This book was provided to me by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Zondervan on May 9th 2017
Source: Celebrate Lit
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian Fiction
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.
The Beloved Hope Chest is the conclusion to the Amish Heirloom series by Amy Clipston. If you’ve read the first three novels, you’ll know that there have been hints dropped about a family secret. At the end of, The Cherished Quilt, we saw one last, jaw-dropping clues as to what that secret was.
After getting to know each of the Fisher sisters, I really enjoyed getting to go back in time to get to know their mother, Mattie. We finally learn her secret and her heartaches. Learning how Mattie and Leroy Fisher fell in love makes me better understand how they knew exactly how to guide their children with understanding and wisdom.
This book made me cry. It was so beautifully written and I was so emotionally invested in the characters. I’m really sad to say goodbye to this series. I feel like Amy’s really hitting her stride as an author. Her characters are really wowing me lately with their complexity and depth.
I am so eager for more from this author that I staked out GoodReads for any information on what may be coming out next. I’m pleased to say that I found a new book called, A Place at Our Table, which is expected to be released on November 14, 2017. She also contributed to an anthology titled, An Amish Summer which releases on June 6, 2017.
I would definitely suggest this series to anyone that loves Amish fiction!