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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 a reminder of her mother's greatest sorrow, having been born on the same day Mamm lost her beloved sister. The one bright
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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LORI CASWELL
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
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Laura Bradford introduces us to Emma Lapp, a 22-year-old Amish woman whose whole life gets turned upside down. The oldest of six children, Emma’s birthday has always had a somber tone. Emma was born the same day her Aunt Ruby died. Emma’s mother mourns her sister’s death heavily. Losing a loved one takes a toll and Emma does her best to be sensitive to her mother’s feelings. But the woman’s attitude toward Emma has never been the same as her attitude toward the other children.
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Sandie Laughner
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book from the first sentence to the last!! Ms Bradford painted such a beautiful and entrancing story of love, loss, and family, set in the lovely Amish countryside of eastern Pennsylvania. While reading this book, I was lost in the smell of the barn, the fields, newborn kittens & the cold frosty air of late Winter. Oh yes, and oatmeal cookies!! ;) When a book is good, I get lost.. and I was lost. I experienced an emotional rollercoaster right along with the main chara ...more
Carrie
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Ms. Bradford's Amish books for several years now, and A Daughter's Truth is an excellent addition to the library. In her second foray into women's fiction, Bradford once again takes the reader deep into the world of the Amish. It was fun to see some familiar characters and locations from her last novel, Portrait of a Sister, but this story is not a sequel and isn't connected to the first book. This book tells the story of Emma, a young Amish woman with a difficult choice to ma ...more
Pam Burke
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to read A Daughter's Truth by a new-to-me author -- Laura Bradford. And I found it to be a great story.

This author has written several books in the mystery category but has just recently branched into Amish-based women's fiction. I can't speak for her previous works, but this new genre seems to be an outstanding choice for her. The story's conflict takes place between the Amish and English worlds. The characters from both worlds and their stories are very we
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Jayme Maness
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure I can effectively put my thoughts of this book into the right words. I surely don’t want to post any spoilers.
The emotional pull of this story kept me reading well past my bed time. Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong, that something was wrong with you? What if you found out that you were right? That everything you knew for 22 years was mostly a lie? Would you have someone to turn to?
Imagine being Amish and not having the same kind of support systems we do.

Laura Bradford ma
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Mary Brown
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Daughter’s Truth
Laura Bradford
5 Stars

Synopsis:

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
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Shirley Chapel
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marilyn Ridgway
Recommended to Shirley by: Laura Bradford
Shelves: amish-fiction
What can I say ? That it was worth every moment I spent reading A Daughter's Truth. It bought me to tears. It took me through a whole range of emotions. Anger for the lies that Brad and Emma had both been told. Sadness that a father never got to see his only daughter grow up to be a young lady. Confusion as to why Emma Lap never knew who she really was. Why she was never really excepted by her Amish school scholars and later at the signings when she never got invited to ride home with a young Am ...more
Paula
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Daughter's Truth is a book that is hard to put down! From the beginning chapters, you are drawn into the story! when Emma finds her gift in the cemetery at her aunt's burial place, she begins to ask questions about her aunt, to know more about the mysterious woman. The answers she finds are not at all as she expected..as she meets new people, and learns new secrets that have been kept from her for 22 years, Exciting story! I loved it!
Janilyn Kocher
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura. BRadford writes such comfortable, easy books. I love the Amish settings she chooses. A Daughter's Truth introduces Emma, who has always felt out of place. One day Emma discovers the truth about her heritage and turmoil ensues. She spends much of the story angry and resentful, while being pressured by her birth father to abandon her culture. Levi, a love interest, exhibits the utmost patience while waiting for Emma to decide. The ending is rather cliche, but it is appropriate. I love the c ...more
Beverly Cvercko
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read!!!
If you want a book that will draw you in and keep you turning pages this book is the book for you.
You will feel the love and pain of the characters, as if you are right there with them.
So, if you read one book, this book is the one I would highly recommend!!!
The only drawback was I didn't want it to end!!!
Can't wait for the next book in this series.
Lisa
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, is one of those books that takes over your life! I am so happy I got to experience this authors writing. A story that grabs you within the first few pages and continues to pull you in. You will go on the journey with Emma Lapp and her Amish family. A small discovery leads to Emma questioning everyone and everything she believes and trust. Unraveling the truth, piece by piece, Emma finds her way and discovers her place in the world.
Thank you NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book.
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Tish
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book I read from this Author and I totally enjoyed. It is the story of Emma Lapp. She always felt that there was something not right in her family. Her Mother and family never really celebrated her birthday like her siblings. This is the day her mothers sister died. This day every year made her mother sad. They always visited the grave site and dad would take things off the grave and toss them. When she became 7 she would go to the grave before she went to school and take the it ...more
Lisa
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This, is one of those books that takes over your life! I am so happy I got to experience this authors writing. A story that grabs you within the first few pages and continues to pull you in. You will go on the journey with Emma Lapp and her Amish family. A small discovery leads to Emma questioning everyone and everything she believes and trust. Unraveling the truth, piece by piece, Emma finds her way and discovers her place in the world.
Thank you NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book.
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Pam Pavkov
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Daughter's Truth is a very emotional packed story written by Laura Bradford. This story is definitely heartwrenching, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all wrapped up in one. The author has done a remarkable job taking her readers on this journey with her main character Emma Lapp.

The characters are truely amazing and likeable. Each character has an amazing role throughout this story. Emma Lapp, a young Amish woman, never felt like she truely fit in her family or the Amish community. When Emma fi
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Kristina
A Daughter’s Truth by Laura Bradford is about finding your place in life. Emma Lapp is twenty-two years old today, and she is beginning the day as she has since she was seven years old. She heads to the nearby cemetery to the grave of her deceased aunt, Ruby. Emma’s birthday has been a day of sorrow for her mother and it is not celebrated like that of her siblings since Ruby died on the same day. The one joy Emma derives from her birthday is seeing what trinket has been deposited at Ruby’s grave ...more
Debbie
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start with Wow. A Daughter's Truth grabbed me from the start and kept me turning the pages. Emma Lapp discovers a secret that turns her life upside down. The emotions she goes through you feel along with her. The best thing with this book is that not only do you feel Emma's emotions of heartbreak, anger, and frustration, but it gives you the ripple effect of all the lives that are touched, who all is affected, all the different views and emotions. I found myself thinking many times, that ...more
Ashley
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma is twenty two years old. Emma felt all of her life growing up that she didn't fit in. She didn't fit in with the family or her other siblings. She always felt that her siblings were treated better than she has been. Emma knows that her birthday is the same day her mom lost her sister. Emma feels that is the reason she has always been treated differently. One day Emma visits her aunts grave site. Like she has since she was seven years old. Only this time she finds a locket and opens it and s ...more
Melissa Castor
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was not the type of book I normally would read. I typically read cozy mysteries and don’t stray from that genre; however, I really enjoy this author and the book looked intriguing, so I took a chance. I have to say that I am glad I did because I absolutely loved it!!!! Throughout the entire book, you could really feel the pain and struggle that Emma was going through. It really made you able to connect with the character. I love learning more about the Amish way and this book gave you ...more
Lynn
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Lapp, oldest daughter of an Amish family, has never quite felt like she fits in the life she was born into. At the age of 22, she discovers that there is a very good reason for this feeling. Emma spends most of the book trying to understand the meaning of where and what your home really is.
I loved this book!! It is a story of deception, choices and finding your home. One of the best books I have read in quite a while.
Amy
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Daughter’s Truth is the first book I have read by Laura Bradford. This book drew me in from the start and was very hard to put down. Emma Lapp who is Amish makes a discovery that has her questioning everyone and everything about her life. Heartache, lies, love, truth all lead Emma on an emotional roller coaster journey about finding out who she really is.
I loved this book!

I received an ARC prior to publication and decided to voluntarily review it. Opinions are my own.
Colleen
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, fiction
Really enjoyed following along with Emma's discovery of who she was and then as she took the time to learn more about who she was. Without giving anything away, I was happy with the decision that she made in the end.
KAY E MONK
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Lapp's life was turned upside down on her 22nd birthday. This was a very touching story about love, loss, complicated situations, and how our perception of things isn't always correct. I could hardly put this book down!
Jaymie
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was outstanding! I loved Emma right from the start. The heart of this is fantastic - the emotions for each beat of the story were beautifully conveyed in their complexity and depth. And the ending was an absolutely perfect wrap up to everything that happened. I loved this!
Jennifer Beckstrand
This is a wonderful story about forgiveness, family, and enduring love. Laura Bradford is an excellent writer who brings you right into the Amish world and bids you stay awhile.
Tobi Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...
Wow, I read this story in two days. I loved Emma's story. Her growth is amazing and with a little help from some friends she finds her way. This story is highly unique for an Amish story. It is a Women's fiction so don't expect a huge romance. I wish there were more to that side but that's not women's fiction.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves Amish stories and Women's Fiction!
Robin Dix
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 2 days, it was hard to put it down. Laura Bradford had me from the first page. I've read a lot of Amish books, but this was by far my favorite. Emma struggled with some real issues surrounding the circumstances of her birth. I felt that it was told in a way that a real young woman would struggle when certain truths were revealed, it was not sugar coated at all. I look forward to reading more of this talented authors books!

I was given an advanced copy of this book from the pub
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Lori
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is soooooooo gooooooood!!!! I feel that I can relate to Emma in so many ways. Her thoughts, feelings and especially on finding out the truth on who you really are.
I really don't want to say much about this review because I don't want to give anything away.
This is the 2nd book that I've read by this author and I think that so far this one will be my favorite!!
I think I"ll end my review here. I just can't wait for y'all to read this!! I recommend this for all my friends who were adopted bec
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Lori
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is soooooooo gooooooood!!!! I feel that I can relate to Emma in so many ways. Her thoughts, feelings and especially on finding out the truth on who you really are.
I really don't want to say much about this review because I don't want to give anything away.
This is the 2nd book that I've read by this author and I think that so far this one will be my favorite!!
I think I"ll end my review here. I just can't wait for y'all to read this!! I recommend this for all my friends who were adopted bec
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Emma
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Daughter's Truth by Laura Bradford
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 a reminder 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 b
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Mechthild
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Amish family novel with some mystery thrown in
"A Daughter's Truth" is the new book by Laura Bradford, a national best-selling author of various mystery series and women's fictions which was published by Kensington Books.
Twenty-two year old Emma Lapp seems to lead a normal life as a young Amish woman in Blue Ball, Pennsylvania, although she is striving a lot to please everybody. Until now she is convinced that her Mamm's sadness was linked to the fact that Emma was born on the day that Mamm's
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Aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend's house nearly forty years ago, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil.

Those early attempts at the craft had her writing and illustrating stories for young children. Wise beyond her years, Laura saved her first writing attempt in a hand de
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