Happy Friday! I hope all of you are staying safe and well. I was very fortunate this week that my very kind and generous brother-in-law came over and changed our kitchen faucet. Our old one has been leaking terribly for a year. I was unable to do the job and I am so thankful that he did this for us. No more leaks! How are things going at your house?
Light Shines on Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard opens with the wedding of Frances Lehman and Preacher Marlen Kurtz. It is obvious to all present that the two are very much in love. Annabelle Beachey has settled into Promise Lodge where she has started a sewing business. She has become more confident and independent since her arrival thanks to the other ladies in the community. Annabelle is shocked when Phineas, the husband who abandoned her, arrives during the wedding dinner. He wants Annabelle to leave the Amish and relocate to Ohio where he has established his business. Phineas is surprised at how Annabelle has changed especially at how she speaks up to him. Cyrus Helmuth begins showing interest in Gloria Lehman. She is unaware of the wager Cyrus has made with his brother, Jonathan. The morning after the wedding, the town is surprised by the appearance of Bishop Clayton King who states he is there on behalf of the Council of Bishops. He states that the council is concerned at how progressive Promise Lodge has become and Bishop Clayton sets out to make changes. Bishop Clayton’s changes could ruin the community the group has built unless action is taken.
Light Shines on Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard is the fifth novel in the Promise Lodge Series. I do recommend reading the series in order. It is the best way to understand the people and the community. I enjoyed reading Light Shines on Promise Lodge, and I did not want this delightful story to end. I thought it was well-written with steady pacing and a good flow. The characters are developed as well as endearing and continue to grow as individuals. All our favorites are back (Bishop Monroe, Christine, Preacher Amos Troyer, Gloria, Allen, Laura, etc.) plus we have the addition of Annabelle and Phineas Beachey. Annabelle’s husband left her to become English. She only knew he left because she caught him searching for her egg money. After her brother-in-law took over the farm and made Annabelle feel like a charity case, she relocated to Promise Lodge. Annabelle develops a backbone along with loving friends who care and support her. Phineas is determined to stay, but he will need to change his ways if wants to win back his wife. Cyrus Helmuth and his older brother, Jonathan make a wager that will end up causing hurt feelings. Hopefully, the pair will do some maturing along the way and learn a life lesson or two. Bishop Clayton King shows up at Promise Lodge claiming their community is too progressive. He is intent on making changes. Trouble has come to their peaceful community. Light Shines on Promise Lodge was an interesting story with its various storylines. I like how everything played out including the appearance of some special guests (I cannot say too much or it will spoil it for you). I especially liked the mystery surrounding Bishop King. I have enjoyed watching Gloria go from a girl chasing boys to a woman who manages the cabins and apartments at the lodge. There are recipes from the Promise Lodge kitchen at the end of the book. Light Shines on Promise Lodge is a story about forgiveness, love, friendship, family, community and second chances. Charlotte Hubbard is a storyteller of the highest caliber. She weaves a tale that will capture and hold your attention from beginning to end. I hope there will be many more stories in this charming series.
Light Shines on Promise Lodge releases on Tuesday, March 31. It can be pre-ordered through Amazon. You can find the other novels in the Promise Lodge Series here. If you enjoy reading the Promise Lodge Series, I highly suggest reading Charlotte Hubbard's Simple Gifts series. Thank you for reading my review today. I will be sharing my thoughts on Dead in the Doorway by Diane Kelly which is the second A House-Flipper Mystery. I hope that you have an inspired day. By the way. . .Why did words and punctuation end up in court? To be sentenced! Take care, stay safe and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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