Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Mother’s Secret, by Amy Clipston (a book 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 is accused of causing 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?

What I thought of the book

Okay, so it's book two of the series; I haven't read book one. But this seems like a stand alone; I don't feel like I'm missing a bunch of the story. I would like to read book one sometime, though!

It's an engaging, fairly quick read. I spent a couple late nights reading it; had a hard time putting it down. The suspense of finding out which man Carolyn will end up with definitely keeps you turning the pages. This is certainly a book you'll want to grab to take to the beach with you!

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, two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.
Read the background of A Mother's Secret.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Amy’s site.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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