The Christmas Cradle (Seasons of the Heart Series #6)

The Christmas Cradle (Seasons of the Heart Series #6)

by Charlotte Hubbard

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The Christmas Cradle

For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night. Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she's starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate. And she isn't sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home.

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support. Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420133110
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: Charlotte Hubbard's Seasons of the Heart Series , #6
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, 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 her earlier Angels of Mercy 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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The Christmas Cradle 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful uplifting series. Each book is a good size and a good read, of course some better than others. But when I finished the series I felt like I had lost friends and family! I have been reading Amish fiction for many years and just "found" this series. Have read all of them within the last few months, patiently waiting for this last boom to be published. What I like the most is that these books do not have any tragedies like the ones by other Amish fiction authors and the only really bad thing happens to someone who deserves it! The books are happy and uplifting. I would recommend these especially for someone who is a fan of Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunstetter. A nice change!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another mystery/challenges/love story with great teaching of God's patience and loving aid!
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Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cradle is book six in the Seasons of the Heart series. Charlotte Hubbard has done it yet again. She has written another book that is so riveting and moving that I didn’t want to put it down. Characters that will capture your heart and are sure to delight you. There is so much love, laughter, tears and unexpected happenings that you won’t know what will happen next. I felt as though I was part of the story I was so caught up in it. Be sure to kick back, relax and enjoy a refreshing glass of sweet tea.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cradle was a sweet and enjoyable story. It is the newest addition to the Seasons of the Heart series set in Willow Ridge. I didn’t realize that this book wasn’t simply a stand alone book when I began reading it, but that didn’t matter. The author did a great job of bringing me up to date on who characters were and what had happened in their lives to bring them to the point they were at in this book. I liked that there were basically two intertwined story lines going on throughout the book. They both center around the upcoming birth of babies, however, that is where the similarity ends. Ben and Miriam are joyously awaiting the arrival of their child and it was so sweet to watch these newlyweds prepare for the occasion. The other couple, Josiah and Lena, have many struggles to endure and the road has not been smooth for them. Josiah caused much frustration for me as I read, but without any spoilers, I urge readers to keep going to see the work that God does in his life. The characters in the story must also deal with the ongoing pestering of their former bishop, Hiram Knepp. He adds just enough trouble to make the reader wonder if all will really turn out fine for the people that Hiram is harassing. This was a fun and uplifting Amish story. I received a copy of this book, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cradle is a beautiful story! I was so fascinated with this book from the beginning. The author showed how a precious baby could bring love and forgiveness and she was marvelous in making me feel I was part of the community and knew each character personally. I was totally involved in this book as I read it. The Christmas Cradle by Author Charlotte Hubbard is a marvelous book to read not only for the Christmas holidays, but anytime during the year. This book is part of the Seasons of the Heart series and you do not want to miss reading it. I'm not sure if Charlotte Hubbard will write another book for this series or start a new series. Whatever she writes, I'm looking forward to reading that book. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cradle by Charlotte Hubbard is the sixth book in Seasons of the Heart series. Ben and Miriam Hooley are expecting a baby. Miriam never thought she would ever have another child. It has been twenty-two years since she gave birth to the triplets. They baby is due around Christmas. Ben is working on a special gift for Miriam and the baby. One night while it is snowing heavily a buggy comes up their lane. Ben can hear the couple arguing inside the smithy. Josiah Witmer and Magdalena “Lena” Esh have been traveling in the buggy for many hours. Lena is eight months pregnant and is exhausted. Josiah was offered a job at a supper club in Higher Ground by Hiram Knepp (I just groaned when I read this little tidbit). Ben offers the couple a place to stay for the night (because of the storm), but he also hopes to convince them not to go to Higher Ground. Getting Josiah to listen to them will be difficult. Unfortunately, Josiah is determined, hot headed, and makes rash decisions (without consulting other people involved). Lena thought the offer was too good to be true, but she is unable to go home. Her parents told her that if she left with Josiah, she would not be welcomed back home (they are not married). Josiah and Lena are very young to be starting a family especially on the wrong foot. Can everyone in Willow Ridge help this young couple? If Josiah does stay in Willow Ridge, what will Hiram Knepp do to the townspeople (especially poor Miriam)? What will Miriam and Ben name their newest child (it’s different but fits with the family)? The Christmas Cradle is a lovely, heartwarming story. I enjoyed every bit of this book. It has a wonderful setting (Willow Ridge, Missouri), some great characters (Miriam, Ben, the triplets, Tom Hostetler, etc.), and good messages. The Christmas Cradle is well-written and will have you engaged from the very first page. I give The Christmas Cradle 5 out of 5 stars. I especially loved the ending of The Christmas Cradle (it is just delightful). I received a complimentary copy of The Christmas Cradle from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Oh how I loved being back with these wonderful people, and never wanted to leave, the love and concern they show each other, and their fellow man is so heart warming. On the downside, we are leaving here, as this is the last book in this series. This story focus on the Christmas season and how a couple of stranger’s wander on a snowy night into Ben’s stable, and their world is about to change. God knew what he was doing when he place them with the Hooley’s rather than with the devil himself Hiram Knepp. Ben and Miriam are now expecting a child, a real unexpected blessing, and the visitors are also expecting very soon. There are a lot of obstacles put in Lena and Josiah’s path, will the find the right road? You can feel the tension between these two, but will Ben and Miriam have a calming effect on them? Loved how Miriam shared the beautiful handmade cradle Ben made for their baby, it has a wonderfully made humming bird inserted in the top. They also open their home, and business to help them, will this be enough to help and encourage this couple. Come and enjoy a reunion with the people we have come to love, even though it is hard to say goodbye, you are going to love you final visit here. Enjoy! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review