A Simple Prayer

A Simple Prayer

by Amy Clipston


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Linda is no stranger to hardship. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, Linda Zook was reluctantly raised by her Uncle Reuben. She longs to be worthy of someone, but the lasting trauma of her injuries and embittered upbringing have destroyed her self-worth. When Hannah Peterson asks her to work at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast, she’s finally able to realize some confidence.

Aaron Ebersol left the Amish community seventeen years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. Despite years of unanswered letters to his parents and the roots he’s put down in Missouri, Aaron rushes back to the Amish community of Paradise, Pennsylvania, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. Talking with Linda allows him to explore his feelings about his family and his position in the Amish community.

As Linda and Aaron open up to each other, their feelings for one another turn into more than friendship, and Aaron must make a decision about his future as an Amish man.

Can Linda and Aaron forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them? And will Aaron be able to convince Linda that she is worthy of his love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310335887
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 471,510
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University 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 Amy Clipston.com; Facebook: Amy Clipston Books; Twitter: @Amy Clipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.

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A Simple Prayer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
I have been following the characters of the Lancaster Grand Hotel from book one and feel like the characters are family now.   As with any family, there are growing pains and issues.   This family is no exception.  Aaron returns home to see his mamm after her stroke and his brother Solomon does not exactly roll out the red carpet or kill the fatted calf.   This story reminds me of the story of the prodigal son in the Bible.   Aaron's parents, other family members and friends are thrilled to have him home but not Solomon.   Solomon has practiced some deception of his own as well.   Readers will enjoy seeing how Aaron fits back into the Amish community he grew up in and will be most anxious to see how his new found relationship with Linda develops.  Many readers will be able to relate to family difficulties of all sorts.   Whether readers have the same issues or different ones, the pain is real.  Amy manages to make her characters come to life and seem like real family members or friends.   So get ready to have a great adventure with the workers of the Lancaster Grand Hotel as you read book four of the series.  While this is a series, I believe that readers would be able to read the book as a stand-alone.  Reading all of the books in the series will add depth to the characters and their lives however.    I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.   I received a free ebook copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
A Simple Prayer is a sweet Amish story, one that I greatly enjoyed - as is the case with all of Amy Clipston's stories that I've read so far. Amy has the ability to convey a sense of place and pull me right into the story, making me easily connect with the characters. The setting is in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and several scenes take place at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast run by Hannah and Trey from book #1. "Simple" may be in the title, but there's a complexity to these characters and all that they have to work through. Each book in this series can stand alone, but it was good to see characters from previous stories. Series readers will also enjoy seeing a conclusion to storylines involving both Hannah/Trey and Madeleine/Saul.  Aaron and Linda are such endearing, down-to-earth characters! Both were raised Amish and had a similar longing for a real family, which is something to which many can relate. Their relationship started in a way that is so easy to build upon - with simple friendship through conversations where they shared feelings and events from their past. Often it takes another person to open our eyes to things we've been unable to see, and I loved how Linda and Aaron were able to offer godly wisdom to each other. The unyielding resentment of Aaron's brother, Solomon, and Aaron's desire to return home, coupled with fear, were very real. This story mirrors certain aspects of the Prodigal Son parable, contrasting both the anger and unforgiveness of Aaron's older brother with the unconditional, undeserved welcome and acceptance of his parents. I actually gained a deeper appreciation for how the biblical older brother might have felt, for while Solomon's bitterness seems to be related to concern for his mother's health and happiness, the root of his anger goes much deeper. He first reflects that his parents " seemed so happy to see Aaron, as if they had been broken the whole time he'd been away," and then later confesses, "I was the one who had to give up my dreams to take care of the mess Aaron left behind." Themes of home and family, forgiveness and compassion are the framework for this story, as evidenced in the bishop's words to Aaron:  "You didn't have to leave. There's nothing so bad that it can't be solved with some prayer and your family's support." A Simple Prayer reflects the very real struggles that the Amish face, which are no different from ours, but with the effect of faith, prayer, love and forgiveness in their daily lives. A Simple Prayer was an enjoyable, compelling read for me and I highly recommend it to all fans of Amish fiction. Thank you to Amy Clipston for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aaron left his Amish community when he was 15 because of a foolish mistake. He made a life for himself in Missouri, and started a construction company with a friend. He tried to make amends with his family, but his older brother thwarted his efforts. When his mother became ill, suffering a stroke, Aaron returned home hoping to make amends with his family and the Amish community. Things finally resolve, Aaron finds love and returns permanently. The story line is good, but constantly repeats between the discussions with everyone and the internal dialogues. I found myself skipping over all the repeats as they got quite old. If you want to read an Amish story, this one will do. Plan on skipping over one third of the book as you can skip over much of the repeating dialogue. **esk 06/2017**
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
A Simple Prayer is a lovely story of forgiveness and second chances! Reminiscent of the biblical story of the prodigal son, this is the story of a young man returning to his Amish community after years of being gone. Aaron Ebersol is greeted with mixed emotions when he arrives in Paradise, PA, and finds solace in his friendship with Linda Zook. I really enjoyed the development of their relationship, as well as the renewed relationship between members of the Ebersol family. Theirs is an emotional, complex story; it’s one I enjoyed and recommend to fans of Amish fiction. Although A Simple Prayer is the fourth book in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series, it easily reads as a stand-alone story. I have not read the first three books in this series, but hope to remedy that soon.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
The story of the Prodigal Son comes to mind when I read this book. Aaron Ebersol ran away from his wayward youthful mistakes seventeen years earlier. His Mamm's stroke would bring him home, but is it true that you can never return home again? It would appear so. Everyone is happy he is home, except his only brother Solomon. The actions of Solomon is what reminded me of the story of the Prodigal Son, while his Dat was happy to see him, Solomon behaved exactly as the brother left home in the Bible story. Why? It is not the Amish way. The story will unfold as the whys that Solomon is unhappy about. Amy does a great job of drawing your interest in this story with all the other side stories going on. There is more to this story, than Aaron and his family, Linda Zook lives with her uncle who is a very unhappy man, and he is determined to make her unhappy too. Will she realize she deserves to be happy? A wonderful story. 4.5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
What I liked: This is book 4 of the series. Aaron has been mentioned in the earlier books so it seems fitting to end the series with his return. Both Aaron and Linda has some real issues to work through. Aaron had left his family and community after getting in trouble as a teen. His older brother was so upset with him that when Aaron returns his brother is not happy to see him. Aaron has to work through his frustration with his brother and his guilt of leaving. I thought it was well written. Linda lost her parents in an accident as a child and was raised by her aunt and uncle but after her aunt dies her uncle who never treated her great to start with became even more unpleasant. Even with her hardships Linda remains strong. I liked how Linda and Aaron helped each other overcome the hurt they each had faced while also growing their relationship with God and each other. We also see Hannah and her daughter reconnect which helps to bring the series to a close. What I didn’t like: This was an enjoyable book and nothing really bothered me. As the 4th book in the series I thought it did a good job wrapping up the story. I was glad to see closer for Hannah and her daughter.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
For some prodigal children who walk away from their family, the desire to return home can be overwhelming. They want to believe that simply going home will be all that is needed, but fear can hold them back. What if they aren't received well? What if they aren't wanted? And sometimes all those "What if's" can hold us back from the truth we need to seek by making an effort in the right direction. For Aaron Ebersol, that came when he received word that his mother had suffered a stroke. He knew he should have returned much sooner after walking away from his family seventeen years ago. But after not receiving any response to all the letters he wrote, he believed his family had moved on without him. Why else would they not attempt to contact him after all this time? But he knows it's something he must do, since his mother could use the help and he has missed his family more than he cares to admit. Why is going home so hard to do? In order to make the transition easier to manage, Aaron plans to stay at the Paradise Bed and Breakfast, where he runs into Linda Zook, a girl he knew in school. She was just as shy then as she is now, and he wonders what has been happening in town since he has left. Linda reminds him that she and his mother worked together at the Lancaster Grand Hotel before the stroke, and she never stopped praying for the day when Aaron might come home. She is able to share with Aaron some of the unknowns about the feelings of his mother before he makes that dreaded trip home to see if his fears are valid or simply something that has kept him away for too long, dwelling on all those what if's! But there is no time like the present. I received A Simple Prayer compliments of Zondervan Publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is such a wonderful story that reminds me quite a bit of an Amish prodigal son. I can imagine how difficult it would be for Aaron to return home and not have the entire family happy to see him. There is definitely bound to be some animosity between family members and I love that a friendship develops between Linda and Aaron as they both come to terms with the cards they have been dealt in life. It is a story of redemption and hope as well as unconditional love between parents and their children and the true power of forgiveness. This is the 4th book in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel Series and well worth every 5 out of 5 stars. There is even a discussion guide at the conclusion of this novel that makes it a perfect choice for book clubs.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I completely enjoyed the growing friendship and budding romance between Linda and Aaron! Even though they were both raised Amish, they had completely different life experiences. Each has had a lifetime of heartache, but through their conversations encourage and support each other in overcoming their struggles and repairing relationships with family. There is some repetition in the dialogue where Aaron would have similar conversations with more than one person, which made me start to skim... however the romantic tension was great- just standing close to each other made Linda and Aaron intensely aware of their mutual attraction, although both feel unworthy of having love in their life. Aaron's redemption and the forgiveness he seeks comes easily from everyone in the community and family, except for his brother. It mirrors the story of the prodigal son, with Solomon refusing to give up his long-held bitterness at the expense of his mother's health and happiness. As Aaron helps Linda recognize her self-worth and gain confidence in the face of her uncle's despair and anger, she inspires him to persevere and seek to earn the approval of his brother by proving his good intentions toward the family. There are some scenes with characters from the previous books in the series, but this can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel. (Thank you to Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
A Simple Prayer is the long awaited 4th novel in Amy Clipston's "The Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel" series and it releases TODAY! Yes, I got an early look! I LOVE being a book reviewer! This has been one of my absolute favorite series! In A Hopeful Heart, Hannah met Trey… and had to face a very hard decision. In A Mother’s Secret, single mother, Carolyn (not something you typically read in an Amish novel by the way) the love of her life... it just takes some time to figure that out. Their story is continued in "An Amish Cradle" - in Amy's novella: "A Son for Always" by the way... In A Dream of Home, we meet our most unlikely couple and we get to watch them go through such an unexpected courtship. It's so very exciting! The final book in this series is every bit as wonderful as the other three… And what a powerful story. Amy has a particular talent for writing characters who are so beautifully flawed. I'm not just talking about Linda Zook either... You're not going to want to put this book down! Come watch the sparks fly between Linda Zook and Aaron Ebersol. You won't want to miss a second of the show. And those aren't the only sparks in this story - There is quite a bit of friction between Aaron and his brother Solomon as well. You won't regret it! Happy Reading! Review © JCMorrows 2015
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Resentment, no forgiveness, and yet Amish, and not living your religion, this is how Samuel Ebersol has been living his life. He probably isn’t alone, but we meet him head on in this story, and how he has sabotaged his only brother. Being head strong, and living a wild life as a teenage Amish boy, Aaron felt he had finally broken the camels back when he burned down the bishop’s barn. He was only fifteen when he left all that he knew, his faith, family and community. Linda Zook, was orphaned young, when she is taken to live with her Aunt and Uncle, injured and lonely. She is now grown and taking care of her widowed Uncle, who has not been kind to her, and verbally abused her during her life. What will this two hurt souls have in common when Aaron is called home because he mother has had a stroke. Fate has put these two hurting people together, will they both come tumbling down or will they heal off each other? I enjoyed this story, and being caught up with the lives of characters in past books was wonderful. We put endings to so many stories here, and I really didn’t want to leave. This story has a big theme of forgiveness, both to others and to oneself, and all within living ones faith. It took a long time, but God has worked in these peoples lives, and we hope for the best for all. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A Simple Prayer is the fourth book in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series. I think it could definitely be read as a stand alone novel, because the author does a good job of explaining the characters who have recurring roles from earlier books. I have read books one, two, and four in the series. I did not get a chance to read book three, but had no trouble following along in this story, at all. If you are a fan of Amish fiction, this is a very good series and I highly recommend it. The characters in all of the books have been complex and the relationships between family members are definitely complicated, with many issues to work through. That is also the case with A Simple Prayer. Linda Zook and Aaron Ebersol were such great characters. I really liked them and the connection that they made with each other. Their growing friendship and attraction was sweet and had good depth to it. I appreciated the way they were honest with each other and tried to help each other navigate the difficult home situations they were both dealing with. This is definitely a “prodigal son” type of story. The author did such a great job of capturing the true joy that most of Aaron’s family felt at his return. But, she did just as good a job at capturing the true loathing and hateful feelings that Aaron experienced from his brother. Linda also had problems of her own to work out. She lived a sad life, never feeling loved by the relatives who took her in as a child. I thought the author did a very good job of showing us the challenges that Linda faced at her uncle’s house. The situation at his house was a good example of how envy and anger lead to very hurtful bitterness. This was a really enjoyable story and a very good Amish series. My thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for my review.
simpleharvestreads More than 1 year ago
Amy creates a heart-warming story in her fourth and last installment of her Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.  Her storyline is wonderful. It draws you in from the beginning and you want to see what happens to each of these characters.  A Simple Prayer can be read in order of the series but can also be read as a stand alone. Amy’s A Simple Prayer cuts to the heart of what many of us struggle with: acceptance.  All of us want to be accepted by our family or find forgiveness when we have done wrong. It is also a story of differing family dynamics; how our choices, both good and bad, affect those we love. There is a character that every reader can relate too in this story.  In a genre with many authors and many books being released each month, A Simple Prayer is a book that is memorable. It has characters that make you want to yell, ones that make you want to cry, ones that make you want to cheer.  Amy captivates your heart with her character’s realism and strength you can draw from.   I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. A special thank you to netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
A Simple Prayer by Amy Clipston is a wonderful, heartfelt Amish romance. It is the fourth book in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series. It is an appealing story that I did not want to end. Ruth Ebersol, who works at the Lancaster Grand Hotel, has had a stroke. The only thing she wants is to see her son Aaron. Aaron left the community over seventeen years ago and Ruth has not heard from him in all that time. Linda Zook works part-time at the hotel as well as working at Hannah and Trey’s Heart of Paradise Bed and Breakfast (helping out during Hannah’s pregnancy). Linda’s parents died in a buggy accident when she was four years old. Linda was the sole survivor of the accident, but she did suffer some injuries. Linda’s Uncle Reuben has reluctantly raised her in the cottage behind her parent’s home. Rueben has been unhappy and resentful for as long as Linda has known him. Her uncle’s attitude and the injuries from the accident have affected Linda and how she sees herself. Aaron returns to the community to see his mother (as well as the rest of his family). He stays at the Heart of Paradise B & B. While reconnecting with his family, Aaron works on fixing up his family’s home. He also makes it more accessible for his mother by adding ramps (at the front and back of the house) as well as making the master bathroom wheelchair accessible. Aaron has been writing to his mother for years and he wants to find out what happened to his letters. Aaron also gets to know Linda and he helps her see what a wonderful person she really is and that she is worthy of loving and being loved. I enjoyed it very much and did not want the story to end. I have enjoyed getting to read about Paradise and its residents. I am going to miss this series very much. A Simple Prayer wraps up all the story lines from the books and leaves the reader very satisfied (just sad that it has ended). I give A Simple Prayer 5 out of 5 stars. A Simple Prayer is a story that will warm the cockles of your heart! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.