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Promise Lodge colony begins with three Amish sister who want to put misfortune behind them. Mattie Bender Schwartz is working hard to get the lodge up and running. Her son Noah is healing after a broken engagement. His former fiancée Deborah regrets the breakup. She shows up at the Promise Lodge to apologize. Noah is hesitant to accept the apology. With the help of his mother, aunts and preacher, he may finally forgive.
Number of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.13 (inches)|
Series: Promise Lodge
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A different story but interesting and a good read!June 18, 2016wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is quite a different story involving the Amish but what an interesting one it is. There are some different personalities that come to Promise Lodge to see if they'd be interested in moving there and these will keep you reading and wondering. I have read some of Charlotte's other books and find this just as good as those. I can recommend this as great book with a very interesting story.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Promise Lodge a great place to journey to in your readingApril 20, 2016MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Charlotte Hubbard has given readers another winsome book! Promise Lodge was formerly a church camp that the Bender sisters, Mattie, Rosetta, and Christine purchased. They left their former Amish community, Coldstream, due to their bishop's reaction to his son's behavior and the traumatic events that affected their lives. The Bender sisters are determined along with their faith and love to develop the land for their new community to draw others there. Their entire family joined them in this new endeavor along with a couple other members from their former Amish community.
The Bender sisters' goal is to provide housing for single women and for families that need a new start in life just as they did. They wrote articles about their Promise Lodge in the Budget with different individuals and families responding that were interested in coming to see the new community. In time, a variety of individuals start showing up at Promise Lodge. Even their former bishop's son showed up unexpectedly but he was there to cause trouble for Deborah, a young lady who had went to Promise Lodge after her father demanded she leave her home in Coldstream. Will the members of Promise Lodge be able to continue with their goal in developing a community filled with peace, love and faith?
Read this delightful book with characters that you will fall in love with. You'll experience a variety of emotions but feel like the characters are ones you want to have in your life.
I rated this book 5 stars and am looking forward to the next one in the series.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5New BeginningsApril 6, 2016GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Quite a moving story about three Amish sisters and an Amish preacher who leave their district to start a new colony. As Old Order Amish, they were all pushing the boundaries in their endeavor. I enjoyed all the interaction between the sisters and their sons and daughters, the preacher, the Mennonite neighbor, and the families who came to check out the new colony. There were some very heartrending scenes, some times of hilarity, a mix of romance, and some wonderful lessons about forgiveness. When the author described their meals, my mouth practically watered. For those who enjoy cooking, there are some recipes in the back of the book of some of their special dishes. Promise Lodge sounded like a wonderful place for individuals or families to go for a fresh start. I recommend the book to all who enjoy great Amish stories. I would not exactly consider this a typical Amish story but it is well worth the time spent reading it.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5A promising start to a new series!March 29, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0My first thought with Charlotte Hubbard's Promise Lodge, was that this seems different than the other Amish fiction I've read in the past. Not overtly or does it romanticize, but it gives older female characters a certain strength to carry on their family without the "control" of the male characters in the family. I enjoyed this very much as it gives a glimpse, well, more than a glimpse of how a community is started.
As Promise Lodge is not just a simple name, it represents what these women and men have hope for in their ideal Plain community. When their beliefs and ideals of God's gift and ordained bishops have been abused, they find strength and faith to move away and start their own community, not without thorough examinations and prayers. The relationships throughout between siblings, parents and child, and friends really struck a cord in what it means in the Plain community, which is a big interest factor for me as a reader. Trust and faith have brought them to a new beginning. Will they follow through and find that's also what they need for each other?
A promising start to a series that I look forward to reading.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly Blog.
NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Characters you can't help but care forMarch 15, 2016MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A different venue than your typical Amish novel, this story has plenty of drama as three older sisters team up to open a lodge and found a new Amish community. Their action could be viewed as rebellion but their hearts are sincere as they seek God's guidance and attempt to help those He brings their way. One such individual is Deborah, one of the sisters' son's former fiancee. The pains of the past and present compound the situation with more threats lurking. Multiple subplots add to the depth and breadth of the heart-tugging tale. As usual, delicious recipes are included at the end. I'm eager follow the lives of these realistic characters, but don't like how some Amish leaders are so negative in many of the author's books. This first book in a new series was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.