A Mother's Secret - eBook
This book was a great read. The characters were well written and I could really just lose myself in the storyline.
The Amish characters had personalities. Meaning that they just weren't these perfect individuals without emotions or varying degrees of personality. Yes they were Amish but just like anyone some were strong willed, some quiet and thoughtful, some were mean and conniving and some were controlling. This makes for a good book.
I think if you like Amish stories you will enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book both from Litfuse and BookLook for my honest review.
July 15, 2014
Characters with Great Depth
This is a fabulous book! I really enjoyed the first book of this series, but this one really Ã¢ÂÂwowedÃ¢ÂÂ me. The way Carolyn is treated, and all the judgment she endures, just made my heart break!
The author did a great job of making these characters seem so real. I hurt for Carolyn and Benjamin when they were treated badly. I wanted to shake JoshuaÃ¢ÂÂs mamm, Barbie, because she was so very controlling and judgmental. I really liked Joshua in this book and was happy to see him falling in love. There was a point I wanted to shake him too, but I actually like that because I want an author to really make me care about the characters. I look forward to reading the third book in this series.
I really like this bookÃ¢ÂÂs setting, which includes time with the Amish characters at their homes, where they are living their daily lives. But the heroines of this book series all also have jobs at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. I enjoyed the interactions they had with other Englisch and Amish people. Some good conversations were held there.
I so enjoyed this story and am very happy to know that I will be able to return to these characters in the upcoming books and see how they are getting by. I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
July 1, 2014
An Indiscretion, Forgiveness and Romance
Amy Clipston in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂA MotherÃ¢ÂÂs SecretÃ¢ÂÂ Book Two in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel published by Zondervan brings us into the life of Carolyn Lapp.
From the Back Cover: An unwed Amish woman yearns for real love and a family. The only thing in her way is the shame sheÃ¢ÂÂs been carrying for half of her life.
Thirty-one-year-old Carolyn Lapp has never been marriedÃ¢ÂÂbut sheÃ¢ÂÂs been a mother for fifteen years. In a community with strict standards and a long memory, Carolyn knows she might never find a man who will have her and her son, Benjamin.
CarolynÃ¢ÂÂs family tries to marry her off to a widower with a daughter who needs a mother. A marriage of convenience doesnÃ¢ÂÂt sound so bad, yet despite her loneliness, Carolyn knows what she really wants: a traditional Amish family and a marriage for love.
When Benjamin gets into trouble at an auction, he finds himself beholden to a handsome horse breeder named Joshua Glick. Joshua and Carolyn feel an instant attraction, and soon a romance is budding between them. The trouble is Joshua believes Benjamin is CarolynÃ¢ÂÂs nephew, not her son.
After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. Can either man give her the familyÃ¢ÂÂand the unconditional loveÃ¢ÂÂshe longs for? Or will her past once again sabotage the future she wants?
You make a mistake you pay for it forever. At least that is the way it feels sometimes. The bigger the mistake the harder it is and Carolyn feels she has made a whopper, so big that even her own brother will not forgive her. Now she has a chance to have what she has always dreamed of, a marriage where he loves her and she loves him in return. However Joshua doesnÃ¢ÂÂt understand that Benjamin is her son and she is afraid she will lose him when he finds out. Ms. Clipston has written a story that is so engrossing that once you start you will not want to put this book down. Joshua, Carolyn, Benjamin and all the other characters seem like real people who you care about and want to hang out with and when the book ends it is a sad parting. This is a nice romance that you root for. Amy Clipston has written a well done novel that I liked a lot. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
June 30, 2014
The only thing standing in her way is herself!
Even in the Amish world, things aren't easy when it comes to decisions that we regret but can't change. Such is the case for Carolyn Lapp, who at 16 got pregnant and had a son, Benjamin. Now thirty one years later, there are those in her family that refuse to let her forget that the decision she made back then was one that was not only shameful but that she continue to allow her family to suffer for. But her mother and sister-in-law both understand the meaning of God's forgiveness and the fact that she hadn't been baptized in the faith yet, so no kneeling confession is required.
Yet her brother Amos insists that Carolyn needs help to find a husband and father so they can stop depending on their family for support, even though Carolyn earns a living working part time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel as a maid. But the man Amos has in mind lost his wife six years ago and he desperately needs a wife and mother for his daughter Emma. But Carolyn always dreamed she would fall in love much like her own parents and have a marriage much like theirs. She never dreamed that love would be possible for someone like her especially if they knew her secret and that Benjamin is her son and not her nephew as most people think.
Joshua Glick never considered finding a wife. Not since he tried to do the honorable thing when his brother Gideon died leaving behind a wife and three children, and offered to marry her. Instead she left one of her daughters, Lillian behind and moved away to join the Englisch along with the twins Andrew and Amanda. She did find an Englisch husband and is now living not to far away from his family. Unfortunately since that day, Joshua's mother, Barbie has taken it upon herself to find Joshua a suitable and controllable Amish woman to marry and have children with. But Joshua isn't the slightest bit interested in dating or marriage. Running his horse farm takes all the time he has to spare. What he didn't expect to find was love where he wasn't looking. An unfortunate accident with his horse, left Joshua blaming Benjamin for the stitches his horse would require after believing he was the boy who throw a rock. He believes teaching Benjamin a lesson by working off his debt at his horse farm, but Carolyn knows that Benjamin is innocent, if only someone would believe he really is a good boy at heart!
I received A Mother's Secret by Amy Clipston compliments of Zondervan Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. I love the premise behind the story of finding forgiveness not so much from others but for yourself. There is freedom in doing that and letting go of the guilt we can carry without realizing the heavy load we bear. I can understand the frustration that Carolyn faces with trying to please everyone for a mistake she made when she was a teenager and in trying to find a suitable father for Benjamin. It would provide a sense of freedom for both of them to not have to face the condemnation from her brother Amos anymore and to give her a sense of self worth in the eyes of those in the Amish community. Well worth every single one of the 5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to see what happens next in the third book due out in the fall of this year, A Dream of Home.
June 30, 2014