Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston

May 12, 2017 Amish, Amy Clipston, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance 24

about 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.

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SERIES: Amish Heirloom #4
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Fiction
PUBLISHER: Zondervan
RELEASE DATE: May 9
PAGES: 320

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He loved Mattie with all his heart. He hoped someday soon she would love him back.

Y’all this is such a beautiful story of love and grace and forgiveness. Keep some tissues and yummy comfort food close at hand because you’ll need copious amounts of both before it’s over.

In this final installment in the Amish Heirloom series, Amy Clipston goes back to the beginning – and brings full circle the heirlooms from the first three books. (It is not necessary to have read the first three to enjoy this one, but you’ll appreciate it on a different level if you’ve been following the Fisher family from the start)

Mattie goes through more in a few short months than any woman – or man for that matter – should have to endure. There were moments on these pages where I ugly-cried with her, for her. Moments where I honestly wanted to look away because her pain was so palpable. But at the same time, I found myself riveted. Because through the sea of tears and heartache stands a love so patient, so full of grace, such a picture of Jesus, that I could not stop reading. Leroy’s steadfastness, even in the face of Mattie’s unimaginable grief, is absolutely exquisite.

Bottom Line: The Beloved Hope Chest is heartwrenching in its grief and heartwarming in its love. For fans of the series, everything from previous books will fall into place so beautifully. For those meeting the Fisher family for the first time, you will fall in love – and immediately want to catch up on the books you missed after you’ve finished this one. It’s a testament to patient love as well as the importance of prayer and perseverance. Most of all, it is a story of hope where none seems to exist, a story that entertains while touching the deepest places of a reader’s heart, and the perfect ending to a beloved series!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Keep several boxes of tissues handy!!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

AMY CLIPSTON is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. She has sold more than 1 million books, and her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats.

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I am thrilled to share the The Beloved Hope Chest, which is the final installment of my Amish Home series.

In The Beloved Hope Chest, 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.

This book is very close to my heart since it is the last in my Amish Heirloom series. I’ve grown to love the Fisher family, and writing Mattie and Leroy’s story was bittersweet. This is a very emotional story, and I poured my heart and soul into it. I hope you enjoy this book since it reveals all of the mysteries that have been placed throughout the series.

To celebrate her tour, Amy is giving away a copy of An Amish Home and an handpicked Amish goodie chosen by Amy to two winners! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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 This giveaway is hosted by Celebrate Lit. Follow along with the blog tour for a list of tour stops and more chances to win!

Carrie

24 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston”

  1. Sabrina Templin

    I look forward to reading this and what a great review! 😀

  2. Marilyn

    Any book by Amy Clipston is a great read. I love the Amish stories.
    Marilyn

  3. Dianne Casey

    I really enjoy reading Amish fiction and learning about the Amish way of life. Looking forward to reading.

  4. Martha Peace

    Love your books,Thanks for a chance to win

  5. Karen G.

    I’m really looking forward to reading the last book in this series even though I will be sad that it is the end. It’s a great series to read. I love them all.

  6. Kay Garrett

    The more I read about The Beloved Hope Chest the more I want to read it. Thanks for the review to confirm that more than ever. 🙂

  7. emilee douglas

    Nice post! I have not read this series yet but plan to!

  8. Janet Estridge

    We have this series in the church library so I’m hoping to win the last book to add to our collection.

  9. Patty

    I always figure if a book can make me cry it’s pretty good!