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.
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Exclusive Excerpt of A Simple Vow
Edith flashed her eldest sister a grateful smile and went downstairs to start supper. Neither Loretta nor Rosalyn ate much, and Edith was too lost in her swirling thoughts to do more than pick at her meal. Dat, however, took his time over two platefuls of scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and bread with butter. Then, after offering them some, he polished off the two slices of cherry pie and the large slab of wedding cake her sisters had brought home.
“I’ve been thinking about a suggestion Nora Hooley made,” he said as he pushed back from the table. “She wants to display some of my clocks in her store. It’s a sure thing that potential buyers would see them better there than in my workshop.”
Loretta snatched at this thread of conversation like a hen snagging a worm. “Simple Gifts is such a wonderful shop,” she replied. “When I was in there last week, Nora was hoping Edith would take in some of her baskets—”
“And your rugs would be just the thing to consign there, too, Loretta!” Rosalyn put in. “Nora sells so many pretty linens and household things there. I was thinking to buy a few to use here in the kitchen and—”
“The rugs and curtains your mother made are just fine.” Dat focused intently on Rosalyn. “You know how it goes, Daughter. Once you start shopping at Nora’s, a lot of money will slip through your fingers before you realize it.”
Rosalyn’s crestfallen expression tugged at Edith’s heartstrings. The cotton curtains were faded from the sun and the woven rag rugs were patched on the back, so threadbare the girls avoided standing on them when they were washing dishes or cooking at the stove. When they’d moved to Willow Ridge, she and her sisters had hoped Dat might be able to part with some of the items their mother had made, but he seemed determined to keep Mamm’s memory alive by clinging to every little thing associated with her—even though those items were falling apart.
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Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Ramona.
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