Monday, October 24, 2016
Christmas at Promise Lodge
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.
Charlotte will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
ENJOY AN EXCERPT:
“Jah, your brother and the bride probably wonder what’s happened to you.” Not to mention Gloria, Mary Kate thought with a smile.
“I guarantee you that Noah and Deborah aren’t thinking about me,” Roman teased. “You did miss a pretty provocative wedding sermon, though. Your dat told my mamm and aunts, along with Amos and Preacher Marlin—by name—that they were to be married before the snow flies and that he’d allow no marrying of Amish to Mennonites. He also preached that the women’s only business was to be keeping house for their families.”
Her jaw dropped. “He really said those things? In front of so many people?” she whispered. “That’s not going to go over with Rosetta or your mamm or—”
“Preacher Amos was gripping the bench so hard I thought he might crack it in half. Preacher Marlin looked ready to stand up and leave—and Truman Wickey was as mad as I’ve ever seen him, too.” Roman shook his head as he rose from the swing. “I’m sure we’ve not heard the last of this. After all, who’s to run the produce stand or manage the lodge apartments if my mother and aunt aren’t allowed? I can’t see them handing over those businesses to men—even their husbands—after they’ve poured themselves into making a go of it here.”
Mary Kate sighed loudly. “My dat believes women should know their place and stay there, without making any fuss,” she murmured. “I don’t see why he’s so old-fashioned about stuff like that, when other Amish settlements allow women to work from their homes—which is what your mamm and Rosetta are doing. And anyone can see that Truman and Rosetta are meant for each other.”
“It’ll all work out, somehow.” Roman gazed at her. Although he stood nearly six feet tall and had a sturdy, muscled body, he didn’t give the impression of looking down at her, or of intending to keep her in his shadow or under his thumb. The slow smile that overtook his face appeared open and sincere—not a sign of derision or pity, that she could see. “You take care, Mary Kate. It was nice visiting with you.”
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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