A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston a Book Review

9780310335818-e1393621679384About 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: Even though this story is part of a series I think it can be read as a stand alone book which is how I read it.

The book starts with Carolyn and Joshua meeting at a horse auction. They aren’t immediately drawn to each other but early on in the story they both find they have feelings for each other. Joshua’s mother stands in the way and Carolyn needs to come clean about her own past.

The path to true love never did run smooth.

Amy’s book runs along at a nice clip and her characters are nice and varied. (I talk about that a lot with Amish books because some Amish characters all act the same). Carolyn, unlike most Amish women we read about, seems to have some spirit while Joshua is quiet, reserved, and thoughtful but strong.

Carolyn’s plight is a hard one to deal with in the Amish community. Her steadfastness in dealing with it speaks volumes about her strength of character. A weaker woman would have left the community altogether.

I enjoyed this Amish story and read it every chance I could. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and I’m also going to back up and read the first.

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, Twitter, Facebook


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