Book Review: “A Mother’s Secret” by Amy Clipston

June 30, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Amy Clipston in her new book, “A Mother's Secret book coverA Mother’s Secret” 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 she’s been carrying for half of her life.

Thirty-one-year-old Carolyn Lapp has never been married—but she’s 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.

Carolyn’s family tries to marry her off to a widower with a daughter who needs a mother. A marriage of convenience doesn’t 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 Carolyn’s 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 family—and the unconditional love—she 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 doesn’t 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.

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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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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