Publisher: Zebra (Kensington) | Published: February 23, 2016 | Format: eBook, Paperback, (320 pages) and Audio CD | ASIN: B00Y6RB2PA, ISBN: 9781420139419, and Audio CD ISBN: 9781520000695 | Origin: NetGalley
The first in a new series, PROMISE LODGE by Charlotte Hubbard is an Amish tale where an Old Order family leaves a community to find themselves and begin anew.
Coldstream was home to their parents and their growing years, but these three sisters needed out. A barn fire leads to the death of one husband and the brother-in-law of two others, but it wasn’t the only problem that happened in their former community. Domestic abuse was known about, discussed, and condoned. Their Bishop was taking the community down a path that not one of them wanted to travel while he treated marriage as a duty and obligation but not something more.
The starting of the Promise Lodge was outside of Old Order norms for women, and this caused a stir in the old community. The fact that one of Coldstream’s preachers went along caused the rumors. However, their first guest that visits them from their former community is a friend with news.
Deborah comes to Promise Lodge with a past, a story, and a troubling reason. Does her terrorizing tale hold any discrepancies?
***This opinion is my own.***
Inside PROMISE LODGE, author Charlotte Hubbard brings one whole family and one preacher to a new life where they can go beyond their pain and grow inside an abandoned church campground as a new colony. Meanwhile, this new place is gaining a name for itself with Amish and Plain folk all around as a new colony where fresh starts are possible.
Three women are setting up apartments for single ladies while the men are readying cabins where new families will live while their new house is getting built. A Mennonite neighbor is happy to have more Plain folk around and comes to help with the new effort next door. But when Deborah comes looking for her fresh start, she knows she’d bring pain for one of the children. Noah and Deborah were once engaged, and she broke it off. Her reasons were dumb and without merit, but she can’t go back home.
She shares her troubles, her story, and her fear, and she’s given permission to stay at Promise Lodge. However, her being around Noah isn’t a reunion. She’s not sure that he’ll ever forgive her, and he seems to question the details of her story.
Will they blame her if trouble comes to their door?