About the Book
Book: Maryann’s Hope
Author: Molly Jebber
Genre: Amish Historical Romance
Release Date: January 26, 2021
The pleasing warmth of fresh-baked maple cookies…the sweet, buttery flakiness of a raspberry jam pastry. In 1913 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery is beloved by locals and visiting Englischer alike. And its understanding community always provides help, healing–and new chances for love…even for a widow faced with an impossible choice between her head and her heart.
Secrets devastated Maryanne Harding’s marriage to an Englischer–and took away her untrustworthy husband. Now the young Amish widow has found contentment cooking up treats at the bakery, raising her little girl, and comforting her ailing mother. And when Andrew Wittmer asks her to marry him, Maryanne is over the moon with happiness that she and the kind furniture maker will put down roots in her hometown…
Until Andrew’s uncle becomes ill, and Andrew must permanently take over his store in a town hours away. Though she would go anywhere to be Andrew’s fraa, Maryanne can’t abandon her mother–or the family that depends on her so much. And when she discovers Andrew harbors secrets of his own, Maryanne’s hard-won trust is shaken. Now, can she risk difficult choices and take a leap of faith into the loving, joyful future she longs for most?
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About the Author
Molly Jebber is a best-selling & award-winning Amish Historical Romance author whose books have made the Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten List, media worldwide, and in USA Today. She’s a national speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and keynote and guest lecturer for many groups on writing, publishing, & marketing. She loves God, family, friends she is grateful for her readers.
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I’ve been fortunate to have a close family. I hear so often, you can choose your friends but not your family. Maryann in MARYANN’S HOPE loves her mother, but finds her a challenge with her unpredictable moods. When she meets Andrew, they both must make difficult decisions throughout their courtship relating to family and seeking God’s will for their lives. Maryann’s toddler, Betsy, will make you laugh, as well as other children of her friends in the story. The bakery desserts will make your mouth water, and you’ll imagine the aroma of cinnamon, sugar, and warm bread.
The Amish Charm Bakery is where friends come to enjoy a break, share secrets, solve problems, and laugh and cry.
On a personal note, this year has been an exciting one for our family in spite of COVID-19. My daughter, Misty, is getting married, and we love our future son-in-law, Kevin. They are having a small wedding due to the virus, but it hasn’t dampened any of our enthusiasm for this special day. God has blessed all of us with making all the plans go smoothly, and they’ve enjoyed their marriage counseling with Pastor Roger.
Pastor Roger asked them to put their first name in the verses in Corinthians Chapter 13 of the Bible, as an example of how they should feel about each other. Such as Misty is patient, and Misty is kind. I thought about that in my marriage to Ed. He is all those wonderful things to me. But I need to be more patient! So I’m learning along with Misty and Kevin! LOL
I pray that MARYANN’S HOPE will bring you a fun escape into the small Amish town of Charm, Ohio during the period of 1913-1914!
Maryann’s Hope by Molly Jebber takes us back to 1913 in Charm, Ohio where Maryann Harding and Andrew Wittmer have begun courting. Maryann never thought she would find a man who would overlook her past. When Andrew proposes, Maryann is thrilled to accept. Andrew is a good man who loves her, adores her daughter, and openly communicates with her. She is glad they will be living in Charm because her mother could not handle it if they left town. Wedding plans have barely begun when Andrew receives a letter from his uncle who lives about ten miles away (over three hours away by buggy). His uncle is ill and would like Andrew to take over the furniture store. It is a dream come true for Andrew who has dreamed of having a store where he could sell the furniture he makes. But Andrew wonders how this will affect his relationship with Maryann. Andrew also worries about the secret he has yet to share with Maryann. She shared her secrets with him, but he held back despite knowing how important trust is to Maryann. Is there a chance for these star-crossed lovers? Maryann’s Hope is the 4th novel in The Amish Charm Bakery series. Each book in the series can be read on its own. We do, though, get to catch up with the characters from the other three books. I thought Maryann’s Hope was well-written with realistic characters. I like how the author incorporates historical events and interesting facts (with the sheriff and local doctor). The author delves into the topic of mental illness and how it affects a family. I thought it was handled nicely. Second chances, destructiveness of secrets, and importance of trust are the themes present throughout the book. Open communication is important for a couple. Keeping information from a partner can be damaging to a relationship. I like how the author handled these issues. Christian elements are nicely incorporated into the story. The importance of trusting God and knowing that he has a path laid out for each of us. Maryann’s Hope is a gently paced story that I enjoyed reading. I appreciated the epilogue at the end. Maryann’s Hope is a sweet Amish novel with tasty treats, stressful secrets, trouble trusting, a mentally ill mother, fine furniture, and romantic misfortunes.
To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 Amazon gift card and an Amish doll. Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter. Good Luck! Maryann's Hope publishes January 26 and it can be pre-ordered from Amazon*. You can find the other novels in The Amish Charm Bakery series here. Thank you for joining me today. Tomorrow I am reviewing The Transylvania Twist by Angie Fox. It is the 2nd book in The Monster MASH Trilogy. I hope that you have a optimistic day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
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