A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard (review by Kristi)

A Simple Vow

About the book: Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge–and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth–even as he’s kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own . . .

Asa can’t understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He’s determined to clear his name–but Edith’s caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive . . . and claim their own hearts’ joy.

Kindle Edition, 368 pages                     Expected publication: May 31, 2016 by Zebra

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My review: Charlotte Hubbard is a fairly new to me author. This being the second book of hers I have read I had an idea going in that the book wouldn’t be the typical Amish fiction I was used to reading. I was right, too. This book has many twists and turns along with a story not often (if ever) found in Amish fiction.

Let me start off with the one thing I didn’t like in the book. Too many characters. I found it difficult keeping them all straight in my mind while reading. I must say that even at the end of the book I was having trouble remembering who went with who and their backstory. I realize this series is a spinoff of another series and maybe had I read that series first the number of characters would have been a non-issue.

This is a fast-paced read. Things happen quickly from beginning to end. The author did a great job of writing in all the twists and turns in a way that keeps the reader engaged in the story. There is a bit of a mystery surrounding the father of the Riehl sisters that isn’t resolved in this book. I’m interested to see what develops in this storyline in upcoming books.

If you like Amish fiction I believe you will enjoy this book. Especially if you’re looking for a bit of a different story with an unusual mix of characters. This is a perfect weekend read.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

About the author:  Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard (a.k.a. Naomi King) 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.
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