by Charlotte Hubbard
GENRE: Inspirational Romance ( Amish)
Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge—and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.
As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth—even as he’s kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own…
Asa can’t understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He’s determined to clear his name—but Edith’s caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive…and claim their own hearts’ joy.
I discovered Charlotte Hubbard just a couple of years ago but since then she has become my favorite Amish writer. I look forward to each her new release in order to know her unforgettable characters. Her stories are pure, full of good feelings. She creates very welcoming and supportive community, where everyone is welcome.
Edith and her two sisters have moved recently to Willow Ridge but were immediately greeted with affection in the new community. They are all excited for the wedding of Millie and Ira. Edith serve the wedding lunch and hopes to be able to stay at the party too. But she watches the confrontation between two men, hears some children cry and decides to intervene. A man is the father of the children and is also the former boyfriend of her sister, Will. He claims that his wife before dying has pronunced the name of the other man, then he is the father of his children. But Asa has never met Will's wife. He will entrust his children to Edith saying that he will return to pick them up. Asa decides to discover the truth and makes promise to Edith to take care of children waiting for his return. It will not be easy for her to convince her father.
Edith is a very sweet character with a huge heart. She loves the twins as they were her, and takes care of them with so much love. Asa is a very charming man with two deep blue eyes. He has closed his heart but the sweetness and purity of Edith open it again. Their story is very romantic and sweet.
It's a very pleasant reading, it catches you from the first page. It 's a sweet story about forgiveness and love, family and solidarity. I am excited that it's the first book in a new series, I look forward to reading the next one.
If you love the Amish novels this is a must read, it doesn't disappoint you.
“Don’t go gobblin’ down all that roasted pig before I have a chance at some of it,” Bishop Tom Hostetler teased as the newlyweds stepped outside. “I almost cut the sermon short when the breeze smelled like it came straight from Josiah’s smokers.”
Nora laughed with him and all the other folks who’d gathered around. “I heard a few stomachs rumbling during the service,” she remarked. “Fill your plate as many times as you want and enjoy the rest of our big day, Tom. I—I can’t thank you enough for the way you’ve guided Millie and Ira and the rest of our family.”
“Not to mention how you spearheaded the rebuilding of the restaurant and quilt shop,” Luke joined in. “Thanks to you, Willow Ridge is moving forward and growing with more young families and flourishing businesses.”
The bishop waved them off with a modest smile. “We all pulled together—and you Hooleys are the backbone of our new prosperity here,” he insisted. “Can’t help but feelin’ a fresh sense of hope and happiness. We’ve got a lot to be thankful for.”
“Jah, we do, Bishop,” Nora murmured as the people around her nodded in agreement.
“Is it true, what we’ve heard?” a young woman in the crowd piped up. “Dat’s cousin Reuben said the other restaurant exploded on Christmas Eve—and that the fire was set on purpose.”
When Nora glanced around to see who’d asked that question, she spotted Loretta and Rosalyn Riehl standing beside their dat, peering at her from behind a cluster of other folks. The Riehls had moved into Reuben’s house just last month, so they were the newest residents of Willow Ridge. “That’s the way it happened—”
“And it’s a long story, best told when folks aren’t waitin’ to partake of Ira and Millie’s wedding feast,” Bishop Tom interrupted with a purposeful smile. “We’re glad you Riehls are here to celebrate with us as we focus on our future—and pleased that you, Cornelius, have taken your cousin’s place as our district’s deacon, too.”
Cornelius, a barrel-chested man who stood head and shoulders above the crowd, pressed his lips together in a tight smile. “You folks have made us feel very welcome,” he murmured. “If you’ll excuse me, I’m heading home to look into my youngest daughter’s latest predicament.”
Nora’s eyes widened as Cornelius slipped between the other folks and out the door, seemingly set on some grim mission. “May we bring you over a plate?” she called after him.
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.
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