Spring blossoms with new life and new beginnings for the flourishing Amish community of Promise Lodge. And as a just-opened bakery sweetens the air with fresh-baked goodness, residents will find that change can be a most joyous test . . . Recently widowed after twenty years of marriage, Frances Lehman is only just tasting the freedom and opportunity that her Promise Lodge friends enjoy. So she’s not about to be pressured into marriage by her widowed brother-in-law, even if she and her daughter have no real means of support. Much more promising is her new friendship with Preacher Marlin Kurtz, though their respective families don’t see their relationship as proper . . . When Frances suffers a serious injury, she’s determined to prove she can recover—and remain independent—without burdening Marlin. Now, with his steadfast belief in real love tested, Marlin’s hope is that Promise Lodge’s irrepressible residents can help him restore Frances's joy—and that faith will show them a way to turn their fragile second chance into a blessed and abiding future together . . .
I was so happy to read more about Promise Lodge. It's just such a peaceful community to read about. People come looking for refuge from their circumstances and find a family. This time the focus was on Francis's who has lost her husband within the last year. Her grieving made me realize that we must go on and yet remember their love. Everyone's grieving has it's own time frame and it's best not to judge too quickly.
Twists and turns kept me reading and wondering what would happen next. Right away I was shocked (I thought nothing like this happened in the Amish) and I also felt a deep sadness at times but there was joy or love on every page I read. Never a dull moment!