"Hubbard writes Amish stories with style and grace."
--RT Book Reviews
The rustic beauty of a country Christmas fills the Simple Gifts crafts shop, while the Amish residents of Willow Ridge pull together in uncertain times--and in the face of an unexpected homecoming.
Nora Hooley's shop is abuzz with preparations for the holiday open house, and Rosalyn Riehl is handcrafting wreaths from evergreen boughs, pinecones, and other natural materials. The work is a welcome diversion for the only unmarried daughter of Cornelius Riehl: her gruff dat has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, leaving dutiful Rosalyn to manage the household's inexplicably shrinking budget. Then another distraction swaggers into Simple Gifts--blue-jeaned and leather-jacketed, with a reputation that precedes him.
Marcus Hooley hightailed it to Willow Ridge on a wing and a prayer--not that he's the praying type. He rejected his Amish roots long ago. But behind the bad-boy attitude is a gifted horse trainer who's counting on some
bent-but-not-broken family ties to throw him a lifeline. He can't erase his past, but a sparking attraction with strong, spirited Rosalyn holds the promise of a second chance . . . and of shedding light on shadowy secrets to build a bright tomorrow.
There's nothing wrong with having a Simple Christmas. In fact, that is exactly what we're going to have this year ourselves. I don't really like all that noise and overcrowding that happens when big families get together. Although I do understand that sometimes that's the only time they see each other.
This author shows us that even the Amish aren't perfect. And that is what I liked about this story. Forgiveness and Grace.
For Rosalyn the oldest of the sisters ( which I honestly thought she was the youngest. I guess it's because of the way her dad treated her).
I can connect with her in this way. My dad was a piece of work too. For me, words hurt more than the physical abuse itself. Once said you can't take them back.
I enjoyed watching her change throughout the story. With God and the right person to come al
the right person, anything can happen!!!
Marcus is the perfect example. I was really rooting for him. He truly amazed me. Cause some people just don't want to grow up.
This was truly an amazing story of love, grace and a very special friendship. How I enjoyed the family of Willow Ridge! It's like coming home again
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard (a.k.a. Naomi King) writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie. (less)