Friday, June 3, 2016

5-Star Review of "A Simple Vow"

Review of A Simple Vow

(Simple Gifts #1)

by Charlotte Hubbard


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. 

MY REVIEW:  I can not say enough good things about this book !  It is the first in the series:  Simple Gifts.  I am very excited to read the next book in the series.  Charlotte Hubbard has created real, believable characters who sin, lie, fear, scheme, love, and struggle to forgive just like the rest of us. Some of the characters are Amish, some are Old Order Mennonite, and some are English.  This creates a nice blend of the real world.  
      I could not help but fall in love with Edith and her sisters, Asa, and the darling twins, Leroy and Louisa.  Edith will never be able to have babies of her own and she quickly falls in love with the twins she readily agrees to care for when Will brings them to her after his wife dies.  Readers will be eager to see if Edith and Asa will find love and build a home together.  They will also want to see what happens with Will and the twins. If or when will he return for them and break Edith's heart?  
      I rated this book 5 stars and am delighted to recommend it to readers of Christian and Amish fiction.
      I received a 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.

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