A Mother’s Gift by Charlotte Hubbard Plus Giveaway



For Leah Otto, marrying Jude Shetler is a long-held dream come true. As a young girl, she was captivated by his good looks and talent as an auctioneer. When Jude, now a widower with three children, begins to court her, Leah doesn’t hesitate. Other men may not appreciate her tomboy ways, but Jude values Leah’s practical nature and her skill with the animals she tends, and both enter the marriage with joy and optimism.

Three months later, Leah feels as if her world is coming down around her. Her twin teenage
step-daughters, Alice and Adeline, are pushing boundaries and taking far too many risks, while five-year-old Stevie deeply misses his mother. Leah, more at ease in a barn tending her goats and chickens than in a kitchen, struggles with her housekeeping duties.

Then a baby is abandoned on their doorstep, and Leah must search her soul. Caring for little Betsy fills her with renewed purpose and the strength to begin pulling her family together. With Jude’s steadfast support, Leah finds that what she once thought of as a happy ending may be something even better—the beginning of a life rich in love, faith, and unexpected blessings.


Leah Otto, marrying Juda Shetler was just a huge mistake, according to everyone in their small Amish community. Leah would never get along with Jude’s twin teenage girls and his small son who misses his mammso much all he does is cries for her. But Leah was determined to marry this man that she loved dearly. And Jude was just as determined to make Leah his wife. But when Jude’s sneaky twin teens overheard a private conversation between Jude and Leah, Jude’s house was disrupted to the point that he didn’t know what to do, and Leah wished that she had listened to her mom when she tried to warn her how Jude’s twins would feel toward her.

Anout halfway through this awesome Amish story, I had no idea how Ms. Hubbard would untangle the mess called Jude’s household. I cried with Leah, and wanted to wring those twin girls’ necks! I was so glad when Leah finally broke through to little Stevie, and he started trusting her. And not only that, but Stevie was one smart five year old! And he didn’t mind telling what the twins told him, or what he overheard the twins say. I love this little one!

For me, this is my favorite so far from author Charlotte Hubbard. A bit different from most Amish books I’ve read. Leah wasn’t the usual Amish Housewife and Jude didn’t care what people thought of her working with her cows, goats, and other farm animals. One thing this story teaches us is that communication is so very important in a marriage or relationship. I loved the way Jude and Leah were able to talk through their problems and struggles, even though it was very difficult and embarrassing for them both at times. And it’s also scary for Amish parents to think of their kids as the go through their time of rumspringa. It’s a cruel world out there for someone who has been so sheltered, even to those who are not Amish. Leah and Jude’s strong faith in God got them through their trying times, and He will do the same for anyone. I appreciate Ms. Hubbard dealing with these issues in this story. And I hope if someone reading this book is going through struggles, Jude and Leah’s story will help them as they go through their difficult journey.

I received this book from Goddess Book Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

To follow this tour click HERE


Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. As she writes, her stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way she proposed them: unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, and they keep her guessing right along with her readers!

Charlotte has lived in the Midwest most of her life. When she’s not writing, she loves touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with her Border Collie, Ramona. She’s a Presbyterian deacon, sings in her church choir, and plays in the percussion ensemble. She’s married to a fine man who–bless him–has never once suggested she get a real job!

Giveaway…..please click on link below to sign up for this giveaway!

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lori Smanski
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 15:54:40

    oh this sounds like a fantastic book. thank you for your review. i clicked on the raffle copter and got an error.


  2. Trixi
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 16:00:39

    Same here, the Rafflecopter link gives mean error! The book sounds good and I’ve heard Charlotte is a wonderful writer. Amish is among my favorite! Thank you for the chance to win.


  3. Goddess Fish Promos (@GoddessFish)
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 16:40:56

    Thank you so much for hosting today!


  4. Victoria
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 16:43:44

    Thanks for sharing!


  5. Charlotte Hubbard
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 20:44:40

    Joy, thank you for your thorough, wonderful review, and for featuring my book on your blog!


  6. Trix
    Apr 09, 2018 @ 22:29:23

    Thanks for the review!


  7. Bea LaRocca
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 04:02:32

    Congratulations on the book, the tour and this great review!


  8. Splashes of Joy
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 04:10:37

    I just fixed the link to the giveaway. So sorry. Not sure what happened. Thank you all for your comments


  9. Nikolina84
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 04:57:11

    Thank you for your honest review, it’s much appreciated!


  10. Karen G.
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 06:50:20

    Thank you for the review. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this book. I really enjoyed reading A Mother’s Love and can’t wait to get my hands on A Mother’s Gift.


  11. Lori Smanski
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 09:49:28

    oh this book sounds interesting. she really has her hands full here. Being a mother is all about giving our gifts to our children and helping them discover theirs. I need to put this on my to buy list.


  12. Judy Schechter
    Apr 10, 2018 @ 09:53:41

    Congratulations on your new release and good luck on the tour!


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