Christmas at Promise Lodge

Christmas at Promise Lodge

by Charlotte Hubbard

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ISBN-13: 9781420139433
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Series: Promise Lodge Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 310,062
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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 in her new Promise Lodge series. 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 choir member, and 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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Christmas at Promise Lodge 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Could hardly put this book down! A very good book with a lot going on, I could hardly put this down. Charlotte has done a great job of writing a book that starts out with a , 'REALLY?' sermon, and then brings it all together. It is a shocking sermon because it kind of goes against the reason the sisters and Amos started, and have planned for, Promise Lodge. Highly recommended by 'ME'.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Promise Lodge series continues the story of three Amish sisters and an Amish preacher who started a new Amish community in Missouri. Things have gone well for them for the most part. Summer has passed and the story picks up in early November. A lot has happened at Promise Lodge and it does not appear they will slow down any time soon. I am sure there are many challenges in starting a new Amish community just as there is in starting anything new. When two of the key church leaders are injured in an accident, the challenges increase in ways most of us never have to deal with. A key message comes through very clearly: never give up. I enjoyed reading the book and seeing how the people at Promise Lodge, both Amish and Mennonite, work together to help bear each other’s burdens. The lessons they are learning are lessons we all need to take to heart. I highly recommend this interesting, enjoyable book to everyone.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Sleigh rides, friends, and lots of delicious baked goods and you have the makings of a beautiful Christmas at Promise Lodge. After Mattie and her sisters founded the Promise Lodge Amish settlement, not everything is going perfectly. Not all the Amish in the community agree with everything that Bishop Floyd is decreeing as the Ordnung. He also shocks them all when he announces that Mattie, Amos, and several others must marry and soon. Mattie and Amos have loved each other since they were very young but her father forbid them marrying as he felt that Amos did not make enough money. Will life allow them to marry at last or will they be cheated yet again? The friends at Promise Lodge make life at the lodge seem so appealing. They have their own little private apartments and they have the companionship and wonderful meals as well as the crochet group they start and better yet, they get to wear their pajamas while they crochet. I love the people of Promise Lodge and I was really rooting for Amos and Mattie to be joined in marriage at long last. Readers will enjoy reading to see what happens for this precious couple and getting to know the other members of the Promise Lodge. I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Christmas at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard is the second book in the Promise Lodge series. Mattie Schwartz is ready for the wedding of her son, Noah and his fiancé, Deborah in Promise, Missouri. It starts out as a lovely ceremony until Bishop Lehman gets personal. He states that the other unmarried people (he even names certain individuals) need to get married (he even gives them a time limit). This is not the vision Mattie, Christine, Rosetta, and Amos had for Promise Lodge. Bishop Lehman also does not want women to own and run businesses (he wants them at home cleaning and raising children). The community is upset, but they do not let it ruin this special day for Noah and Deborah. Later Amos proposes to Mattie and she accepts (not because of the Bishop). When Amos tries to get a Frisbee off a shed roof, the roof collapses. Bishop Lehman rushes over and acts like he is going to catch Amos (very odd). Both men end up hurt. Amos has a concussion and he has to stay in a dark room. He needs complete rest for several weeks as he recovers. Bishop Lehman is told to rest, and he refuses to listen (checks himself out of hospital). Bishop Lehman ends up suffering a stroke and loses his ability to speak (he will need therapy). Amos gets frustrated at being cooped up and takes it out on Mattie. Amos, Mattie, and the Lehman family are in for a rough time. They will need faith and prayer to get them through. Join Mattie, Christine, Amos, and Rosetta at the Promise Lodge and see how they handle these difficulties. Christmas at Promise Lodge is well-written, has a good flow, and engaging characters. Charlotte Hubbard is a descriptive writer. She describes things in a way so the reader can see them in their head. There is quite a bit going on in the book. For example, Mary Ann is unwed and pregnant (it is not her fault but her father acts like it is), Amos gets a chance to made amends with his family, and so much more. It is a lovely story about faith and the power of prayer. Christmas at Promise Lodge is a heartwarming story. While it is set during December and into January, it is not a Christmas story (unfortunately). I give Christmas at Promise Lodge 4 out of 5 stars. I have to admit that I get frustrated at times reading about such outmoded ideas. That the woman belongs at home and cannot own/run her own business (this is not the 1800 or even 1950). These are not the ideals I taught my daughter (can you tell that I am an independent woman). This is the second book in the Promise Lodge series and it is not a stand-alone novel. There are quite a few characters and it can be confusing. You need to read the first book in order to understand the people and their vision for Promise Lodge. If you try starting with the second book, you will be lost in the beginning (when you get all the characters thrown at you). I received a free copy of this book.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
CHRISTMAS AT PROMISE LODGE is the second book in Ms. Hubbard's Promise Lodge series. I -- like the Amish in this story -- was horrified when the bishop made a horrifying decree, but I loved the way Mattie used it -- despite her fears -- to listen to her heart's desire. Amos is a dear, dear man, kind and considerate, true and faithful. It was wonderful to read their story. There is also another story intertwined (as is usually the case with Ms. Hubbard's books) and it is the story of Mary Ann is pregnant, a result of a rape. She realizes she'll be unmarried forever for who would have her? And there's Roman. The object of Mary Ann's sister's desires, being kind to her. Roman is a sweetheart, too. There are other continuing stories intertwined. Fans will likely want to read Promise Lodge first before this one, but even if you don't I think you'll be fine if you read CHRISTMAS AT PROMISE LODGE first. It might wet your appetite for the first book - and definitely will for any future books. Some yummy sounding recipes and an excerpt from Ms. Hubbard's May release, A Mother's Love, is included at the back of the book. Fans of Ms. Hubbard (or Naomi King) and fans of Amish fiction will inhale this new Christmas book
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
We are back at Promise Lodge and are attending Noah and Deborah’s wedding; we read their story in the first book of The Promise Lodge series. The things that are said by the Bishop at this wedding are with us until the end of the book. We have several new romances that have been on going and new ones that are in their infancy as we begin this book, and some are lasting and others are a figment of one person’s imagination. For Mattie and Amos you want them to have a happy life, and rekindle the love that was stolen from them in their youth, and there are others that seem destined to be denied. Amos and the Bishop are both about to endure a very difficult time and trail, and as the book closes we still don’t know the outcome for one of them. You will witness the strong faith these people live, and for me I yearned to live amongst them. Wonder if they have any openings? Once that cover is turned on this one you won’t want to put it down. I received this book through Net Galley, the Publisher Kensington, and the Author, and was not required to give a positive review.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Hubbard starts her story at a wedding…what a joyous occasion! Mattie Schwartz’s youngest son Noah and Deborah Peterscheim are getting married. Promise Lodge is full of activity and joy. That was the first time. The Lodge was also a bundle of activity and joy when the community spent their first Christmas together there. Bishop Floyd and his family left their settlement and moved to Promise because their daughter Mary Kate had been raped by an English man and was pregnant. They thought they could use a fresh start in a new community. Even in this new community, he didn’t want her seen in public more than was necessary. Therefore, she sat a home while everyone enjoyed the wedding activities. Everyone was aghast when, during the wedding ceremony, Bishop Floyd said he expected to see the widows and widowers of the community….he named them by name…..married before the first snow! I enjoyed reading about the people of Promise Lodge. Amos and Floyd’s stubbornness and their consequences. Roman’s, Mattie’s oldest son, interest in Mary Kate. Her sister Gloria making a spectacle of herself chasing Roman. Did the widows and widowers get married as ordered by their Bishop? Rosetta’s love was Mennonite. The Bishop would never allow that. Can they find a way? I was given this book by NetGalley for an honest review
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Promise Lodge series. This is Christmas at Promise Lodge. Doesn't sound like a festive time, when the preacher gives a sermon that the single people must marry, rather they know one another or not. Or is the preacher hoping to regain a love when he was young, and lost. Now that Mattie and he both , have lost their mates. Her father had forced her into an abusive marriage, so does she want to remarry. Delightful blend of the Mennonites and old Amish, coming together to form a new colony. The 3 women, Mattie, Rosetta and Christine, try to befriend Mary Kate, who is 8 months pregnant. Who isn't allowed at the wedding of Noah and Deborah. But, handsome Roman comes, bringing her a plate of the wedding food, and friendship. Another delightful, heart warmer stories, by Charlotte Hubbard. Given book by Net Galley for opinion of which I have given.