I love Amish fiction. I crave all things Amish, truth be told. Especially their handmade goods! Quilts, soaps, hand stitched items; it all makes my heart happy. My daily life is surrounded by technology, television shows, notifications, deadlines and noise. There is something about their way of life that has always turned my head. And so, since I don’t foresee becoming Amish anytime soon, I daydream my way into their customs and traditions through books. The problem is…if you want to call it a problem…that I’m pretty picky about my Amish fiction. Sometimes it’s just too…well, drama-filled, I guess? Or dry? Hopefully you know what I mean.
Thus, I was thrilled to discover Amy Clipston.
The Beloved Hope Chest is the fourth book in the “Amish Heirloom Novel” series. (Am I the only one who daydreamed about having a hope chest when I was a kid?) And, while the first book in the series is waiting for me on my Kindle as we speak *enter high-pitched squeal here* this book stood very well on it’s own, which is a rarity. I didn’t feel lost or like I was missing a chunk of the story. Instead, I was swept along with the flow of the story and the strength of the characters.
“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?”
I absolutely adored this book. I loved the story, and I fell in love with the characters. I cannot wait to dig in from the beginning of the series to delve into these stories even further. It was a wonderful escape into a quieter life, with richly relatable characters and reminders of our faith in Jesus all throughout.
Bottom Line: A beautiful story, a wonderful author, a new favorite book!
**Thank you to Book Look Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this book!