Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Book Spotlight: Breath of Spring by Charlotte Hubbard

Title: Breath of Spring
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 352
Genre: Amish Romance/Inspirational

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 that she’s 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 unshakable, 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.


I’ve called Missouri home for most of my life, and most folks don’t realize that several Old Older Amish and Mennonite communities make their home here, as well. The rolling pastureland, woods, and small towns along county highways make a wonderful setting for Plain populations—and for stories about them, too! While Jamesport, Missouri is the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River, other communities have also found the affordable farm land ideal for raising crops, livestock, and running the small family-owned businesses that support their families.
Like my heroine, Miriam Lantz, of my Seasons of the Heart series, I love to feed people—to share my hearth and home. I bake bread and goodies and I love to try new recipes. I put up jars and jars of green beans, tomatoes, beets and other veggies every summer. All my adult life, I’ve been a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and we hosted a potluck group in our home for more than twenty years.
Like Abby Lambright, heroine of my Home at Cedar Creek series, I consider it a personal mission to be a listener and a peacemaker—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls. Faith and family, farming and frugality matter to me: like Abby, I sew and enjoy fabric arts—I made my wedding dress and the one Mom wore, too, when I married into an Iowa farm family more than thirty-five years ago! When I’m not writing, I crochet and sew, and I love to travel.
I recently moved to Minnesota when my husband got a wonderful new job, so now he and I and our border collie, Ramona, are exploring our new state and making new friends.


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May 7
Book featured at Talking Books Blog
May 8
Book reviewed at Harlie’s Books
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May 9
Interviewed at Manga Maniac Cafe
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May 12
Book featured at Reading Rendezvous Reviewz
May 13
May 14
Book reviewed at Blooming with Books
May 16
Book featured at Paulette’s Papers
May 26
Book reviewed at Splashes of Joy
May 28
Guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More
May 29
Book reviewed at Griperang’s Bookmark
June 2
Book reviewed at Lighthouse-Academy
June 4
Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts
June 5
Book reviewed at Bookishly Devoted
June 9
Book reviewed at Confessions of a Reader
June 10
Book reviewed at Maureen’s Musings
June 12
Book featured at Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
June 17
Book featured at Margay Leah Justice
June 19
Book reviewed at Reviews by Molly
June 20
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Melina’s Book Blog
June 23
Book featured at Bookalicious Travel Addict
June 24
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at The Book Connection
June 26
Book reviewed at Reviews from the Heart
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June 27
Book reviewed at Eccentric Eclectic Woman

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