A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston

Carolyn Lapp loves her son, Benjamin, as much as any mother loves their son.  However, she has never been married and some members of her community find it hard to forgive and forget the circumstances of Benjamin’s birth.  Her brother, Amos, is one of these people.  He is pressuring Carolyn to marry Saul, a widower with a daughter, but Carolyn still has hopes of finding true love.  After Benjamin is blamed for his cousins bad behavior at a horse auction, Benjamin is forced to worked for Joshua Glick.  As Joshua and Carolyn develop a friendship and draw closer to each other, Carolyn must find a time to explain that she is Benjamin’s mother, not aunt as Joshua thinks.  Will Carolyn and Joshua realize their love for each other before Carolyn marries Saul?  Will she find the courage to forgive herself and trust Joshua with the truth before someone else does?

In many ways, this is a typically predictable Amish romance book.  It is a very quick read because the characters are endearing and there are some questions that are not so predictably answered.  My favorite part of the book was how supportive Carolyn’s parents and co-workers are of her and her past indiscretions.  I thought the contrast between Carolyn’s parents and Joshua’s mother was very interesting and made the book more appealing to readers.  I think most readers can identify with either one set of parents or the other and it provides a little humor in the book.

My only criticism of the book was that at times I felt Clipston offered a little bit too much commentary about the characters.  In most instances it was redundant because their thoughts or feelings were clear through their actions.  Clipston does a good job with the characterization and the plot, so I felt that the commentary was a little too much.

If you are looking for a light, enjoyable read on a Saturday afternoon, this is a good choice.  Clipston does leave some storylines dangling a little, which I anticipate will probably be wrapped up in the next book of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.  The questions left unanswered do not detract from this book in any way, as Carolyn’s story is resolved in this book.  I look forward to reading the next one.  On a side note, although this is book two in the series, it is not necessary to have read book one in order to enjoy this one.

The three books in the series are A Hopeful Heart, A Mother’s Secret, and A Dream of Home

I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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