It may take a Christmas miracle to unite an Amish widow and a preacher in this romance from the author of Morning Star.
As the first wedding arrives in the brand new colony of Promise Lodge, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop’s narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn’t sit well with the Bender sisters, the town’s courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren’t the most important of God’s gifts—even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship.
Amos hasn’t given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He’ll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.
Praise for Charlotte Hubbard
“Hubbard writes Amish stories with style and grace.”—RT Book Reviews
“Charlotte Hubbard has a way of writing that draws you into the story from beginning to end.”—Romance Junkies
Sisters Mattie, Christine, and Rosetta two widowed, one unwed and their children escaped abuse in their Amish community to start a new colony in Missouri called Promise Lodge. They envisioned it as a place of acceptance where single women could be productive and families ostracized in other Amish and Mennonite communities could find peace and belonging. They have a lot to be thankful for this Christmas, with the colony's first wedding, new settlers, and understanding church leadership. The only thing marring their joy is the bishop's increasingly strict rules about women working. Stubborn and outspoken Mattie hesitates to go against the bishop, and when an accident leaves the bishop unable to lead, she puts her own concerns aside to help the community weather the crisis. This means putting a hold on her own hopes for a second, happier marriage, but she trusts the Lord to see her through to eventual happiness. Hubbard excels at weaving a feminist perspective into the daily realities of Amish life. As in the first in the series (Promise Lodge), the story goes beyond the stereotypes and describes with sensitivity and tact how strong women can uphold their community's traditions, keep the faith, and forge new futures.