|Short Bio||Amy Clipston
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at www.amyclipston.com. Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston
|Publish Date||Feb 4, 2014|
- Review by Wanda Barefoot
This is my very first young adult book and I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel about it. I have to say I was very pleased with the story. The characters were so real that I felt like I WAS Whitney Richards. Whitney was such a great young lady. Even though she lived a pampered life she treated everyone the same. She didn't look down on those that were less fortunate like a lot do. She was a very sweet girl and I loved how every night when she went to bed she would lay down and share her troubles with God like she was talking to a friend.
Taylor Martinez was such a nice guy. He worked hard to help support his mom and sister. He really understood Whitney and really listened when she shared her inner most secrets and turmoils. At eighteen he was such a gentleman! He really wore his heart on his sleeve. He had loved Whitney since the forth grade when he used to take homemade chocolate chip cookies to trade Whitney for lunch because her mom wouldn't let her eat unhealthy food. And his faith was great too. I liked his response to the teacher of the J2A meeting at church when she asked them to choose a verse that would best help them faced the uncertainty of their futures.
"Okay." Taylor cleared his throat and then looked down at the verse he'd circled: "By day The Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me--a prayer to the God of my life."
Intrigued, I studied him.
"Why that verse?" Jenna asked.
Taylor shrugged. "Well, to me it means that no matter what you do all day, whether you're studying, or you're at work, or you're at school, you need to remember you have to live your day for God. He directs your heart, and he should be the focus of your life."
Whitney's mom was so controlling and I often wanted to shake her, but her dad was just great. He was a buffer between Whitney and her mom, often getting Darlene to back off when she tried to run Whitney's life. I loved Whitney's cousin Emily, too. She was such a great support for Whitney. So, as you can see, I think the characters are just great, but how is the story overall? This book was a true-to-life testimony for young adults. The difficulties and pressures they face when growing up and leaving for college, with relationships. What I liked most was the strong thread of faith woven throughout the story.
"Do you remember I had a hard time praying after my mom died?" Emily asked.
"I remember that," I said. "You forgot how to talk to God because you were struggling with your grief."
"Well, I learned the hard way that life is hard sometimes, and sometimes things don't work out the way we want them to. But God Is always there for us. You may not see him or feel him right now, but he's here with you. You're never alone." Emily hugged me, and my tears began to sprinkle down my cheeks.
Everyone's faith was so deep and it was great to read about young people having such faith and principles. I loved watching Whitney and Taylor's budding romance. Their story was sweet and I would love to continue with their story as they grow older. The story line was perfect and I couldn't wait to read the ending. With such lovable characters and such a great plot it's impossible not to enjoy this book. If you like young adult romance, or even if it's your first like it was mine, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I recommend it to readers of all ages!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book it's simply because I enjoyed it. I received no monetary compensation for this review. (Posted on 2/10/14)
- Review by Hannah
Anyways on to the book itself. Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston was a wonderful story about finding out who you truly are and want to be. I loved Whitney's story almost as much as I loved Emily's (Whitney's cousin in Roadside Assistance). The only problem I had was that the dialogue seemed a little too unreal. The characters seemed to share their feelings way to quickly and easily. I don't know many people who are that open so quickly. But other than that I loved the characters and I felt the book ended perfectly. (Posted on 1/29/14)