by Charlotte Hubbard
GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)
Promise Lodge’s first wedding is cause for celebration—but the bishop’s narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn’t sit well with the Bender sisters, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren’t the only important gifts God gives–even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship. Amos hasn’t given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He’ll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.
“No offense, Bishop, but I sense you’ll remain unconvinced of anything we’re going to say,” Amos remarked quietly. “Rather than wasting any more of this special day, I’m going to eat some of the fine meal the ladies have prepared and visit with friends who’ve traveled here to celebrate with us.”
As Amos headed for the front door, Mattie’s heart sped up. Would Floyd see her through the window and realize she’d been spying? Perhaps she should slip back to the lodge and wait for Amos there, so Floyd wouldn’t—
What do you have to hide? Any of our guests might’ve walked over this way to look at our cabins, and they would’ve overheard the men’s conversation.
Smiling resolutely, Mattie held out her hands to Amos when he stepped outside. “I was beginning to think my dinner date had ducked out on me,” she teased. She turned to smile at the fellows who were following him out. “Truman, Eli—the first-shift folks are coming out of the lodge, which means the tables are being reset for the rest of us. I know a couple of ladies who’ve been cooking and serving all day, who’d be grateful to sit down and eat with you. Marlin, we’d be pleased if you’d join us,” she added as their newest preacher stepped outside.
Amos tucked her hand under his elbow and started toward the lodge with her. “Gut timing, Mattie,” he murmured near her ear. “Had you not given me a reason for leaving, we might’ve been stuck in there with Floyd all afternoon. And we wouldn’t have accomplished a thing, unfortunately.”
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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