Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Exceprt Tour: A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard

A Simple Vow
by Charlotte Hubbard


GENRE: Inspirational Romance ( Amish)



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.


EXCERPTS (Exclusive Exerpt):

The kitchen fell silent, so stuffy Edith longed to open a window—except Dat had always insisted that no one else rise from the table until he did. He didn’t like to feel rushed by women clearing away the dishes and removing leftover food.

Finally, he stood up. “After this afternoon’s work, I realize how short on replacement parts I am, so I’ll be leaving early tomorrow,” he remarked. “I like it that the trip to Kansas City is a lot shorter from here than it was from Roseville.”

Edith and her sisters nodded mutely.

“Make something substantial for breakfast so I won’t have to buy lunch along the way,” Dat continued. “I’ll let my new driver find his own meal while I’m at the clock repair store. Every little bit helps when it comes to economizing. Your mother stretched a dollar farther than anyone I’ve ever known.”

When he left the kitchen, Edith and her sisters sprang from their chairs. Rosalyn ran dishwater while Loretta scraped plates and Edith gathered the silverware and glasses. “I need to buy another canister of formula powder,” she murmured. “Dat will raise a ruckus if he sees the price sticker on the can Will left, so I’ll pay for it out of our stash. Please don’t tell him I’m buying it, or he’ll think we intend to defy him and keep the babies longer. But what else can I do? We don’t have enough to feed them through tomorrow.”

Rosalyn glanced out the kitchen window. “Folks are still over at the Grill N Skillet for the wedding, so Zooks Market’s not open, most likely.”

“Jah, the stores are all closed for the day,” Loretta reminded Edith. “The Witmers have closed the Grill N Skillet for its supper shift so folks can stay at the wedding party as long as they want to. Lydia and Katie Zook plan to help with the clean-up, too.”

“Hmm.” Edith stood between her sisters, assessing the wedding guests who sat clustered in lawn chairs behind the cafĂ©. “Maybe if I ask Preacher Henry nicely, he’ll let me into his store just long enough to . . . or maybe I’ll have to go when they first open in the morning.”

“Go now, while Dat’s downstairs working,” Loretta suggested in a low voice.

“We’ll keep the babies quiet for you,” Rosalyn chimed in under her breath. “I haven’t gotten a gut look at them yet.”

“Me, neither. What’re their names?”

Edith gratefully grasped her sisters’ shoulders. “Denki so much—I won’t be long,” she promised. “Leroy and Louisa are such sweet little things. You can’t help but love them.”

My Review:
When 19 year old Edith hears a commotion coming from the road she goes to investigate. When she sees 2 men arguing and hears the cries of baby she first stops to calm the baby to find twins in the back of a the buggy crying. She grabs up the babies then gives the 2 men a talking down too about scaring the babies. She realizes one of the men is the ex-fiance of her sister Will. But has no idea who the handsome stranger is.

After Edith's father broke off the engagement between Will and Edith's sister Loretta, will moved on with his life. He married Molly. Molly soon after giving birth to the twins dies from cancer leaving Will with the twins to raise. Not a big deal except that her last words told him the babies belonged to Asa. 

Will goes looking for Asa and actually finds him, but does he have the right man. Asa tracks Will down to let him know he has no idea what Will is talking about and does not know Molly. 

Will has brought the twins to Edith to raise for him until he can find the babies father and get his life straightened out. Asa pledges to find the father of these babies. But first falls for Edith at first site.

From there every ones lives are turned upside down and inside out. In the Amish community there is peace and love not lies, deceit, and mystery.

This is a very good book. It is fast moving and takes you through the lives on not only Edith and her family but also through the whole community of Willow Ridge. I very much enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next book in the series. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Ramona.



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  1. Thanks so much for your review, and for featuring my book on your blog today!

  2. I am adding this book to my TBR list.

    1. Thanks, Marlene! I hope you'll enjoy the full story!

  3. I enjoy reading Amish books. A Simple Vow sounds like a great one and it's on my Wish List.

  4. Great post - thanks for sharing the excerpt!