by Charlotte Hubbard
GENRE: Amish/Inspirational Romance
Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. She’s also hoping the change will help her son Noah’s heart to heal after his broken engagement. But his former fiancée, Deborah, is looking for a fresh start too. Filled with regret, and cast out by her dat for a reason she can’t yet reveal, Deborah can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness.
Deborah is the last person Noah expected to show up at Promise Lodge. But with her cruel words still ringing in his head, he’s reluctant to accept her apology—even if the Old Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ’s most important commandment: love one another. But one thing is certain—his mother and aunts, and their beloved Preacher Amos, will do their best to help him get there.
Since I discovered Charlotte Hubbard look forward to each her new release. I really loved the series Seasons of the Heart and I was very curious to try this new series. A great debut and a heartwarming story, clean and wonderfully written as usual.
Mattie leaves her community, she wants to start another to get rid of male domination and to help her son Noah to overcome a big disappointment in love. Together with her sister Mattie tries to create a cozy retreat for women, single mothers and women in difficulty. Unexpectedly their first guest is Deborah, the former girlfriend of Noah, she hopes that he can forgive her mistakes. Will she get a second chance?
It 's a very strong story about the strength of women and their desire for parity and break free of male domination. All the characters are amazing, well developed, their stories intertwine creating a compelling and interesting storyline.
I can not wait to read the next episode.
if you like Amish stories Promise Lodge is one to add to your list.
As Deborah hugged Laura and Phoebe Hershberger, her two best friends in the world, the sound of their voices healed some of the pain Noah had inflicted with his tough talk. She had really missed these girls since they’d moved away from Coldstream to make a fresh start with their widowed mother.
“Deborah! What a fine surprise,” Laura said.
“Just yesterday we were talking about you, wishing we could see you again,” Phoebe chimed in, “and here you are! The answer to our prayers.”
They all laughed as Queenie yipped in agreement, prancing in a circle around the three of them. Deborah clutched the girls’ shoulders, savoring their togetherness. Why ruin this happy moment by telling them the real reason she’d come to Promise Lodge? There would be plenty of time to share the disturbing news of what was happening in Coldstream. “This is quite a place,” she said. “I can’t wait to see it, and to hear about what you’ve been doing.”
“Oh, we haven’t had an idle moment, what with planting the garden plots and fixing up the guest cabins,” Phoebe replied. She was twenty, and her slender face and angular body closely resembled her deceased dat’s.
“And you can be our first guest.” Laura, the younger of the sisters, had the sunnier disposition. Her blue eyes glimmered as she gestured toward the nearest cabin. “Mamm’s finished the curtains and we’ve put a new mattress on the bed in the cabin closest to the lodge. You showed up at just the right time.”
“Come on inside,” Phoebe insisted. “Mamm and the aunts will be glad to see a face from back home.”
As they stepped up to the lodge’s wide front porch, Deborah could tell the building needed some maintenance, yet she knew immediately why her favorite neighbors had fallen in love with the place. Large old trumpet vines grew on either end of the porch, loaded with bright orange flowers. The shade from enormous maple trees felt twenty degrees cooler than the garden, and the homey creak of the screen door welcomed her into a lobby that rose two stories high. Curving stairways framed the spacious room, with sturdy bannisters that joined to form the railing of an upstairs hallway. Above her, a huge chandelier of antlers gave the entryway an aura of rustic elegance.
“Look who’s here!” Laura called out as they hurried past a massive stone fireplace. They entered a dining area filled with long wooden tables and chairs—enough to seat nearly a hundred people, Deborah estimated. The lingering aromas of fresh bread and fried chicken reminded her that she’d missed dinner while she’d been on the road. When Rosetta Bender peered out from the kitchen, however, Deborah forgot how hungry she was.
“Oh, but you’re a sight for sore eyes!” Rosetta cried as she rushed toward Deborah with a dish towel flapping in her hand. “Mattie and I were just saying that we should write to you and your mamm—”
“But hearing the news from you in person is so much better,” Mattie Schwartz joined in from the kitchen doorway. “Did you eat along the way? We’ve got chicken and some rhubarb cake left—which is a miracle, considering how my boys and Amos are packing away the food these days.”
Once again Deborah gloried in the warm hugs and smiles from friends she’d missed. Both women’s aprons were smudged with flour and their cape dresses of brown and gold felt damp from spending time in a hot kitchen, yet their smiles were as refreshing as lemonade on a summer day. Deborah was grateful that Noah’s mamm and aunt had never seemed to hold her broken engagement against her.
“A piece of chicken would hit the spot,” she replied.
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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