Summer of Secrets (Seasons of the Heart Series #1)

Summer of Secrets (Seasons of the Heart Series #1)

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by Charlotte Hubbard

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Welcome to Willow Ridge, Missouri! In this cozy Amish town along the banks of the river, the Old Ways are celebrated at the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café, and love is a gift God gives with grace. . .

Summer Of Secrets

Summer has come to Willow Ridge, but Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life--marriage to


Welcome to Willow Ridge, Missouri! In this cozy Amish town along the banks of the river, the Old Ways are celebrated at the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café, and love is a gift God gives with grace. . .

Summer Of Secrets

Summer has come to Willow Ridge, but Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life--marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. When a strange Englischer arrives in the café claiming to be the long-lost sister of Rachel and her twin Rhoda, Rachel feels the sturdy foundation of her future crumbling--including Micah's steadfast love. As the days heat up and tempers flare, Rachel and Micah will learn that even when God's plan isn't clear, it will always lead them back to each other. . .

"A heartwarming new voice for fans of Beverly Lewis." --Emma Miller

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In the Amish town of Willow Ridge, MO, Miriam Lantz runs the Sweet Seasons Bakery with her twin daughters, Rachel and Rhonda. All three are looking forward to Rachel's nuptials to carpenter Micah Brenneman, but their lives are thrown off course when an Englisher, a Goth girl, arrives at the bakery claiming to be Rachel and Rhonda's sister. Secrets long buried resurface, threatening not only Rachel's plans but Miriam's as well. VERDICT This series debut by romance author Hubbard (Gabriel's Lady; Journey to Love) is long on preaching and short on romance. Amish fiction aficionados can skip this one and pick up the latest Beverly Lewis instead.

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Charlotte Hubbard's Seasons of the Heart Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she's been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. She 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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Summer of Secrets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Willow Ridge, Missouri is the setting for this great read. This story is centered around the Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe’ owned and operated by Miriam Lantz with the help of her daughters Rachel and Rhoda and also her best friend Naomi Brenneman. Miriam opened the cafe’ after her husband Jesse died. This is her main income for her and her daughters. The cafe’ is a popular spot and Miriam has a good steady income from it. Rachel Lantz hopes to marry Micah Brenneman some day. Will this union be compromised when a mysterious Englischer enters the café one day, claiming to be the lost daughter of Miriam’s, who was washed down the Missouri River in the 93 flood? Rachel is shocked by the girl’s appearance. She is all decked out in black with spiked hair, black rimmed eyes, a piercing in her eyebrow and two tattoos on her back. On top of that she is rude. Rachel can’t imagine the likes of her being her sister. Plus, it seems Micah is paying too much attention to her in the way he is staring at her. There are other characters in this book that I came to love and one character in particular that I didn’t care for at all. I know once you read this book you will know the character that I speak of! There are many secrets inside the pages of this book and one by one they are revealed. This is the first book that I have read from this author. Her characters came to life for me. I really got wrapped up in this story line and hated when I had to put the book aside to do other things. One of the things I liked about this book was it is God centered. It is based on Faith, Trust, Forgiveness and Hope for a bright future. I must not forget to mention the yummy recipes that the author has included in the back of this book. This is a wonderful bonus in my opinion. I plan on copying them down so I can wow my family and friends. I am looking forward to reading “Autumn Winds”, the next Sweet Seasons novel. I wish to thank you Charlotte Hubbard for a delightful read. I am truly a fan of yours! I want to thank Kensington Publishing for sending me a copy of Summer of Secrets to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book - if you are interested in learning about different facets of Amish life this is another must read
jygibso More than 1 year ago
Loved this book of a different kind of life than I have known. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series. So much we take for granted that these people do not have in their daily lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't read it yet, but I no it will be great because its Amish book, pleasant, peaceful and spiritual
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and cant wait to read more from author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed good story and well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story of love, faith, hard work & dedication. The author writes in a similar style to that of Beverly Lewis (whose works I adore!), but goes into more depth with explaining the feelings of her characters as they face situations that rock the very foundations of their lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a lover of Amish fiction. I am getting ready to delve into the 2nd book in the series, "Autumn Winds", and am looking forward to another wonderful-gut read! ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Is there one that follows this one? I really want to read it!
Bukgoddess More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Hubbard provides a heartwarming peek at the simple life in an Amish community in her Secrets of the Heart series first installment; Summer of Secrets. The Lantz family has a secret, a secret so old most people do not even remember the incident that happened so long ago. This small, quaint Amish town in Missouri called Willow Ridge is home to the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café run by the widowed Miriam Lantz along with her twin daughters Rachel and Rhoda. Willow Ridge, a town along the highway that provides many a curious tourist with a chance to stop and sample the best food and bakery items anywhere while affording them with a quick glance at the simple life. Miriam Lantz is used to the outright puzzled looks and strange Englischer manners of her temporary customers but takes it all in stride, as the Café is her pride and joy, a trait not to be indulged in by the teachings of their Ordnung which preaches obedience, submission and patience but considers cooking her own version of therapy. With her heart in her throat, Miriam soon discovers pride is the least of her problems as during the lunch crush she takes in the sight of an austere young woman walking through her front door and knows her long buried secret will no longer remain hidden.
MoRWAReviewsSTL More than 1 year ago
In the cozy Amish town of Willow Ridge, Rachel Lantz and her family is looking forward to a summer of courting and pie making. Rachel's mother's restaurant is a roaring success, allowing the widow to provide for her family while she sorts out her grief over her husband's passing. Rachel's longtime beau, Micah, is finally secure in his woodworking business and the pair are beginning to plan for their future together. Then Rachel's long-lost sister, wearing the gothic black of a wild Midwestern youth, comes into the restaurant seeking answers to her own past. Soon it seems that everyone in Willow Ridge is harboring secrets. Micah is secretively visiting to the new-found family member. Rachel's mother is struggling with her long-ago decision not to search for her lost daughter. Even the church elders seem to have their own motives for questioning Rachel's mother's faith and commitment to God and to their Amish ways. Will the summer of secrets be the end of the Lantz family and Rachel and Micah's future? Or will their tribulations only strengthen the bonds of family and love and faith in the Lord? Charlotte Hubbard's story of the Lantz family's many tests of faith is a rich and comforting read, full of heartbreak and joy and mouthwatering recipes for the Lantz family's homemade fare.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Love amish books series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First Amish book I have read that I didn't like. The storyline was just thrown together. The mother discovering her long lost daughter by the girl "showing up" at her restaurant and as soon as the mother sits down the daughter accepts her as her mother and pulls out a baby dress. The author didn't let the story "unfold". She just quickly threw all the information out there and moved on without showing how the characters went through that process. Or explain how the girl knew where to even go to find her mother. And every word the characters spoke made them sound like Lil Abners relatives (hillbilly characters) rather than Amish. Every other sentence had some kind of old worn out "folk saying". I only read the first chapter and then deleted the book. I will never pick up another book from this "author".
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Seems a little short, and getting used to cats with wings takes a little getting used to. Altogether, good readthrough.<br> Score: 8.25<br> Join the fanfic conversation at Fanfic first res!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading. Kept you very interested. Cannot wait for the Second Series
jp96 More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book. Lots of wonderful food being served along with a lot of love. Must read.
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This story of a mother's deep love for all her children was well written. I usually enjoy stories of the Amish way of life, even though I am not Amish.
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