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Series: Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel
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A Hopeful Heart, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series #1Amy ClipstonZondervan / 2013 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 20 Reviews
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An unwed Amish woman yearns for real love and a family. The only thing in her way is the shame shes been carrying for half of her life.
Thirty-one-year-old Carolyn Lapp has never been marriedbut shes been a mother for fifteen years. In a community with strict standards and a long memory, Carolyn knows she might never find a man who will have her and her son, Benjamin.
Carolyns family tries to marry her off to a widower with a daughter who needs a mother. A marriage of convenience doesnt sound so bad, yet despite her loneliness, Carolyn knows what she really wants: a traditional Amish family and a marriage for love.
When Benjamin gets into trouble at an auction, he finds himself beholden to a handsome horse breeder named Joshua Glick. Joshua and Carolyn feel an instant attraction, and soon a romance is budding between them. The trouble is Joshua believes Benjamin is Carolyns nephew, not her son.
After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. Can either man give her the familyand the unconditional loveshe longs for? Or will her past once again sabotage the future she wants?
. . . will leave readers craving more. RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK!, 4 1/2-star review
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
KristiIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Mother's SecretJuly 6, 2015KristiIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0There are so many words I could use to describe this book. Amazing, fantastic, terrific, must-read, and a keeper are just a few. Amy Clipston has written a wonderful story about letting go of the past and forgiving yourself for past mistakes.
Carolyn Lapp made a mistake in her youth that she now believes will prevent her from finding true happiness. That mistake resulted in her son Ben. She believes she will not be able to marry for love as her parents did but will have to marry to give Ben a father. She meets Joshua Glick at an auction when her son is accused of hurting his horse. That injury results in Ben working at Josh's horse farm to pay off the vet bill. Joshua and Carolyn soon find themselves attracted to each other but in the way to finding true happiness stands Carolyn's secret and Joshua's mother Barbie. Can the two overcome Carolyn's past and Barbie's desire to run Josh's life?
This book was so easy to get into and stay interested in. The characters are so genuine it is easy to get into their story and hope for the best for them. The pace of the book is just right. I couldn't put this book down as I just had to know what would happen to Carolyn and Josh.
I like that Amy writes stories about Amish people who have problems just like anyone else. These people aren't perfect and they have struggles just like non Amish. I think it's important for those of us who are intrigued by their lives to understand they are not perfect but flawed just like us. The difference is in how they deal with their flaws compared to us. Amy does a fantastic job of highlighting this. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was the characters are in their thirties and still trying to discover who they are.
I teared up reading a section of this book when Ben defends his mother to Josh. I don't often tear up when reading but I just couldn't stop myself. Amy has such a connection to her characters that it comes across on the page and draws you in.
I give this book two thumb up. It is definitely one of the best Amish fiction books I've read and one of the best books I've read this year. Bravo, Amy. Well done!!
ZacsBlog5 Stars Out Of 5A Mother's Secret by Amy ClipstonJune 24, 2015ZacsBlogQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so excited to tell you about A Mothers Secret by Amy Clipston! In this book, an unwed Amish woman yearns for real love and a family. While she has never been married, she has a fifteen year old son, Benjamin. In a community with strict standards and a long memory, Carolyn knows she might never find a man who will have her and her son. Carolyns family tries to marry her off to a widower with a daughter who needs a mother. A marriage of convenience doesnt sound so bad, yet despite her loneliness, Carolyn knows what she really wants: a traditional Amish family and to marry for love.
I got wrapped up in the story almost instantly. Carolyns son, Benjamin, gets blamed for something his cousins did. To teach him about taking responsibility for his actions, he is forced to work off his debt. My heart broke as I read about Benjamin. He got blamed for something he did not do and most of his family refused to believe him. While Carolyn became pregnant with Benjamin before she was baptized, she still feels the judgment from her actions. Benjamin begins to feel like he is causing his mother heartache. I became so wrapped up in this story and I felt the pain of the characters.
Joshua, the Amish man Benjamin is working for, is not married and his mother is not happy about that. She is set to get him married, but to the girl she wants. Joshua is wrapped up in his job and is not ready to settle down and get married. His mother tries to get Lena and Joshua together. The more I read about Joshuas mother, the more frustrated I became with her.
I really did not want to put this book down and I was engrossed in the whole story line. I think Amy delivered a great read that was different from many of the other books I read and provided me with an engaging storyline and character depth that I thoroughly enjoyed. After reading A Mothers Secret, I can not wait to read A Dream of Home.
*I received a free copy of this product to facilitate this post.
DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I enjoyed every moment of this storySeptember 16, 2014DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amy Clipston writes great Amish fiction!
I have another new favorite series the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series!
I love how this book is part of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series; its not necessarily what happens in the hotel that is most important the focus is on the characters in their homes and community. But the ladies who work at the hotel are imperative to the story!
I was glad to see that Hannah and her children are doing well, although theyre living as Englishers now (well, all but one). Amanda seems to be thriving and hopefully shell be able to connect with her twin sister. I also like how this story doesnt talk about Hannah, except in passing. The author realizes that readers are still interested in knowing how Hannah is doing, and mentions her without taking away from the main character in this book.
In the last story, I was rooting for Joshua, but I thought the story ended well. He is still a focal point in this story and Im happy to say he is doing better than ever! Let me just say that by the end of the book, I was mighty proud of him!
Im trying to not give away anything at least anything pertinent so bear with me. If you enjoyed A Hopeful Heart, youre gonna love A Mothers Secret but its really terrific if you read them in order.
If you havent read A Hopeful Heart yet, read it then dive right in and read A Mothers Secret and thankfully (whew) A Dream of Home is expected to be released soon (see pertinent information below).
weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed ItSeptember 12, 2014weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Carolyn had a baby when she was 16 years old. The father ran off before the baby was born. Her family has supported her but her brother has never let her forget her mistake. When her nephews get her son in trouble yet again it ends up being a blessing as he ends up working off his trouble at Joshuas horse farm. The problem is no one tells Joshua that Ben is Carolyns son he things he is her brother. As Carolyn and Joshua develop a relationship the secret could ruin their chance of love.
This is book two of the series. I liked this book and look forward to the rest of the books to come.
What I liked: Carolyn was a teen mother.Her family supported her but her older brother never forgave her. He wants to marry her off to an older widower but Carolyn only wants to marry for love. She stood up for herself and her son and I liked that about her. I loved the bond between her and her son and how that bond played out at the end of the book.
What I did not like: We also continue to follow Hannah who has married a man outside the Amish faith. She is still having trouble with her daughter Lily who stayed in the faith. She cant seem to understand why Lily is so upset with her and I find her confusion silly. Of course she is upset and angry. This part of the story still bothers me.
Overall this was a good book. I liked Carolyn and Joshua. They both had to overcome some personal fears as well as community gossip to find happiness. I look forward to the next book and to continue to follow these characters.
mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 530-something Amish RomanceJuly 29, 2014mcaldwellErie, PAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Joshua Glick and Carolyn Lapp are the stars of this story. Carolyns out-of-wedlock son, Benjamin, is required to work for Joshua to pay off a debt. Although it seems like a punishment, it could turn out to be a great opportunity for all three of them. The story talks about the different church districts that comprise any Amish area. The focus of this story was interesting and unique to me as it focused on single 30-something Amish persons. One was a widower, but the others were simply unmarried due to obligations. It was interesting to read of how the Amish community wanted each one to marry and get started on a family. Also encouraging was the free will for choosing a mate, though the single adults were pushed hard by their family members.
Thanks to Zondervan for providing me an advance copy for review.