A Hopeful Heart

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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 ...

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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.

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Amy Clipston

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy 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, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at www.amyclipston.com Facebook: Amy Clipston Books Twitter: @Amy Clipston

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  • Posted July 21, 2013

    I must say first off I love all of Amy Clipston's books- she is

    I must say first off I love all of Amy Clipston's books- she is a very talented writer that sure knows how to write a story!!!

    We have Hannah who is missing her husband Gideon so much- Gideon died in an accident 2 years ago. Hannah is left with two daughters and 1 son. Hannah loves her family and they are what is most important to her. However one day Hannah while at her job at the Grand Hotel meets a young man Trey Peterson who has also been recently widowed. Hannah and Trey feel something pulling them together- and they know they enjoy each others company!!

    However Gideons brother Joshua and Gideon's mother do not want Hannah anywhere near Trey Peterson.

    So what does Hannah do- does she reject Trey as a friend- does she keep living the same life she is living without any joy anymore. Or did Hannah step back and take Joshua as a husband even though she is sure she is not in love with him?? And how will this affect her children- even though the two oldest are practically grown??

    I read this book and I could feel the anguish and the turmoil that Hannah was going through. I was surprised at the twists and turns but I was really happy with the end product!!! A truely untraditional Amish book with a very good message- "do what is right for you"!!! I can hardly wait for the rest of the series to be published!!!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    No need to read after reviews

    One spoil sport review but four out of nine?

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    To plot spoilers....we dont care who you got your book from, we dont care that you got it for free for an honest review, which is a joke by the way, just please stop giving away the entire plot in the review. A few lines is all tgat is needed to state if its a goid book or not. You do not have to tell every plot point, and totally regurgitate the entire book. Please bn, cant you put a stop to these plot spoilers?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Now that I have read the book, I see the significance of the wom

    Now that I have read the book, I see the significance of the woman on the cover, who is turning her back on something.  The cover is very pretty and simple.
    Description (from Goodreads): Hannah Glick, a recent widow, finds herself stuck at a crossroad in her life.  Her community offers her love and support, but a new friend offers her the chance of a new life after unexpectedly losing her husband.  Wealthy businessman Trey Peterson is surprised at his attraction for the gentle Amish woman who works as a housekeeper in the Lancaster Grand hotel where he is staying.  They share a common bond of loss and are able to offer each other comfort and support as they journey through their grief.  Joshua King wants nothing more than to offer his friendship and love to Hannah and her family.  Not only is he her husband’s best friend and business partner in their shared horse business, he has always been in love with Hannah.  Are they destined to be only business partners or will Joshua be able to convince her that they belong together for life?
    Language: 0.
    Other objectionable:  There was nothing really objectionable in this book, except for some minor flirting and a family is split because of a decision one of their members has to make.  No spoilers for you guys here!
    Suitable for:  I'd say middle schoolers would be okay to read this book.  Even though it's adult fiction, it's very clean.
    Pros:  The plot of this book was very intricate, detailed, and fast-moving.  There were several minor stories developing along with Hannah's story, so that made the book very interesting.  I love reading about the Amish...they are such an interesting people group and I have a lot of respect for them!  I also loved the backstories of Hannah and Trey.  That added a lot to the book.
    Cons:  I didn't really read anything that I didn't love!  The ending is sad, but almost every character gets what they wanted (in a good way!) and I think it provided closure.  I was also surprised by the ending, as I thought it would be your typical happily-ever-after romance ending.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    I read mainly Amish fiction and loved the Kauffman Bakery Series

    I read mainly Amish fiction and loved the Kauffman Bakery Series, this new book by Amy was a good read.  I have to admit this book was definitely different from all the other books I've read, I've never read a book where the ending was unexpected.  It also showed that the Amish people are not as perfect as we may think they are... they are just like anyone else.  Great read, I would recommend.  Can't wait to see what happens in the next book. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

    I did not enjoy this author as much as I have Cindy Woodsmall's

    I did not enjoy this author as much as I have Cindy Woodsmall's triology Sister's of the Quilt. The story did not flow and I think this is because of so much dialog .At times I felt as if I was readg a script for a play. The story line was unusal compared to other Amish fiction The author did make you think about how much an Amish woman would have to give up should she leave the Amish community..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    I tend to read a fair amount of Amish-related romances, and I ha

    I tend to read a fair amount of Amish-related romances, and I haven't met one I didn't like—until now. I really couldn't get into this book, the first in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel Series, and honestly couldn't finish reading it.

    I think my biggest problem with the book is that I couldn't relate to any of the characters. I just feel like they weren't well developed, and I often felt like the conversations between them were very stiff and wooden—not how I would imagine people talking under normal circumstances.

    If you're a die-hard fan of Amish romance, then I say give this a try regardless of my review. But if you're just dipping your toes into the genre, there are other better choices you should check out first.


    Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    Amy pulls at your heartstrings with this one. Hannah Glick lost

    Amy pulls at your heartstrings with this one.

    Hannah Glick lost her husband a few years ago but continues to live on the farm where he and his brother Joshua raised horses. She is the mother of 16 year old twin girls and a 10 year old son. The family is getting along well but she still misses her husband and has gone to work at the Grand Hotel in Paradise to help supplement the business so they can hire Joshua some help. The property actually belongs to her in-laws and she has to pay them rent to live in the house.




     Joshua has loved Hannah since the were youngsters, even though she married his brother he never found another woman he wanted to make his wife. He feels like he's gotten closer to her since Gideon has died and he loves his nieces and nephew as if they were his own. He sees Hannah daily and eats many meals with her family and he's falling more in love with her every day.




     While Hannah is working at the Grand Hotel she meets Trey Peterson, a very nice and handsome man, but he's an Englischer. Trey lost his wife and teenage daughter about a year ago so they have a lot in common. When Andrew, Hannah's son, falls while she's at work and is bleeding profusely, Trey offers to drive her home. He waits until he knows Andrew is okay to leave and when Hannah walks him to the car he comforts her with a hug.




     Rumors are soon running rampant and not only affecting Hannah, but her children also. After talking to the Bishop she agrees to stay away from Trey, she has to for the sake of her family. Will she ever find out who started the rumors, will she be able to stay away from Trey, or will she agree to marry Joshua for her family's sake? Hannah spends a lot of time in prayer and crying, she even takes a leave from work, she really doesn't know what to do.




     I found my heart beating in sympathy for Hannah and the decisions she has to make, it is heartbreaking. Amy kept my blood pressure up and I was praying right along with Hannah, thanks Amy, I already have high blood pressure, haha! I hope the choice she made is the right one and that she and her children will be happy.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    Amy Clipston has written a delightful tale of hope and healing i

    Amy Clipston has written a delightful tale of hope and healing in A Hopeful Heart. Hannah Glick, an Amish widow who is working in housekeeping at the Lancaster Grand Hotel, meets English widow, Trey Peterson, who is staying at the hotel.  He is hoping to fulfill his former wife's dream of running a Bed & Breakfast in Lancaster's Amish country.  Hannah is hoping to be able to provide for her family and find love again.  What is God's will for their lives?  To be together, one of them must give up the lifestyle they are accustomed to.   Add to the mix Hannah's teenage twin daughters and young son and a critical, harsh mother-in-law and one love struck brother-in-law and you have a very exciting tale!  I read this book within 24 hours, picking it up as much as I possibly could.  
    I think there are many possible things to relate to in the book:  critical relatives, children with agendas of their own, lost love, fears of the future, and grief and loss.  I was certainly able to relate to many of the character's feelings, and I was rooting for each of the main characters to follow their hearts.  For horse lovers among readers, an added bonus is the family horse farm !   
    I received a free pdf version of this book from booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.  

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

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    A Hopeful Heart is just that, and full of painful decisions, and

    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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  • Posted June 12, 2014

    This was the first book that I have read that was written by Amy

    This was the first book that I have read that was written by Amy Clipston. I enjoyed the storyline and found that I read it fairly quickly because I really wanted to know how things would work out.

    A Hopeful Heart is full of complex characters, and the author did a good job of creating these interesting people – some I liked and some I didn’t. There are nice people, gossips, and judgmental people living in this community. There are rules that the members of the Amish community are expected to follow, and there is the subsequent fall-out when the rules are broken.

    I enjoyed the book from start to finish, however, found myself feeling that the relationship between the two characters who end up together to be a bit rushed for me. I really wanted to see a deeper relationship develop over a longer course of time. But I am still happy with the way the book worked out and really look forward to reading the next in the series. I am happy to have found another good Amish author to read!

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

    This story catches your attention from the start.  It's well wri

    This story catches your attention from the start.  It's well written and a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book! And while I agree the romance betwee

    I really enjoyed this book! And while I agree the romance between Hannah and Trey might be a bit unbelievable, the idea of Hannah having to come to a decision regarding this relationship is believable. I do want to see how as Hannah follows her heart, if her daughter Lillian comes to terms with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Will

    Cuz u were happy with kyle

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  • Posted November 28, 2013

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    Okay start to a new series   This is the first book in a new se

    Okay start to a new series

      This is the first book in a new series by the author. Hannah is a widow with three kids and she is working at a hotel to help keep her horse farm running. Her brother-in-law runs the horse farm which had been her husbands dream. While working at the hotel she meets a man named Trey and they both have lost a spouse and they soon become friends. This does not sit well with her community or family. Could this friendship blossom into something more and put Hannah in jeopardy of losing everything she holds dear?




         This book was okay. Not quite what I was expecting but still a well written story.




    What I liked: I found the storyline interesting and I really liked the characters. Hannah’s husband had been dead for some time yet she still really missed him and I felt for her. She just did not feel like she quite fit in anymore. Hannah has twin daughters. One has a strong Amish faith and the other one has dreams that could lead her away from her community. It was kind of nice to read about the other side of the coin when it comes to the Amish.




    What I did not like: **SPOILER ALERT(skip this if you don’t want to know the main story line)** Even though I liked the idea of the story and the characters I had a real problem with Hannah and that she seemed to almost act like a teenager in love instead of an adult. She barely knew Trey and spent very little time with him but fell in love enough to be with him and leave her family and friends. Honestly I thought she was a little crazy for such a quick decision. That is just my opinion of course but this book left me shaking my head a little.




         Overall this was an okay book. I am actually looking forward to the next book in this series and how things work out for Hannah and the other people in her family and community. It was well written just not my cup of tea when it came to the plot.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

    Must read

    This book told the story of how love just finds a way sometimes and it happens when you lease expect it.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    A Hopeful Heart (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel) Amy Clipst

    A Hopeful Heart (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel)
    Amy Clipston




    Book Description: 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.




    Review: I loved the majority of this book. I liked the characters and the setting. The story line was sad at the start. Yet the book was not gloomy overall. I did find it difficult to believe that leaving the Amish life could be so easily resolved and that it would be harder than anyone could imagine. I believed the way Hannah’s mother-in-law treated her especially when Hannah was friendly with an Engilsher. I found much of the book to be realistic. In my own personal opinion I think that Hannah was a selfish about pursuing her own desires since the Amish are raised to be community minded. I felt very mixed by the end of the book and that is really where I still am. 
    I would like to thank Book Sneeze and Zondervan Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. 

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    Good book

    e Amish tales and stories.Lov

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Very well written. Could not stop reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Did not like it very much.

    I felt that the mother should have considered her children and their lives. She should not have gotten involved with the Englisher.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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