A Mother's Secret by Amy Clipston
Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel Series #2
Synopsis: 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 review: This was a nice story to read that at times pulled at my heart strings. It is a story about love and forgiveness. Amy did a good job with the character development in this story. I felt bad for Carolyn even though her parents have forgiven her for her past her brother is not in fact he at times is not very nice to her. When Carolyn first meets Joshua it is because of her son causing trouble and Joshua thinks that her son is her brother and Carolyn is afraid to tell him the truth for fear he won't like her any more. It must have been hard for her. The plot of this story is very realistic and happens a lot. That is one of the things that make this book good. Even though this is a second book in a series you can read it as a stand alone but you will find yourself wanting to read the first one. Fans of Amish fiction or someone looking for a good summer read will enjoy this book.
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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