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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mother's Heart Broken and Mended
    June 12, 2017
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Having read the previous three books in this Amish Heirloom series, I was eager to finally learn about Mattie's secret history. There have been hints about her past in the stories centered on the lives and loves of her three girls, but daughter #3 really blew things wide open when she unlocked her mother's hope chest ("looking for quilting material") and rummaged through an envelope of very personal papers. This precipitated a sisters' day where Mattie finally revealed all. I was a bit disappointed that the modern day part of the story was so short - less than four pages of prologue/epilogue, and that her husband Leroy didn't play a part here at all. The bulk of their old story is told in present tense. It is an emotional tale of grief and grace, and the fact that neither of them can be quantified or hurried. "There is a time for every season under heaven."

    Leroy had always loved Mattie since childhood, and wanted her happiness more than anything else. He kept his true feelings hidden when she fell in love and married newcomer Isaiah, but then offered to marry her when she was suddenly widowed and needed a father for her unborn child. More loss is in store for them, and Mattie does not handle her grief and depression well. She turns away from those who would help bear her pain, and burdened with guilt, does not seem to consider God's will for her life. I often felt impatient with her as she received Leroy's gifts and attention, but refused his love and gentle companionship. I also felt some of the scenes (e.g., with police and hospital staff) were not realistic. Eventually Mattie realizes she is not the only one to survive such a heartache, and that losing Leroy would make matters even worse. After months of separation, a bad dream causes her to attempt a reconciliation with her husband of convenience.

    I finished this book thinking much more highly of Leroy than Mattie (whom I had earlier liked as the mother of three grown women). His generosity and patience made him seem more mature than his emotional wife. I liked the cross-stitch gift that Mattie's mother gave them, and wish they had each taken it to heart sooner: "Happiness is like a butterfly: The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit quietly on your shoulder." The long roller-coaster of sadness and misunderstanding was easier to read knowing they WOULD have a happy ending.

    I received this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and this is my honest review.
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