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September 4, 2013

AUTUMN WINDS by Charlotte Hubbard

5 STARS
 

AUTUMN WINDS
Seasons Of The Heart
Book Two
by Charlotte Hubbard
(aka: Naomi King)
 
(From book cover) Faith and love can weather any storm....
Autumn Winds (Seasons of the Heart #2)
Zebra; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
OVERVIEW
(from Amazon)
Winds of change are blowing through Willow Ridge, and they're bringing a stranger to the Sweet Seasons Cafe. At first, widowed Miriam Lantz has misgivings about Ben Hooley, a handsome but rootless traveling blacksmith. But as she gets to know the kind-hearted newcomer, she wonders if his arrival was providential. Perhaps she could find love again - if only there weren't so many obstacles in the way. With Bishop Knepp relentlessly pursuing her hand in marriage and the fate of her beloved cafe at stake, Miriam must listen to God and her heart to find the happiness she longs for, and the love she deserves.

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AUTHOR
Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she's been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. As she writes, her stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way she proposed them: unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, and they keep her guessing right along with her readers!

Charlotte has lived in the Midwest most of her life. When she's not writing, she loves touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with her Border Collie, Ramona. She's a Presbyterian deacon, sings in her church choir, and plays in the percussion ensemble. She's married to a fine man who--bless him--has never once suggested she get a real job!

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REVIEW
It was dark. A storm had just put the lights out. Miriam Lantz has provided for herself and her daughters since her  husband's death. She is the owner of Sweet Seasons Bakery in Willow Ridge, MO. Miriam is a good cook and I could almost smell and taste the bakery goods. A little added bonus in the book was the Recipe section.  Wonderful.  She has been trying to shun away from the Bishop Knepp. He was just so pushy. As I read, I just hoped she wouldn't give in. A storm blows through Willow Ridge and what was left was a smithy wagon and Ben Hooley. A relationship between Ben and Miriam cause Bishop Knepp's temper to surge.
Ben was so glad he had met Miriam.  The only thing is Ben didn't care for the fact that the Bishop was pushing Miriam for a relationship. I just wanted to reach out and snatch the Bishop by his neck and ask him if he forgot how to behave. Ben and his two brothers  decide to follow the Lord's lead and establish themselves in Willow Ridge. Miriam decides to sell a parcel of land to Ben.  This causes the Bishop to become even more riled. The people of Willow Ridge have decided they like Ben and they let that be known at the Sunday service. Ben's two aunts decide to settle in the town also.  Will the aunts have any affect on the Bishop?  Will things that the Bishop has been doing come forth into the open? Will the town of Willow Ridge ever be the same?  Will Ben and Miriam wed or will the Bishop win her over? I was hoping the whole time that the Bishop would be shunned.  I wanted Ben and Miriam to be together.
 Ms. Hubbard gave us a wonderful Amish read.   The  book brings a peacefulness to your heart.  A good clean read.  The author takes the reader through many twists and turns.  You can't put the book down.  It definitely has your attention.You just keep turning those pages and you don't want it to end. The author leaves with you the hope that love is just around the corner.  I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to see justice  done even if it is a Bishop that needs justice laid on him. If you like a clean, peaceful read than try Ms. Hubbard's books.  You can't go wrong.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of AUTUMN WINDS by Charlotte Hubbard from Manic Reviews for this honest review.


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1 comment:

Charlotte Hubbard said...

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review, Gayle! You'll be happy to know that your wishes for Hiram the wayward bishop do indeed come true--in #3, WINTER OF WISHES, which came out yesterday! This is Rhoda's story and it continues where AUTUMN WINDS leaves off. I so appreciate your kind remarks and recommendations!