My Review of Amy Clipston’s “The Beloved Hope Chest”

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On May 9th, Amy Clipston’s final book of her Amish Heirloom Series will debut.  “The Beloved Hope Chest” ties all of the characters and mysterious items found in the hope chest in the first three books together.  And boy, this story was very emotional to read.  I constantly was grabbing a tissue.  So, if you decide to read this book, you better have a box of tissues next to you.

This excerpt is taken from the book:

In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.

But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.”

Amy Clipston has a way of bringing you immediately into her stories, and with “The Beloved Hope Chest”, this happened again.  This story is very emotional and romantic at the same time.  The love, grief, and happiness she has written about makes you feel as you are one of the Fisher’s family members enveloped in all the tragedy, heartache, and love.  Amy’s writing is always above stellar, and her knowledge of the Amish is spot on.  I was glad that this story wrapped by Mattie and Leroy’s love story and how it came to be.  You can tell Amy puts her heart and soul into her characters.  I wonder how many tears she sheds writing her novels.  As many as I shed reading them?  I just wanted to reach through the pages and comfort Mattie and Leroy – that is how real Amy’s writing feels.

This story was a perfect ending to her Amish Heirloom series.  All of the beloved characters blended in this novel to form the Fisher family we’ve come to love.

This story can be read as a stand alone novel, but I do not recommend that.  I would start with the first book in this series, “The Forgotten Recipe”, then read “The Courtship Basket”, and then read “The Cherished Quilt”.  And then finish up this great series with Amy’s “The Beloved Hope Chest”.  Definitely one of Amy’s best series she has written.  And I love the beautiful covers – so colorful, and they definitely catch your eye on a book shelf.

So pre-order a copy of “The Beloved Hope Chest” now, so you’ll be able to start reading it when it is available on May 9th.  If you love Amish fiction, you will not be disappointed.  And if you especially love Amy Clipston’s work, you will definitely not be disappointed.  She has done a wonderful job writing this series, and I hope she writes more about the Fishers in one of her novellas.

Happy reading!

Blessings…

 

 

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