A Mother's Secret

A Mother s Secret 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 w

  • Title: A Mother's Secret
  • Author: Amy Clipston
  • ISBN: 9780310335818
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, yThirty 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

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    1. There are so many words I could use to describe this book. Amazing, fantastic, terrific, must-read, and a keeper are just a few. Amy Clipston has written a wonderful story about letting go of the past and forgiving yourself for past mistakes.Carolyn Lapp made a mistake in her youth that she now believes will prevent her from finding true happiness. That mistake resulted in her son Ben. She believes she will not be able to marry for love as her parents did but will have to marry to give Ben a fat [...]

    2. Amy Clipston has done it again!!!This is such a wonderful story, full of unforgettable characters!!!The story immediately sucked me in with secrets and intrigue. Who are these characters? What about their past? I wondered. And most of all, could they work through the mistakes of the past and move on?This is a really great read and a wonderful reminder of God’s forgiveness.If you are a fan of rich Amish fiction don’t miss Amy Clipston!!!

    3. I really like how these novels are interwoven. It was nice to see the characters from the first one again and I am enjoying the overarching plot line. I felt bad for Josh in the first one so it was nice to see his story. Carolyn was sweet and I liked her sense of humor. I couldn't stand Barbie in the first one and I didn't like her in this one either. She's a vindictive, bossy know it all. The romance, which didn't really work for me in the first one, was much better here. It seemed more develop [...]

    4. I signed up online for a bunch of book reviews which all came at the same time because I just click on the things that sound interesting when I am reading them. I never write down anything like the books that are coming in or when they need to be read by because I figure that if I picked to review the book then there will be a note with all that information inside the book. Well, I must have been in a really accepting mood over a few day period and said yes to all of the book reviews because I h [...]

    5. About this book: “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 marriag [...]

    6. While the plot was fairly predictable, the details of the story made it a pleasure to read. Even though Carolyn lives under the thumb of her older brother, her vibrant personality peeks through in her loyalty to her son and her compassion for others. Even with a rocky meeting, Joshua soon sees past the walls she has erected and values her friendship. I liked that their relationship progressed slowly but steadily, and both perspectives were shared. One of my favorite characters was Carolyn's son [...]

    7. An interesting conceptThe book was an interesting concept, Amish woman who had given birth as a young teen and the judgment of those in her family & the community which continued even though 16 years have passed. In theory it should have worked, unfortunately, in my opinion, it didn't. I never felt invested enough in the story to cheer our heroine on - sadly, though I finished it, the tale just never drew me in. That's not to say that you won't thoroughly enjoy it; it just wasn't the book fo [...]

    8. A Mother’s Secret, Book by: Amy CliptsonAmy has hit a home run with A Mother’s Secret!This is a mesmerizing book from the beginning to thevery end! This story touched my heart. This is the ofstory of Carolyn Lapp. She has never beenmarried. She has a teenage son Benjamin.Caroline’s brother keeps pushing Caroline tomarry so her shame will be forgotten of having achild out of wedlock. Caroline wants more though.She wants to marry for love not for convenience.To have a family to love and all [...]

    9. Overall, I really liked this book. I liked the main characters. I felt bad for Carolyn, though. She went through a lot, but she was always there for Ben. He was a sweet boy. I'm so glad that Joshua and Carolyn finally found happiness. I hope Lilian finally gets over what happened with her mom, Hannah, in the first book, and I hope that before the end of the series Aaron comes back. I really want to know his story.

    10. Very powerful bookThis book shows how judging someone in an un-Christlike way hurts more than just one person. It also hurts the ones who surround that person

    11. 3.5 out of 5Carolyn Lapp knows that her chances of finding love are dwindling as she enters her thirties, but she can’t help but dream of finding a man who will love her, faults and all. Abandoned by her boyfriend as a teenager, Carolyn found herself a single mother at the age of sixteen, and has devoted her life to raising her son and protecting him from the stigma of being born out of wedlock. Although Carolyn’s mother has always been supportive of her, her brother, Amos, is eager to marry [...]

    12. The premise of this novel wasn't bad, I enjoyed having a bit of the continuation of the previous books' characters. For some reason this one just seemed a bit too drawn out. I found myself getting bored with it, and just wishing I could get through it to finish. Which lead to it taking longer for me to read since I didn't have the motivation for it. I did enjoy the overall story though. I'm not entirely sure why I felt so impatient with the plot.

    13. Love the story of Carolyn Lapp who certainly deserves the happiness that life can bring with the right partner after her trials as a teenage mother in a traditional Amish family. Stories with a HEA are the best and this one did by Amy Clipston will not disappoint.

    14. Another win from Amy Clipston! It was interesting following an Amish girl with a "past" and seeing how it shapes her life. Barbie once again annoyed me, but was glad in how things worked out with her.

    15. Great ReadI really enjoyed reading this book I am so glad that forgiveness was in people's heart this warms great read from this Author hope to read more books from this author.

    16. I enjoyed how the author tied the characters from the first book in with this one, with a continuing story. I must say, I believe I loved this book even more than the first one! Such a good series!

    17. I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.Book Description: 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 [...]

    18. The full name of this book is A Mother's Secret, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, Book 2. I read this as a stand alone and did not have any trouble. I don't know if these characters are in her previous book or not, and I don't believe they are because this author has the third book in this series coming out in print and ebook this Fall/2014, and the small description about A Dream Home, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series Book 3, has different characters in it. I always love ev [...]

    19. Suggested Age: 12+Genre: Christian, Historical FictionI don’t know if you all recall how badly I disliked the first book in this series…If you do, I’m sure you’re wondering why in the world I agreed to read this one. Well, to be honest? I wanted to see how the rest of the characters were faring, even if I disliked Hannah for leaving her child. Well, I’m really glad that I gave this second book a chance. I really enjoyed it! Now that Hannah is mostly out of the picture, I found the rest [...]

    20. Even in the Amish world, things aren't easy when it comes to decisions that we regret but can't change. Such is the case for Carolyn Lapp, who at 16 got pregnant and had a son, Benjamin. Now thirty one years later, there are those in her family that refuse to let her forget that the decision she made back then was one that was not only shameful but that she continue to allow her family to suffer for. But her mother and sister-in-law both understand the meaning of God's forgiveness and the fact t [...]

    21. I ranted more than a little with my review of the first book in this series: A Hopeful Heart, because someone ruined the book for me.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 [...]

    22. About the Book: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, [...]

    23. Amy Clipston in her new book, “A Mother’s Secret” Book Two in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel published by Zondervan brings us into the life of Carolyn Lapp.From the Back Cover: 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 kno [...]

    24. Review posted on The Power of Words blog at bit/1lxGh20A Mother's Secret, book #2 in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, is the first of Amy's books that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. It's a fairly light and quick read, but I don't mean that as a criticism; in fact, that's often what I'm in the mood for. And in contrast to a lot of lighter reads, Amy deals with some difficult social issues. There's also good character depth and spiritual elements that made me stop and reflect. [...]

    25. ‘A Mother’s Secret’ is Book 2 in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel Series. Set in Lancaster County, PA, our story mingles with several different families all living within a short distance from one another, in the Amish community. Joshua Glick, the main hero of the story, is a bachelor, running a horse farm. While showing his horses for sale, a rock is thrown, injuring Joshua’s horse. Believing the perpetrator to be a specific young man, he confronts the boy. Vehemently denying his inv [...]

    26. I am so excited to tell you about A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston! In this book, an unwed Amish woman yearns for real love and a family. While she has never been married, she has a fifteen year old son, Benjamin. 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. 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 he [...]

    27. Lovely read. This is the first of this series I have read as well as my first Amy Clipston. I really enjoyed it. The story was great and Amy's style of writing leads you straight into the emotions of the characters. From frustration, fear, and pain, to joy, love, and forgiveness, the plot flows nicely from beginning to end. There were times when, in my opinion, the "which one do I choose" question got a little frustrating because to me there was only one true choice. But this held a great messag [...]

    28. A Mother’s SecretBy: Amy ClipstonI loved this story by Amy Clipston. Carolyn Lapp lives with her Amish family. She had a child out of wedlock when she was a teenager. She has been apologizing and defending her son ever since. Her son is now 15 years old and Carolyn is ready to find love. But is there a man who will look past her mistake and see her for who she is? Joshua Glick was in love with his brother’s wife. When he died and his wife moved away, Joshua didn’t think he’d fall in love [...]

    29. Amy Clipston writes great Amish fiction!I have another new favorite series… the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series!I love how this book is part of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series; it’s not necessarily what happens in the hotel that is most important – the focus is on the characters in their homes and community. But the ladies who work at the hotel are imperative to the story!I was glad to see that Hannah and her children are doing well, although they’re living as E [...]

    30. Carolyn Lapp,s dream of marrying for love is hard to imagine since she gave birth out of wedlock to her son Benjamin fifteen years ago. She has lived and raised her son while living in the dawdy house with her parents on her brother's farm. Her son is blamed and reprimanded by her brother for things she knows her son had nothing to do with. She is now being pressured by her brother to marry a local Amish man that has a young daughter needing a woman's guidance. Her dream to marry for love does n [...]

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