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August 14, 2017

The Beloved Hope Chest {Amy Clipston}

the beloved hope chest amy clipston
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.

My Thoughts:
This is one Amish Fiction unlike most of those I have read in the past. Instead of being the picture of happiness and life together, this book tackles death, heartache, and marriages that do not look like the perfect picture of love.

I have not read the first three books in this series, but I immediately felt a connection with Mattie and all the pain that came her way as quickly as this book began. This book opens with the death of her beloved husband and her challenge to create a life for herself and her unborn child. I honestly thought she entered into another marriage much too quickly, but understood her reasoning and the pressure of her culture to have a husband.

Leroy is a man any reader can admire. He went through a rough childhood but came out a hard-working man determined to find love and happiness for himself. His love for Mattie comes through in everything he does and I wanted nothing more than for him and Mattie to find a way to make their marriage work.

This book may be about Mattie and Leroy, but it highlights the problems so many people have in their marriages today. One suffers a loss or goes through tremendous grief and their response is to close themselves off and run. So many people give up on their marriages because they do not feel they can talk to their spouse about the personal things in their lives. Although Mattie and Leroy live in the Amish community and try to abide by their beliefs, their problems are the same so many have today.

I will not tell you how this book ends, but I will tell you faith in God became a part in Mattie and Leroy finding their own happiness in life. It takes a lot of faith in yourself, your spouse, and God to make things work and I appreciated both characters working through those things both alone and together.

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