About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Breaking New Ground (An Amish Legacy, #3) by Amy Clipston

Breaking New Ground (An Amish Legacy #3)

Korey Bontrager and Savannah Zook are just pretending to date—but could their feelings turn into something more?

Korey Bontrager knows he’s been an immature dummkopp. When his widowed dad remarried, Korey was unwelcoming to his kindhearted stepmother. Then he became estranged from his older brother. But after fourteen months in Ohio, God called Korey back to Pennsylvania.

Easier said than done. Back home, Korey feels left behind by his family and friends, who want to see him happily married. Instead of looking for a new relationship, he finds himself spending time with Savannah Zook: the most outspoken maedel he’s ever met. She’s also confident and brave, having raised her younger brother from a young age. And she’s a natural beauty. But, hard as her friends try to convince her otherwise, she has no interest in dating. Her priority is looking out for her bullied brother.

So when Savannah suggests they pretend to date as a way to get her friends—and his family—off their backs, Korey readily agrees. Soon, he can’t imagine life without her. But could Savannah ever truly be part of his future?

Set in the faithful Amish community of Lancaster County, Breaking New Ground gives the most stubborn Bontrager a chance to redeem his story.


What can you do when your family and friends insist on playing matchmakers? You pretend that you've already found someone! This is exactly what happens in Breaking New Ground, but the deception may be Korey Bontrager and Savannah Zook's undoing. Can this pretend courtship fool everyone, or will Korey and Savannah be convinced to make it real? 

Finally, the true Korey Bontrager is being revealed! I must admit that I've mightily struggled with this character's actions in the first two books of the Amish Legacy novels. He displayed anger, resentment, and total silence toward his new stepmother, disrespected his father, and left home because of a disagreement with his brother Tyler. Is the person who's back home in Lancaster County the same bitter Korey, or has his time away given him a new perspective?

Breaking New Ground has so many intriguing elements. There's a pretend romance, the middle-child syndrome, and a prodigal son longing to return home, along with the universal need for forgiveness and redemption. Yes, Korey Bontrager has finally been redeemed in my eyes but will his family and friends feel the same?

Author Amy Clipston excels in heartwarming romance, happily-ever-afters, and Amish fiction. Breaking New Ground definitely fits the bill!!

I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts,

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amy Clipston is an award-winning bestselling author and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She's sold more than one million books, and 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 University and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and five spoiled rotten cats. 

You can find Amy at AmyClipston.com, or follow her on  Facebook    Twitter     Instagram


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