Seasons of the Heart
By Charlotte Hubbard
Willow Ridge is moving past the troubles that Hiram Knepp caused. They've embraced his two eldest daughters and offering them a home and means to support themselves. But Annie Mae can't believe that they are really free of her father and his manipulative ways. And she is worried about her three little brothers and her little sister.
Annie Mae wants to escape the worry, but is that possible?
Meanwhile her long-time neighbor Adam Wagler is wrestling with his own demons - a long hidden secret that has him keeping everyone at a distance.
Can these two hurting people be just what the other needs to find the peace and healing that they both desperately seek?
Breath of Spring is a follow-up to Winter of Wishes and An Amish Country Christmas and if you loved those books you won't be disappointed with a Breath of Spring. What I love about Charlotte Hubbard's books is that each book pulls a character from one of the other books who was in the background and makes them a central role.
Annie Mae and Adam are both like-able characters who you really feel for with what they are going through. Both of them grow through this book and it is a believable growth, not forced or contrived.
A Breath of Spring is just that and you won't be sorry to pick it up and read through the night.
I was provided a copy of this book through PUYB in conjunction with this virtual tour and in exchange for my honest review.
Title: Breath of SpringAuthor: Charlotte HubbardPublisher: KensingtonPages: 352Genre: Amish Romance/Inspirational
As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious that she’s has taken her five siblings to live with her. She’s never been truly at home in her faith…or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she’s gladly shouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakable, helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn’t think of someone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find, in a moment of surprising revelation, that God can work impossible miracles—and that love makes all things new.
About the Author
I’ve called Missouri home for most of my life, and most folks don’t realize that several Old Older Amish and Mennonite communities make their home here, as well. The rolling pastureland, woods, and small towns along county highways make a wonderful setting for Plain populations—and for stories about them, too! While Jamesport, Missouri is the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River, other communities have also found the affordable farm land ideal for raising crops, livestock, and running the small family-owned businesses that support their families.
Like my heroine, Miriam Lantz, of my Seasons of the Heart series, I love to feed people—to share my hearth and home. I bake bread and goodies and I love to try new recipes. I put up jars and jars of green beans, tomatoes, beets and other veggies every summer. All my adult life, I’ve been a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and we hosted a potluck group in our home for more than twenty years.
Like Abby Lambright, heroine of my Home at Cedar Creek series, I consider it a personal mission to be a listener and a peacemaker—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls. Faith and family, farming and frugality matter to me: like Abby, I sew and enjoy fabric arts—I made my wedding dress and the one Mom wore, too, when I married into an Iowa farm family more than thirty-five years ago! When I’m not writing, I crochet and sew, and I love to travel.
I recently moved to Minnesota when my husband got a wonderful new job, so now he and I and our border collie, Ramona, are exploring our new state and making new friends.
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