About Charlotte Hubbard
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 in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, 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 her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and 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.
I have always been fascinated with the Amish way of life, but don’t believe that I have read a book that was based around the Amish lifestyle before. I am glad that I haven’t, because I believe that they would pale in comparison to this wonderful novel.
This novel focuses on Rachel, someone who I hope to be more like. She carries out the values of the Amish community and exhibits a kind and caring personality. Being married to Micah has always been what she has wanted. High school sweethearts, it seemed like the ideal life. But, things start to get stirred up when a stranger comes to town – a stranger that causes Rachel to question many things in her life. Is she meant to live the life she is, or is her future going to be defined by things she never thought possible?
The writing and character development were superb, I will certainly be reading more by this author!
About Summer of Secrets
SUMMER OF SECRETS
introduces Miriam Lantz, Amish owner of the Sweet Seasons bakery café, along with her twin daughters Rachel and Rhoda—but wait! When a tattooed, spiky-haired Goth girl turns out to be their long-lost sister, Plain lives get changed in a hurry.
Miriam explains the way Rebecca—now known as Tiffany—got washed away in the flood of 1993 and why the bishop at that time insisted Miriam and her husband keep it quiet. Now a widow, Miriam is realizing her dream—her mission—of feeding people, yet the current bishop, Hiram Knepp, insists she sell her bakery…and marry him. As more secrets surface the Lantz triplets and their mother stand united as a family “fer gut and forever” as Rachel plans her wedding (for Book 2, AUTUMN WINDS, due out in September, 2012).