Most Amish girls marry at a young age, by their early twenties. Carolyn Lapp is 31 and has never been married, but she is the mother of a fifteen year old son out of wedlock. In her strict community, she is seen as less desirable by the young men, and although she believes she has been forgiven by God, some in her community and even family members still hold her mistake against her.
When Carolyn's brother finds a widower with a young daughter who would accept her as his wife, she considers it to finally be married and have a father for her son. But she really dreams of marrying for love, and has just about given up on her dream. Then she meets Joshua Glick, a single Amish man nearing his forties. Having had his heart broken before, he is not looking for love. He pours everything into his horse farm.
Carolyn's son Benjamin goes to work for Joshua, and Joshua assumes Benjamin is her brother, not her son. Carolyn and Joshua have feelings for each other, and as those feelings grow, Carolyn is not sure if she should tell Joshua her secret, just to be rejected again. She is torn between two men, and the years of shame are holding her back from taking a chance on love.
My Thoughts: A Mother's Secret is the second book in author Amy Clipston's Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. I did read the first book and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to reading A Mother's Secret. This was a great story of teen pregnancy and how it effects an Amish woman. Although her community claimed she was forgiven after she confessed her sins, the shame still followed her for many years. As most Amish marry young, it was nice to read a story with the main characters being older as they finally find love and marriage. Carolyn and Joshua were both such sweet and likable characters. At the back of A Mother's Secret are some Group Discussion Questions.
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Don't miss the newest offering in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from Amy Clipston, A Mother's Secret. 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. The novel received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times and was chosen as a Top Pick.
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*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.