PUYB Presents “Autumn Winds” by Charlotte Hubbard

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Charlotte Hubbard

Autumn Winds


I’ve called Missouri home for most of my life, and most folks don’t realize that several Old Older Amish and Mennonite communities make their home here, as well. The rolling pastureland, woods, and small towns along county highways make a wonderful setting for Plain populations—and for stories about them, too! While Jamesport, Missouri is the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River, other communities have also found the affordable farm land ideal for raising crops, livestock, and running the small family-owned businesses that support their families.

Like my heroine, Miriam Lantz, of my new Seasons of the Heart series, I love to feed people—to share my hearth and home. I bake bread and goodies and I love to try new recipes. I put up jars and jars of green beans, tomatoes, beets and other veggies every summer. All my adult life, I’ve been a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and we hosted a potluck group in our home for more than twenty years.

Like Abby Lambright, heroine of my new Home at Cedar Creek series, I consider it a personal mission to be a listener and a peacemaker—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls. Faith and family, farming and frugality matter to me: like Abby, I sew and enjoy fabric arts—I made my wedding dress and the one Mom wore, too, when I married into an Iowa farm family more than thirty-five years ago! When I’m not writing, I crochet and sew, and I love to travel.

I recently moved to Minnesota when my husband got a wonderful new job, so now he and I and our border collie, Ramona, are exploring our new state and making new friends.

To find out more about Charlotte, please visit her at www.CharlotteHubbard.com.

Visit her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.hubbard1

On Goodreads at:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/53342.Charlotte_Hubbard


The leaves are falling and there’s a chill in the air in Willow Ridge, Missouri, the quaint, quiet Amish town where love, loyalty, and faith in the Old Ways are about to be put to the test …


Winds of change are blowing through Willow Ridge, and they’re bringing a stranger to the Sweet Seasons Bakery. At first, widowed Miriam Lantz has misgivings about Ben Hooley, a handsome but rootless traveling blacksmith. But as she gets to know the kind-hearted newcomer, she wonders if his arrival was providential. Perhaps she could find love again—if only there weren’t so many obstacles in the way. With Bishop Knepp relentlessly pursuing her hand in marriage and the fate of her beloved café at stake, Miriam must listen to God and her heart to find the happiness she longs for and the love she deserves.


Ben Hooley didn’t expect to pop in on the owner of the Sweet Seasons Bakery like he did, but he sure was glad that he met the friendly and nice looking Miriam Lantz. And what would people say since the storm just knocked the lights out and everything was dark? But since she was cooking for a suprise birthday party for the Bishop, Ben knew he was just the new guy in the area. He didn’t even know if he would stay or not. But he sure didn’t care for the Bishop being sweet on Miriam. She didn’t deserve to be the wife of a bishop and raise his clan.

This book starts off with a bang, with Ben making his noisy and somewhat appearance in the area. Mariam was a sweet lady and boy could she cook. I was hungry the entire time I read this book! Therefore I was a very happy reader when I found the recipe section at the end of the book, with some wonderful recipes I might add.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Miriam and her Bakery, along with her struggling over who she should go for. The Bishop, who everyone seems to think, and especially Bishop Knepp,  or could Miriam really find love again in this kind hearted man who literally was thrown into the wall of her Bakery on that stormy night?

Autumn Winds is another wonderful Amish read by author Charlotte Hubbard and well worth your read. The twists and turns in the story will capture your attention and keep you reading. And the food is awesome! The added little cookbook in the back of the book makes it all worth while. I will sure be trying some of these recipes! Thank you Charlotte Hubbard!

This book was provided by PUYB and the publisher Zebra Books for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a postive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.



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  1. Trackback: Interview with author Charlotte Hubbard/Naomi King | splashesofjoy

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