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A Mother's Secret (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel) Paperback – June 3, 2014
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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
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Carolyn Lapp made a mistake in her youth that she now believes will prevent her from finding true happiness. That mistake resulted in her son Ben. She believes she will not be able to marry for love as her parents did but will have to marry to give Ben a father. She meets Joshua Glick at an auction when her son is accused of hurting his horse. That injury results in Ben working at Josh's horse farm to pay off the vet bill. Joshua and Carolyn soon find themselves attracted to each other but in the way to finding true happiness stands Carolyn's secret and Joshua's mother Barbie. Can the two overcome Carolyn's past and Barbie's desire to run Josh's life?
This book was so easy to get into and stay interested in. The characters are so genuine it is easy to get into their story and hope for the best for them. The pace of the book is just right. I couldn't put this book down as I just had to know what would happen to Carolyn and Josh.
I like that Amy writes stories about Amish people who have problems just like anyone else. These people aren't perfect and they have struggles just like non Amish. I think it's important for those of us who are intrigued by their lives to understand they are not perfect but flawed just like us. The difference is in how they deal with their flaws compared to us. Amy does a fantastic job of highlighting this. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was the characters are in their thirties and still trying to discover who they are.
I teared up reading a section of this book when Ben defends his mother to Josh. I don't often tear up when reading but I just couldn't stop myself. Amy has such a connection to her characters that it comes across on the page and draws you in.
I give this book two thumb up. It is definitely one of the best Amish fiction books I've read and one of the best books I've read this year. Bravo, Amy. Well done!!
I love how the author's writing is such that you feel what the character's are feeling. I also love when a book stirs up strong emotions in me while I'm reading. A Mother's Secret did just that.
This book is the second in Amy Clipston's Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series. It can be read as a standalone or as part of the series. However, I recommend the series. You won't be disappointed.
This book did not disappoint.
Carolyn, whose son is now a teen, has dealt with the whispers and more that accompanied being an unwed mother in the Amish community. Longing to be married, she now finds herself having to choose between two men. One is a widower with a pre-teen daughter; Saul is safe but she doesn't feel love when she is with him. The other, Joshua, makes her daydream of love and marriage. Who will she choose?
This book was a good read and wove a easy-reading story around the Amish life, its lifestyle and the people. I am now going to have to read the other books in the series.
Carolyn is Benjamin’s mother. She gave birth to Ben at age sixteen (having a child out of wedlock is a big sin in their community). Carolyn lives with her parents on her brother Amos’ dairy farm. Amos believes it is time that Carolyn got married and wants her to marry Saul Beiler. Saul is a local cabinetmaker and has been made aware of Carolyn’s indiscretion (thanks to Amos, of course).
As Ben continues to work with Joshua, Carolyn gets to Joshua while also spending time with Saul. Joshua is intrigues by Carolyn but is still getting over Hannah (who left the Amish community and married Englisher Trey). Carolyn likes Joshua, but he does not know that Ben is her son (he thinks Ben is her nephew).
Barbie Glick, Joshua’s mother, wants Joshua to marry Lena Esh. Lena is new to the Paradise. Barbie is determined that Joshua and Lena will marry. Barbie feels that Lena can be molded into the type of daughter-in-law that she wants (meek, not strong willed).
Carolyn believes she cannot find true happiness or love because of having a child out of wedlock. Carolyn is going to have to work out her feelings, decide which man she truly loves and will make her happy, and tell Joshua the truth.
A Mother’s Secret is a sweet and wonderful Amish romance. I give A Mother’s Secret 4.5 out of 5 stars.