GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)
Promise Lodge's first wedding is cause for celebration—but the bishop's narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn't sit well with the Bender sisters, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren't the only important gifts God gives--even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship. Amos hasn't given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He'll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.
BUY LINKS (Promise Lodge, Book 1 / Zebra (February 26, 2016)):
Mary Kate Lehman sat on the front porch swing of the new house, wrapped in a cozy old quilt. She gazed toward the white frame home where Noah and Deborah were being married—barely able to see it between the large old maple trees that shimmered in shades of gold, orange, and crimson as the late-morning sunshine struck them. She’d been ready to enter Noah’s house with the other ladies before the church service began, until her dat’s disapproving glare had sent her trundling awkwardly up the road, clutching her belly as she blinked back tears. Why did life have to be so hard, so harsh, after that English stranger had taken advantage of her?
As an obedient bishop’s daughter, however, Mary Kate knew better than to voice such a question aloud. All her life her parents had insisted that she was to listen and obey rather than to question the path God had chosen for her. Sighing, she rocked back and forth in the swing. The sound of more than a hundred voices singing a hymn drifted down the road, telling her that the wedding ceremony was almost over. She’d planned to join everyone in the lodge for the wedding meal—she ate there on Sundays with her new friends here at Promise Lodge, after all—but the thought of so many guests and strangers staring at her gave her pause.
In Amish society, there was simply no place, no explanation, for an unmarried girl who was eight months pregnant. She was grateful to Mattie Schwartz, Rosetta Bender, and Christine Hershberger for welcoming her so warmly to this new colony. At times they seemed more sympathetic to her situation than her parents or her older sister, Gloria.
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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