Oh, why did she do it? She thought she made the right
decision, yet her father, angry and pained, would not
accept her excuses. Who would accept her now?
As Deborah Peterschein stood in the warm June sun at the
entrance to Promise Lodge, she hopes that Preacher Amos
and the others will accept her at this new colony they
started after leaving Deborah's home community of
Coldstream. She hopes her female friends would be
welcoming and understanding, but what would Noah say?
How would he react to seeing her?
Noah's mother, Mattie Bender Schwartz, and her two
sisters have taken a very brave step. They sold off their
farms in Coldwater to buy an old church camp and are now
striving to turn it into a new Plain colony where new
homes could be built. In addition, they now offer
special apartments or rooms that single or widowed Amish
or Mennonite women could rent for themselves! Noah had
not been happy with his mother's decision to move, but
was glad to get away after Deborah had suddenly ended
their engagement. Would Noah ever be able to truly
forgive her for that? It is the Amish way to forgive,
yet, she had truly broken his heart.
PROMISE LODGE is the first book in a new series by
Hubbard, the very well-known and respected
writer of many beloved Amish and other faith based
novels. With her remarkable skill as a storyteller,
Hubbard instantly pulls us into the everyday life of
Promise Lodge. Then, she rapidly heightens the suspense
and storyline with Deborah's unexpected arrival. Be
warned: PROMISE LODGE will be very hard to put down once
you start reading!
With her strong understanding of Amish ways, Hubbard has
developed an intriguing and different faith-based story
that highlights both the strengths and challenges of
Amish ways and beliefs. The main and secondary
characters in PROMISE LODGE are all very realistic in
their mannerisms and attitudes. Hubbard is particularly
adept at showing how their emotional responses to
situations and circumstances both align and affect their
beliefs and responses to others. Yet, all is effectively
done as a natural part of the story.
PROMISE LODGE is sure to be a hit with Hubbard's many
fans and anyone who enjoys Amish or inspirational
stories. While a complete story on its own, PROMISE
LODGE is such a great start to this new and exciting
series. I can hardly wait until the next book
in the series is out! I loved all the descriptions of
wonderful and delicious meals with the recipes nicely
written out for you to make or drool over at the back of
the book. So do get you copy as soon as possible! PROMISE
LODGE is a treat you will not want to miss!
It's a better life, a fresh start—and a heaven-sent second
chance. Founded by three Amish sisters determined to put
misfortune behind them, Promise Lodge is a colony where
faith's abiding promise can be fulfilled—and love can make
all things new…
Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and
night to get Promise Lodge going. She's also hoping the
change will help her son Noah's heart to heal after his
broken engagement. But his former fiancée, Deborah, is
looking for a fresh start too. Filled with regret, and cast
out by her dat for a reason she can't yet reveal, Deborah
can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness.
Deborah is the last person Noah expected to show up at
Promise Lodge. But with her cruel words still ringing in his
head, he's reluctant to accept her apology—even if the Old
Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ's
most important commandment: love one another. But one thing
is certain—his mother and aunts, and their beloved Preacher
Amos, will do their best to help him get there.