Breath of Spring [NOOK Book]

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"Fans of Amish fiction will love the Seasons of the Heart series." --Marta Perry,?Lydia's Hope

Breath Of Spring

As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her. She's never been truly at home in her faith. . .or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the ...

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Overview

"Fans of Amish fiction will love the Seasons of the Heart series." --Marta Perry, Lydia's Hope

Breath Of Spring

As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her. She's never been truly at home in her faith. . .or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she's gladly shouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakeable helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn't think of someone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find in a moment of surprising revelation that God can work impossible miracles--and that love makes all things new.

Praise for The Seasons of the Heart series

"Another great book centered around the Sweet Seasons Café." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"These very special books will sit proudly on my keeper shelf!" --Romance Reviews Today

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
Hubbard’s fourth Seasons of the Heart installment (after Winter of Wishes) features pretty Annie Mae Knepp, daughter of the overbearing Amish bishop who alienated his congregation in earlier books. Annie Mae, just 17, is torn between loyalty and responsibility to her motherless siblings and the normal wish of a teenager to explore romantic relationships. Her new job as a waitress at the Sweet Seasons Café throws her into contact with quiet carpenter Adam Wagler, whose face lights up when he sees her, but she is too busy flirting with more exciting young men to value his friendship until crisis strikes. The warm and supportive town of Willow Ridge will appeal to readers who appreciate the traditional values and neighborly ways of the plain folk. Agent: Evan Marshall Agency. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420133080
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Seasons of the Heart , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 12,510
  • File size: 873 KB

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Charlotte Hubbard¿s Breath of Spring is the fourth book in her ¿

    Charlotte Hubbard’s Breath of Spring is the fourth book in her “Seasons of the Heart” series. It is the story of Annie Mae Knepp, the daughter of Hiram Knepp, the wayward previous Bishop of the Amish Community of Willow Ridge. After her father’s excommunication, Annie Mae sets out to earn her own way by working at the Amish Sweet Seasons Café. She finds comfort in the routine of taking care of the local customers and even the English that frequent the cafe, but soon her routine is disturbed once more by her father and her past. Adam Wagler, Sweet Seasons customer, vintage motorcycle owner and the boy next door affectionately called “Short Stack”, finds himself thinking more and more about Annie Mae. Suddenly, after one of his remodeling jobs, Adam discovers that he must rescue Annie Mae from an old boyfriend and save her smallest siblings from their father to boot. One thing leads to another and the two friends realize that they are perfect for each other, but, after a tragic accident left him devastated, Adam has sworn off all thoughts of courting or marriage and Annie Mae has committed herself to remaining a maidel as she cares for her five siblings. Of course, eventually, they find they are better together than apart. This was my first Amish romance and I really enjoyed the sweet romance that developed between the main characters, as well as the other romances that seemed to be blossoming around the Sweet Seasons Café. While this book is certainly fulfilling on its own, if you aren’t familiar with Hubbard’s “Seasons of the Heart” series, I would recommend starting at the beginning with Summer of Secrets as it takes a while to get acquainted with the Plain folk of Willow Ridge.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    A Great Amish Fiction Read! I have read all the books in Seaso


    A Great Amish Fiction Read!

    I have read all the books in Seasons Of The Heart Series.  They just keep getting
    better and better.  If you are looking for some great Amish fiction I highly suggest
    this series.

    Just what is Hiram Knepp up to now?  I will say this much, it isn’t anything good!  
    Oh how this man makes my blood boil!  I can’t imagine how a man could be so
    hateful.  

    Annie Mae Knepp is a confused young lady but I took to her immediately.  As a
    mother I just wanted to take her under my wing.  Such a vulnerable young lady.  
    I wanted to protect her and assure her everything would be o.k.

    Are you up to love, romance, and weddings?  This book has it all.  The love that is
    shown in this story will bring you to tears.

    I love how author Charlotte Hubbard brings life to her characters.  As you read, you
    will be taken immediately to Willow Ridge.  As you turn each page that’s where you
    will stay until you have to put the book down.  The characters are real.  The
    heartaches are real.  The faith, trust, prayers, and love of God is real too.

    Thank you Charlotte Hubbard for another great read.  I can’t wait to read the next
    book in this series, Harvest Of Blessings.

    Oh yes, I must not forget to add that there are some delicious recipes included in
    the back of this book.  They sound yummy!

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

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    Spring is a time of renewal and for new beginnings and that is j

    Spring is a time of renewal and for new beginnings and that is just what's in store for Annie Mae Knepp. After standing up to her father, the ex-bishop of Willow Ridge, a small Amish community nestled in the heartland of Missouri. When her father conned most of the towns residents with less than reputable dealings and left to create another community called Higher Ground, he had expected Annie Mae and her sister Naomi to join him. It simply is the Amish way to honor and obey your parents, but that is not what she did. She stood her ground and refused to go. Now faced with the challenges of supporting her and her sister, she gets a job as a waitress at the Sweet Seasons Cafe.

    It's something she did naturally, caring for people and seeing to their needs. In fact, the entire town is supporting her efforts and has vowed to make sure that Annie Mae and Naomi are cared for in whatever they need. Annie Mae just never figured she would find love, but God has other plans. Adam Wagler is the one person who notices more about Annie Mae than simply what's on the menu and how she caters to those who dine at the cafe. It's the little things, like how she squints when looking at the menu or trying to see small print on things and offers her a spare pair of glasses. At first Annie is offended because she thinks that they make her look worse than they do. In fact she seems to have a low self esteem since her overbearing father drove most of the eligible young men away from courting her when he was around. But that is not the case anymore and most of the young men seem to take notice of this as well. But the last thing Adam has on his mind is courting Annie but everyone else can see what he apparently can't. That he can't take his eyes off of her whenever she is around.

    I received Breath of Spring from Charlotte Hubbard compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Zebra Publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions are strictly my own. This is the fourth book in the Seasons of the Heart Series and truly is a breath of fresh spring air. I love going back to the lives of the people in Willow Ridge, the one's I've come to know as friends from Charlotte's previous novels, Summer of Secrets, Autumn Winds and Winter of Wishes. The best part of her novels is that she keeps the characters real. They aren't perfect even if their lives are simple. They deal with the same issues we all do, but they have their faith as their foundation to support them. They deal with family problems, financial challenges and problems of the heart much like we all do. That is what I believe makes you fall in love with each book in this captivating and heart warming series. For me, it was like coming home and well deserving of 5 out of 5 stars.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Charlotte Hubbard has written a book that is truly a "breat

    Charlotte Hubbard has written a book that is truly a "breath of fresh air".....a Breath of Spring.  While Annie Mae does continue to struggle with who she is and where she fits in the world. she doesn't mind taking full responsibility for her younger siblings while still a teenager herself.   She is an example of selfless love and devotion to family.    The book was a little slow for me in parts and occasionally I would get some characters confused in the beginning but that all resolved as I got further into the story.   Annie Mae's ex-bishop father is truly a shocking character and I won't ruin it for readers by telling the reasons why.  I think all readers will agree.  Don't read this book while you're hungry as there are so many delicious foods being prepared or served in the story that it will have you running to the cupboards.    Grin, grin!  munch! munch!   What I love is that many of these delightful recipes are shared at the end of the book.   I am looking forward to trying some of them.  I rate this book 4 Stars and highly recommend it. 
    I received a free kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

    Another wonderful story in the Seasons of the Heart series! It w

    Another wonderful story in the Seasons of the Heart series! It was nice to see Annie Mae find her hero, Adam Wagler, who had been there for her all along. Watching the two of them let go of the past, and take on the responsibilities of the future, brought to the forefront just how important it is to accept the kindness of others. And even though it wasn't in the best of circumstances, I loved that for a brief moment the two of them shared the "wind".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    You Can't Put This Down

    Book 4 in this series was a fast reed. The plot held your interest and it was well written. I really enjoyed the way the sequence of events was handled, as well as the outcome. I didn't like that the I have to wait so long for the next installment. By then I will have forgotten the charachters.

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    Posted May 1, 2014

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