Review of A Daughter’s Truth

A Daughter’s Truth
Laura Bradford
5 Stars


Emma Lapp tries to be the perfect daughter, to earn the loving embrace of her family and her Amish community in Pennsylvania. Yet she can’t quite win her mother’s smile—or her forgiveness for a transgression Emma can’t quite place . . .

Emma knows she’s the source of her mother’s greatest sorrow, having been born on the same day Mamm lost her beloved sister. The one bright spot has been the odd trinkets anonymously left at her aunt’s grave each year on Emma’s birthday—gifts Emma secretly hides because they upset her parents. But the day she turns 22, a locket bears a surprise that sends her on an unexpected journey . . .

Searching for answers, Emma travels to the English world and finds a kinship as intriguing as it is forbidden. But is this newfound connection enough to leave behind the future she’d expected? The answers are as mysterious, and as devastating, as the truth that divides Emma from the only family, and the only life, she’s ever known . . . (Goodreads)




Wow, what a great book. I was drawn in from the first page and I could not read this book fast enough. There was heartache, happiness, tension, worry and everything in-between.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Emma is a strong woman but she has never felt like she fit in anywhere. When she finds out the truth about her beginnings, she knows why. She has a lot of decisions to make, and she will need all of that strength to make them. I thought the secondary characters added a lot to the story and brought friendship and love. I cared about each of the characters and what would happen to them. I think that is the sign of a great author.

This book took me on an emotional roller coaster as I read it. I felt for Emma and wanted things to work out for her. I found myself laughing, worrying, getting mad and letting out the breath I did not even realize I was holding.

The author is very talented in portraying the Amish and I learn a little more about them with every book I read. I am fascinated by the way the Amish and Englisher worlds are so different and the author portrays these differences very well. But there are also areas where the two worlds are more similar and those were explored as well.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted women’s contemporary. This book is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, both sad and happy, both somber and funny. Grab your copy and enjoy.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.