Rachel was betrayed by her boyfriend and her best friend at the same time. When her cousin Malinda asks her to come and teach with her, she sees it as a way to occupy her mind as well as her self without dwelling on the actions of those who betrayed her. Her first special student is John who lost his mother and is about to lose his father. His brother Mike is taking care of both of them. Every day Rachel is charged with sending notes home for all the students in her class and gets a bit put out with Mike when he doesn't answer her notes, especially the ones about John's behavior and refusal to obey the rules. Rachel takes the bull by the horns and accosts Mike at his work. Afterwards, she feels horrible about the situation, especially when she finds out exactly how much pressure Mike is under with his father's illness and taking care of the family business. As a way of repairing the damage she's done, she begins preparing meals for John to take home after school a couple of nights a week, using the basket her father used to court her mother.
Amy Clipston is a gifted writer about the Amish world--her descriptions put the reader right into the scene with the characters, her characters seem like long lost friends, and the plot moves along just like a day in the life.
The Courtship Basket is a five star, two thumbs up, and a pan of brownies kind of book.
My thanks to Zondervan Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.