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A Simple Vow, in the Simple Gifts series, by Charlotte Hubbard
Edith Riehl longs to be a mother, but is unable to conceive. Asa Detweiler asks her to take care of baby twins while he looks for their real father. Edith's father thinks Asa is the father who abandoned the babies. Asa is determined to clear his name. What is the heartbreaking deception they uncover?
Number of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.13 (inches)|
Series: Simple Gifts
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.
Praise for Charlotte Hubbard's Seasons of the Heart series
"Another great book centered around the Sweet Seasons Café." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"These very special books will sit proudly on my keeper shelf!" --Romance Reviews Today
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Christ's love in actionSeptember 15, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm pleased to read another Amish story set in Willow Ridge, with the characters from the Seasons of the Heart series continuing in this new Simple Gifts series. The book can stand alone, with its strong characterization and compelling plot, but you will want to read the other series in order too. Unforeseen circumstances throw Edith Riehl and Asa Detweiler together, but the drama they find themselves caught in is beyond their wildest dreams. I suspected something about Asa's brother Drew, but never saw coming what the author so skillfully wove into the endearing story. I appreciate her explaining the Amish stance on divorce and remarriage and the emphasis on forgiveness. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Did not find this to be enjoyable readingAugust 4, 2016Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Did not finish readinf after 3rd chapter. Could not find characters even remotely realistic. Didn't even bother donating my book; which is something I enjoy.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Amish fiction!July 18, 2016DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have never really thought about the Amish having the same trials and problems of life that Englishers have.. I found twists and turns in this story I hadn't before associated with the Amish life.. Such interesting characters! Betrayal starts such a chain of events. You could feel all the swinging emotions and yes, understand the actions of some of the main characters that were sometimes acts of desperation!! I thought the author did an excellent job of keeping me turning the pages. And the ending!! A total surprise she kept all the way to the end.. I was gifted a copy for review.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A great start to a new seriesJuly 1, 2016Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Charlotte Hubbard's A Simple Vow is a great start to her Simple Gifts series. If you are already a fan of her books (and if not, you really should be), you may recognize some "old friends" as she takes us back to the fictional Amish community of Willow Ridge, Missouri.
As usual, some of Charlotte's characters stretch the limits of the most conservative Amish factions and find themselves in some interesting -- and sometimes sticky -- situations. A new family has moved to town, a somewhat secretive and stern deacon with his three unmarried daughters; and their lives get pretty complicated with the addition of twin infants and some young Amish men from out of town.
Charlotte outdid herself with a plot twist that caught me completely off guard. I will avoid spoilers and just say you will have to read the story for yourself. And even as the main story wraps up at the end of the book, there are questions to carry over into the next installment in the series.
This new Simple Gifts series promises to be another great set of stories. You can definitely enjoy them on their own, but if you're interested in background details, I would highly recommend you check out Charlotte's Seasons of the Heart books.
Fans of great Amish fiction should enjoy The Simple Vow. Thanks to the author for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Willow Ridge residents in Charlotte Hubbard's new seriesJune 28, 2016MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was a great to catch up with beloved characters in Willow Ridge, along with new members of the community, reading Charlotte Hubbard's new release, A Simple Vow. A Simple Vow is book one in her new series, Simple Gifts. Charlotte is a talented author weaving her plots with real to life characters. A Simple Vow is focus on Edith Riehl's verbal vow to care for infant twins because it was unclear who the father was.
Will Gingerich and Asa Detweiler were arguing when Edith heard an infant crying. Will Gingerich's wife had spoken Asa's name on her deathbed when she had given birth six months earlier. Thus Will assumed Asa was the father of the twins. Will had married Molly without knowing she was pregnant. He wanted answers and had accused Asa Detweiler of his immoral behavior with Molly. Will and Asa both wanted an answer to who fathered the twins, as Asa assured Will he did not know his wife Molly.
Asa and his brother, Drew, lived in another community but moved to Willow Ridge as Asa fell for Edith when she made the vow to care for the twins. Edith and her sisters, Rosalyn and Loretta, did not have it easy. There deacon father, Cornelius Riehl, was demanding and controlling. Will Edith be able to keep the twins since Cornelius had caused Loretta's engagement to Will Gingerich to be broken?
There are so many twists and turns throughout the book. I was surprised when the identity of the individual who caused so much trouble for Asa Detweiler was revealed. Will the guilty individual be able to find forgiveness among his family members and others?
A Simple Vow is filled with characters that are true to life. Characters that are forgiving, compassionate, struggle with their flaws but filled with faith and love along with determination to see the best in others. Some characters you will want to chastise, others your heart will break with their sorrow and disappointment. Charlotte Hubbard did not fail in delivering another fantastic book. I look forward to reading the next book in this series to see what is happening with the residents in Willow Ridge.