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Mattie was a woman in love with her husband, the man she planned to spend the rest of her life with. In one instance everything changed and along came grief, despair, loneliness and to top it off pregnancy. Later on in her life, Mattie’s daughters could tell she was keeping a something from them all these years. In this fourth novel in An Amish Heirloom series, the girls will find out the secret to their parents marriage and the sibling never spoken about.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310341973
ISBN-13: 9780310341970
Series: Amish Heirloom

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In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.

But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it's a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it's past time to share it.

Author Bio

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller 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 three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

Editorial Reviews

'Clipston has written another heartwarming romance, with lifelike characters and a delightfully detailed setting.”
“Clipston provides a deep, nuanced portrait of. . . grief and the challenges of trying to move forward in life while buried under pain, fear, anger, and confusion.”

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  1. Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May induce tears
    October 3, 2017
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Hope chest are often given to young Amish girls to begin to collect things for the home and family they are expected to have soon after their baptism into the Amish faith. Mattie's hope chest began that way, but now many years later, it holds treasures of her past and secrets known only to her and those from her past when she experienced several painful losses. She has never shared these stories with her own daughters and as they find the items in their mother's hope chest, they want answers. They want to understand. But is Mattie ready to open her heart to memories so painful that she has locked them away for decades?

    I have read all the previous three volumes in this series and it would be helpful to have read them before reading this one, but I think it could probably be read as a stand-alone as much previous backstory is given for the reader to understand. This is a delightful novel and series, even though many parts are painful and may well bring tears to readers' eyes. It is not a bad thing to feel the pain of characters though and it may be cathartic for readers who have had similar experiences in their own lives. With all that being said, I love this book! I loved the whole series of four books. Amy Clipston is a master story teller and deserves much praise for The Beloved Hope Chest.

    I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.

    I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley and Zondervan publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    very emotional
    July 7, 2017
    tumcsec
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book had so many elements to it. A telling to three daughters about a past of their mother and father they never knew. Accidentally coming across some baby clothes and other items hidden in an old hope chest in the attic brings lots of questions. A brother they never knew about and a former marriage of their mother. Mattie had so much loss in such a short time. Lots of grief to work through. Lifelong friend Leroy tries his best to help her through this tough period but has little success. I really felt sorry for Leroy. He kept getting slapped down no matter what he tried to do for Mattie. He wouldn't give up and kept trying to get through to her. How many rejection letters will it take for him to finally understand and give up?

    This had been hidden for many years and the telling to her daughters was a healing for Mattie all its on. This story requires lots of tissues so keep a box handy. I enjoyed the characters and how good friends can help get you through a crisis. This was a wonderful conclusion to the series. Happy tears now, not sad ones!

    I received this book through the Fiction Guild and was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise.
  3. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    My New Favorite of the Series!
    July 2, 2017
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Beloved Hope Chest is book four in the Amish Heirloom series. It can easily be read as a stand alone if you have not read the other novels leading up to it. However, this story is even richer in meaning if you have read the other books. So, whether you read books one through four in order, or read this book and go back to read the others, this is a series not to miss!

    The Amish Heirloom series is definitely one of my favorites and The Beloved Hope Chest has zoomed up to the number one spot as my favorite book of the series. It is simply packed with deep emotional issues! There were so many heartbreaking ups and downs along with uplifting moments of hope that kept me reading and reading. I could hardly set this book down!

    One of my favorite parts of this novel was reading the letters, especially the ones written by Leroy. They felt so real, like I was really seeing into this character's heart. Reading this book makes me want to go back and re-read the others in the series soon. I highly recommend this novel for fans of Amish fiction.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  4. Yvette K.
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Last in Series (Start with book 1)
    June 28, 2017
    Yvette K.
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    While the synopsis of the book led me to think that the relationship between the mother, Mattie, and her three daughters would be the focus, this is not the case. The majority of the novel is spent telling the tale of how Mattie's second marriage came about and nearly ended. The misleading synopsis and an overabundance of minds being thrown back in time within the first few chapters added up to a bad start for me. Perhaps if I had read the three novels that precede this one, I would have felt more invested in the characters and had a more enjoyable reading experience. I guess I need to read more by Amy Clipston to see if it was the writing or just me, as I generally do enjoy stories of emotional healing and steadfast love.

    If you enjoy Amish fiction and this type of story, then don't let my lukewarm reaction deter you from giving this a try. But maybe start with the first book in the series.

    I voluntarily received a finished copy for review through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Cynthia
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful
    June 25, 2017
    Cynthia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This is a wonderful story of loss, grief, friendship, love, and new beginnings. Mattie & Leroy grew up together and he always that when they grew up Mattie would be his wife. But at a group gathering she met her love Isiah, and they all stayed friends. They were married two years & expected their first child when he was killed. Leroy stepped up and married Mattie to give the baby a father, because his walked out on him & his mother when he was young. He loved Mattie, but she was still grieving. But they started getting everything ready for the baby when she went into labor and unfortinely they lost the baby. Now she isn't sure she can be a good wife after losing 2 people in such a short time. Leroy tries, but he gives her time. She had packed everything away in her hope chest. And know her 3 daughters have questions about the things they find in her hope chest and she tells them the story. Which helped bring the 3 of them into the world.
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