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?
“. . . will leave readers craving more.” —RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK!, 4 1/2-star review
|About the Contributor(s)||Amy Clipston
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy 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, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston
|Publish Date||Jun 3, 2014|
|Series||Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel|
- Review by Zac
I got wrapped up in the story almost instantly. Carolyn’s son, Benjamin, gets blamed for something his cousins did. To teach him about taking responsibility for his actions, he is forced to work off his debt. My heart broke as I read about Benjamin. He got blamed for something he did not do and most of his family refused to believe him. While Carolyn became pregnant with Benjamin before she was baptized, she still feels the judgment from her actions. Benjamin begins to feel like he is causing his mother heartache. I became so wrapped up in this story and I felt the pain of the characters.
Joshua, the Amish man Benjamin is working for, is not married and his mother is not happy about that. She is set to get him married, but to the girl she wants. Joshua is wrapped up in his job and is not ready to settle down and get married. His mother tries to get Lena and Joshua together. The more I read about Joshua’s mother, the more frustrated I became with her.
I really did not want to put this book down and I was engrossed in the whole story line. I think Amy delivered a great read that was different from many of the other books I read and provided me with an engaging storyline and character depth that I thoroughly enjoyed. After reading A Mother’s Secret, I can not wait to read A Dream of Home.
*I received a free copy of this product to facilitate this post. (Posted on 6/25/2015)