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A Hopeful Heart (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel) by [Clipston, Amy]
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“Clipston’s series starter has a compelling drama involving faith, family and romance. Hannah’s dilemma will speak to many who have struggled with religious beliefs, and her daughter Amanda’s interest in leaving the Amish community for a career as a veterinarian opens doors for more engaging storylines to come in this absorbing series.” (Romantic Times TOP PICK!)

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Hannah Glick married the love of her life, but was widowed too young. Is she ready to risk her heart—and her family—for a new love?


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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3155 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
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  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 11 2013)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CKX9P7E
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I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my non-biased, honest review.

I am reviewing “A Hopeful Heart” by Amy Cliptson. It is the first book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. I am an avid reader of Amish fiction and find many of them have similar story lines. I like how Amy Clipston was able to write with a fresh idea and draw me into a very different story.

The story is about Hannah, an Amish woman that has been a widow raising her children with the aid of her in-laws. She works at a hotel in Lancaster, cleaning rooms, to help support her family. Through her work, she meets an English hotel guest named Trey. Through conversation she learns that he is widowed due to an unfortunate accident that took the lives of his wife and daughter. Both Hannah and Trey are happy to meet someone who understands their loss and loneliness but the Amish community is not understanding of Hannah's friendship with an Englisher.

Hannah is faced with many prayerful decisions and tries to seek God's will for her friendship with Trey. Her brother in law Joshua, does not understand her need to befriend Trey, but he is also in love with Hannah.

I like how the author has picked older characters. It shows that we always struggle to find God’s will in our lives now matter what our age. We are always deciding which path He wants us to follow and the author outlines the steps in a way that reminds us to listen for that still small voice.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1175198) out of 5 stars 459 reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10a493c) out of 5 stars I didn't connect with the characters July 14 2013
By Kristin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed everything I've read by this author so I was just a tiny bit surprised that I wasn't all that enthralled with this book.

I really tried but I just couldn't find the love for this book. I honestly felt nothing but frustration with the characters.

I thought the mom was very selfish and it bothered me that she let one of her teen daughters go live with someone else so that she could do what she wanted. It bothered me to be honest.

I have sat a good long while on even writing this review so that I could sort my feelings and possibly see if my feelings changed but they haven't. The writing was great; I just didn't connect with the characters. I felt that it was a bit sexist that Hannah had to change her entire life--at the expense of her children for a man with no children who could have easily changed for her.

About the Story:
Hannah Glick lost her husband a couple years back and though she continues to work alongside her brother-in-law in the family owned business--she also chooses to work at a local hotel. It is there that she meets Trey Peterson, a wealthy businessman who is looking to start a bed and breakfast in the area.

Trey and Hannah have something in common--both have lost a spouse and it is that detail in common that draws them together despite the implications that the relationship will have for Hannah and her children. See, Hannah is Amish and Trey is not!

I really have no problems at all with reading a story where the character leaves the Amish faith but this one just bothered me. There isn't a man alive on this planet that I would be willing to leave my teenage child over. I do understand that she allowed the girl to go live with her grandparents but it just really irks me--can you tell that I keep coming back to this point?

I just can't get over that detail in the story. Take it or leave it for what you will but I just couldn't enjoy this story. I really wanted to smack Hannah over her actions and the book left me feeling very dissatisfied. I wish I could say something positive but I just can't get over this one fact so I'll leave it at that!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f37564) out of 5 stars A story of hope and following God's leading July 12 2013
By Sweet_Pea_3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I appreciated the unusual resolution the author used to the main problem in this story. I haven't read an Amish fiction book where things were resolved in that particular manner (of course that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist), and I appreciated the change. She also doesn't portray the Amish as the practically perfect people that a lot of the Amish fiction seems to. We all have our problems, don't we? Although many of them were kind and gentle, they were human and things around her were not perfect. I did feel that Trey and Hannah fell in love way to quickly and easily, given the circumstances in both their lives. I don't believe they would act on such feelings alone so quickly, but other than the speed of their developing romance, if you like Amish fiction you are sure to enjoy this story of hope. I received this book from Booksneeze and Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa15399fc) out of 5 stars A Hopeful Heart July 31 2013
By Melissa Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Book Description: "In 'A Hopeful Heart,' the first novel of the new Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from best-selling author Amy Clipston, 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 Review: The beginning of this story had me laughing out loud! After such a humorous beginning, I was in no hurry to put down the book. I was not disappointed. Hannah was a woman that faced some unusual circumstances, and I enjoyed watching her character evolve throughout the book. She did not take her faith or her family lightly, and had some intense struggles in deciding what was right. Even though she felt like the decisions she came to were right, it did not mean everything fell into place without repercussions. I felt like these were real-life characters with some real-life problems that were not necessarily resolved without heartache. This was a book about life. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa14f9858) out of 5 stars A hopeful heart July 18 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Just as I was fascinated with Little House on the Prairie as a little girl, I'm fascinated with Amish culture today. My life gets to be a little stressful at times, so I enjoy Amish fiction as a sort of escape from the complexity of my world.

Because Amish fiction is so popular right now, there's a lot of it out there. And not all of it is good -- there are many authors who just slap an Amish label on a book to sell copies, but none of the story seems very authentic. Amy Clipston is one of the authors I do enjoy, and her book A Hopeful Heart was an interesting twist on the typical Amish fare.

Hannah, a young widow trying to raise her children works at a local hotel. There she meets a man who is not Amish, but is a Christian. She knows that there can be no future for them without one of them making drastic changes in their lifestyle. In her case, marrying a non-Amish man would be grounds for excommunication. This would mean the loss of her community, family and friends.

I don't know how often similar scenarios play out in real life, but I do find the interaction between the Amish and modern worlds intriguing. There's definitely a clash of cultures, even when the two parties share a similar faith. I found this book to be very interesting and enjoyable, and I would definitely recommend it.

Thanks to Booksneeze.com for providing this book for review.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0fe6c24) out of 5 stars Dragged out obvious story Sept. 22 2013
By TM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I couldn't wait to finish this story, it was so redundant with her saying she won't leave the faith, but she keeps seeing trey to denying she is leaving her faith and promising to stay away to being unable to stay away from Trey. Ugh! So annoying. I never connected with Trey. His character was poorly developed and shallow. So he lost his wife and daughter tragically and loved his time on his grandparents farm.....big woopie. Josh had more of an emotional appeal, I felt sorry for him. I'm sure he is in another book. The daughter leaving was over the top. The whole idea of the mother wanting to follow her dreams and her daughters having their own dreams and no one in the family is on the same page...made me start to think that everyone is being a little selfish. Your career shouldn't guide your faith.....it's the other way around. Maybe. Hannah was too obsessed with running a bed and breakfast instead of a simple holy life. And why was it never considered that Trey become Amish? If the author wansn't trying to bash the Amish (which sort of happened) then that would have been discussed in detail....but no. She even has the "I want you to be happy" mentality for her kids which is not healthy if you can't be a mother too. At sixteen your kids still need a mother. That's half of what's wrong with kids these days-they r mothers give them free rein to follow their hearts... And finally, using the bible to justify everything is wrong. We can start a debate here. I could go on. Overall, I don't recommend the book. Wasn't entertaining or inspiring. Just blah.