A Dream of Home by Amy Clipston
Series: Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel(Book 3)
Goodreads Summary: When she moves to Amish country to find peace and healing, Madeleine finds a special community and a special man who pull her out of her solitude into a new life.
Moving to Pennsylvania wasn’t in Madeleine s original plans. She should still be in California and should have married her pilot fiancé a year ago but death has a way of changing everything. Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and working as a maid at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isn’t exactly a widow . . . but she sure feels like one.
Saul Beiler isn t exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His six-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn’t t know that her mother fled the Amish community and married another man but she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeline’s numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeline grows about the humble, strong, man raising her on his own.
But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they and everybody else have to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she s been dreaming of all along?
The story continues for the women working at the Grand Hotel. Madeline has been dealt a blow with the death of her fiancé. Moving into her grandparents Amish house seems to be helping her come to grips with her life. Soon her Amish neighbor Saul and his daughter Emma start to steal a part of her heart but things prove complicated. Can love find a way with all the challenges it will face?
What I like: I have read a few books that had a storyline that had someone possibly converting to the Amish faith. This story came across with a real feel to it. Madeline was searching for a way back to God after the death of her fiancé and even though she enjoyed Saul’s company her search was for her. She had to find what God wanted for her. I liked how this book went about that. Saul was also dealing with the abandonment of his wife and raising his daughter Emma. The issues they faced were real and kept me interested.
What I did not like: Of the three books of the series so far I liked this one the most. I am still not liking the Hannah sub plot still being carried over from the first book but it did not bother me as much in this book.
Overall this was a good book. I also like how the books are very much tied together and I’m looking forward to the 4th book due out next year as the three books seem to be leading up to what is about to happen and I am curious to see how it will all play out. Due to how intertwined these books are I suggest starting from book 1 and reading the whole series.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.