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Summary

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she's loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Rachel is determined to keep her mind off the pain, and she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel's class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents' old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John's grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can't deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.

The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

©2016 Amy Clipston (P)2016 Tantor

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  • LOK
  • 06-06-18

A serious theme

This did turn out to be a love story, but the theme of the story throughout was serious. I have listened to many, many Amish Romances. This narrator had a great accent, but a lot of the book sounded somewhat mechanical and not relaxed at all. Maybe this is the way the accent of the Amish really sounds, but I felt the serious personality and mood of the character Mike was spilling into the way all the characters were presented. The voices were not the same, but the mood was....just very serious. This was definitely not my favorite book or my favorite narrator, and it doesn’t give warm fuzzies. I AM glad to have read it. And there are lessons in it, but they are not as blatantly obvious as many of the other stories I have read that I preferred. I think the main issue with this book for me is the narrator. It’s not a bad story at all. I just didn’t car for the narrator.

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  • Lars41
  • 09-02-18

Very good book

Loved this book as always Amy Clipston writes very realistic and dramatic, keeps you rooting for them to work things out.

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  • Krissy
  • 25-08-16

Great book but didn't finish

What disappointed you about The Courtship Basket?

An error occurred while listening, redo loaded in high quality 3 times still doesn't work so sad

Any additional comments?

Please fix this issue I would like to finish this story

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  • sheshegirl72
  • 10-08-16

Didn't keep my attention

The book was predictable with the misunderstanding between the 2 main characters.The narrator's voice made Rachel sound very whiny. I couldn't get passed that to get into the book.

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  • Alina
  • 01-07-16

Needed more research

I have researched Amish culture rather extensively and this book had the potential of being excellent if the author had done some more research into their traditions and culture. There were several times when it was painfully obvious that she didn't know what she was talking about.