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  • Charlotte Hubbard

    Welcome to Willow Ridge, Missouri. In this cozy Amish townalong the banks of the river, the old ways are celebrated at the Sweet SeasonsBakery Café, and love is a gift God gives with grace. Summer has come to Willow Ridge, and Rachel Lantz is lookingforward to a whole new season in her life as well-marriage to strapping carpenter MicahBrenneman, her childhood sweetheart. But when a strange Englisher arrives in thecafé claiming to be the long-lost sister of Rachel and her twin Rhoda, Rachelfeels the sturdy foundation of her future crumbling-including Micah's steadfastlove. As the days heat up and tempers flare, Rachel and Micah will learn thateven when God's plan isn't clear, it will...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    The leaves are falling, and there's a chill in the air inWillow Ridge, Missouri, the quaint, quiet Amish town where love, loyalty, andfaith in the old ways are about to be put to the test. Winds of change are blowing through Willow Ridge, andthey're bringing a stranger to the Sweet Seasons Bakery. At first, widowedMiriam Lantz has misgivings about Ben Hooley, a handsome but rootless travelingblacksmith. But as she gets to know the kindhearted newcomer, she wonders ifhis arrival was providential. Perhaps she could find love again-if only thereweren't so many obstacles in the way. With Bishop Knepp relentlessly pursuingher hand in marriage and the fate of her beloved café at stake, Miriam...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    Snow is falling, cookies are baking, and Christmas is justaround the corner in Willow Ridge, Missouri, where a new season marks freshbeginnings for the residents of the tranquil Amish town. As another year draws to a close in Willow Ridge, life seemsto be changing for everyone but Rhoda Lantz. Her widowed mother is about toremarry, her sister is a busy newlywed, and soon Rhoda will be alone in hercozy apartment above the blacksmith's shop. An ad posted by an Englisherlooking for someone to help with his mother and children may offer just the companionshipshe's looking for-but if she falls for the caring single father, she may riskbeing shunned by her community. Certain she can only wish...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge,Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgracedex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her.She's never been truly at home in her faith ... or believing in herself. AndAnnie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she's gladlyshouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast andunshakeable helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn't think ofsomeone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of herdoubts, Annie Mae will find in a moment of surprising revelation that God canwork impossible miracles-and that...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    The tranquil little town of WillowRidge is facing a startling challenge. Wealthy Nora Glick Landwehr is determinedto make it her home again—and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family,Nora can't reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father. But she'll doanything to help her community embrace the future, and to make amends to thedaughter she had to give up. So she certainly has no time for her reckless newneighbor Luke Hooley. They disagree about almost everything. And how can shetrust him if he always seems to believe the worst about her? Somehow, though,his unexpected support and passionate heart are helping her find her own way infaith. And Nora will discover that...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, eighteen-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend, Josiah Witmer, need more than a place to stay for the night. Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she’s starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate, and she isn’t sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home. Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support. Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    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 when a young woman half his age arrives. 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 about Leola's claims, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be - and never wavers in her...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. She's also hoping the change will help her son Noah's heart to heal after his broken engagement. Filled with regret, and cast out by her dad for a reason she can't yet reveal, Deborah can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness. But with her cruel words still ringing in his head, he's reluctant to accept her apology-even if the Old Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ's most important commandment: love one another. But one thing is certain-his mother and aunts, and their beloved Preacher Amos, will do their best to help him get...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    As Promise Lodge's first wedding arrives, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop's narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn't sit well with the Bender sisters, the town's courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren't the most important of God's gifts-even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship. When an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He'll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path-and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    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 that the bachelor's honesty and persistence will uncover the truth. Asa can't understand why anyone would...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    The Amish residents of Willow Ridge share their talents at the Simple Gifts crafts shop-and share the blessings of faith, hard work, and love with their community-even when family secrets bring unexpected challenges . . . Making rugs for Simple Gifts has taught Loretta Riehl that an unassuming pattern can reveal surprising depth. People, too, have a way of defying first impressions. Drew Detweiler came to Willow Ridge under a cloud, but the handsome craftsman has gained the community's respect for his upholstery skills and commitment to making amends for his mistakes. As her new brother-in-law's twin, he's joining the family for dinners and Sunday visits at the Riehl house, and Loretta...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    For widow Rose Raber, it's been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed that Rose was adopted-and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith-and her troubling curiosity-outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn't expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspires her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them-together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved. When Saul's...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    For Leah Otto, marrying Jude Shetler is a long-held dream come true. As a young girl, she was captivated by his good looks and talent as an auctioneer. When Jude, now a widower with three children, begins to court her, Leah doesn't hesitate. Other men may not appreciate her tomboy ways, but Jude values Leah's practical nature and her skill with the animals she tends, and both enter the marriage with joy and optimism. Three months later, Leah feels as if her world is coming down around her. Her twin teenage step-daughters, Alice and Adeline, are pushing boundaries and taking far too many risks, while five-year-old Stevie deeply misses his mother. Leah, more at ease in a barn tending her...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    The rustic beauty of a country Christmas fills the Simple Gifts crafts shop, while the Amish residents of Willow Ridge pull together in uncertain times-and in the face of an unexpected homecoming. Nora Hooley's shop is abuzz with preparations for the holiday open house, and Rosalyn Riehl is handcrafting wreaths from evergreen boughs, pinecones, and other natural materials. The work is a welcome diversion for the only unmarried daughter of Cornelius Riehl: her gruff dat has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, leaving dutiful Rosalyn to manage the household's inexplicably shrinking budget. Then another distraction swaggers into Simple Gifts-blue-jeaned and leather-jacketed, with a...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    Spring blossoms with new life and new beginnings for the flourishing Amish community of Promise Lodge. And as a just-opened bakery sweetens the air with fresh-baked goodness, residents will find that change can be a most joyous test . . . Recently widowed after twenty years of marriage, Frances Lehman is only just tasting the freedom and opportunity that her Promise Lodge friends enjoy. So she's not about to be pressured into marriage by her widowed brother-in-law, even if she and her daughter have no real means of support. Much more promising is her new friendship with Preacher Marlin Kurtz, though their respective families don't see their relationship as proper . . . When Frances...read more

  • Charlotte Hubbard

    With autumn in full brilliant color, the Amish of Promise Lodge celebrate a successful harvest-and a community rooted in deep friendship. But as cold winds of judgment cast doubt and fear, residents will need each other more than ever to weather the storm . . . For abandoned wife Annabelle Beachey, Promise Lodge is a refuge where she's gained confidence and self-sufficiency. But she and others are dismayed when newly arrived Bishop Clayton King claims the community is too progressive and sets out to change its ways. Worse, her husband, Phineas returns, expecting her to give up her faith as he has. And he won't leave Promise Lodge without her . . . But little by little, Annabelle's...read more