cover image The Jam and Jelly Nook

The Jam and Jelly Nook

Amy Clipston. Zondervan, $15.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-3103-5654-7

The pleasing final installment of Clipston’s Amish Marketplace series (after The Coffee Corner) sees widow Leanna Wengerd find love. Leanna and widower Emory Speicher Emory meet at the police station after their children are caught trespassing, and a friendship quickly develops between the two single parents. Emory’s daughter, Maggie, believes her aging father should be her responsibility as an only child and foregoes hanging out with friends her own age. Leanna’s son Chester, meanwhile, goes to work in Emory’s shed-building business and begins to trust and confide in him. The teens are adamant, however, about not wanting their parents to date. As a result, Emory and Leanna hesitate to acknowledge their growing feelings for each other, at times appearing like teenagers hiding a crush. The situation is compounded by Emory’s meddling sister-in-law and another woman vying for Emory’s attention, but the two find a way to honestly share feelings and rely on their faith to take a second chance at love. Series fans will love this wholesome finale. (May)