Monday, June 16, 2014

A Hopeful Heart (Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel #1) by Amy Clipston

In A Hopeful Heart, the first novel of the new Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from best-selling author Amy Clipston, Hannah finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Her community offers her love and support after the untimely death of her husband, but an Englisher offers her the chance of a new life after her unexpected tragedy. Wealthy businessman Trey Peterson is surprised by his attraction to the gentle Amish woman who works as a housekeeper in the Lancaster Grand Hotel. They share a common bond of loss and are able to offer each other comfort and support as they journey through their grief. Joshua Glick wants nothing more than to offer his friendship and love to Hannah and her family. Not only is he her late husband's brother and business partner, he has always been in love with Hannah. A Hopeful Heart is filled with surprising twists as Hannah tries to balance her life in the Amish community and her growing love for an outsider.

About The Author

A native of New Jersey, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I often joke that my fiction writing “career” began in elementary school as I wrote and shared silly stories with a close friend. However throughout school, I only considered writing a hobby, and I never dreamt of being an author.
In 1991, I graduated from high school, and my parents and I moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia. My father retired, and my mother went to work full-time. I attended Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, and I graduated with a degree in communications. I met my husband, Joe, during my senior year in college, a few days after my father had a massive stroke. Joe and I clicked instantly, and after a couple of months we started dating. We married four years later.
After graduating from VWC, I took a summer job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, which turned into an eleven-year career. I worked in the Public Affairs Office for four years and then moved into Planning as a writer/editor.
During that time, I continued writing for fun. It was something I did to escape stress and unwind. I didn’t share the stories with anyone except for a couple of close friends. In fact, I was even afraid to admit to my husband that I wrote.


My Review

A Hopeful Heart is just that, and full of painful decisions, and life changing ones. Trey Peterson has suffered the imaginable, losing both his wife and daughter to a horrible accident. He was away at the time on one of his many business trips, this saved his life, but he now wishes it hadn’t. He is now dealing with the ramifications of not being there, being spared, oh if only it could have been him?
Trey is now trying to make a dream of his wife’s come true, opening an Amish style Bed and Breakfast, he is now search the Lancaster area for the perfect place. While staying at the Lancaster Grand Hotel he has a chance meeting, or I should say surprise meeting with Hannah Glick.
Hannah is suffering from her own loss of her husband, raising her children, and trying to provide for them. Her brother in law has been by her side, Joshua, as he runs their horse business, and tries to gain Hannah’s love.
We find Hannah attracted to Trey the forbidden, but liking but not loving Joshua, the safe one. If Hannah follows her heart and chooses Trey, she will be shunned and loose everything she has, her home, her community, and maybe her children. Can’t even imagine that kind of decision.
Come along and visit in this Amish Community as we travel along the countryside, and visit in their homes. How would you choose, you will waver, and not see what is in store, and what ever you decide your life is going to change forever, and you know it! The author has placed all of this on your heart, and it is as tough a decision you will ever have to make, which way would you turn, how do you want Hannah to turn? Wow!

I received this book from the publisher Zondervan through Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.

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