Monday, October 15, 2012





About the book . . . 

Winds of change are blowing through Willow Ridge, and they’re bringing a stranger to the Sweet Seasons Bakery. At first, widowed Miriam Lantz has misgivings about Ben Hooley, a handsome but rootless traveling blacksmith. But as she gets to know the kind-hearted newcomer, she wonders if his arrival was providential. Perhaps she could find love again—if only there weren’t so many obstacles in the way. With Bishop Knepp relentlessly pursuing her hand in marriage and the fate of her beloved café at stake, Miriam must listen to God and her heart to find the happiness she longs for and the love she deserves.

368 pages

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.  


Reader Review . . . 

Miriam Lantz has been making it on her own since her husband Jesse passed away.  The success of her bakery has not met with the approval of Bishop Knepp, who thinks that Miriam's place is in his kitchen.  When Ben Hooley comes to town, the Bishop has a rival, and Miriam has to decide if anyone can ever measure up to Jesse.

Amish novels are my guilty pleasure.  They usually do not contain a complicated plot, but in the hands of a gifted author, they can be an entertaining and educational novel.  I am happy to say that this is the case with Charlotte Hubbard, aka Naomi King.  She knows her subject well, and has written enough Christian romances to know the formula.  It's a nice, decent story with a sufficient amount of suspense.  

Definitely 4 stars!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Pump Up Your Book book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  



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