Today I am reviewing A Simple Prayer, the 4th book of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel by Amy Clipston.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Life has taken much from Linda Zook. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.
Linda Zook, 32, works part-time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, she was raised by her unwilling Uncle Reuben. Linda longs to be worthy of someone, but the life-long effects of her injuries and her upbringing under the care of her embittered uncle have destroyed her self-worth.
Aaron Ebersol, 32, left the Amish community 17 years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. He d written too many unanswered letters to his mother and found himself incapable of putting down any roots in his new home in Missouri. Success in work could not replace the family that denied Aaron, even after all of these years.
Aaron hastily returns to the Amish community of Paradise, PA, 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. He soon encounters Linda, working there part-time, and they begin to develop a friendship.
Aaron’s return allows him to reconnect with his family as he jumps into home improvement projects, hoping to make his parents house more accessible to his handicapped mother. But before long, he is enraged to learn that his brother, Solomon, had hidden all of Aaron’s letters to their mother.
Linda and Aaron must each learn to forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them. And Aaron must also show Linda that she is worthy of his love.
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For those like me who read many, many books – here’s a recap of the series:
In A Hopeful Heart, Hannah meets Trey… they’ve both lost their spouses and although Joshua proposes, Hannah chooses to marry Trey and open a Bed & Breakfast in Paradise.
In A Mother’s Secret, although she is courted by Saul, Joshua proposes and marries Carolyn and adopts her son Benjamin.
In A Dream of Home, even though they may be an unlikely couple, Madeline and Saul fall in love and marry…
The final book in this series is every bit as wonderful as the other three… and true to the Plain lifestyle. I have always appreciated how Amy holds true to the strict, uncompromising ways – yet they are also a loving, caring people. The stories that Amy writes bring out the worst – and best – of these people. The characters she creates are so true-to-life, I find myself wishing I could visit a family… or the community. If it were possible, I’d make a reservation at the bed and breakfast, hoping to meet Trey and Hannah!
In A Simple Prayer, Aaron has come home to visit his mom, who’s recovering from a stroke. He’s welcomed back home by his parents, but given the cold shoulder by his brother – and told to go back to the city!
Then Aaron discovers that Linda is peeved at him for not coming home as soon as he heard about his mom, but she has no idea how hard it was for him to come back… to make matters worse, he doesn’t remember her at first. Can things get any worse?
Amy writes wonderful true-to-life characters… they’re just as prone to mistakes, problems, and misunderstandings as anyone. I understand Aaron’s confusion – and even Solomon’s anger towards his younger brother. But there’s more going on than meets the eye…
The Amish community is well represented in Amy’s books.
I couldn’t put this book down!
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God bless you!
© 2015 DJ Mynatt