A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston (review by Kristi)

a mother's secret

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 father. She meets Joshua Glick at an auction when her son is accused of hurting his horse. That injury results in Ben working at Josh’s horse farm to pay off the vet bill. Joshua and Carolyn soon find themselves attracted to each other but in the way to finding true happiness stands Carolyn’s secret and Joshua’s mother Barbie. Can the two overcome Carolyn’s past and Barbie’s desire to run Josh’s life?

This book was so easy to get into and stay interested in. The characters are so genuine it is easy to get into their story and hope for the best for them. The pace of the book is just right. I couldn’t put this book down as I just had to know what would happen to Carolyn and Josh.

I like that Amy writes stories about Amish people who have problems just like anyone else. These people aren’t perfect and they have struggles just like non Amish. I think it’s important for those of us who are intrigued by their lives to understand they are not perfect but flawed just like us. The difference is in how they deal with their flaws compared to us. Amy does a fantastic job of highlighting this. Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was the characters are in their thirties and still trying to discover who they are.

I teared up reading a section of this book when Ben defends his mother to Josh. I don’t often tear up when reading but I just couldn’t stop myself. Amy has such a connection to her characters that it comes across on the page and draws you in.

I give this book two thumb up. It is definitely one of the best Amish fiction books I’ve read and one of the best books I’ve read this year. Bravo, Amy. Well done!!


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