Thursday, March 22, 2012

Summer of Secrets review

Summer of Secrets
Charlotte Hubbard

About Summer of Secrets
SUMMER OF SECRETS introduces Miriam Lantz, Amish owner of the Sweet Seasons bakery cafĂ©, along with her twin daughters Rachel and Rhoda—but wait! When a tattooed, spiky-haired Goth girl turns out to be their long-lost sister, Plain lives get changed in a hurry.
Miriam explains the way Rebecca—now known as Tiffany—got washed away in the flood of 1993 and why the bishop at that time insisted Miriam and her husband keep it quiet. Now a widow, Miriam is realizing her dream—her mission—of feeding people, yet the current bishop, Hiram Knepp, insists she sell her bakery…and marry him. As more secrets surface the Lantz triplets and their mother stand united as a family “fer gut and forever” as Rachel plans her wedding (for Book 2, AUTUMN WINDS, due out in September, 2012).

Sweet Seasons Cafe is full of delicious baked good and the author shares several of these recipes with the readers in a section at the back of the book! Love when an author goes the extra distance like that to draw the readers into the story! Lots of baking and cooking scenes that will make your mouth water. 

I get super excited to find new Amish fiction writers as Charlotte Hubbard was to me. Firstly triplets in an Amish setting, that was entirely a new concept and to have one of them washed away down river to return decades later! Wow, just reading about the book drew me in to learn more! Be prepared to have some of the traditional Amish language in the book, which will slow your reading down a little bit as  you process the language. Just enough to make you feel like you are sitting in the kitchen with the characters. 

About Charlotte Hubbard
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard 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.
To find out more about Charlotte or her work please visit

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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