Wednesday, August 28, 2019

new beginnings at promise lodge by Charlotte Hubbard

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Spring blossoms with new life and new beginnings for the flourishing Amish community of Promise Lodge. And as a just-opened bakery sweetens the air with fresh-baked goodness, residents will find that change can be a most joyous test . . .

Recently widowed after twenty years of marriage, Frances Lehman is only just tasting the freedom and opportunity that her Promise Lodge friends enjoy. So she's not about to be pressured into marriage by her widowed brother-in-law, even if she and her daughter have no real means of support. Much more promising is her new friendship with Preacher Marlin Kurtz, though their respective families don't see their relationship as proper . . .

When Frances suffers a serious injury, she's determined to prove she can recover--and remain
independent--without burdening Marlin. Now, with his steadfast belief in real love tested, Marlin's hope is that Promise Lodge's irrepressible residents can help him restore Frances's joy--and that faith will show them a way to turn their fragile second chance into a blessed and abiding future together . . .


I was eagerly awaiting this book and it didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed going back to Promise Lodge. I was happy to see that all of my old friends were still there.
Frances was a gem! I'd love to have her as my mamm. Gloria doesn't realize how lucky she is! I'm going to call her a brat!!  I can understand some of her dilemma because some changes aren't as easy as they seem. Even at her age.
Her mom is just trying to make ends meet as best as she can and her daughter doesn't make it easy. Especially when her brother in law gets her involved.
However; I don't condone lying to just to get someone in trouble by making yourself look good.
Lying can hurt the person that was lied about if that makes sense. That too will not earn friends because the next time you do it it will be hard to trust that person again. Fortunately there is forgiveness. But you have to really mean it. The Amish forgive but deep down do they really?
I believe in 2nd chances at love. I know that Amish remarry sometimes after losing the other spouse because depending on the situation they remarry for convenience. But I think in this case there was never a more surer love that between Frances and Marlin. I think they would make a couple!! I actually could feel a " spark between them"
I also felt the love and support from the community of Promise Lodge after a terrible accident befell Frances. I felt myself wanting to pray for her.
I really didn't like France's brother in law. There was too much going on with him in his personal life and it rubbed off onto others.
I do strongly recommend this book especially if you've eagerly anticipated it as I have. It won't disappoint. Charlotte has woven her magical pen once again
and has created a fantastic story one that readers will be sure to enjoy.
My thanks to the publisher for a complementary copy of this book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.


Charlotte HubbardDrawing 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. 


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