“A Hopeful Heart” Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel by Amy Clipston, book review
Hannah Glick has taken a job cleaning at the hotel in town to make enough money to keep the horse farm running, now that her husband has died. At first it was just a job, but now she enjoys getting out of the house a bit and meeting interesting people. And with her children a little older, it is easier to be away several days each week. Plus, her brother-in-law and partner is working with the horses if the children would need anything.
Trey Peterson is trying to fulfil his wife’s dream of opening a bed and breakfast in an Amish community. He is plagued by guilt that he worked too much and was not home when his family was killed by carbon monoxide one night. But now that his has taken an early retirement and sold the house, he is ready to try and move on with his life.
Hannah and Trey meet unexpectedly in the hotel where he is staying and she is working. Their paths cross multiple times and they strike up a friendship of understanding, because both have lost their spouse. Their friends and family do not understand the friendship and Hannah encounters problems because Trey is not Amish.
The book is well written and easy to read. The characters are well developed and believable. While I have read a number of Amish fiction books, this one does take the Amish/ English tension in a little different way that others. But still preserving the Amish faith and convictions. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Zondervan, the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.