Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Winter Wishes by Charlotte Hubbard *Review

Snow is falling, cookies are baking, and Christmas is just around the corner in Willow Ridge, Missouri, where a new season marks fresh beginnings for the residents of this tranquil Amish town . . .
As another year draws to a close in Willow Ridge, life seems to be changing for everyone but Rhoda Lantz. Her widowed mother is about to remarry, her twin sister is a busy newlywed, and soon Rhoda will be alone in her cozy apartment above the blacksmith’s shop. An ad posted by an Englischer looking for someone to help with his mother and children may offer just the companionship she’s looking for, but if she falls for the caring single father, she may risk being shunned by her community. Certain she can only wish for things she cannot have, Rhoda must remember that all things are possible with God, and nothing is stronger than the power of love.

My Thoughts:
Rhoda is one of the nicest gals I have 'met'! Wow, I want her to come and watch my kids and influence them in her Amish ways. Charlotte has done a fantastic job sharing the Amish character and faith in her book. Andy is studying to be a nurse after his ex-wife leaves him. He is working long shifts and needs some help. Rhoda is his answer to prayer. The kids take to her eagerly, despite her funny language. Charlotte adds just enough Amish lingo to the book to make Rhoda come alive, but not too much that we need a Pennsylvania Dutch dictionary!
Andy's character is really great as well, he is a great Dad and works hard to keep his family on the right track. This was a great book and I strongly recommend it if you enjoy Amish fiction!

About Charlotte Hubbard
 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.
You can visit her website at www.CharlotteHubbard.com

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  1. Thanks so much for your wonderful review of my book, Melanie! I so appreciate your help as I promote my book!

  2. WINTER OF WISHES is the latest book in Charlotte Hubbard's Seasons of the Heart series. This is the second book in this series I've read and I'm sure I'll read all of them. Charlotte really has a flare for writing like the Amish people live. Her story grabs you and wanting to know what happens next keeps you turning the pages. In WINTER OF WISHES Andy and Rhoda come from two different worlds. Witnessing their emerging love along the lively secondary characters is worth the adventure. Get this one and snuggle up for a heartwarming read.

  3. The book sounds amazing and I always love a good book