Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Mother's Secret by Amy Clipston ~ Litfuse Giveaway



A Mother’s Secret
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?

My take on this book:
Carolyn Lapp longs to marry for love but her brother just wants her married. Thing is she lives with her brother on his farm, with her fifteen year old son and has never shared who the father of her child Benjamin actually is. Her brother decides an arranged marriage to a widower with a daughter is the answer. Joshua Glick meets Carolyn he mistakes her son Benjamin for her brother, and she lets him believe this. As feelings develop between Joshua and Carolyn will the secret she carries destroy the blossoming feelings?
A Mother's Secret is an easy to read Amish romance that was a bit different because the main character Carolyn Lapp is an Amish woman who had a child out of wedlock. I immediately became invested in the story and while the romance and ending was a bit predictable  I found myself enjoying the story anyway. The author's descriptions pulled me not only into the setting of the story, but I felt like each character became a friend as well. The christian themes of forgiveness and God's love is woven in and actually add to the story. While this is the second book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel  series it can easily be read as a stand alone work, although fans of Amish fiction, or anyone who enjoys romance for that matter, will enjoy the series, I know that I have.
Amy Clipston


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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Don’t miss the newest offering in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from Amy ClipstonA Mother’s SecretAn 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. The novel received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times and was chosen as a Top Pick.
Amy is celebrating with a Kindle Fire giveaway.
One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Books 1 and 2 in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series,A Hopeful Heart and A Mother’s Secret.
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 6th. Winner will be announced July 7th on Amy’s blog.


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