Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Mother's Gift

Genre: Inspirational Romance (Amish)
For Leah Otto, marrying Jude Shetler is a long-held dream come true. As a young girl, she was captivated by his good looks and talent as an auctioneer. When Jude, now a widower with three children, begins to court her, Leah doesn’t hesitate. Other men may not appreciate her tomboy ways, but Jude values Leah’s practical nature and her skill with the animals she tends, and both enter the marriage with joy and optimism.

Three months later, Leah feels as if her world is coming down around her. Her twin teenage step-daughters, Alice and Adeline, are pushing boundaries and taking far too many risks, while five-year-old Stevie deeply misses his mother. Leah, more at ease in a barn tending her goats and chickens than in a kitchen, struggles with her housekeeping duties.

Then a baby is abandoned on their doorstep, and Leah must search her soul. Caring for little Betsy fills her with renewed purpose and the strength to begin pulling her family together. With Jude’s steadfast support, Leah finds that what she once thought of as a happy ending may be something even better—the beginning of a life rich in love, faith, and unexpected blessings.

“Leah, your life will change in ways you can’t anticipate when you marry,” Lenore began softly. She rested her head against the headboard, grasping her daughter’s hand. “When you move into a man’s home—”

“Oh, Mama, you’ve already told me what to expect in the bedroom,” Leah interrupted with a nervous giggle. “It’s not as though I haven’t seen the deer and the horses mating.”

Lenore closed her eyes, praying for words that would gently pierce the balloon of maidenly naiveté in which Leah seemed to live. “There’s more to marriage than mating,” she whispered earnestly. “You’ll be moving into a home where Jude and his kids have established their routine. We’ve both heard the rumors about how Alice and Adeline might be behaving inappropriately during their rumspringa—”

“They’re sixteen, and they’re very pretty,” Leah quickly pointed out. “Twins are inclined to get into double trouble as part of their nature at that age. I certainly found mischief during my running-around years.”

Lenore sighed again. She wished Raymond were here to help her with this difficult discussion.

What are four things you can’t live without?

            1) My day doesn’t start well without tea—basic Lipton black. 2) I couldn’t write/publish without my computer. 3) Moisturizer—all over my face and body—right after I shower each morning. 4) Dog chow and treats to keep my Border collie, Vera, happy! When Vera’s happy, everyone’s happy.

What is your favorite television show?
            “Murder, She Wrote.” Which tells you how long it’s been since I watched TV.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
            I’m not a big fantasy fan, but it would be fun to be Hermione in the early Harry Potter stories. She’s a lot smarter and braver than I am—and living at Hogwarts would never get boring!

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
            In the fall of 2018, A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS will complete the Simple Gifts trilogy. Starting in 2019, we return to Promise Lodge for three more books in that series—I’m writing #4 NEW BEGINNINGS AT PROMISE LODGE right now.

What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
            Although a lot of Charles Dickens’s books seem long and laborious to us today, he had a piece of writing advice that still guides me, far as how to to keep readers coming back for more: “make them laugh, make them cry, make them WAIT.” When I feel a story is floundering, it always helps me to remember that!

Do you have other questions for Charlotte? Leave a comment.

AUTHOR Bio and Links: One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card  (see below)

Charlotte Hubbard is the acclaimed author of Amish romance and fiction that evokes simpler times and draws upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish
community west of the Mississippi. Faith and family, farming, and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle—and the foundation of all her novels. A deacon, dedicated church musician and choir member, she loves to travel, read, try new recipes, and crochet. A longtime Missourian, Charlotte now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and their border collie, Vera. Please visit Charlotte online at

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March 27, 2018
ISBN-13: 9781496712189
ISBN-10: 1496712188

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  1. I really enjoyed reading your amazing interview, thank you!

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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

  4. Great excerpt & interview, thanks for sharing!

  5. Just a thanks to everyone for stopping by. Charlotte, we wish you the best of luck on your book. -kathy


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