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Friday, July 4, 2014

A Mother's Secret Review!!!

A Mother's Secret by Amy Clipston

Book Description:
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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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

My Opinion:
Lovely read.  This is the first of this series I have read as well as my first Amy Clipston.  I really enjoyed it.  The story was great and Amy's style of writing leads you straight into the emotions of the characters.  From frustration, fear, and pain, to joy, love, and forgiveness, the plot flows nicely from beginning to end.  There were times when, in my opinion, the "which one do I choose" question got a little frustrating because to me there was only one true choice.  But this held a great message also, because it showed how God sets things before us, but this fallen world distracts and confuses us with what we think is more choices.  There was one thing that blew me out of the water about Carolyn's ex-boyfriend, but it seemed to fall in the middle with no explanation and no wrap up so maybe Amy will pick it back up for another book.  Hannah is brought back from the first book and I'm glad she was.  Since I haven't read her story I was floored when I read she separated her twins, but when she actually came back into the story I realized that she's not the one that separated them.  This part of the story was left hanging also and I hope it is also picked back up and completed in the next book.  Overall I think it was a nice read with some AWESOME characters that show what true Christian love really is and expresses forgiveness beautifully, and I'm looking forward to the next one!

Songs {I had some trouble with this one so all of Fix my eyes may not fit just right but parts of it definitely do! :) }: "Forgiven" by Sanctus Real and "Fix My Eyes" by for KING & COUNTRY
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Ephesians 4:32 1 John 3:18


*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about A Mother's Secret. ~ASC

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