A Mother’s Secret

July 6th, 2014. Filed under: This & That.

A Mother’s Secret


By Amy Clipston

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?


It started out being an unintentional secret, but left too long it caused problems.

Carolyn Lapp’s father wants to marry her off to a widower with a young daughter, but Carolyn wants to wait and marry for a love like her parents have. She is beginning to think she’s found the right man, but she’s afraid to tell him her secret – a secret which most everyone already knew.

What if someone else tells him before she gets up the courage? Will she hit the jackpot of love or end up alone?

Thank you, Ms Clipson for a story with a twist.

Although this is the second book in The Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, it’s definitely a stand alone read. I’m looking forward to the next book of the series. I haven’t read the first book yet, so I haven’t figured out where the Grand Hotel comes into play.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


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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