I 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.
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).
Carolyn 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.
Joshua 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.
This book was a great read. The characters were well written and I could really just lose myself in the storyline.
The Amish characters had personalities. Meaning that they just weren't these perfect individuals without emotions or varying degrees of personality. Yes they were Amish but just like anyone some were strong willed, some quiet and thoughtful, some were mean and conniving and some were controlling. This makes for a good book.
I think if you like Amish stories you will enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book both from Litfuse and BookLook for my honest review.