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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Dwina Willis
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet story
    June 12, 2017
    Dwina Willis
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston is the 4th in the Amish Heirloom series. The first three tell the stories of Mattie Fisher's three daughters as they come to grips with life as adults. When they find items hidden in Mattie's hope chest, they discover their mother has been keeping a secret from them. This book is Mattie's story as told to her daughters. It is a story of grief, depression and a I Corinthians 13 type of love that offers her a second chance. It is an easy read, and a sweet story. I would suggest that you read the four books in order. Things will make more sense if you do.
  4. CathyC
    Md
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Beloved Hope Chest
    June 10, 2017
    CathyC
    Md
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Let me begin by saying that you will need to have a quiet place to read without any interruptions because are going to cry. Then you'll need time to process the incredible story of Mattie Fischer.

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    If you have read the first three books ( and if you haven't, I urge you to read them in order), you know that the Fisher girls have found a few unexplained items in their mother's hope chest. The girls have been curious and Mattie has been silent. At long last she shares her story with her daughters. I have been waiting for the fourth and final book in the Amish Heirloom series because I needed to find out exactly what her story is.

    I can tell you that it's one of the most moving stories I've read in quite sometime. Amy takes her readers back in time where we see Mattie and Leroy in their younger days and learn about the pain and loss that Mattie has experienced. I was glad to learn more about Leroy, too and loved him for his kindness and patience. He has loved Mattie since they were kids and has loved her through her darkest times and he will not allow her to push him away. Their story is both heart wrenching and beautiful.

    This was my favorite book in the series and though I'm sad to see it end, I loved the way it ended as the three previous books all fell into place.

    I will definitely want to read this series again and if you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend you do.

    Amy Clipston's books are written from the heart and with great depth making her my favorite author.

    I received a complimentary copy of The Beloved Hope Chest from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.



  5. Tammy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Best of the series!!!
    May 29, 2017
    Tammy
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    In The Beloved Hope Chest, we see the return of the Fisher sisters and their mother we met in The Forgotten Recipe, The Courtship Basket and The Cherished Quilt. In this fourth and final book in the Amish Heirloom Series, we find out the secret of Matties past. Throughout the first 3 books, were given hints as to what has happened to Mattie and in this book, it all comes together.

    Immediately into the story, Clipston grabs your heart by describing Matties heart as she prepares to tell her daughters of her past.

    Your heart is also drawn to Fisher sisters who are about to find out a history that has been hidden. They know there is a reason for that and they are about to find out how their mother struggled, much like their own struggles.

    The story is well written and does a great job of weaving in the stories from the first three books of the series, including understanding from the daughters and weaving their own struggles into their mothers. Although it certainly is helpful to read the first three books, it isnt necessary as Clipston does a great job of summarizing them into this story.

    This is certainly a page turner and keeps you engrossed in the story from the beginning to the end. You find yourself relating to the characters, getting frustrated over their decisions and yet understanding their feelings and emotions as if you were going through the experience and struggles yourself.

    I would highly recommend this book to young adults and adults, those interested in romance, suspense and Amish Christian. This book will touch your heart and you will find yourself wishing the Amish Heirloom series would continue.

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
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