Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Founded by the three Bender sisters, the Amish community of Promise Lodge is thriving—and growing. In fact, residents are thrilled to welcome a charismatic new arrival—one who may not just strengthen their faith, but put it to the test . . .

When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival. Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age . . .

Leola Duff claims Monroe “ruined” her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be—and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should. And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine . . .

Enjoy an Excerpt

As Christine Hershberger sat on the front pew bench, close enough to bask in the glow of her sister Mattie’s joy, she smiled brightly. At long last, she was attending the wedding that should’ve taken place years ago, when Mattie Bender and Amos Troyer were young and so deeply in love¬—before Dat had insisted that Mattie marry Marvin Schwartz instead. Now that Mattie and Preacher Amos had outlived their original mates, they were standing together, hand in hand, repeating the age-old vows after their new bishop, Monroe Burkholder. Christine, who’d lost her husband a couple of years ago, found it encouraging that at forty-five and fifty, her older sister and Amos had taken up where their youthful romance had left off, to enjoy a second chance at love that would see them through the rest of their lives.

Beside her on the bench, Rosetta grabbed Christine’s hand and squeezed it. This is so exciting! she mouthed.

Christine nodded, returning her younger sister’s squeeze. She had to admit, however, that the glimmer in Bishop Monroe’s green eyes eclipsed the happiness she felt for Mattie and Amos. Was it her imagination, or did Monroe glance at her as he led the happy couple in their vows, as though he hoped to be exchanging these sacred, binding phrases with her in the near future?

It was too soon to contemplate a wedding—the handsome bishop had only arrived at Promise Lodge a week and a half ago, on Christmas Eve. Yet Christine’s pulse thrummed with the distinct possibility that widowed Monroe Burkholder was as attracted to her as she was to him. Her soul took on the sparkle of the snowy, sunlit hills outside. Hope blossomed in her heart, because it felt absolutely wonderful to believe that such a prosperous, upstanding man might be interested in becoming her husband.

“Amos and Mattie,” Monroe said, his resonant voice filling the room, “I pronounce you husband and wife.”

The wedding guests sprang to their feet, their applause resounding like thunder in the lodge’s large meeting room. Mattie blushed prettily as Amos turned her to face the crowd. When he slung his arm around her to kiss her, a loud whoop went up from the men’s side.

Rosetta laughed, linking her arm through Christine’s. “And they’ll live happily ever after,” she said wistfully. “Maybe there’s hope for us, sister.”

Christine nodded toward Truman Wickey, their neighbor, who—along with Allen Troyer—had been Preacher Amos’s sidesitter. “Here comes your hope as we speak, Rosetta,” she said. “Now that our new bishop has performed his first wedding at Promise Lodge, it’s a gut time to ask his feelings about an Amish woman hitching up with a Mennonite.”

About the Author: Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.

Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. Astilbe says:

    How many Amish people did you know in Missouri? I thought it was neat that you base your stories on a part of the United States you lived in for so many years.

    • I met up with several Old Order Amish and Mennonites while living in mid-Missouri for a lot of my life, Astilbe. Because so many authors of Amish stories set their books in Lancaster County or the OH or IN area, I saw Missouri as a “new frontier” for Amish stories because the land and economy are somewhat different there—and because I knew how their farms and businesses looked. Thanks for asking!

  4. James Robert says:

    Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

  5. Thanks so much for featuring my book on your blog today!

  6. Pamela Pavkov says:

    I love all your books. This series is remarkable and full of good reading!

  7. Tiffany Hall says:

    Always enjoy reading your books! I’ve got my copy of this book in my tbr pile! Looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. I love this series, can hardly wait to read about ‘the weddings’, thank you for the chance to win a copy!

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  9. Pat Shrader says:

    I love the Promise Lodge series!

  10. thank for letting me entry and u are a great writer

  11. Joan Kurth says:

    Great books! Always happy to see a new one come out!

  12. Rita Wray says:

    The book sounds really good, I can’t wait to read it.

  13. Syble Ditzler says:

    Looking forward to reading your new books. Thanks for opportunity to win one!

  14. Victoria says:

    Awesome excerpt – thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Shelia Hall says:

    congratulations on book tour! It sounds great!

  16. Maxie Anderson says:

    Neat, another tour. Been missing them with a messed up computer. Your book sounds really good. Everyone can use an Amazon gift card.
    Thanks for a chance to win. Maxie

  17. Gen Wiley says:

    Love to read these books!

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