Monday, March 21, 2016

Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard @goddessfish

Promise Lodge
by Charlotte Hubbard

GENRE: Amish / Inspirational Romance


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 fiancĂ©e, 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.

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Deborah sucked in a deep breath, hoping the topic of conversation would remain on the Benders’ property rather than on her, personally. “Jah, the house is fine, and so are the other buildings.”

“And for that we give thanks,” Rosetta replied as she quickly wiped her eyes. “I feel bad for the family who bought our farm, though.”

“Something tells me the men will hold a barn raising for the new owners, like they did for the Hershbergers,” Preacher Amos remarked.

“But how many times will they do that?” Laura blurted. “It’s just wrong if Isaac Chupp’s causing these fires and—and nobody’s holding him responsible.”

“You’re absolutely right,” Preacher Amos agreed. “We must keep our Coldstream friends in our prayers, asking that God’s will be done—and that His justice be carried out, as well.”

Deborah quickly finished her snack. She felt bad for Laura and Phoebe as memories of that fateful night brought grim expressions to their dear faces: the Hershberger family had returned from an uncle’s funeral last November to discover their barn in flames. Other men from around town were rushing over to help put out the fire, but as Willis Hershberger was urging his frantic horses outside, one of them had kicked him into the flames. Part of the barn had fallen in on him, and there’d been no way to save him.

“Is this a gut time to look around Promise Lodge?” she asked the girls in a hopeful tone. “Or, if you’ve got work that needs doing, I want to help.”

“But you’re company, Deborah,” Laura protested. “Sure, we’ve got more garden to plant, but—”

“This is me you’re talking to,” Deborah teased as she rose from her chair. “Those seeds will go into the rows faster with six hands than with four.”

“And maybe if you’re out there where Noah can see you, it’ll put him in a better mood,” Phoebe suggested as they rinsed Deborah’s dishes. “He’s been mighty cranky since he left you behind in Coldstream.”

As they headed out the back door, Deborah’s brow furrowed. “But I was the one who broke off the engagement, remember?” she murmured. “I’ve already asked for Noah’s forgiveness—begged him for a second chance. But he turned me down flatter than a pancake.”

“Ach, that’s not so gut,” Laura stated.

“I thought he was missing your company enough that he’d reconsider,” Phoebe remarked. “He’s hardly been talking to anybody. Goes through each day with a black cloud hanging over him.”

Isn’t it just like Noah not to talk about what’s on his mind? Deborah thought as they approached the cabin nearest the lodge. A few bright new shingles stood out on its green roof and a fresh coat of chocolate brown paint made it appear fresher than the other cabins down the row. It was small, yet it she hoped it would be a haven where she could pull her life together again—

Unless the truth is more than these folks will tolerate.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

Promise Lodge, Book 1
Zebra (February 26, 2016)
ISBN-13: 9781420139419 •• ISBN-10: 142013941X

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