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Sunday, July 6, 2014

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?

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My Review:

I always enjoy reading books by Amy Clipston.  Her writing is so wonderful and she makes her characters seem so real.  I like that she makes her characters with flaws to show that not everyone is perfect.  I also like how she puts characters in her stories that sometimes are not likable.  This story seemed so real.  Amy writes from the heart and makes you feel like you are right there with the characters experiencing what they are experiencing. I really liked the character of Carolyn and didn't like how some in the community treated her.  This goes to show that even Amish people are not perfect and that we all need the grace of God. .  In this story, Carolyn had a son out of wedlock and for the Amish that is frowned upon, so Carolyn is not treated the best by the community, even by her own brother, with whom she and her son live.  When Benjamin, Carolyn’s son, gets into some trouble at the horse auction, breeder Joshua Glick feels Benjamin should be taught a lesson.  He mistakenly thinks that Benjamin is Carolyn’s brother.  Will Carolyn be brave enough to reveal the truth to Benjamin? In the meantime, her brother is trying to arrange a marriage between Carolyn and another man, Saul.  Carolyn has a lot of struggles, but Amy has created a very well developed character who only wants to do what is best for herself and her son.  Amy’s books are very well written and they flow so well, that they end way too quickly.  Amy really makes you care about the characters in her books and you actually worry about them and long for them to get their happy ending.  Amy is they type of writer whose books stay with you long after you have put them down.  I look forward to more from Amy, great job.


I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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.

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Don't miss the newest offering in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from Amy Clipston, A Mother's SecretAn unwed Amish woman yearns for real love and a family. The only thing in her way is the shame she’s been carrying for half of her life. The novel received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times and was chosen as a Top Pick.

Amy is celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway.

 One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Books 1 and 2 in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, A Hopeful Heart and A Mother's Secret.
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 6th. Winner will be announced July 7th on Amy's blog.

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