Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"Winter of Wishes" by Charlotte Hubbard

About the Book

Snow is falling, cookies are baking, and Christmas is just around the corner in Willow Ridge, Missouri, where a new season marks fresh beginnings for the residents of the tranquil Amish town. . .

Winter Of Wishes

As another year draws to a close in Willow Ridge, life seems to be changing for everyone but Rhoda Lantz. Her widowed mother is about to remarry, her sister is a busy newlywed, and soon Rhoda will be alone in her cozy apartment above the blacksmith's shop. An ad posted by an Englischer looking for someone to help with his mother and children may offer just the companionship she's looking for, but if she falls for the caring single father, she may risk being shunned by her community. Certain she can only wish for things she cannot have, Rhoda must remember that all things are possible with God, and nothing is stronger than the power of love.

Please visit Charlotte Hubbard's website

This book was released in September 2013
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

“Winter of Wishes” by Charlotte Hubbard is the third book in her 'Seasons of the Heart' series and what a roller coaster of a story it was at that. Here is a story that brings along a story line that I thought was resolved from the other books, only to see that it has grown and twisted into some interesting happenings. I just have also say that I loved the small connection that was mentioned near the end of the book to another series to where when I made the connection I just couldn't help but laugh out loud. 

I have to say that things happen so very fast there at the beginning, but with the explosion of emotions that develops, all that manages to happen is a small crack in the brick wall that separates the two worlds that are involved. Through the first half of the book while this explosion is taking place there is one of three things that is going to happen though I only really considered two of those options for the third seemed as if the are way too many complications to make that happen. Once the option that is going to be worked toward, the wall has so many hand holds but they don't always hold so another way must worked out to get around the little slip. 

Rhoda is a woman who has done some growing up throughout the other books and continues to do so in this book. Throughout all the books Rhoda is the one who seems to be the most sedate sister who doesn't want to cause problems, yet she loves with her whole heart. She is a woman who seems confident in just about all situations but she is also a woman who knows when a line has been crossed. Things in Rhoda's life sure haven't become simpler as the winter season comes upon them but what a ride we take with her. 

Andy is a man who at first seems to be at his wits end with so much going on that he isn't sure where to turn. Here is a hero is trying to do what is right for him and his family including switching jobs. There is a lot of changes happening but he is not making any changes without a great deal of thought for there are more than just himself to think about and he knows this. Above all else Andy is a man who can be counted on and is honorable. 

As I said before there is the story line that has been in the other two books, that I thought was resolved dealing with the character I have dubbed, 'the creep', but apparently the creep has come back with a vengeance and really went over the top this time around. I have to wonder if this character may have some kind of mental imbalance or if greed just became too valuable to this character they just no longer cared. I wonder what is going to happen next that is for sure. 

I hope that all who have been reading this series and this book, enjoys it as much as I have been.

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