Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Fantastic Christmas Novel from Popular Author , Charlotte Hubbard! Enter the giveaway!

"Christmas At Promise Lodge"
      By Charlotte Hubbard


As the year draws to a close, the brand-new colony of Promise Lodge is thriving, a welcoming community that offers three Amish sisters a fresh start. And as Christmas approaches, gifts big and small are given with love . . .

  As Promise Lodge’s first wedding arrives, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop’s narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn’t sit well with the Bender sisters, the town’s courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren’t the most important of God’s gifts—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 the course of 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.    

My Thoughts:

Charlotte Hubbard has very quickly become a favorite author!! Her unique talent of creating a very different storyline involving the Amish appealed to me in the first of her Promise Lodge series and this book was certainly no disappointment. Charlotte deals with a variety of characters that have unique problems/concerns that are common to all of us but we rarely hear of them among the Amish. Not because they don't have them, but because they need to be addressed with compassion and understanding. This author has the required talent of doing so. 

The characters are described with such clarity that they at once became close friends. For me to consider a book a great one, I must be able to identify with at least one of the characters. I had no difficulty in doing so with these interesting, somewhat quirky individuals. I walked alongside them in their ups and downs in life's path, feeling their every hurt, worry and joy. They are people that I would love to meet!! Faithful, trusting Christians who have concerns just as you and I have. 

The plot moves at a steady pace throwing in twists and turns just when you don't expect them. Whenever life seems to be smooth sailing, that is when the roller coaster ride begins. Considering this to be a romance, there was just enough mystery and intrigue to keep a reader on the edge of her seat, at least , it did this one!!

 An extra bonus in this book.... is the great recipes included. NOT just one or two but a compilation of those discussed in the story!!

This book is a great read, full of hope, trust in God and faith in the future!! I rate it as a five star!! 

My only problem ..... is that now I am impatiently waiting for Charlotte's next creation!!!! 


Charlotte will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit GoddessFish.com to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.
Charlotte will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Enter here to win!

 Exclusive Excerpt from the Book: 

Mary Kate gazed at her sister, unsure of what to say. Not so long ago she and Gloria had held similar conversations about the boys they saw around town or at weddings, but now that she was pregnant with an unknown man’s child the prospect of attracting a boyfriend was a dream that would never come true—not that her sister noticed. Gloria was twirling a kapp string around her finger, smiling and batting her long lashes as she anticipated what she’d say and do when Roman finally noticed her. At twenty-two, Gloria had left a few boyfriends behind when they’d moved here from Sugarcreek, Ohio—and Mary Kate had no illusions about her sister’s innate ability to attract additional young men here in Missouri. Gloria had always been prettier than she, and more outgoing, and better at flirting and making small talk, and—

Well, everyone knows she’ll be getting hitched before long, Mary Kate mused with a sigh. The Bible tells us of the haves and the have-nots, and Gloria’s got her share of blessings and mine, too.

Gloria blinked. “Oh—Mamm wants me to ask if she can bring you some food from the wedding meal. We can fix you a plate—”

Mary Kate’s lips twitched. It would be like Mamm to think of feeding her, while Gloria had mostly hurried home to share her plan for enticing Roman. “No need for that,” she assured her sister. “Maybe if there’s food left after all the guests have eaten a plate would be nice, but I’ve got some of Beulah’s cheese and—”

About the Author:

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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This book was a gift from the author. The opinions and thoughts are my own.