“A Mother’s Secret” by Amy Clipston, Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel, book #2
Carolyn is Ben’s mother. But Ben’s father ran off over 16 years ago, before she could tell him about the baby. So, she has been a single mother, an Amish single mother. While she has had her parents’ support, there has been a lot of pressure from her brother Amos and hard feelings from others in the community. Amos wants her married and tries to set her up with a widower who needs a mother for his daughter. But Carolyn does not love him. And she wants to marry for love.
When Ben gets into trouble at the horse auction, he has to work to pay the vet bill of the injured horse. Even though Ben did not throw the rock. He was framed by his cousins, who have repeatedly behaved in a similar manner over the years. But Ben goes to work for Joshua Glick at his horse farm. And during the weeks of hard dirty work, he finds he enjoys working with horses and likes Joshua for a boss. And Carolyn finds that she likes Joshua too.
I enjoyed this book. It is the second of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series, but not a lot of the book is centered at the hotel, although Carolyn works there. The story of forgiveness and love is refreshing. I look forward to the next book in the series due out fall 2014.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan. All opinions expressed are my own.