The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston is the 4th installment of the Amish Heirloom Series by this author. Where the others in the series feature the 3 daughters of Mattie and Leroy Fisher this segment of the series looks back into the life of the parents, Mattie and Leroy and how they spent their childhood as the very best of friends and though Leroy always knew that he loved and wanted to spend all his life with Mattie it took some convincing for Mattie to realize the great love that she had for Leroy. Mattie catches the 3 girls looking through her beloved hope chest just after they find the baby boy's clothing. Mattie can no longer keep the secret that she and Leroy had never shared with the family. Mattie in fact had met and in a whirlwind courtship had married Isaiah and at the beginning of the novel is pregnant and eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child. Isaiah had run to the bank quickly before lunch but when he didn't return for lunch and then the police officer had knocked on their door to change her life completely. The officer reported to the family that Isaiah had been in the bank during a robbery and in order to protect a woman had been shot pointblank in the chest. Mattie doesn't know how she will be able to care for herself and the expected baby but moved back into her parents tiny home. Within 4 months time though Leroy stepped forward and offered to marry her and help her care for the expected baby. Mattie loved Leroy but only as a friend, Leroy on the other hand had always loved Mattie as much more than a friend from childhood. This is the story of how Leroy and Mattie grew to love each other and even though the great tragedies that threatened to tear them apart in their first year together their love grew to be the one that would be a strong base for their family.
I loved this story quite possibly the best of the series. Often an author starts out a series with the best story and then the others fill out the plot begun in the first. But this series held the interest for the build up to the 4th installment it seemed to me. I love this author's ability to tell a story and make the reader fall in love with her characters. Great job Amy Clipston.
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