Book Review: Breath of Spring by Charlotte Hubbard
Spring returns to Willow Ridge, and with it a promising new beginning for at least two of its residents.
Annie Mae Knepp and her younger sister decided not to join their disgraced ex-bishop father when he left Willow Ridge to start a new community. They've had the support of many in Willow Ridge, but Annie Mae knows her father isn't finished with her yet, and she misses her other siblings that went with their father to Higher Ground. Annie Mae feels lost, and though she isn't looking for romance, she's sure no one would take her considering the responsibilities she has on her shoulders.
Adam Wagler hides a secret that fills him with guilt. He keeps busy with his work, but he can't push beyond his past. When he helps Annie Mae retrieve her sewing machine from her father's old house, a friendship begins to develop. Adam soon finds himself helping Annie Mae out of other scrapes and that friendship develops into more--if only Annie can believe she's worthy of love.
I've enjoyed all the books in Charlotte Hubbard's Seasons of the Heart series. Though this is a great stand alone novel, I would recommend reading the entire series because it is wonderful. Readers of the series will welcome catching up with familiar characters, while new readers will enjoy the blossoming romance between Annie Mae and Adam. One of the things I've always liked about these books is that they aren't all sugar and honey. These characters are dealing with real issues: Adam's guilt is eating him alive and Annie Mae fears the repercussions of defying her controlling father by refusing to move to Higher Ground after he is ex-communicated. In the background, other smaller stories develop, which gives this book--like the others--a true community feel.
If you enjoy inspirational romance, Amish fiction, or sweet love stories, you'll want to purchase Breath of Springby Charlotte Hubbard.
Series: Seasons of the Heart
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra (May 6, 2014)
I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.