A Daughter's Truth

A Daughter's Truth

by Laura Bradford

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Overview

Emma Lapp tries to be the perfect daughter, to earn the loving embrace of her family and her Amish community in Pennsylvania. Yet she can’t quite win her mother’s smile—or her forgiveness for a transgression Emma can’t quite place . . .
 
Emma knows she’s a reminder of her mother’s greatest sorrow, having been born on the same day Mamm lost her beloved sister. The one bright spot has been the odd trinkets anonymously left at her aunt’s grave each year on Emma’s birthday—gifts Emma secretly hides because they upset her parents. But the day she turns 22, a locket bears a surprise that sends her on an unexpected journey . . .
 
Searching for answers, Emma travels to the English world and finds a kinship as intriguing as it is forbidden.  But is this newfound connection enough to leave behind the future she’d expected? The answers are as mysterious, and as devastating, as the truth that divides Emma from the only family, and the only life, she’s ever known . . .  

Praise for Portrait of a Sister
 
“Laura Bradford is a master storyteller; this book will stay with you for a long, long time.”
New York Times bestselling author, Tasha Alexander

 
 “A charming, well-told story of love and devotion between sisters.”
—New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hauck
 
“Kudos to Bradford for a complex and compelling story about faith, family, and love.”
—Sally Kilpatrick, author of Bless Her Heart
 
“A gentle and engaging tale, a lovely escape.”
USA Today bestselling author Susan McBride

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496716484
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 64,343
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Laura Bradford is also the author of several bestselling mystery series, including the Amish Mysteries. She lives in Mohegan Lake, New York, with her husband and their blended brood. Visit her website at laurabradford.com.

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A Daughter's Truth 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MeezCarrie 1 days ago
I was completely captivated by A Daughter’s Truth from the first sentence to the last. The author’s pitch perfect writing voice weaves words, characters, and settings beautifully into a story that hits you in all the feels. The plot is straightforward enough but the emotions behind it are truly complex, and Bradford presents them all tenderly and with gentle insight. Emma’s story is multi-layered and, since an easy solution doesn’t exist in this case, you will quickly become deeply invested in this character and how her looming decisions will play out on the page. There’s a lot more I want to say about Emma, her history, and her future but I’m trying to be careful not to spoil the story for you. I will say that the trinkets left on Ruby’s grave every year on Emma’s birthday drew me to this story in the first place (along with the fact that I will read pretty much anything that Laura Bradford writes). The trinkets in and of themselves brought out my inner Nancy Drew, and as this part of the story came into sharper focus, I drank in the explanations for each one right along with Emma. Speaking of Emma, I just loved her. She is genuinely likable with a steady spirit but a lifetime of insecurities she struggles to overcome. That steady spirit is challenged from nearly every direction in A Daughter’s Truth, though, and your emotions will take the ride along with her. You’ll be cheering her on from the sidelines in the joyous moments, and your heart will break right along with hers as everything she knew is turned upside down. I also loved Miss Lottie and Levi and the support & advice they gave her during the story, staying faithfully by her side and being her rock more than once. Bottom Line: Make sure you’ve carved out however much time you need to read A Daughter’s Truth in one sitting because you won’t want to put it down once you become immersed in the complexities of Emma’s plight. There is no ‘quick fix’ or ‘pat answer’ to be had here, and I confess that – with about 20 minutes left in the book (per my reading speed) - I became a bit concerned at how the author would tie it all up without becoming trite. I needn’t have worried – the resolution was as layered and healing as the situation itself. The themes of family (the kind we are born into and the kind we make ourselves), forgiveness (of the deepest kind of hurt & betrayal), and belonging (by embracing what makes us who we are at our core) touched my heart more than once and make this a must-read for everyone, even if you’re not a fan of Amish fiction & especially if you are. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Debb23 15 days ago
Let me start with Wow. A Daughter's Truth grabbed me from the start and kept me turning the pages. Emma Lapp discovers a secret that turns her life upside down. The emotions she goes through you feel along with her. The best thing with this book is that not only do you feel Emma's emotions of heartbreak, anger, and frustration, but it gives you the ripple effect of all the lives that are touched, who all is affected, all the different views and emotions. I found myself thinking many times, that " I would never have thought about it affecting this person." Beautifully written and I loved how it all tied up in the end.
KrisAnderson_TAR 21 days ago
A Daughter’s Truth is an intriguing new Amish novel by Laura Bradford. Emma Lapp feels that she is treated differently from her siblings and her birthday has always been one of sorrow. On her twenty-second birthday, she discovers a clue that sends her on a search for answers. I thought A Daughter’s Truth was well-written with realistic characters. Emma has always tried to be a people pleaser, but this discovery changes her. I liked how she sets out to find the truth. Emma has a good friend in Mary Fisher who provided a different perspective for Emma. Miss Lottie returns in this story and she provides Emma with a listening ear plus good advice. It is always important to remember that there are two sides to every story. Each individual sees things in a different way as we discover in A Daughter’s Truth. I do wish the book had a quicker pace because I found it a little slow for my tastes. Laura Bradford provides good descriptions to allow readers to visualize the scenes. It was apparent that the author did her research into Amish life, traditions and customs. I could feel the character’s emotions especially Emma’s. It was an emotional time for all involved (I am being vague on purpose. I do not want to spoil the story for you). My favorite phrase from the book is “you should always be you”. A Daughter’s Truth is about the search for the truth, familial relationships and being true to oneself.
Pattistep 21 days ago
This is a very different type of Amish story. What if, as an Amish young woman, you discover that all the things you’d believed about your life were a lie? This is the dilemma that Emma faces when she finds out that the man and woman she thought were her parents are actually her aunt and uncle, and that her birth parents were never married. As Emma meets her birth father and family for the first time, she begins to wonder whether she belongs to the Amish world, or if the English world is the new place for her. A good friend encourages her to not make a decision until she’s searched her heart for her true desire for her life’s direction. There’s quite a bit of emotion in this story, as Emma deals with sadness, anger, and confusion. This is a moving story as you follow Emma’s path to knowing her own heart. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
tish-a 23 days ago
This is my first book I read from this Author and I totally enjoyed. It is the story of Emma Lapp. She always felt that there was something not right in her family. Her Mother and family never really celebrated her birthday like her siblings. This is the day her mothers sister died. This day every year made her mother sad. They always visited the grave site and dad would take things off the grave and toss them. When she became 7 she would go to the grave before she went to school and take the item and hide it. It is a beautiful story of a secret her parents hid from her. It is a story of forgiveness and finding the truth about herself. I thought this was a well written book it kept you wondering about the secret. I will read other books from this Author. Thank You for introducing me to a new Author.
Dollycas 23 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Laura Bradford introduces us to Emma Lapp, a 22-year-old Amish woman whose whole life gets turned upside down. The oldest of six children, Emma’s birthday has always had a somber tone. Emma was born the same day her Aunt Ruby died. Emma’s mother mourns her sister’s death heavily. Losing a loved one takes a toll and Emma does her best to be sensitive to her mother’s feelings. But the woman’s attitude toward Emma has never been the same as her attitude toward the other children. Emma works so hard but nothing she does can bring a smile to her mother’s face the way the other children do. Each year Emma’s birthday begins with a trip to the cemetery. Each year when they arrive there is a small gift left by someone on the grave. It makes her mother sad and her father angry. The gift is quickly tossed in the trash. When Emma turns 7 and every year after she wakes early to go to the cemetery by herself to take the gift and hide it away, both to ease her parent’s pain and because the trinkets bring her a little bit of joy. On the morning of her 22nd birthday, she finds a very special gift, a locket with a picture inside that has her questioning everything about her life. Her need to find answers takes her to forbidden places. The answers she finds are surprising and could come with a very high price. Her life could change in profound ways. Like her story, A Portrait of a Sister, Ms. Bradford takes her readers and her characters on an emotional roller coaster. Emma’s struggle was real and affected so many people. My emotions clearly mirrored Emma’s. While Emma has led a sheltered life and was only educated through the 8th grade, we see a very determined, strong, and smart woman emerge as the story continues. She learns so much and gets some great advice to help her to make some hard decisions. Again, you can see that the author has researched the ways of the Amish to paint a very rich detailed story for her readers. The story is so well written. The characters are portrayed realistically and the dialogue flows easily. From the hiding place in a tree to a new litter of kittens in the barn, from Emma’s special rock by the pond to the long country road she travels, I could easily picture everything. A bird’s eye view of Emma’s journey is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. There is also a poignant lesson taught by the end of this novel. Something everyone should take to heart. I loved this story and escaped right into it! The author has a way of making her readers truly care about her characters. I was invested in Emma’s Life from beginning to end. She is also a character I wouldn’t mind visiting again. The author leaves us in a great place but Emma has a lot more life ahead of her. Like the first one, this story is a story that will stick with me. Also, like the one before, the book receives my Paradise Rating earning a spot on my Best Reads List for this year. Fans of Amish fiction will love this story. If you are a fan of this author’s Amish Mystery series you really need to cross over and read this book and the one before it.
Anonymous 25 days ago
This book is about an Amish woman named Emma. Emma has always felt that she didn't fit in with classmates and her mother. On her birthday, her mother was always sad, because it was the day her mother's sister died. On her 22nd birthday, Emma finds out that her parents are not hers. She is angry that they lied to her, and she discovers that her birth mother is the aunt that died. Her birth father is English. Somehow Emma must figure out which world she belongs to. She also needs to get to know her English family. In the end, she must choose whether she is English or Amish. I found myself routing for one side, but then I would rout for the other. I can't begin to understand all that she felt. It was a great story. I will be reading more from Laura Bradford in the future.
lelesurfer 25 days ago
An Amish family novel with some mystery thrown in "A Daughter's Truth" is the new book by Laura Bradford, a national best-selling author of various mystery series and women's fictions which was published by Kensington Books. Twenty-two year old Emma Lapp seems to lead a normal life as a young Amish woman in Blue Ball, Pennsylvania, although she is striving a lot to please everybody. Until now she is convinced that her Mamm's sadness was linked to the fact that Emma was born on the day that Mamm's sister Ruby died. Then she discovers a secret that rocks her world, brings many questions, anger, challenges, and might radically influence her future. The answers and her decisions might have serious consequences for the people she knows and the ones she is getting to know and a Happy End seems out of reach. Will Emma be able to "think before you do" and what will be the consequences of her acts? This is the first book by Laura Bradford which I read and I finished it in two days. I highly recommend it to readers who love Amish stories and a little mystery. The book is great, clean and wholesome with profound questions and well developed characters. I also appreciated the included reading group guide which can also be used for personal reflection. The only thing that I found strange (maybe because English is not my mother tongue) is Brad's repeated use of "kiddo" when talking to Emma, considering the fact that she is not a small child but a twenty-two year old woman. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #ADaughtersTruth #NetGalley
pampavkov54 27 days ago
A Daughter's Truth is an outstanding story written by Laura Bradford. This story is full of emotions that will keep you turning pages to see what happens next. The characters are very likeable and realistic which adds great depth to the story. I enjoyed following all the mysterious items that Emma discovers. Emma Lapp is confused why her birthday stirs up such sad emotions for her mother. All Emma dreams about is receiving a smile or a hug from her mother and when they never come it makes her feel like she doesn't fit into her family. As this story starts unfolding I felt my heart breaking for Emma. As she searches for the truth she learns so many devastating things. Emma is strong, intelligent, loving, and forgiving but this secret may be her undoing. This is an outstanding story and the author has definitely tapped into her creativity as she wrote it. I was given the opportunity to read this book in advance of its release through Netgalley and Laura Bradford. I was not approached by anyone to post a favorable review in exchange. I have rated this book with five stars for meeting my expectations of a wonderful story that I can highly recommend to others. Congratulations to Laura Bradford for writing such anvemotionally charged story for her readers enjoyment.
4GranJan 27 days ago
Powerful Story! This wonderful bit of Women's Fiction is about many people making decisions and the consequences of those decisions. The characters were presented as real people with real motivations and realistic reactions. Awesome! This is the first book that I have read by this author. I will be looking to read more of her work. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Emma 28 days ago
A Daughter's Truth by Laura Bradford Emma Lapp tries to be the perfect daughter, to earn the loving embrace of her family and her Amish community in Pennsylvania. Yet she can’t quite win her mother’s smile—or her forgiveness for a transgression Emma can’t quite place . . . Emma knows she’s a reminder of her mother’s greatest sorrow, having been born on the same day Mamm lost her beloved sister. The one bright spot has been the odd trinkets anonymously left at her aunt’s grave each year on Emma’s birthday—gifts Emma secretly hides because they upset her parents. But the day she turns 22, a locket bears a surprise that sends her on an unexpected journey . . . Searching for answers, Emma travels to the English world and finds a kinship as intriguing as it is forbidden. But is this newfound connection enough to leave behind the future she’d expected? The answers are as mysterious, and as devastating, as the truth that divides Emma from the only family, and the only life, she’s ever known . . . Emma savored the lightness the images afforded against the backdrop of an otherwise dark, lifeless day and quickened her pace. All her life, her birthday had been a day to hurry through in the hope Mamm’s pain would somehow be lessened. There was always a cake with a handful of candles, but it was set in front of Emma with little more than a whispered happy birthday. There were presents, but they were always handed to her quietly, without the belly laughs and silly antics that were part of her siblings’ birthdays. And when the sun sank low at the end of her day, she, too, was glad it was over. But this? This stop at the cemetery had become the one part of her birthday she actually looked forward to with anticipation each year. Because even while she knew it was wrong to be drawn to a material object, the very act of guessing what it might be felt more birthday-like than anything she’d ever known. Sliding her focus to the left, she surveyed the long, winding country road that led farther into Amish country, the lack of buggy traffic in keeping with the hour. Morning was a busy time in the Amish community. It was time to tend to the animals and get about the day’s tasks. In the spring, summer, and fall, those tasks entailed work in the fields for those, like Dat, who farmed. In the winter months, as it was now, there were still things that needed tending—fences that needed reworking, manure to be spread in the fields, repairs made to aging structures, and assisting neighbors with the same. A glance to her right netted the one-room schoolhouse where she’d learned to read and write as a young child, and where three of her younger siblings still went. At the moment, there was no smoke billowing from the school’s chimney, but she knew that would change in about an hour when the teacher arrived ahead of her students. Seeing nothing in either direction to impede her adventure, Emma stepped around the simple wooden fence separating the cemetery from the Grabers’ farm to the south and the Fishers’ farm to the north, eyed the gravestones in front of her, and, after a single deep breath, made her way over to the second row. She didn’t need to read the names on the markers she passed. She’d memorized them during her visits there with her parents, when, as a new reader, she read everything she could. A Daughter's Truth by Laura Bradford is a wonderful well written 5 star book.
AFerri 28 days ago
This is not your typical Amish fiction book, it is so much more. This book is so good I read it in one day. This is the first book by Laura Bradford I've read, but it won't be the last. This would make a great book for a book club, it has discussion questions at the end. Be warned, once you start this book you won't be able to put it down, you just have to know what happens next. Thank you Kensington Books via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion and I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves Amish fiction.
MaureenST 29 days ago
The author has given us a story about a young Amish woman whom has always felt out of place in her family. Just like in all families with more than one child, sometimes you feel that one is favored more than others, but is it real or imagined? Then on top of everything we soon find out that there have been deep family secrets kept here. I soon wondered if everything I was reading or feeling was what really happened? Yes, all answers are here, and some are a bit scary when you think of an Amish family ending up in jail, but you will need to read right to the end to find out all of the facts and what happens to these folks. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review