Monday, October 3, 2016

Christmas at Promise Lodge

Christmas at Promise Lodge
by Charlotte Hubbard


GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)



Promise Lodge's first wedding is cause for celebration—but the bishop's narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn't sit well with the Bender sisters, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren't the only important gifts God gives--even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship. Amos hasn't given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He'll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.


My thoughts:  CHRISTMAS AT PROMISE LODGE is the second book in Ms. Hubbard's Promise Lodge series. I --  like the Amish in this story -- was horrified when the bishop made a horrifying decree, but I loved the way Mattie used it -- despite her fears -- to listen to her heart's desire. Amos is a dear, dear man, kind and considerate, true and faithful. It was wonderful to read their story. 

There is also another story intertwined (as is usually the case with Ms. Hubbard's books) and it is the story of Mary Kate is pregnant, a result of a rape. She realizes she'll be unmarried forever for who would have her?  And there's Roman. The object of Mary Ann's sister's desires, being kind to her. Roman is a sweetheart, too.

There are also other continuing stories intertwined. Fans will likely want to read Promise Lodge first before this one, but even if you don't I think you'll be fine if you read CHRISTMAS AT PROMISE LODGE first. It might wet your appetite for the first book - and definitely will for any future books. 

Some yummy sounding recipes and an excerpt from Ms.  Hubbard's May release, A Mother's Love, is included at the back of the book. 

Fans of Ms. Hubbard (or Naomi King) and fans of Amish fiction will inhale this new Christmas book 


Mattie frowned, her irritation rising again as this conversation drifted from the screen door of the cabin Marlin Kurtz was staying in.

“Floyd, I must ask you to remember that Christine kept her husband’s dairy herd because she needs an income—just as Mattie began her produce stand and Rosetta opened apartments for single women because they have no men in their family to support them,” Amos spoke again. His voice was calm but insistent. “It would be a shame to shut down the produce stand now that local folks are so eagerly supporting it—and it provides jobs for some of our other residents, too. I doubt you’d be agreeable if someone suddenly ordered you to quit running your siding business—”

“But that won’t happen,” Floyd interrupted testily. “If you can speak so eloquently in behalf of Mattie’s business, why can’t you persuade her to marry you?”

Mattie’s jaw dropped. The bishop’s impertinence bordered on disrespect, especially because Amos had maintained a low-key approach to the ultimatums they’d heard during Floyd’s wedding sermon.

“While marriage is the traditional vision for Old Order adults,” another fellow joined in after a few moments of silence, “I can’t believe you’re suggesting that Christine and Marlin should get hitched—since there’s nobody else for them to choose from. They hardly know each other.”

“That’s how I see it,” a fourth fellow chimed in emphatically. “I’m sure Christine’s a fine, upstanding woman who’ll make some fellow a gut wife, but I have a business to get re-established and a house to finish before winter. And frankly, I’m still in mourning for my Essie. I doubt my heart will welcome another wife any time soon.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.

Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40 years and their Border collie, Ramona.

Promise Lodge, Book 1
Zebra (February 26, 2016)
ISBN-13: 9781420139419 •• ISBN-10: 142013941X

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

CharlotteHubbard said...

Thanks for your review and for hosting my book today, Laura!

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt, thank you.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great review, I'm looking forward to checking this one out myself!

Unknown said...

congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Marilyn R. said...

Christmas at Promise Lodge is in my pile to be read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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