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A Simple Prayer Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

A Simple Prayer – Goodbye, Lancaster Grand Hotel! 

simpleSay it isn’t so! It looks like Amy Clipston is finishing up her Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. A Simple Prayer is Book Four in the series. Does it satisfy this reader? Ohhhh yeahhhhh.

A Simple Prayer follows Aaron Ebersol, who has been gone from his Amish Community for 17 years. He has returned because his mother has had a debilitating stroke. But will coming home be what he expects? He left as a teen – under constant restrictions and stress with his Dad. While staying at the Heart of Paradise Bed and Breakfast, he encounters Linda, who works for Hannah Peterson. Hannah has had her own family struggles. Growing up Amish, Linda lost both parents in a buggy accident at the tender age of four. Since then, she has lived with her cantankerous uncle…who single-handedly has destroyed her self worth.

Aaron and Linda – one English, one Amish…both hurting from their families’ actions. Can they help one another through? Can they forgive? Read and find out!

I was given A Simple Prayer in exchange for my honest review. I found it to be a good read. As always, Amy Clipston did a wonderful job of rounding out the characters. Her portrayal of stroke victim Ruth was particularly touching. I do not believe this can be read as a stand-alone, so get caught up and familiarize yourself with the characters of the first three book from this series! I will say that I was a tad disappointed there was not more bleed over from Book Three (A Dream of Home), as when I read that installment I thought there would be more written about those characters. But overall, I was thoroughly entertained and satisfied by A Simple Prayer…and sad to be leaving the Lancaster Grand Hotel!

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

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