Thursday, October 18, 2018

Book Review & Giveaway: A Simple Christmas by Charlotte Hubbard

Christmas is coming to Willow Ridge. This growing Amish community has been blessed with some wonderful people you'll definitely want to me.

Rosalyn Riehl crafts wreaths from evergreen boughs, pine cones and other natural materials. It gives her some time away from her gruff dat, who has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, despite the many hours he spends working in his shop.

Marcus Hooley's reputation arrived in Willow Ridge before he did. A gifted horse trainer, he's also known for being full of himself and entertaining too many ladies. He was happy to escape his Amish roots years ago and he has no intention of being drawn back in. When his attraction to Rosalyn interferes with his original plans, he wonders if what he's really looking for is a second chance and a brighter tomorrow.

Oh, my gosh! I loved everything about this book. The only thing that could make one of Charlotte Hubbard's books better is to set it during the Christmas season. This sweet romance is full of surprises and touching moments. You get a chance to catch up with your friends in Willow Ridge and meet some new people along the way. The spirit of love, faith, and community that fills these pages makes it the perfect seasonal read. The moment I finished, I wanted to read it all over again. Books like A Simple Christmas are why I am such a huge fan of Hubbard's work. She always delivers a superb story and leaves me eagerly waiting for her next book.


As Rosalyn Riehl walked alongside the county highway pulling a cartload of Christmas wreaths, she gazed up at the sky in surprise. When she’d left home a few minutes earlier, the sun was shining but now low, gray clouds were rolling in and the wind picked up—and for a brief moment tiny pellets of hail pelted her.

It’s going to be a tricky winter, she thought. The weather seems as crazy and mixed up as I feel.

Rosalyn adored the holidays—Thanksgiving was only a week away—yet the thought of the approaching winter made her sigh. Her youngest sister Edith lived across the road with her husband, Asa, and their twins, and her younger sister Loretta was sharing the bedroom down the hall with her new husband, Drew, so Rosalyn felt like the odd woman out. All her life she’d longed for a husband and a family, yet at twenty-eight she saw no probability of fulfilling that dream.

Her cheeks tingled when the season’s first snowflakes met her cheeks. It’s a gut thing I have my new job at Simple Gifts to look forward to, Rosalyn thought as she made her way up the hill toward the store housed in a huge red barn. Working for Nora on Wednesdays and Saturdays sure beats dealing with Loretta and Edith’s moony-eyed gazes and happy chatter about being married to the Detweiler twins whenever we’re all together.

It wasn’t that she begrudged her sisters their happiness. She just wanted some of her own.

Series: Simple Gifts (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Zebra (September 25, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420138731
ISBN-13: 978-1420138733

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Thanks so much for bringing to our attention another great book out there to read. I appreciate hearing about them since I have so many readers in my family.

CharlotteHubbard said...

Cheryl, thanks so much for featuring my book on your blog today, and THANKS for the wonderful review, as well!

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for being part of the book tour for "A Simple Christmas" by Charlotte Hubbard.

Love this author's books and have had this on on my TBR list since I first heard about it. Reading the excerpt just confirms that and made me want to read more. Can't wait for the opportunity to read it. The cover is absolutely adorable!
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Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing!