Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Beloved Hope Chest Book Review

The next book in the series was The Beloved Hope Chest (An Amish Heirloom Novel) by Amy Clipston which I was glad to start after the last story ended in a bit of a mystery.  This book started right into the story that was left off in the last book.  It was hard to put down but sad to near the end of this great series.

When Mattie packed her hope chest, she put away the heartache of her past. But as her daughters begin to unpack it, she discovers a healing more powerful than she ever hoped for.
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.

Mattie is the mother of all of the daughters from the previous books.  This book follows the beginning of her life before she had her girls to give them a glimpse into her past.  Her daughter came upon her secrets in her locked hope chest and wanted to know the truth.  Spoiler alert if you haven't read the other books, you might want to skip this part of the review.  All three girls are called to their childhood home to learn about their mothers past and they are shocked at what they learn.  They find out about her life before their father and they were in her life.  Mattie was in love and married to a man before and lost him in a tragic accident but she was carrying her baby.  In order to not be a burden on her family, she decided to marry her childhood friend who was willing to support her through this and raise the baby as his own.  She is going through a lot of grief over the loss of her husband and a lot of hormones being pregnant so there are a lot of ups and downs in this book.  You have to pick up the book to find out what happens.  I promise you will be amazed!!  I hope that you check out this book and the rest of the series and enjoy it as much as I have!

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