Thursday, June 19, 2014
Review of "Breath of Spring"
Breath Of Spring
As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her. She's never been truly at home in her faith. . .or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she's gladly shouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakable helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn't think of someone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find in a moment of surprising revelation that God can work impossible miracles--and that love makes all things new.
MY REVIEW: Charlotte Hubbard has written a book that is truly a "breath of fresh air".....a Breath of Spring. While Annie Mae does continue to struggle with who she is and where she fits in the world. she doesn't mind taking full responsibility for her younger siblings while still a teenager herself. She is an example of selfless love and devotion to family. The book was a little slow for me in parts and occasionally I would get some characters confused in the beginning but that all resolved as I got further into the story. Annie Mae's ex-bishop father is truly a shocking character and I won't ruin it for readers by telling the reasons why. I think all readers will agree. Don't read this book while you're hungry as there are so many delicious foods being prepared or served in the story that it will have you running to the cupboards. Grin, grin! munch! munch! What I love is that many of these delightful recipes are shared at the end of the book. I am looking forward to trying some of them. I rate this book 4 Stars and highly recommend it.
I received a free kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard (a.k.a. Naomi King) writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.