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Leah Otto is a tomboy with a practical nature and has skills with animals. She marries Jude, who is a widower with three children. The twins Alice and Adeline are her teenage step-daughters who continuously push their boundaries. Stevie is five and still misses his mother. Leah gets behind on her housekeeping duties. When someone leaves a baby on their doorstep, a sense of family and renewed purpose is created.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Kensington Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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 doesnt hesitate. Other men may not appreciate her tomboy ways, but Jude values Leahs 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 goats and chickens than in a kitchen, struggles with her housekeeping duties.
Then a baby is abandoned on their doorstep, and Leah must search her soul. Caring for little Betsy fills her with renewed purpose and the strength to begin pulling her family together. With Judes steadfast support, Leah finds that what she once thought of as a happy ending may be something even betterthe beginning of a life rich in love, faith, and unexpected blessings.
Praise for A Mothers Love
"An endearing romance. . . . 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."
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5GOD's giftApril 19, 2018joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Mother's Gift Is a book of judgment, love, fitting in, rebellion, vengeance, forgiveness and faith. Poor Leah - she just wants to love - love her husband Jude and his twins Alice and Adlain and son, but they have other ideas. The poor thing cries at night - that is how those brats treat her. The twins (are in Rumspringa) and the boy has built up walls - which she did break through with her animals, but if you ask me it was GOD - now with the twins, the father took them to task. GOD-made sure she was watched over throughout the whole horrible mess - which tugged at your heart strings. Did things turn out OK? Well that is something you have to find out for yourselves. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley. All of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5HeartwarmingApril 18, 2018MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Charlotte Hubbard has given us a really sweet romantic Amish love story, and we get to experience this with this page-turning read.
Can a single, not expecting to marry, Amish woman with a love of animals, and a widowed Amish man with three children, find happiness with what the community feels an unlikely pair.
I loved this heartwarming love story and family, and how things work out will keep you page turning.
This one will stay a favorite of mine, but then I love this authors books, and am so glad she shares her gifts with us.
I received this book through Goddess Fish Promotions, and was not required to give a positive review.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Love and strength of familyApril 10, 2018Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Charlotte Hubbard has given us another great Amish story in A Mother's Gift. And as always, you don't get a simple "boy meets girl, get married, and live a happy life" kind of story.
The story begins with both Leah and Jude being warned by their family members that their marriage is likely not a good choice. But their love for each other pushes them on into marriage . . . with not altogether "happy-ever-after" results.
Charlotte creates a story with lots of challenges, hurts, and obstacles for the characters keep this story moving at a very interesting pace. For a good part of the story, it seems that unsolvable problems keep piling up on top of each other. But with her great story-telling skill, Charlotte provides lots of chances for love, faith and strength of family to shine through.
Fans of great Amish fiction should enjoy this engaging story.
Thanks to Charlotte for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Will love win them over?April 9, 2018MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book begins with a wedding as widower Jude Shetler marries Leah, who is not your typical Amish bride. Leah loves animals and spends much of her time raising and selling livestock. Jude brings his own baggage--rebellious teen twin daughters and a troubled five-year old son. Will they accept Leah as their stepmother or continually reject her and make her life miserable? Jude seems almost too good to be true as an understanding, loving husband, but he must improve at disciplining his girls. The journey these characters take as the story unfolds is a delight to behold as we witness their growth. However, the twins' swift change seemed hard to believe. I do like the resolution of the novel. The author truly makes readers care about the people she pens, and the story "feels" real. I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A lovely story!April 5, 2018The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Mothers Gift is the latest novel by Charlotte Hubbard. Leah Otto is marrying Jude Shetler, but her mother is worried that Leah has not thought it through completely. Jude has twin daughters who are sixteen and enjoying their rumspringa along with a five-year-old son who misses his mother. Leah has always preferred working with animals to taking care of a home and feels that Jude is the right man for her. There is the added benefit of Judes mother, Margaret who takes care of the household. Jeremiah, Judes older brother, has his doubts about the match as well and wishes Jude would delay the wedding. Jude and Leah have no reservations and proceed with their wedding. Three months pass, and Leah is miserable. Margaret moved out after the wedding, the twins are making life difficult for Leah, Stevie is still not talking to Leah, and Jude has not been supportive. Something needs to change if their marriage is to survive. Then a baby named Betsy is left on their porch with a note asking that they give the baby a loving home. Leah has no clue on how to care for a baby and is thankful when Lenore, Leahs mother, comes to assist her. After a long-needed talk, Jude alters his behavior and begins reigning in the twins. This is just the beginning for Leah and Jude. With communication, faith, and love they can have a happy, rich life together that is full of unexpected blessings. Come along for the journey in A Mothers Gift.
I found A Mothers Gift to be well-written in a nice, conversational writing style. There are a variety of characters in the story with different personalities. They are realistic in their attitudes and behaviors. A blended marriage is challenging for all parties and it takes time for people to adjust (come together as a family). There are good life lessons in the story and we can see that the Amish have the same problems/struggles as Englischers. It is important not to judge others, the harm that gossip can cause to people, forgiveness of oneself and others, God is in control, the power of prayer and the importance of having a strong faith in God. God had a plan when he brought Leah and Jude together. My rating for A Mothers Gift is 4 out of 5 stars. I do wish the characters had been introduced into the story differently (in the beginning). A Mothers Gift is such a lovely, heartwarming story that will take readers on an emotional journey.