Don't let the bland cover fool you. A Mother's Secret was a really touching book. I actually read the whole thing in one day (although technically, it was after midnight when I turned out the light).
Joshua has experienced pain and loss, and immerses himself in his horse farm to cope. Carolyn has faced judgement from her community and has become cautious about who she shares her past with. The two cross paths at a livestock auction, and gradually move from acquaintances to friends to developing a real fondness for each other.
However, there are two complications. Joshua's mother, Hannah, is an overbearing busybody who wants to choose a wife for Joshua that she can control. Carolyn is far too opinionated and outspoken for Hannah to approve of. And Carolyn has a secret. Somewhere along the way, they pass the point where she should have told Joshua about her past, and yet she remained silent.
You can see it coming, can't you? Right when Joshua decides to propose to Carolyn, Hannah finds out Carolyn's secret and delights in telling Joshua, driving a wedge between the two love birds.
In addition to being a good story, there were some lines that just jumped out at me and made me think. In chapter 4, Carolyn says God must be punishing her, and her friend says, "Our God isn't a vengeful God." I have often felt lately that my current situation is some sort of punishment, and this was good for me to read. Later, Carolyn thinks maybe God feels she doesn't deserve to fall in love and marry and maybe she should just settle for the marriage of convenience that her brother, Amos, is pushing her into with a local widower. I can relate to feeling unworthy, as well.
A Mother's Secret sells for $11.45 in paperback, and is also available in hardcover and Kindle versions. Although this book stands alone, it is book two in a series, and book 3, A Dream of Home is set to be released in November. Book one is called A Hopeful Heart.
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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