by: Charlotte Hubbard             

Publisher: Zebra (Kensington)  

Published: February 1, 2012        

Format: Paperback (320 pages)      

ISBN: 9781420121698            

Series: Seasons of the Heart

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Widow Miriam Lantz, her twin daughters, and family friend Naomi Brenneman operate Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe but their world is about to falter, faith will get a test, and sweethearts come undone.  

When Rachel Lantz meets a ghoulish girl, she introduces Sweet Seasons and prepares to take down the food order, until this Englisher’s eyes call to mind her twin sister, Rhoda.  Shocked, Rachel runs into the kitchen and her mother runs out.  Though her eyes see and heart knows, it’s not until the girl with tattoos produces a dress that Miriam knows what’s so.  

Her daughter is alive!   This child’s tragic death left Miriam the mother of twins instead of triplets.  

Rachel Lantz doesn’t believe the story, until her mother confirms it, but another problem develops for Rachel with this new sibling.  

Her fiancée, Micah Brenneman, can’t stop talking about Tiffany, who is understood to be Rebecca, after he couldn’t stop staring at the Englisher woman, first.   However, when Rachel’s betrothed calls upon Tiffany, he puts obstacles into their path of a fragile, yet to be created union and adds layers of doubt in her heart.  

Meanwhile, Bishop Hiram Knepp arrives at the eatery claiming a need to diffuse Willow Ridge’s community buzz over Miriam’s lost child with fancy, provocative ways.  A measure of scandal rocked her community, when a preacher’s wife ran off with an English man, and surely, he felt concern about Micah’s soul.  These were powerful reasons for his visit.  The Bishop’s entrapment of Miriam inside her kitchen, pinning her to the counter with his body with talk about how she was not fulfilling God’s plan for her life, showed less than pure motivations.  

Meeting her resistance, Bishop Knepp threatens to close down Sweet Seasons, and his status would allow his unfair punishment to go forth, leaving Miriam without income.


My Take:

Charlotte Hubbard seamlessly blends romance and family drama in a faith filled read encompassing building and rebuilding trusts, reconciling past mistakes, and forgiveness of oneself and others in SUMMER OF SECRETS!

Independent women living an Amish life, where oftentimes submission is a requirement, provides engaging characters who readers will rally behind while they fall in love with the men who enjoy their strong spirit.

I recommend Charlotte Hubbard’s SUMMER OF SECRETS!  With many recipes to busy yourself and a sneak peek into the next Season of the Heart title, AUTUMN WINDS, the summer will fly by.   September 2012, you can revisit Willow Ridge, Missouri and meet other characters living in faith inside Amish country. 


For readers of this blog, throughout the United States and Canada, you can enter a random drawing for a free physical book of SUMMER OF SECRETS just by leaving a comment!  

The comment form will require an email address.  However, your email address will not be published.

I will announce the winner on a future blog post.

So, you stay tuned and check back often!  I just may have more giveaways coming to you in the future.

The voting hours have ended. I thank you for all of your votes! 

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  1. Sounds like it is a good book. Hi Eleanor Great blog! I’m now following 🙂

  2. I love Amish books….would love to read this one..ty for the giveaway!

  3. This sounds like such a good book! Thank you for the review!

  4. Sounds like a great summer read, for sitting outside, with a cold drink by my side 🙂 Thank you!

  5. Bill McCurry

    Amish books are popular in our church library, and we would like to add a new author.

  6. Thanks for sharing this review – another book to add to my reading list!

  7. Would love to read it!!

  8. This sounds like a great read. The family drama sounds intriguing.
    P.S. You have my vote – good luck!

  9. Jeane Howell

    Sounds as if this would be a very interesting read. Thank you for having the drawing.
    I’m now following you.

  10. Thanks so much for your review, Eleanor! (um, don’t enter me in the giveaway, though!)

  11. Cheryl Baranski

    Sounds like a reaaly good book, looking forward to reading it.

  12. sue whitmarsh

    would like to read it

  13. Sounds like a really good book. Would love to read it. Amish fiction is my favorite genre.

  14. Your book sounds wonderful! I’d love to win a copy. Thank you for offering this contest!

  15. Connie Elrod

    The previews of this books sounds really interesting. I would love to win a book and especially if it is signed by the author. Please enter me in the give aaway.

  16. I love Amish books. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!!