As the year draws to a close, the brand-new colony of Promise Lodge is thriving, a welcoming community that offers three Amish sisters a fresh start. Read more...
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As the year draws to a close, the brand-new colony of Promise Lodge is thriving, a welcoming community that offers three Amish sisters a fresh start. And as Christmas approaches, gifts big and small are given with love . . .
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.
Amos hasn t given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but 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 walk it with him.
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Sisters Mattie, Christine, and Rosettatwo widowed, one unwedand their children escaped abuse in their Amish community to start a new colony in Missouri called Promise Lodge. They envisioned it as a place of acceptance where single women could be productive and families ostracized in other Amish and Mennonite communities could find peace and belonging. They have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas, with the colonys first wedding, new settlers, and understanding church leadership. The only thing marring their joy is the bishops increasingly strict rules about women working. Stubborn and outspoken Mattie hesitates to go against the bishop, and when an accident leaves the bishop unable to lead, she puts her own concerns aside to help the community weather the crisis. This means putting a hold on her own hopes for a second, happier marriage, but she trusts the Lord to see her through to eventual happiness. Hubbard excels at weaving a feminist perspective into the daily realities of Amish life. As in the first in the series (Promise Lodge), the story goes beyond the stereotypes and describes with sensitivity and tact how strong women can uphold their communitys traditions, keep the faith, and forge new futures. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Oct.)