Monday, December 1, 2014

"Summer of Secrets" by Chalotte Hubbard

About the Book

Welcome to Willow Ridge, Missouri! In this cozy Amish town along the banks of the river, the Old Ways are celebrated at the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café, and love is a gift God gives with grace. . .

Summer Of Secrets

Summer has come to Willow Ridge, but Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life—marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. When a strange Englischer arrives in the café claiming to be the long-lost sister of Rachel and her twin Rhoda, Rachel feels the sturdy foundation of her future crumbling—including Micah's steadfast love. As the days heat up and tempers flare, Rachel and Micah will learn that even when God's plan isn't clear, it will always lead them back to each other. . .

This book was released in February 2012
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

“Summer of Secrets” by Charlotte Hubbard is the first book of her 'Seasons of the Heart' series and a enjoyable start. Here is a story that is about trusting others when frankly everything looks about as bad as it can be and to not judge a book by its cover.

This story has several different point of views; Rachel, Micah, Miriam and another towards the end of the story, and they are pretty easy to tell whose point of view is whose. Each of their point of view is able to add another layer to this story of secrets, trust and not judging, for each one is seeing it in a totally different way. One of them is over joyed, another is looking beyond the cover, and the third is distrustful, and this is a story of how things are worked out above all else.

It how they work through all the different emotions that make this story so interesting.  Granted this is not a piece of cake for anyone for there are some pretty big hurdles to overcome but with grace those hurdles were jumped.  At times it seemed as if there would be a step forward only to have something that would force a step or two backwards.   Sure a part of that was from the creep but not always and that helped make the ending so much better.

Frankly I got the creeps from one character for I disliked this character from the moment that they showed up in the picture. There was just something that was so disturbing about this character that I really don't know how they got to the position in the community that they did for they just give off this creep vibe from the go. It takes talent in my opinion to be able to write a character that gives off the creep vibe so early on in a story without actually being the villain, but more of a just a royal pain such as this character.

With the huge shock that is received there is a lot of things that can happen, for things usually go one way or another, and for the way this goes, I found it pretty hard to put the book down. There is a great deal of growth in one of the characters that was worth watching the journey. With the shock that is received, things are not easy and at times things had to be fought for long and hard, within reason.

Truly I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series for I truly want to see what happens with the creep character.

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