Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: A Son for Always (from An Amish Cradle collection)

A Son for Always
By Amy Clipston
From “An Amish Cradle” collection
Thomas Nelson, 2015


Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she--and Ben--will always be taken care of.

My thoughts

What a delight to pick up Amy Clipston’s novella, A Son for Always, and discover that it continued the story of Carolyn and Joshua from a novel in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series! A Mother’s Secret will always be special because it was the first of Amy’s books that I read, and also because it deals with the very humanness of the Amish.

In A Son for Always, Carolyn and Joshua are very happily married and expecting their first child, but Carolyn can’t quite let go of past guilt in giving birth to a son out of wedlock as a teenager. Her insecurities seemed so real and I could easily imagine having the same doubts if I was in her place. Joshua’s reflection of the unconditional love of Christ is at the center of this story and I loved how he has come to regard Benjamin as his own son. Forgiveness of self and trust in God’s perfect plan are key for Carolyn.

A Son for Always reflects Amy’s heart for and understanding of family. It’s easy to read, but contains an emotional depth that I always find in her writing. The Amish Cradle collection also contains stories by Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller, and Beth Wiseman, all authors that I enjoy.

Please click on the title, A Mother's Secret, to see my review.

I won An Amish Cradle in a blog contest.


Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. 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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