Friday, June 13, 2014

Review: Caroline's Secret by:Amy Lillard

 Caroline's Secret (Some Secrets, #1)
 About the Book:
In Amy Lillard's poignant introduction to Wells Landing, a small Amish community is home to two brave souls hoping to forget their painful pasts and rebuild their faith in the future. . . Caroline Hostetler arrived in Oklahoma determined to forge a new life for herself and her daughter, Emma. As a single mother, she values the warmth and safety she's found in close-knit Wells Landing. She's even caught the eye of a handsome newcomer--a man who just may be the partner she longs for and the father Emma deserves.

 But the arrival of an Englisher threatens to lay bare the secrets she's worked so hard to leave behind. . . After losing his life-long sweetheart, Andrew Fitch moved to Wells Landing to work in his uncle's furniture business and nurse his broken heart. Finding love again seems all but impossible--until he meets Caroline and Emma. But his plans to join their lives together may be shattered when the truth of Caroline's past comes to light--unless, together, they can learn the true meaning of sacrifice and forgiveness.

About the Author:
I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son--a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

My Review:
 It is extremely obvious at the beginning of the story that Caroline is captivated by the "most handsome man she has ever seen". She is just minding her own business when out of heaven drops the most amazing looking man with the purest blue eyes she has ever seen. But as soon as she gets comfortable watching him from afar, she realizes that he is delivering something she specifically told Esther they can't afford right now. As a result her swooning is replaced with anger. She immediately confronts Esther but all the anger drifts away when she realizes that Esther did it out of love.

 Andrew Fitch works for his uncle at his uncle's furniture store and as he makes a delivery, he encounters Miss Caroline. As Andrew arrives back at the store, he is informed that He and his uncle will be heading back up to Esther's for dinner tonight. He never expected to be so interested in another woman after Beth passed on, but Caroline had invaded his thoughts upon their meeting. He agrees to be "just friends" with Caroline. But soon the two of them start spending more and more time together.

 The kindling of the romance between Andrew and Caroline is so sweet. Amy has done a perfect job of drawing you in from the beginning. The story really takes off from the beginning, so there is no need in aimlessly reading chapter after chapter before you get the idea of what is happening. I really liked being on the sidelines looking in to see the love between the two main characters blossom. 

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.