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The Amish community of Promise Lodge is growing. The colony needs a new Bishop. Widower Bishop Monroe Burkholder is a younger, more progressive leader. Leola Duff is half his age and arrives in town claiming she intends to make an honest man of him. Monroe confesses to the entire congregation and prays they have open hearts and minds to accept him.  

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Zebra
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.13 (inches)
ISBN: 1420139452
ISBN-13: 9781420139457
Series: Promise Lodge

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Author Bio

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle. Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle—and the foundation of all her Amish romance series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician, and a choir member. When she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.

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Praise for Promise Lodge "Hubbard firmly grounds the storyline in the principle of Amish grace." —Publishers Weekly "Hubbard writes of healing and brave new beginnings from a refreshingly feminist perspective." —Booklist (starred review)

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Founded by the three Bender sisters, the Amish community of Promise Lodge is thriving—and growing. In fact, residents are thrilled to welcome a charismatic new arrival—one who may not just strengthen their faith, but put it to the test . . . When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival. Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age . . . Leola Duff claims Monroe "ruined" her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be—and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should. And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine . . .

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  1. GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Trust Can Be Difficult
    August 27, 2017
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Promise Lodge sounds like a wonderful place to live, but everything is not always rosy. They have problems just like everywhere else. In fact, in this third book in the series, the problems seem to escalate for the Bender sisters. The story opens with Mattie getting married to Preacher Amos. Rosetta has been interested in Truman Wickey since their first meeting, but he is a Mennonite and Old Order Amish are not allowed to marry Mennonites. Christine has recently met Bishop Monroe, who is new to their community. From the looks of things, two younger women who suddenly arrive at Promise Lodge are chasing after Truman and Bishop Monroe. They generate quite a bit of "excitement" although Rosetta and Christine find it to be more stressful than exciting. One thing stood out more in this book than it did in the first two books. It seems this small community of Amish are constantly celebrating with huge feasts. You might want to eat before you start reading or you may find yourself snacking all the way through. The spreads they put on sounded like meals fit for a king. I think I need to go find something to eat before I get started on another book.
  2. Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love is in the air
    August 8, 2017
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As always, Charlotte Hubbard gives us an engaging story of the unusual community of Promise Lodge in her latest installment -- Weddings at Promise Lodge.

    The women and men of Promise Lodge continue to find their way through joys and sorrows, exciting developments, and apparent obstacles as their new way of life evolves from the various backgrounds from which they came. Characters who have been present from the beginning of the series, as well as new ones who find their way to the old church camp turned Plain community, learn to live and work together for the mutual benefit of the residents. Wedding plans come and go amidst growing love and unexpected miscommunications. You just never know who will show up at Promise Lodge and what new direction life will take upon their arrival.

    While many aspects of these books are considerably different from some other Amish romance novels, the flow is a very natural and interesting one. I highly recommend Weddings at Promise Lodge -- as well as the rest of the series -- to fans of great Amish fiction.

    Thanks to Charlotte for providing a copy of her book and to Goddess Fish Promotions for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this tour. I was happy to share my thoughts in this review.
  3. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I Want To Live Here
    July 10, 2017
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ok I loved this book, and have my first and last months rent ready plus the deposit, and if only it wasnt a fictional place, Id move in tomorrow.

    The new Bishop is about to be put to a test, if you remember he arrived suddenly just before Christmas, but has been accepted into this Community, and he arrived at just the right time. There are now sparks flying between him and Christine, and you will soon be rooting for these two. Of course, life is not always smooth sailing, and when a young woman arrives claiming that Monroe has to marry her as he ruined her, that sure gets every ones attention.

    Then there is Rosetta, the older sister, and Truman, a Mennonite, they seem to love each other, but have different churches, and can they choose one, or will can they be accepted for living separate church lives, not under normal circumstances, but we hope for the best.

    There are some new romances here, and some that are just not meant to be, despite one of the party wanting it, and we get to attend a few weddings.

    The author has included some yummy recipes at the end of this book, mostly those that you will be drooling about while reading this story, and they do a lot of eating of wonderfully described food. Now I want more answers and more stories from Promise Lodge, I love this place.

    I received this book from the Author and Goddess Fish Promotions, and was not required to give a positive review.
  4. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A heartwarming community of the most delightful people you'd ever meet!
    July 3, 2017
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Spring is the perfect time for weddings, when winter has released its grip on new life just waiting to burst forth. Now that Promise Lodge is beginning to show the same signs of life with a new nursery, new people taking up available property, it now has a new Bishop as well. Bishop Monroe Burkholder arrived just as winter began and soon found love in Christine Hershberger. For both of them it would be a second chance at love since they are both widowers. Christine helps run the Promise Lodge along with her sisters Rosetta and Mattie. Mattie has married Preacher Amos, who seems to question the sudden unexpected arrival of Bishop Burkholder to their small town.

    Just as the Sunday Morning service is about to end, a young woman arrives and announces that she has found Monroe and since he ruined her, he'd better make plans to marry her, after all she loves him and plans to stay in Promise Lodge forever. This upsets things between Christine and Monroe as well as Preacher Amos who now believes the new Bishop owes his congregation an explanation, but it will have to wait until things can be discussed between the parties involved. With the arrival of Leola, the young woman who has strong feelings towards Monroe, this really throws plans in the air. When Monroe explains that Leola is a special child from God, and her mind really is that of a child despite her physical appearance, he tries to figure out why she arrived here unexpectedly and without her parents.

    He soon learns that Leola has run away from her aunt that was supposed to be caring for her while her parents were in the hospital. Her mom had heart troubles and it will be weeks before Leola can come home. Not to mention that she has thrown out her medication and removed all the labels from her prescriptions so no one can refill them or even know what she should be taking, without talking to her parents. Will the wedding plans continue or will things in Promise Lodge be shaken up so much that all plans will have to be put on hold?

    I received Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard compliments of Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Group and Net Galley. This is the third novel in the Promise Lodge series which the premise behind Promise Lodge is the three sisters, Rosetta, Mattie and Christine sold their homes and purchased Promise Lodge to begin a colony where spousal abuse wasn't tolerated and peace was part of the program of living here. Seems a far cry from that with the arrival of Leola as well as a new pretty blonde baker who decides that this is the perfect place to start her business. I love how the women are in charge of this Amish community and they have the say in how things are run despite that fact that there are three preachers and now a Bishop living in their new small town. Things are definitely going to get interesting as the pot begins to be stirred. I give this one a 4.5 of out 5 stars in my opinion and I absolutely LOVE the delicious recipes you will find at the conclusion of this novel.
  5. The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Third book in Promise Lodge series!
    June 30, 2017
    The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard is the third book in the Promise Lodge series. Promise Lodge is growing with new families and businesses arriving. Amos Troyers twin daughters along with their husbands are moving to Promise Lodge to live and open a nursery and greenhouses. Mattie Bender and Amos Troyer are finally getting married (it is about time). The newly arrived Bishop Monroe Burkholder is presiding over the ceremony. Christine Bender found herself attracted to Monroe and is looking forward to spending more time with him. Amos is wary of Monroe because he feels that their new bishop is hiding something (a feeling). Everyone is at Roman and Mary Kates wedding when an unexpected arrival interrupts the festivities. A young woman, Leola Duff bursts into the lodge declaring that Monroe ruined her and that they must marry. The male leaders in the community want answers, but Monroe is being evasive. Christine does not doubt that there is a logical explanation for Leolas remarks and that Monroe will tell all when the time is right (in Gods own perfect timing, not theirs). But will the community understand and still accept Monroe when he enlightens them? Come to Promise Lodge in Weddings at Promise Lodge to visit with old friends, meet the newcomers, and catch up on the gossip

    Weddings at Promise Lodge contains good writing. Ms. Hubbards writing style makes for a novel that is pleasurable to read. I thought the novel had a good pace and a beautiful setting. There are a significant number of characters that can be hard to keep straight. It gets easier the further you get into the story. The book contains lovely, Christian characters. I am amazed at how they welcome strangers into their community and the depth of their compassion, kindness and patience (something I lack). Wouldnt it be wonderful if everyone was so accepting and welcoming in real life? I was not a fan of Leola Duff. I do not know how the community dealt with her antics. I would have sent her packing within twenty-four hours. I rate Weddings at Promise Lodge 4 out of 5 stars. While Weddings at Promise Lodge can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading the books in order. You will understand why the Bender sisters and Amos Troyer decided to start their own community. It will also provide you with the background details on the main characters. I like the Promise Lodge community because it is not as strict as Amish districts in Amish novels. They are receptive to all Christians. While Weddings at Promise Lodge has some predictability, there are some unexpected surprises. At the end of the story, we are left wondering what will happen next time. Weddings at Promise Lodge is a little racy compared to normal Amish/Christian novels. There is some kissing and intimate innuendos which is not the norm in an Amish book (just giving you a heads up). I liked the lessons of holding a person accountable for their actions, importance of communication, and appearances can be deceiving. There are recipes at the end of Weddings at Promise Lodge and a preview of A Simple Wish.
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