Book info and review
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?
My thoughts: A MOTHER'S SECRET is very slow starting and for the first third of the book I couldn't careless about the characters or what happened to them. I also didn't read the first book in this series, A Hopeful Heart, so that might have something to do with it. I'm not sure if the books in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series are stand-alone or not.
I did feel sorry for Ben, the cousin of bullies who falsely accuse him for everything, and thought it'd be good for him to get away from them. Joshua also was kind of pushed around by his own mother who wanted him to marry and replace her grandchildren she'd lost (maybe in A Hopeful Heart?) It feels like I opened the book in the middle of the story in places, so it might be wise for readers to have read A Hopeful Heart first before reading this.
Fans of Ms. Clipston and Amish fiction won't want to miss A MOTHER'S SECRET. I've only read one other book dealing with the subject of an unwed Amish mother, and one other book dealing with bullies, and she combined them both in this story. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.
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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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