I’m delighted to be a part of author Charlotte Hubbard’s Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tour for her Amish/inspirational fiction release, WINTER OF WISHES.
As part of the tour, Charlotte is sharing the first chapter excerpt to entice your reading. But first, here’s a brief synopsis for WINTER OF WISHES (ISBN: 978-1420121711, published by Zebra, 368 Pages):
Snow is falling, cookies are baking, and Christmas is just around the corner in Willow Ridge, Missouri, where a new season marks fresh beginnings for the residents of this tranquil Amish town . . .
As another year draws to a close in Willow Ridge, life seems to be changing for everyone but Rhoda Lantz. Her widowed mother is about to remarry, her twin sister is a busy newlywed, and soon Rhoda will be alone in her cozy apartment above the blacksmith’s shop. An ad posted by an Englischer looking for someone to help with his mother and children may offer just the companionship she’s looking for, but if she falls for the caring single father, she may risk being shunned by her community.
Certain she can only wish for things she cannot have, Rhoda must remember that all things are possible with God, and nothing is stronger than the power of love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charlotte has called Missouri home for most of her life, and most folks don’t realize that several Old Older Amish and Mennonite communities make their home there, as well. The rolling pastureland, woods, and small towns along county highways make a wonderful setting for Plain populations—and for stories about them, too! While Jamesport, Missouri is the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River, other communities have also found the affordable farm land ideal for raising crops, livestock, and running the small family-owned businesses that support their families.
Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, of her Seasons of the Heart series, Charlotte loves to feed people—to share her hearth and home. She bakes bread and goodies and she loves to try new recipes. She put up jars and jars of green beans, tomatoes, beets and other veggies every summer. All her adult life, she has been a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and they hosted a potluck group in their home for more than twenty years.
Like Abby Lambright, heroine of her Home at Cedar Creek series, Charlotte considers it a personal mission to be a listener and a peacemaker—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls. Faith and family, farming and frugality matter to her: like Abby, she sews and enjoys fabric arts — she made her wedding dress and the one her Mom wore, too, when she married into an Iowa farm family more than thirty-five years ago! When she’s not writing, she crochets and sews, and loves to travel.
Charlotte recently moved to Minnesota when her husband got a wonderful new job, so now they and their border collie, Ramona, are exploring their new state and making new friends.
For more on Charlotte and her writing, visit her website at www.CharlotteHubbard.com. WINTER OF WISHES is available at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Now here the first chapter excerpt for your reading pleasure. Thanks so much for joining us today. Are you already reading books with a winter wonderland theme?