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 fiancée, 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.
Deborah gazed around the homey one-room cabin. A lingering lemony scent suggested a top-to-bottom cleaning. Two cozy old chairs flanked a simple table, with a braided rug between them on the wood plank floor. The double bed was made up with a colorful quilt and fresh sheets. Through an open door, she saw a small bathroom with a toilet, sink, and a shower. The cabin reminded Deborah of the one her family had rented during a family reunion in a state park.
“This is really cozy,” she murmured. “If you’ve got new families coming in, though, I don’t want to be in the way when—”
“This is you we’re talking about!” Laura interrupted. “You’ll never be in the way, silly goose. This is the smallest cabin—too cramped for a family with kids. So stay as long as you want!”
“Let’s show you around. Then we can catch up on what’s going on back home while we plant a second patch of sweet corn,” Phoebe suggested. “With all the time it took to move here, we’re late planting some of our vegetables for the produce stand. But it’ll all work out—especially with you helping us, Deborah.”
As her friends showed her the rest of the cabins and the grounds, Deborah’s spirits lifted. The Hershbergers were hoping she’d stick around Promise Lodge for a while, and she had no doubt that she could be useful. Everywhere she looked, walls needed painting and windows needed curtains and floors needed scrubbing.
When the three of them reached Rainbow Lake’s freshly mowed shoreline, several frogs hopped into the water. The lake sparkled with sun diamonds as it lapped gently around an old wooden dock that extended toward its center. A fish jumped out of the water and splashed back in. As the trees swayed in a refreshing breeze and Phoebe pointed out the overgrown apple orchard they hoped to revive, Deborah felt the tension easing out of her shoulders. Everything about Promise Lodge seemed so peaceful, so welcoming, that she dared to believe she might recover from being cast out of her home.
A movement caught her eye near the entry to the grounds, where Noah was leading his Belgian from the plot he’d finished plowing. Even from this distance, he appeared forlorn, lacking the exuberant energy Deborah recalled from their childhood and courtship.
I did that to him. I had no idea how much he loved me.
Deborah sighed. How could she convince Noah to forgive her, to trust her again? And where could she go if he didn’t?
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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