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A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston
Our guest today is Amy Clipston. Amy has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Baker series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. She lives with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would love to have dinner with my paternal grandmother (my nana), who passed away in 1990 when I was a junior in high school. My grandparents immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1929 when my father was an infant. While I was close to my nana when I was growing up, there are so many questions I wish I had asked her when I had the chance. I also would enjoy telling her about my sons. I know she’d be proud of them!
Please tell us a little about your novel, A Mother’s Secret.
My new book, A Mother’s Secret, is the second in my Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. In this book, Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever? Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother's farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin's father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her. His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn't convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter. When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn's brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance. After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family---and the unconditional love---she's longed for?
I think readers will enjoy seeing Joshua Glick in this book since he was a minor character in book 1, A Hopeful Heart. Readers will also have the opportunity to find out what happened to Hannah, the main character in the first book.
What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I often feature stories about second chances and I believe my stories help readers find hope.
Where can readers find you online?
Readers can find me on my website at AmyClipston.com, as well as on Facebook and on Twitter: @AmyClipston.
Where can readers purchase A Mother’s Secret?
You can find A Mother’s Secret anywhere that books are sold. I also have links to book websites on my website.
Any parting comment?
I am an advocate for organ and blood donation since I donated a kidney on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation, my husband, Joe, received a second kidney transplant. My husband and I matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. My memoir, A Gift of Love, details our journey with Joe’s kidney disease and his two kidney transplants. You can find my memoir here: http://amyclipston.com/giftoflove.html
Amy, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters will win a drawing for your A Mother’s Secret, which you graciously offered.
Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, July 29, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I'll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I'll announce the winner in next Thursday’s blog.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Truth Be Told by Carol Cox is Maxie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.