by Charlotte Hubbard
GENRE: Amish/Inspirational Romance
For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night.
defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah
and have his baby. But she’s starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible
as he is passionate. And she isn’t sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to
truly call home.
Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and
Lena draws strength from their unexpected
support. Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a
little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever
family come true…
It 's a story easy, clean, heartwarming. I love Amish culture and every time I read their stories with great pleasure. I admire their generosity, are always ready to help each other.
For Lena and Josiah is a really difficult moment: are going to have a baby but are thwarted by their families. Lena is willing to do anything for her love and to have a peaceful and loving family. They flee home, they are alone, have nowhere to go and there's a snowstorm in progress. Fortunately knock on the right door and Miriam and Ben welcome them into their home. But all the inhabitants of Willow Ridge welcome with love and without judgment these guys and try to integrate them into their communities. Ben and Miriam are expecting a child too. Ben is building a beautiful cradle, it will be a wonderful surprise for Miriam. Will Lena and Josiah find their way and be able to build a solid family and future?
It's the sixth book in the series "Seasons of the Heart", I have read only the fifth unfortunately. It can be read as a stand alone but for a greater understanding and enjoyment of the story is best to read the series in order. I'm sorry that this is the final book in the series, fortunately I still have to read the first four ones.
I love the style of this author, it is so addictive that you seem to be part of this community too. She has been able to create realistic, warm and completely lovable characters and an imaginary village, really welcoming, where I would move without any doubt. I can not wait to read another of her novels.
It was a great, lovable, well written book, a pleasure to read from start to finish! A wonderful story about forgiveness, solidarity, faith, friendship and love.
I'd recommend The Christmas Cradle to those who enjoy Christian historical romance.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
EXCERPT (Exclusive Excerpt)
“Have you heard any word about Miriam?” Josiah asked beneath the voices around them that were raised in song.
Tom shook his head. “All we can believe is that she’s gettin’ the best of care, and that she’s in God’s hands. I figure to head to the hospital after the crowd’s cleared out.”
Josiah nodded. “Give her and Ben our best. Emory and I are going over to take Christmas dinner out of the cookers now, so—”
A loud ka-boom! made everyone in the crowd suck in their breath and stop singing. Across the road, a huge fireball flared up behind the Sweet Seasons, so bright that Josiah couldn’t look directly at it. Folks in the crowd cried out and parents grabbed their children.
“What in the—fire!” Josiah cried out. “One of the grill’s propane tanks must’ve exploded, or—”
He started to run toward the road, but Bishop Tom and Officer McClatchey both grabbed him. “You don’t want to go anywhere near there, son,” the lawman insisted as he pulled out his cell phone. “If the gas appliances in the café’s kitchen catch fire, you’ll be blown to Kingdom Come. Yeah—” he said into his phone. “We’ve got an explosion and fire in Willow Ridge, at the Sweet Seasons Café—natural gas and propane involved,” he added urgently. “Send the fire crew and an ambulance and some deputies for back-up.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community in
Missourian Charlotte Hubbard writes of simpler times and a faith-based
lifestyle in her Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz
considers it her personal mission to feed people. Faith and family, farming and
food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle. 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 Charlotte now
with her husband and their border collie. Minnesota
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