Promise Lodge

Title:  Promise Lodge
Series: Promise Lodge, Book 1
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher:  Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date:  February 23, 2016


It’s a better life, a fresh start—and a heaven-sent second chance. Founded by three Amish sisters determined to put misfortune behind them, Promise Lodge is a colony where faith’s abiding promise can be fulfilled—and love can make all things new…

Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. She’s also hoping the change will help her son Noah’s heart to heal after his broken engagement. But his former fiancée, Deborah, is looking for a fresh start too.
Filled with regret, and cast out by her dat for a reason she can’t yet reveal, Deborah can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness.

Deborah is the last person Noah expected to show up at Promise Lodge. But with her cruel words still ringing in his head, he’s reluctant to accept her apology—even if the Old Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ’s most important commandment: love one another. But one thing is certain—his mother and aunts, and their beloved Preacher Amos, will do their best to help him get there.



My 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.

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.





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 Promise Lodge series. 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 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.

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  1. Thanks so much for featuring and reviewing my book on your blog today!

  2. Thanks Charlotte! Looking forward to book 2!

  3. Sounds like a great book. Amish fiction is among my favorite genre too. Thanks for a lovely review Annie!


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