this book. It’s about wanting “God’s best” and not accepting “good enough.” Come with Allen and Laura as they seek faith to overcome the heartache they carry and move forward into the beautiful future God has prepared for them.
“We can’t allow ourselves to question God’s plans for us or blame ourselves for what’s not in our control. We all know God is in control. He has the best plan for our lives because it’s his plan.
Allen caressed Mollie’s back as the sound of the rain and the creaking of the rocking chair echoed in the large, dark room. The house was quiet—too quiet. He missed his one true companion, the love of his life. He missed Savilla’s gorgeous smile, her beautiful brown eyes, her golden hair the color of the afternoon sun, and her sweet voice. His heart ached for her. Today would be the ten-month anniversary of the day she left them. His heart and his soul cried for her to come back to them. Mollie needed her mother, and Allen needed his partner. Friday was Mollie’s first birthday, and Savilla should be here to celebrate this momentous occasion with them. It wouldn’t be right to sing “Happy Birthday” to her without his wife by his side. “I miss you, Savilla,” he whispered.
About the Author:
Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at http://www.AmyClipston.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks
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