Breath of Spring (Seasons of the Heart Series #4)

Breath of Spring (Seasons of the Heart Series #4)

by Charlotte Hubbard

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420133080
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Charlotte Hubbard's Seasons of the Heart Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 35,275
File size: 392 KB

About the Author

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle. Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle—and the foundation of all her Amish romance series. She's a deacon, a dedicated church musician, and a choir member. When she's not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.

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Breath of Spring 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MoRWAReviewsSTL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read of guilt and grief overcome by God's leading of God caring and praying people.
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Gulfview More than 1 year ago
A very good read, you won't be able to put it down, it keeps the reader wanting to read all Charlotte Hubbard;s bookis !!!!
Janine_S More than 1 year ago
“Breath of Spring” by Charlotte Hubbard is the fourth book of her 'Seasons of the Heart' series and not the last one either, for “Harvest of Blessings' will be out in February 2015, and I just can't wait for it. I have to say that Ms. Hubbard wove a tale that I got lost in for I was up until 4:00 in the morning to just finish the story. There was no point that I could put down the book so I could get to sleep for I just had to see what would happen next. Well 'the creep' that I have talked about in the last few reviews, has gone beyond being a creep to a demented villain. This creep turned villain has been apparently building in their ways through each book and has really shown their deeper character in this book, but I wonder how much more this character can sink into the depths of hatred. Though I haven't really cared for this character in the slightest bit from the very first book “Summer of Secrets”, I still hope that maybe there is something happens to change this creep back into someone so much better, or somehow just disappears all together. I have also gotten to the point to where I think this character is not going to just stop like I thought in the first couple of books for well this character is just plain nuts. This is Annie Mae's story and what an interesting story it is as well. Annie Mae is a young woman who has been making her own choices for some time as a way to rebel some but now her choices are being made with a different reasons. Her change of heart may have happened almost overnight but instead of there just suddenly being a change of heart, we are given the gift of seeing what helped Annie Mae change so quickly. Her heart has always been a loving one for it is clear how much she loves her family throughout the series even if she feels overwhelmed at times. Her determination to do what she knows is for the best shows just how strong Annie Mae is, even when she feels as if she took too much upon herself even for the best intentions that she has. Things are truly getting interesting in Willow Ridge with some new surprises coming along the way. Love is still growing strong but it also seems as if a new start is happening all through Willow Ridge as they are now entering a new era with all that has been happening. Characters that play such a major part of this book and prior books show how together they love, laugh and protect each other through some of the hardest times. The message here in this book seems to be that we are not some lone islands that must learn to handle everything alone, but with family and friends we stand stronger when we learn to lean on others at times. I hope that all who read this book enjoys it as much as I have, with the understanding they shouldn't start the book so close to their bedtime. Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
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!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
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. 
ClaudiaS1 More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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