A GIFT OF GRACE
Rebecca Kauffman's tranquil Old Order Amish life is transformed when she suddenly has custody of her two teenage nieces after her "English" sister and brother-in-law are killed in an automobile accident. Instant motherhood, after years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of her own, is both a joy and a heartache. Rebecca struggles to give the teenage girls the guidance they need as well as fulfill her duties to Daniel as an Amish wife.
Rebellious Jessica is resistant to Amish ways and constantly in trouble with the community. Younger sister Lindsay is caught in the middle, and the strain between Rebecca and Daniel mounts as Jessica's rebellion escalates. Instead of the beautiful family life she dreamed of creating for her nieces, Rebecca feels as if her world is being torn apart by two different cultures, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community, her marriage, and her faith in God.
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. A Gift of Grace is the first in her six-book Kauffman Amish Bakery Series with Zondervan. The novel received 4 stars in the June 2009 issue of Romantic Times and has hit the CBA and ECPA Best Seller lists. The second in the series, A Promise of Hope, will be released in April 2010 with Zondervan, and her romance novel, Betrayed, will debut in September 2009 with Five Star/Gale Publishing. Amy is a first-time author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She holds a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time as a public information specialist. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons and three spoiled rotten cats.