Friday, December 5, 2014

"Breath of Spring" by Charlotte Hubbard

About the Book

Breath Of Spring 

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 she 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 unshakeable 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.

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This book was released in May 2014
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

“Breath of Spring” by Charlotte Hubbard is the fourth book of her 'Seasons of the Heart' series and not the last one either, for “Harvest of Blessings' will be out in February 2015, and I just can't wait for it. I have to say that Ms. Hubbard wove a tale that I got lost in for I was up until 4:00 in the morning to just finish the story.  There was no point that I could put down the book so I could get to sleep for I just had to see what would happen next. 

Well 'the creep' that I have talked about in the last few reviews, has gone beyond being a creep to a demented villain. This creep turned villain has been apparently building in their ways through each book and has really shown their deeper character in this book, but I wonder how much more this character can sink into the depths of hatred. Though I haven't really cared for this character in the slightest bit from the very first book “Summer of Secrets”, I still hope that maybe there is something happens to change this creep back into someone so much better, or somehow just disappears all together.   I have also gotten to the point to where I think this character is not going to just stop like I thought in the first couple of books for well this character is just plain nuts.

This is Annie Mae's story and what an interesting story it is as well. Annie Mae is a young woman who has been making her own choices for some time as a way to rebel some but now her choices are being made with a different reasons. Her change of heart may have happened almost overnight but instead of there just suddenly being a change of heart, we are given the gift of seeing what helped Annie Mae change so quickly. Her heart has always been a loving one for it is clear how much she loves her family throughout the series even if she feels overwhelmed at times. Her determination to do what she knows is for the best shows just how strong Annie Mae is, even when she feels as if she took too much upon herself even for the best intentions that she has. 

Things are truly getting interesting in Willow Ridge with some new surprises coming along the way. Love is still growing strong but it also seems as if a new start is happening all through Willow Ridge as they are now entering a new era with all that has been happening. Characters that play such a major part of this book and prior books show how together they love, laugh and protect each other through some of the hardest times. The message here in this book seems to be that we are not some lone islands that must learn to handle everything alone, but with family and friends we stand stronger when we learn to lean on others at times. 

I hope that all who read this book enjoys it as much as I have, with the understanding they shouldn't start the book so close to their bedtime.

Other 'Season's of the Heart' Books and Novellas

Summer of Secrets
Autumn Winds
Winter of Wishes
"Kissing the Bishop"
                                                      found in An Amish Country Christmas
Breath of Spring
"A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant"
                                                found in An Amish Christmas Quilt