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Saul Beiler isn't exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His six-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn't know that her mother fled the Amish community-and married another man-but she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeline's numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeline grows about the humble, strong, man raising her on his own.
But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they-and everybody else-have to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she's been dreaming of all along?
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Series: Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel
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When she moves to Amish country to find peace and healing, Madeleine finds a special communityand a special manwho pull her out of her solitude and into a new life.
Moving to Pennsylvania wasnt in Madeleines original plans. She should still be in California and should have married her pilot fiancé a year agobut death has a way of changing everything. Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and working as a maid at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isnt exactly a widow . . . but she sure feels like one.
Saul Beiler isnt exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His eleven-year-old daughter, Emma, doesnt know that her mother fled the Amish communityand married another manbut she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeleines numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeleine grows about the humble, strong man raising her on his own.
But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, theyand everybody around themhave to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home shes been dreaming of all along?
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
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5one of my favorites in the seriesDecember 29, 2014Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amy Clipston has been an author that I always enjoy. I keep track of when she has her new books coming out because I certainly don't want to miss a single one. She does a wonderful job moving the story along at a good pace, engaging the reader with just the right amount of detail, and using characters that are real and easy to relate to.
Madeline and Emma's relationship are probably one of my favorites. I understand why Saul might be a little cautious in letting Emma develop a close relationship with Madeline, but I'm glad that he finally relented. After all, she had so much that she could share with her. Both Madeline and Saul have faced major heartbreak and have had to grieve in their own ways. Moving on isn't easy for either of them, nor should it be. Despite never having been in their shoes, I felt like I was walking through these difficult trials with them.
Having read the previous books, I appreciated seeing some old faces and getting new updates on how they are doing. However, don't be deterred if you've missed the first two books in this series. You will easily be able to read this book and not feel as though you are missing out on anything.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Christian Fiction with an Amish TwistNovember 24, 2014PatsdreamHuntsville, ALAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Dream of Home by Amy Clipston is a well written story line and touches your heart. This is the third book in the series but any of the books can be read as a stand alone.
Madeleine didn't plan to move to Pennslvania but when her fianc died she moved to the home her grandmother had left her. She knew before going that her grandmother was Amish and spent many summers with her. Even though she was an Air Force flight nurse she finds a job working as a maid in a hotel.
Her neighbor, Saul and his daughter Emma are her closest neighbors. She hears through the Amish grapevine that his wife had left him, divorced him and remarried. She enjoys Emma's company and can understand why Saul doesn't want her to spend time with her. However, she enjoys teaching Emma how to cook, gives her grandmother's favorite recipe book to Emma to help her with her cooking. There are so many things that causes tension between the two, one that Emma finds reason to go see Madeleine and always with a good excuse.
The friendships that Madeleine makes are mostly with the Amish. She loves the peace and quiet after being a flight nurse. As she settles into her new home she hires Saul to do some of the repairs and to build new kitchen cabinets.
I've been reading Amy Clipston's books for 2-3 years now and I haven't found one that I've been disappointed in. No one has asked me to review this book. I bought this book, enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do a review and share it with others that enjoy a good Christian romance.
Amy will tug at your heart strings, make the characters seem real and her own faith comes through in her writing. Highly recommend any of Amy's books to you.
weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed it!November 21, 2014weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The story continues for the women working at the Grand Hotel. Madeline has been dealt a blow with the death of her fianc. Moving into her grandparents Amish house seems to be helping her come to grips with her life. Soon her Amish neighbor Saul and his daughter Emma start to steal a part of her heart but things prove complicated. Can love find a way with all the challenges it will face?
What I like: I have read a few books that had a storyline that had someone possibly converting to the Amish faith. This story came across with a real feel to it. Madeline was searching for a way back to God after the death of her fianc and even though she enjoyed Sauls company her search was for her. She had to find what God wanted for her. I liked how this book went about that. Saul was also dealing with the abandonment of his wife and raising his daughter Emma. The issues they faced were real and kept me interested.
What I did not like: Of the three books of the series so far I liked this one the most. I am still not liking the Hannah sub plot still being carried over from the first book but it did not bother me as much in this book.
Overall this was a good book. I also like how the books are very much tied together and Im looking forward to the 4th book due out next year as the three books seem to be leading up to what is about to happen and I am curious to see how it will all play out. Due to how intertwined these books are I suggest starting from book 1 and reading the whole series.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love How This Story UnfoldsNovember 18, 2014MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I was reading this book, I had the feeling that the series was ending with this book, but the ending told me that there is another, yes!
Needing to do a lot of healing after the death of her intended, Madeleine is living in her deceased Grandparents Amish home. Basically, she is living without electricity, but she does have her truck. Maddie is running from her daemons and is finding solace living in the home where she has a lot of happy memories.
Next door and on the land that was formerly her Grandparents lives Saul Beiler and his precocious daughter Emma, who also has had one of life hardest hurts, he life walked away from the both of them and left the Amish.
A budding attraction between these two hurt souls cannot be, no, Saul is Amish and loves his faith, and fears that Emma may be influenced and also leave. Madeleine finds a bit of joy in spending time with Emma, they cook, and enjoy one another, but Saul is so afraid of her influence on his daughter he forbids it.
Love how this story unfolds, and you want to hug each of these hurt individuals, but can anything ever happen here? We also are reunited with dear friends from the other books in this series, and loved getting the updates.
Above all we see how everyone lives their faith and put their trust in God.
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SallyTampa, FL4 Stars Out Of 5Englisher or Amish?November 8, 2014SallyTampa, FLAlthough this is the third book in the series, it is a stand-alone novel. It's the first one I've read, and I had no problem. I quickly connected to the protagonist Madeline, an Englisher, who has inherited her Amish Grandmother's house. It feels like home to her because she spent so many happy summers there as a child. However, Maddie's mother left the church and raised Maddie as an Englisher. Now Maddie is balancing between the life of an Englisher and the community of Amish. I appreciate the way the author handled the character of a young lady trying to find peace in her life after the tragedy of her fiance's death. She runs to reduce stress, her cell phone is a valuable asset, and she loves her truck.
Maddie's Amish neighbors are Saul, a cabinet maker and his daughter, Emma. They have a loving relationship; still, motherless Emma misses her mother. Emma and Maddie become good friends. Tension builds as Saul decides that this relationship can only bring heartache. He fears that Emma might want to turn English or Maddie might decide to move away, leaving Emma hurt.
There are other characters who question the ways of English vs. Amish.
Which way is right? The author skillfully lays out the many differences between the two lifestyles without judging. There are several examples of others who are torn with the same decisions.
English vs. Amish, which way will Maddie choose?
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