A Hopeful Heart

A Hopeful Heart

by Amy Clipston
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A Hopeful Heart 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
GmawFL More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this enjoyable book in one day. If you are looking for an easy book to enjoy, this is a good one!
bluespruce7597 More than 1 year ago
This story catches your attention from the start.  It's well written and a good read.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, March 31, 2017 A Hopeful Heart by Amy Clipston, © 2011, © 2016 Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel, Book 1 The Grand Hotel in Paradise, Pennsylvania, employs Amish women to be housekeepers for their guest rooms. Widow Hannah Glick co-owns a horse farm business with her brother-in-law, Joshua. Her hotel wages will help toward hiring a man to work in the stables. Hannah has three children. Her twin teenage daughters, Lillian and Amanda, work within their community members. On the alternate days that their mamm is away from home, Lillian cares for their younger brother, Andrew. Hannah unexpectedly begins talking with an English guest at the hotel who has lost his wife and teenage daughter to an accident. She finds herself at ease sharing her thoughts about loss and life changes she has not voiced to anyone. She is reminded by an older coworker about talking with guests at the hotel. And, by her family... Families were full of complicated, intertwined relationships that somehow translated into love and support. --A Hopeful Heart, 69. Each character is fully developed and although Hannah is the main character, her family and those around them have a complete voice. Do we see our intentions as others see them? Matters of the heart being justified or are others warily looking on? Conversational, author Amy Clipston reveals each character's heart with their thoughts and interactions together. Hannah has a good listening friend in Ruth, who allows her to speak out loud to hear and process her thoughts. Unsure how it is going to turn out until arriving at the last page will keep you engaged in this first story in this new series.
ceciliadlynn More than 1 year ago
Amy Clipston does a great job with this introductory book in her new series The Heats of the Lancaster Grand Hotel. In A Hopeful Heart, Hannah finds herself wondering what to do after the untimely death of her husband and works at a local bed and breakfast. Englisher Trey Peterson is a guest and quickly develops feeling for Hannah, his housekeeper as they bond over the loss of a spouse. Joshua Glick, Hannah’s brother-in-law, has always been in love with Hannah and wants to take care of her and her children. Hannah struggles with the fact that she doesn’t face any feelings for Joshua, but she is worried that she is starting to develop some for Trey as they become support for each other over the common bond they share. Amy did a terrific job with character development and it was easy to form a bond with each one. Hannah’s struggles were real to the reader and I felt her struggles as she was tugged between the English and Amish world. I love that Amy addressed decisions that you do not see too often in Amish novels. She shows us the perspectives of not only Hannah but her daughters and how they feel Hannah’s decision would affect them all. I enjoyed the first book of this series and will finish this series to see what is in store for the Glick family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda boring, long story with not much going on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed
DNunley More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story very much. It was well written and had an ending I was not expecting but I approved of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read made you feel like you were right there in the family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotions of family could be felt.
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Was ok but i have read better seemed quite slow at least at first its readable clean which i liked
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not compelled by the slow story and flat characters. I made an effort to read this book in between trips to the library. After 13 chapters, I can't take any more. I don't recommend this book.
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Romance sstory Romance story. I enjoyed reading this. I do agree they rushed it. Trey should have tried the Amish church if allowed. I admire Amanda.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Stepping out in faith to go against the only thing and way of life youve ever known.
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