Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A New Book in Amy Clipston's "Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel" Series !

          "A Mother's Secret"
              by Amy Clipston

About the book: 

Book two in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.
Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever?
Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother's farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin's father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her.
His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn't convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter.
When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn's brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance.
After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family-and the unconditional love-she's longed for?

My Thoughts:

As I sat looking at my stack of books, waiting to be read and reviewed, I was reminded of a box of chocolates, in that  I knew that each one of them would be a great read, I knew the authors and have loved their creations, just as I always know each chocolate will be delicious, but which should I take first??? Then reality hits!! I have deadlines to keep and dates to post particular reviews, so I had to make a decision to read in order of those dates!

Looking at Amy's cover, was wetting my appetite for a "good Amish read"! A simple, rather old fashioned cover depicting a young Amish woman who looked deep in thought, stared at me from the table. As I opened the book, I certainly was not disappointed. This was a wonderful, light but great book!! It held my attention from beginning to end. There was just the right amount of mystery, complications, romance to keep me reading. It is a great summer read!

Amy tackled a rather sensitive subject, particularly in the Amish faith, that of a young unwed mother. It really brought home the idea that although these Plain People have strict values, they do suffer from the same human weaknesses as you and I . No one is exempt from daily problems, EVEN the Amish!!  This story made me stop and think!! We often put a religious group on a pedestal, thinking that their lives are perfect, that they don't have challenges. BUT, they sure do, as God made us all human!  The way that the situations are handled are somewhat different, but still true to the Christian faith. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, interesting characters and a well developed plot!!
Five stars!!

About the author: 

Amy Clipston 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, and two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.

Amy can be found at: website,TwitterFacebook

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This book was provided by Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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