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‘A Simple Vow’ by Charlotte Hubbard

Charlotte Hubbard

Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge–and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth–even as he’s kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own . . .

Asa can’t understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He’s determined to clear his name–but Edith’s caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive . . . and claim their own hearts’ joy.

Series: Simple Gifts (Book 1)
Cover Artist: Tom Hallman
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Zebra (May 31, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781420138696
Genre: Amish, Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Christian Fiction

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Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard (a.k.a. Naomi King) 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.

Authors Links:
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Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Because I write these Amish books in series, I usually have an idea of where the series goes next as I finish each book—and I follow the series overview I turned in to my editor when I sold the books. Considering that a book’s synopsis runs 10-15 pages, that leaves me about 300 pages to expand upon the synopsis. Frankly, I don’t know where it all comes from!

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
There are lots of perks–a big one being that I can work at home on a flexible schedule with my Border collie Ramona snoozing beside my desk.

How do you deal with writer’s block?
Fortunately, I don’t block very often, or for very long–because my list of due dates and deadlines reminds me that I have books under contract through 2019! Sometimes I just get out of my office and run errands; sometimes I read the Plain newspaper, THE BUDGET, for ideas, and sometimes I just forge ahead in the story by scribbling notes about all the potential things that could happen next–or which should have happened earlier in the story.

How do you get inspired to write?
Inspiration is mostly putting my butt in the chair, because I’m highly motivated to meet my weekly page quota so I meet my deadlines. I also click my playlist of instrumental hymn tunes/classics because that’s a signal to my brain that it’s time to work!

What are you currently working on?
The Maidels of Morning Star, will debut in August of 2020 .  a new series set in Morning Star–new “star” characters, but you’ll revisit the Hartzlers, the Waglers, Bishop Jeremiah and other folks there. You can sign up for my e-newsletter on my website at to get a note when these future books will be out! 

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I wanted to say this review is way overdue but non-the less it is here! I read this possibly a year ago now but the words still rang near while I hold this lovely gift to my heart. I’ve since lost these books by giving them to my many followers and family whom needed more mystery romance in a Amish book.

Now that is out of the way Hubbard gifted this book along with book #2 & #3 for me to rad for a review. I finished reading these awhile ago but sadly had this writen up to be published – To which these edits serve as my appologies for the delay in posting it. Futhermore, Hubbads words across the pages were so interesting!

I know little to nothing about Amish community besides when I see their communities nearby or the other versions that live near my parts. I find them somewhat fascinating and a change to dig my teeth/claws into such glimpse was something I did not want to pass up. And I must say Charlotte Hubbard quickly became my favorite Amish author and this one book was exactly why along with Hubbard’s sweet nature to me leading up to myself receiving this wonderful gift. I have pictures of when I received them floating around to which I will gather (and hopefully update this post to include!)

This book is the first of Hubbard’s new Series, SIMPLE GIFTS which she includes characters from other series. I instantly fell in love with them, to which you would too, and getting lost within the pages as I did. To the point you finish the book and are gasping trying to find more pages!!! Like NOO this CAN NOT be the end!?!? -Exact quote as I scared my dear step daughter when I finished this book-. She was all interested and I gave her the “explaining this book to a almost five year old edition.” She loved it!

The twists and turns will keep you from finishing laundry or getting dinner ready because this heart strings of a story warms every piece of your soul.

Lets just say when I found out who the babies dad was I was in bolt of excitement with disbelief. How smart Hubbard is with deceiving all of us!

We are thrown into Edith Riehls’ world in A Simple Vow where a baby is crying, Amish people are arguing & a wedding Edith has to get to.. Of course Edith goes to help the baby only to find out ITS TWO BABIES! OH Hubbard you… She Goes to confront the two people whom are arguing which are men which she recognizes one of course. No other than Loretta’s Ex-Fiance Will, Loretta is her sister but the other man is a mysterious stranger whom are arguing over who fathered those two babies.

Further into the story Edith learns the handsome stranger is Asa Detweiler and with Molly’s last breath pronounced she would always love. Molly was wills wive tho….. Molly was dead and the father of those babies was no one other than Asa. THEN Edith falls in love with the adorable babies and when her FATHER finds out she has taken over their care.. OH MY GOSH…

Just when things are ending my heart was breaking, I was ugly girl crying, for Edith and Asa romance; With the community coming together to support to raise those babies, the romance of course. I was not ready for the ending, nor was my step daughter.

But how will they do paternity test since they are discourages and will the real father step up? OH how the pages turn.

Lovely fiction and have to give it 5 stars. Have to! It deserves every little inch of these five stars.