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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 wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose's new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. And it isn't long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias's livelihood and Rose's future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong--and trust God's enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.
Praise for Charlotte Hubbard and the Seasons of the Heart series
-Hubbard writes Amish stories with style and grace.- --RT Book Reviews
-These very special books will sit proudly on my keeper shelf - --Romance Reviews Today
-Another great book centered around the Sweet Seasons Cafe.- --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
-Those who enjoy a glimpse of the culture will find the story appealing.- --Publishers Weekly
-A compelling story about a family in upheaval and a woman looking for strength.
There is a sweet romance, a bit of mystery and plenty of tension. There's also a bonus
section of delicious looking recipes - --The News and Sentinel
- ISBN-13: 9781496708441
- ISBN-10: 149670844X
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Hubbard (Christmas at Promise Lodge) gently challenges Amish gender roles in this endearing romance loosely linked to her Seasons of the Heart series. Rose Raber, a recent widow living in a close-knit Amish community, learns from her mothers deathbed confession that she was adopted. Roses birth mother was an unwed teenager who still fears the revelation of her transgression. While coping with this news, Rose feels compelled to find work to provide for herself and her young daughter, despite pressure from her bishop to rely on the communitys kindness. When Roses highly marriageable suitor, widower Matthias Wagler, enters into a business arrangement with Saul Hartzler, whos married to Roses birth mother, the secret can only stay hidden so long, and when it comes out, Rose struggles to mitigate the damage. Matthias and Roses romance builds naturally and sweetly as they learn to imagine futures without their first spouses. Hubbard crafts self-reliant women willing to hold their ground amid domineering men, though happy coincidences and quick changes of heart resolve most conflicts. By making a space for determined women inside the Amish community and providing a satisfying conclusion to various familial hurts, Hubbard provides readers with a comforting tale of love and forgiveness. Agent: Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency. (Apr.)