Weddings at Promise Lodge: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Weddings at Promise Lodge

Weddings at Promise Lodge – Interesting and Entertaining

When you find a novel by Charlotte Hubbard, you know you’ve found a fun treat. Such was the case when I happened upon her latest release, Weddings at Promise Lodge. It’s a great little novel to end the summer.

Weddings at Promise Lodge takes readers back to Promise Lodge and its famous Bender sisters. Christine is smitten with a widowed newcomer, Bishop Monroe Burkholder. But when a woman from his old church shows up at Promise Lodge claiming that Monroe “ruined” her, the drama begins.

I was given Weddings at Promise Lodge in exchange for my honest review. While it can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading them in order as many storylines, including how Promise Lodge came into being, are established in previous novels. I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet romances made at Promise Lodge, but was caught a bit off guard by the unconventional ways of the Promise Lodge church. The characters were openly amorous with one another, and even a bit suggestive. I would say this is more of a Christian fiction novel, rather than an Amish genre novel. That being said, I found the storylines interesting and entertaining.


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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A Mother’s Love: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love – Add This to Your TBR Pile!

When you find a novel by Charlotte Hubbard, you know you are in for a treat. Each one is chock-full of romance, intrigue, and of course, Amish! What more could a reader want? Her latest release, A Mother’s Love, is no exception.

A Mother’s Love tells the story of Rose Raber – widowed with a precocious five-year-old and now caring for her widowed mother who is in her last days of her life. When Rose’s mother reveals a shocking secret on her deathbed, how will she be able to move on?

When Matthias Wagler literally runs into Rose at the local mercantile, he is immediately smitten with Rose’s daughter Gracie. When they keep running into one another, it seems like something more than chance is involved. And when Rose confides in Matthias, oh what a turn of events!

Will Rose and Matthias get together? How does Gracie fit into the picture? What is this secret? And is a mother’s love enough to handle all of these challenges? Read and find out!

I was given A Mother’s Love in exchange for my honest review. While storylines from previous novels are mentioned, it can easily be read as a stand-alone and they are not distracting. There were a couple of inconsistencies between the novel and actual Old Order Amish traditions that were a bit frustrating. One example of this was the fact that Gracie so well-spoken, speaking and understanding English – in real life, most Amish children at that age do not even learn English until they start school. Additionally, some of the Bible passages seemed forced (note that I am an evangelical Christian and love the Word, but it was a bit much.) All of that being said, A Mother’s Love was a fantastic read. Hubbard’s storylines were intricate and fascinating. The characters were tremendous: one meek, one charming, one stern, one bubbly, and one frightening! Definitely add this novel to your TBR pile.


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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Harvest of Blessings – A Season for Women! – Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Harvest of BlessingsEver since I read Charlotte Hubbard’s Summer of Secrets (first in her Seasons of the Heart series), I’ve been entranced by her writings. I have become attached to the people of Willow Ridge and was thrilled to be able to return again with Harvest of Blessings. Hold onto your hats, readers, you are in for a wild ride!

Harvest of Blessings tells the story of newly divorced (and very rich) Nora Glick Landwehr, who has returned after 16 long years to reconcile with her family…and the child she left behind as an unwed mother. As accusations fly, unforgiving attitudes seem to rule the day. Yet in the midst of all of this chaos is a quiet, steady resolve of the women of Willow Ridge, trying to change the tide of some of the Old Ways of the community. And then there is Luke Hooley: lover boy extraordinaire, who has taken an unsettling interest in Willow Ridge’s newest resident. How will it all come together? Can love and true forgiveness be found in the midst of such turmoil and distress?

I was given Harvest of Blessings in exchange for my honest review. It was extraordinary – I could barely put it down. What sets this novel apart from most of the other Amish fiction novels I have read is Hubbard’s portrayal of the female characters. They are shown as strong, quietly assertive women (while still being submissive in their roles within their household and community.) It was refreshing and definitely a new viewpoint that needed to be explored (carefully) in this genre. Hubbard delivered with precision, style, humor and zeal. Harvest of Blessings can be read as a stand-alone, but there are so many references to characters and their storylines from previous books in the Seasons of the Heart series that I highly recommend you get up to pace first. But again, it will be time well-spent. Hubbard writes with excellence and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. In my opinion, Harvest of Blessings is the best of this series so far.

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Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!