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.
I enjoyed reading this first book in this new series from Amy Clipston. I have read her books in the past and enjoyed this one as well. When I started I really wasn't sure what would happen between Hannah, Trey, and Joshua. It is clear Joshua cares for his brother's widow and her three children. He hopes they can be a family someday, yet Hannah does not share the same feelings. Hannah is very torn though with what she should do with the rest of her life and trying to figure out what is best for her and her family. She has feelings for Trey that she cannot deny but if she chooses him instead of Joshua, everything about her Amish way of life will have to change. By the end of the book she makes a decision, and I wonder what the future will look like for her because of her choices.
This is an interesting story and different than other Amish books I've read. It made me wonder if something like this ever happens in "real life" for the Amish. I look forward to the next book in the series so I can see how things turn out for Hannah and her kids.
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