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4.0 out of 5 stars A touching Amish tale!
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2022
The Amish Mother’s Secret by Diane Craver is an emotional story. I thought it was well-written with steady pacing. The characters are realistic and relatable. You can feel the character’s emotions. I felt for Lindsay who made a difficult choice. I could certainly understand why she would want to meet the daughters she was unable to raise. Phoebe, Amy, Jenna have mixed emotions (naturally). They are upset that their parents did not tell them the truth sooner, but the triplets are excited to be together. Harris Manning is excited to learn he has three daughters and happy to reconnect with Lindsay. I like Roman Yoder. He is a kind, caring man who loves his family. I was not a fan of Roman’s wife, Katie. I knew she loved her children and wanted them to become baptized in the Amish faith. I found some of her thoughts and behavior baffling. I wish the author had captured more of Columbus. I loved the references to Ohio State University. There is repetition of key details. I could certainly understand Jenna and Amy’s desire for more education. I cannot imagine grown women having to get permission from their parents and the bishop to get EMT training or get a GED. I enjoyed reading The Amish Mother’s Secret. It is a story about family, forgiveness, and faith. I look forward to reading more books by Diane Craver. The Amish Mother’s Secret is a touching tale with a dismaying diagnosis, longed for letters, a lost love, a surprising secret, an unhappy parent, and triplet delight.
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