Book Review: A Hopeful Heart by Amy Clipston

A Hopeful Heart by Amy Clipston

(I know I don’t usually do two book reviews in one week but after reading this book I didn’t want to wait until next week to write the review.)

From the book description

“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.”

My comments

I have had the opportunity to read other books by Amy Clipston, so I was excited to have the opportunity to read A Hopeful Heart. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. As a matter of fact, A Hopeful Heart is the first love-inspired Amish novel that I read that wasn’t “formula-istic” and predictable. The book kept my attention throughout and I stayed up WAY past my bedtime just to finish it. (I paid for it the next day but it was so worth it!)

Hannah is the first Amish character in a book that I read that not only struggled with the relationships around her but also struggled with a decision to stay Amish after being a baptized member of the community for many years. As I read the book I truly felt for her and journeyed with her as she worked through what was in her heart and what was in her head. I also felt for the other main character, Trey as he struggled with the guilt and loss of his family. And although I felt his character could have been developed a bit more, he was quite likable. The other characters in the book were equally likable except for one of the characters whom I just wanted to give a nice slap in the face for being so mean and critical!

The plot was predictable in the sense that it is about a woman (in this case Hannah) who falls for a man (Trey) whom the woman’s family and friends do not approve. It is also predictable in that there is another man (Joshua) who is secretly in love with the woman. The woman must chose between the person who is “right” for her and the person whom she loves. However, that is where the predictability ends. There were a couple twists that I didn’t expect throughout the story and although I wasn’t particularly satisfied with the ending, I was somewhat surprised by it which is unusual for me.

I recommend this book and give it four (4 stars).


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