It's a better life, a fresh start--and a heaven-sent second chance. Founded by three Amish sisters determined to put misfortune behind them, Promise Lodge is a colony where faith's abiding promise can be fulfilled--and love can make all things new…
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.
Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she's been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. As she writes, her stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way she proposed them: unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, and they keep her guessing right along with her readers!
Charlotte has lived in the Midwest most of her life. When she's not writing, she loves touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with her Border Collie, Ramona. She's a Presbyterian deacon, sings in her church choir, and plays in the percussion ensemble. She's married to a fine man who--bless him--has never once suggested she get a real job!
EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):
“So am I right, thinking none of your women are married?” Truman asked as they headed away from Rainbow Lake, back toward the house. “Not trying to be nosy, understand. But a man likes to know these things before his mind wanders too far down the wrong road.”
Amos laughed, clapping Truman on the back. “You’ve figured us out, Truman. We could just as well call this the Promise Lodge Singles Colony—not that Christine or Mattie or I planned on losing our spouses so early in our lives.”
Truman’s expression sobered. “You’ve all seen your share of heartaches, then. I didn’t mean to make light of your situations. Please accept my apology and condolences.”
“Accepted,” the preacher said. “But I’ll tell you right off that I came here partly because Mattie and I were childhood sweethearts before we married other folks.”
Noah rolled his eyes at the way Amos was staking his claim on Mamm.
“Promise Lodge” is the first book in a new series by Charlotte Hubbard. I thought this book was as good as the books in the (Seasons of the Heart) seasons.
This isn't your normal Amish story as it deals with abuse ( an husband repeatedly hits and injures his wife and the bishop is okay with this). The women in this story are unlike the other Amish women I have read about in other Amish novels, these women are independent and don't behave like the bishop believes like they should. Oh, I should also add that they are not wild or abandon their faith, they just feel that women should be treated as equals. (didn't want to give readers the idea that this wasn't a clean read). There is an father in this story that I would like to give a real talking to and say " how can you do this to your daughter, put your faith in her not in that bishop. And, talking about that bishop, why does he allowed his son to do the things that he does without consequences?
This story is about new beginnings and how three Amish sisters are determined to put misfortune behind them. Promise Lodge is a colony where faith's abiding promise can be fulfilled--and love can make all things new.
These three sisters are unhappy about the things happening in the town of Coldstream and decided to buy an abandoned camp ground for a new beginning. Can they make it work and help the ones they hope come to their settlement.
Oh there are plenty of tense moments as well as tender moments in this novel. This is a story of new beginnings and old and new love.
I can't wait till the next story in this series is released.
I was given a copy of "Promise Lodge" for my honest review by the author. These opinions are mine own!
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