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 four 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 6/24/2015)
- Review by J.C.
Which is why, In preparation for this book, I did not read ANY reviews.
Besides… I knew it would be great!
Why would I need to read reviews!
A Mother’s Secret is a absolute masterpiece.
Amy Clipston has taken a delicate, sensitive subject and put a face on it that I certainly never expected to see.
I have read books by other authors of Amish fiction about this same subject but most of them focus on the shame in their community or the hardship on the mother or the ostracism from family.
A Mother’s Secret takes a whole new approach and I LOVE IT!
Yes there is mention of the “shame” Carolyn’s “situation” brought to the family but it is not the focus of the story, except for how much Carolyn punishes herself about it. The community has forgiven her – but that’s really what we expect from an Amish community, isn’t it?
And yes, there is mention of the hardship on Carolyn but it’s primarily past-tense for this story and only as it contributes to the story, again…not the focus. It’s nothing like what you read about in many other books that seem to make the hardship a single mother deals with the main focus of the story.
And while there is friction between Joshua and his mother… and Carolyn and Joshua’s mother… and Benjamin and Joshua’s mother – noticing a pattern here… if you read the first book, you know Barbie causes friction between her and almost everyone around her – there is no ostracism from Carolyn’s own family, which…again, is what you would expect from an Amish family. The Amish are famous for their forgiveness.
Just keep that in mind as you read – I’m not going to say why…
This is the story of a mother and her son. It highlights the family dynamics that come with this somewhat unique situation but it clearly focuses on the mother and son. And Amy Clipston does a beautiful job of writing, not just a love story between Carolyn and her possible suitors, but between Carolyn and her son – who she and her family consider a blessing… not a burden like many other families might.
Perhaps it is the Amish worldview that helps them accomplish this or perhaps it is simply due to their intense faith in God and their strong desire to live as Christ-like a life as possible. Whatever the reason, Amy Clipston hit the mark perfectly with this book!
I must have rewritten and added to this review a dozen or more times – I kept thinking of things I had to add or a different way I wanted to say something and I just had to get it right! This is a tremendous story and I hope everyone who reads it gets as much of a blessing from it as I have.
God Bless you Amy Clipston!
Now I’m impatient for the next book, “A Simple Prayer, which is the final book in my Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series” – via AmyClipston.com.
Is it 2015 yet?
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. (Posted on 7/17/2014)