Monday, November 9, 2020



Founded by five enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morningstar Marketplace is a joyous
success. What’s even more remarkable is the gift the business bestows upon each of these
unmarried women—the unexpected blessing of love . . .

Leaving Flaud’s Furniture to teach at the community’s new school is a joy for
Lydianne Christner. Old Order Amish, but new to Morning Star, she’s grateful that the congregation trusts her with the position—but she panics when handsome Bishop Jeremiah Shetler asks about the life she left behind. If anyone discovers the secret she’s hiding, she would, quite rightly, be shunned.

A widower, Bishop Jeremiah admires young Lydianne’s youthful energy and skill with the children. He’s also curious about her past, and the burden he senses on her heart. When his request to court her is
refused, he’s stung, and lonelier than ever. It isn’t until a crisis prompts a tearful Lydianne to confess to him that Jeremiah is faced with a choice that requires all of his faith—and teaches them both that love and forgiveness go hand in hand. 


Here's a a favorite quote from this book that I've felt matched the story to a T! and I just had to share this right away because it's so true even in our lives.
This comes from Maratha Maude to Lydianne; "Every one of us has a secret or two we've tucked into our hearts, because some things really are best kept between us and our Lord." " Bless you for all the work you've done with our scholars. "
I love this because I'm sure being a teacher is hard work. It can't be easy and pleasant at times.
I'm so glad that at least someone is willing to recognize that and appreciate it.
I've really really enjoyed this story! Hubbard has a unique way of writing that puts us into the hearts and minds of her characters.
Another saying that I really hadn't thought about being put this way is; when something wonderfully satisfying locks into place, it's as though our hearts were a jigsaw puzzle we finally find the missing pieces we've been searching for.
Folks I agree completely. Hubbard couldn't have put it in a better way.
I love her books so much that I eagerly await each one. She can't write fast enough for me. Her books are just so wonderful gut!
I finished this one in a few hours. Five stars for such a wonderful gut book! The writing was awesome and I enjoyed the bit of mystery that was added in nicely.
The characters were well rounded out and the story didn't feel rushed at all.
I especially liked in how Hubbard portrayed Bishop Jeremiah. After all, preachers/Bishops have feelings too!
I felt like they were all of my friends so therefore I didn't want to say goodbye. I don't like it when a great story ends! More please?!
My thanks to Netgalley for a wonderful gut book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.


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.


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