The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston is the second book in the Amish Heirloom series. I didn't read the first book,but it didn't matter. I immediately became engrossed in the story and this book has now become one of my favorite Amish books. It wasn't boring or slow or trite. Instead it was full and engrossing and real.
Rachel Fisher is devastated when she overhears her boyfriend and best friend talking about when they will be together. Shocked and hurt that her boyfriend of the last couple of years never really wanted to be with her, she holes up at home until she gets an offer to work as an assistant teacher in the learning disabilities school.
Mike Lantz has a lot on his plate. A sick father requiring constant care, working at his father's shop, and caring for his 6 year old brother, John. Overwhelmed and exhausted Mike doesn't have much energy left to deal with John's behavioral issues at school, but when things get worse Mike decides to send him to the special needs school.
Rachel immediately feels for John and spends as much time as she can helping him, but when her note home to his brother goes unanswered she assumes that means Mike doesn't care. Rachel decides to confront him and is dismayed when she finds out how wrong her assumptions were. Will she be able to fix things with Mike?
This book kept my attention the whole time, and I'm planning on reading the first book in the series ASAP! The characters were so well thought out and well written, and the struggles that each character faced were realistic and intriguing. I can't wait for the third book to come out but until then I'll be over here reading the first book.... ;-)
I was given this book for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.