About the book: When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival. Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age . . .
Leola Duff claims Monroe “ruined” her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be–and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should. And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge–with Christine . . .
Paperback Expected publication, June 27, 2017 by Zebra
My review: It’s only been a year since the Bender sisters purchased Promise Lodge and boy how things have changed! A return trip to the community will have readers attending multiple weddings, wondering about the secret Bishop Monroe is keeping, and catching up with the other members of this close knit community. Sit down a spell and catch up with the folks of Promise Lodge.
There is quite the cast of characters in this book and I once again had a difficult time keeping them all straight. However, once I had everyone straightened out in my mind it was fun to catch up with all of them. This is a constantly changing community so there are old friends to catch up with and new friends to meet. Leola and Maria were a couple of newbies to the community and they may or may not cause a little worry for Christine and Rosetta.
One thing I found unique to this series is that the Amish community is a bit “looser” than most. There is more kissing and flirting going on than one normally reads about in the genre. This didn’t necessarily bother me as I realize that the Amish are people just like everyone else and have the same desires for love and happiness. I’m just stating this as some readers may be a bit shocked by some of the dialogue and actions of some of the members of the community.
This book was a fun one to read and it was great to return to Promise Lodge. I’m hoping there are several more books in this series as I have enjoyed each one. This book could stand on its own but I would definitely recommend reading the series in order as to get the history of the community and its members.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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.