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A Simple Christmas | Charlotte Hubbard



Today I am reviewing A Simple Christmas, the third book in the Simple Gifts series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The rustic beauty of a country Christmas fills the Simple Gifts crafts shop, while the Amish residents of Willow Ridge pull together in uncertain times–and in the face of an unexpected homecoming.

Nora Hooley’s shop is abuzz with preparations for the holiday open house, and Rosalyn Riehl is handcrafting wreaths from evergreen boughs, pinecones, and other natural materials.

The work is a welcome diversion for the only unmarried daughter of Cornelius Riehl: her gruff dat has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, leaving dutiful Rosalyn to manage the household’s inexplicably shrinking budget. Then another distraction swaggers into Simple Gifts–blue-jeaned and leather-jacketed, with a reputation that precedes him.

Marcus Hooley hightailed it to Willow Ridge on a wing and a prayer–not that he’s the praying type. He rejected his Amish roots long ago. But behind the bad-boy attitude is a gifted horse trainer who’s counting on some bent-but-not-broken family ties to throw him a lifeline.

He can’t erase his past, but a sparking attraction with strong, spirited Rosalyn holds the promise of a second chance . . . and of shedding light on shadowy secrets to build a bright tomorrow.



Wow! This is such a great series!

Rosalyn Riehl is overjoyed that her sister Loretta and new brother-in-law Drew is continuing to live with her and her dat. Rosalyn knows how difficult it is for them, but her life would be so much worse without their help.

In the meantime, her dat seems to be getting worse, and no one knowing what to do — or what he’s doing. So a distraction, in the form of one Marcus Hooley, might be just the best thing for her.

Marcus is trying to clean up his act, but his attraction to Rosalyn just won’t go away. And trouble seems to have followed him to Willow Ridge. Who’s following him? And what do they want from him?

This sequel tied up the loose ends found in the series perfectly… I knew something weird was going on, but I had no idea just how bad it was! If you’ve been reading the series with me, don’t miss this one. It’s a page-turner, for sure and for certain!

Happy Reading!!!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

  1. A Simple Vow
  2. A Simple Wish
  3. A Simple Christmas




A Simple Wish | Charlotte Hubbard



Today I am reviewing A Simple Wish, the second book in the Simple Gifts series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Amish residents of Willow Ridge share their talents at the Simple Gifts crafts shop and share the blessings of faith, hard work, and love with their community even when family secrets bring unexpected challenges . . .

Making rugs for Simple Gifts has taught Loretta Riehl that an unassuming pattern can reveal surprising depth. People, too, have a way of defying first impressions.

Drew Detweiler came to Willow Ridge under a cloud, but the handsome craftsman has gained the community’s respect for his upholstery skills and commitment to making amends for his mistakes. As her new brother-in-law’s twin, he’s joining the family for dinners and Sunday visits at the Riehl house, and Loretta can’t deny enjoying his attentions. If only her dat were willing to let a little joy into his life.

Cornelius Riehl grows more stern with each passing day, and Drew suspects there’s more to his moods than missing Loretta’s late mamm. Hoping to fulfill Loretta’s wish to live in a peaceful, happy home again, Drew sets out to learn the truth.

It’s a journey that will bring to light painful realities but also the chance to forge a new, honest, and loving future together . . .



I am loving this new series! Charlotte Hubbard writes such realistic stories that I find myself caught up in the drama from the first page — to the last.

Now that Edith is happily married, Loretta Riehl is being hounded by Will Gingrich to renew their relationship… and to convince her dat to allow them to marry. But Loretta no longer wants to marry Will. She’s put off by his whirlwind courtship — and marriage — to Molly Ropp. How could he have truly loved her if he could court and marry another so quickly?

Well, I agree with her… and I’d find it very difficult to believe, too. So when Drew Detweiler comes along, I think I would have done the very same thing — leave Will on the porch and take off with Drew! At least it gave her time to think about both young men.

One more thing… just what is going on with her dat? I wasn’t too impressed with him in A Simple Vow (book one) and in this sequel his actions continue to annoy me. But I can’t quite figure out what’s going on in his life — and his workshop…

Check back in a few days for my review of A Simple Christmas (book three).

Happy Reading!!!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

  1. A Simple Vow
  2. A Simple Wish
  3. A Simple Christmas


A Simple Vow | Charlotte Hubbard



Today I am reviewing A Simple Vow, the first book in the Simple Gifts series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge — and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own.

She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father.

And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth — even as he’s kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own . . .

Asa can’t understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He’s determined to clear his name — but Edith’s caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust.

In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive . . . and claim their own hearts’ joy.



Charlotte Hubbard has a gift for writing amazing Amish stories!

Edith Riehl and her sisters don’t have an easy life. Their dat makes life pretty rough at times, and Edith has a dark secret of her own that stands in the way of her happiness.

When she discovers two innocent babies caught in the midst of a troubling conversation between two men, she takes charge, letting the men know that the babies’ needs should come first. But when she is asked to keep them and care for them, what will her dat think?

Since I’m writing about Edith and her family, it should be pretty obvious that I’m loving this new series — and there’s so much to love! Many of our favorite characters from the Amish of Willow Grove are back in this new series, along with a few new ones.

Charlotte Hubbard excels at creating realistic Amish communities with plain people you can’t wait to meet! Well, at least most of them . . . a few of them are ones you wish you could punch in the nose!

I can tell this series will be just as exciting — and just as much fun, too.

Check back in a few days for a review of the next book in the series. . .

Happy Reading!!!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt


Top 25 Authors of 2018





This was a VERY difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I have well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu.

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TWENTY-FIVE AUTHORS for 2019:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Vannetta Chapman    Valerie Comer    Rachel L. Miller

   Dana Mentink    JC Morrows    Macy Morrows    Tricia Goyer    Ruth Logan Herne

   Jean C. Gordon    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    Charlotte Hubbard 

   Ruth Reid    Shelley Shepard Gray    Molly Jebber    Kathy Fuller    Kelly Irvin

   Lilian Jackson Braun    Emma Miller   Amos Wyse    Laura J. Marshall    

   Grace Livingston Hill    Philip Gulley    Jan Karon


God bless you!


Blogpost © Donna J. Mynatt 2018


Weddings at Promise Lodge | Charlotte Hubbard



Today I am reviewing Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Founded by the three Bender sisters, the Amish community of Promise Lodge is thriving—and growing. In fact, residents are thrilled to welcome a charismatic new arrival—one who may not just strengthen their faith, but put it to the test…

When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival.

Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age…

Leola Duff claims Monroe “ruined” her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be—and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should.

And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine . . .



Charlotte Hubbard is one of my favorite Amish fiction authors! From the moment I begin reading a new story, I’m pulled into the it and now that I’m retired, I usually don’t stop reading until I’m done.

This story is awesome! I enjoyed visiting Mattie, Rosetta, and Christine, the Bender sisters, who were determined to have a fresh start in a new community. Recently, widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder has relocated to their community — and falls in love with Christine Bender.

But when another woman shows up, claiming that the bishop has ruined her, what is Christine supposed to do? Trust him? Or give him up?

Honestly, I had no idea what to believe… I wanted to believe the bishop, but Charlotte has introduced me to more than one dishonest character in bishop’s clothing! Obviously, I was hooked… and kept reading till the very end. Wow! If you want to know what happens, pick up a copy of Weddings at Promise Lodge and read it for yourself.

Charlotte has created a wonderful new community in Promise Lodge, with fascinating characters and intriguing possibilities in this new series.

Don’t wait another minute. Order your copy today… you’re gonna love it!!!

Happy Reading!


God Bless You!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt


Christmas at Promise Lodge | Charlotte Hubbard


Today I am posting my review of Christmas at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

As the year draws to a close, the brand-new colony of Promise Lodge is thriving, a welcoming community that offers three Amish sisters a fresh start. And as Christmas approaches, gifts big and small are given with love . . .

 As Promise Lodge’s first wedding arrives, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop’s narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn’t sit well with the Bender sisters, the town’s courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz.

She believes marriage and family aren’t the most important of God’s gifts—even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship.

Amos hasn’t given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He’ll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.




My heart went out to Mattie, Rosetta, Christine, and Deborah — as well as the others who moved to Promise Lodge.

Mattie, Rosetta, and Christine are the Bender sisters — sisters who are determined to have a fresh start in a new community. And they’re expecting more families to relocate with them. Will they meet the right sort of families — or will trouble follow them?

Well, I have to admit, there are some moments when I caught myself holding my breath! But never for a moment, did I stop reading — until I reached the end.

Charlotte has created a wonderful new community in Promise Lodge, with fascinating characters and intriguing possibilities in this new series.

Don’t wait another minute. Order your copy today… you’re gonna love it!!!

Happy Reading!


God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


The Christmas Cradle | Charlotte Hubbard


Today I’m posting my review of The Christmas Cradle, the sixth book in the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise.

Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night.

Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she’s starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate. And she isn’t sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home.

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support.

Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true…


This is a wonderful story to read at Christmas time… or anytime!

I began reading The Christmas Cradle, thinking about a certain baby being born…. I just love babies (so do the Amish)!

You are probably not going to be surprised when I “reveal” that even at Christmas time, guess who shows up… nope, it’s not Santa. It’s Hiram – again – and he’s determined to spoil the good time the folks in Willow Ridge are planning. Hmm, perhaps the shoe fits in this book – he’s a scrooge!

No matter… Charlotte does a superb job introducing a few new characters, made to feel welcome by the folks in the community (of course). I declare, the characters are more “real” than most of the people I know. And they know that with God, all things are possible.

I love how their faith shines through, yet nothing about these books are “preachy” – just good common sense, along with faith, love and hope. And that’s exactly what we all need in our own lives today!

If you enjoy reading great stories, with wonderful, “real” characters going through problems, yet not giving up, I cannot encourage you enough to read the Seasons of the Heart series!

Happy Reading & Merry Christmas!


God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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