Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blog Tour - Mandy Reviews: Summer of Secrets by Charlotte Hubbard

Thank you for stopping by Literary R&R for our stop on Charlotte Hubbard's Summer of Secrets virtual book blog tour, hosted by Pump Up Your Book.

ISBN #: 978-1420121698
Page Count: 328
Copyright: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Zebra Books

Book Summary:

Welcome to Willow Ridge, Missouri! In this cozy Amish town along the banks of the river, the Old Ways are celebrated at the Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe, and love is a gift God gives with grace ...

Summer has come to Willow Ridge, but Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life - marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. When a strange Englischer arrives in the cafe claiming to be the long-lost sister of Rachel and her twin Rhoda, Rachel feels the sturdy foundation of her future crumbling - including Micah's steadfast love. As the days heat up and tempers flare, Rachel and Micah will learn that even when God's plan isn't clear, it will always lead them back to each other ...

Mandy's Review:


I like the blue of the sky and the depiction of the Amish houses in the distance. The young girl staring off thoughtfully is intended to make one wonder if she has a secret she's holding in or if she's contemplating someone else's secret.


Miriam Lantz lost her husband several years ago. At the suggestion of her daughters, Rachel and Rhoda, she began a restaurant business. One day, a young lady walks into the restaurant looking goth, but strangely familiar.

Thus begins a series of events encasing several secrets, a possible shunning, the closing of Miriam's restaurant and an abuse of power.

Main Characters

Miriam - A widow who has learned to be self-sufficient, thanks to her business. She has carried a great loss for over 15 years and blames herself for it happening. She is a sweet lady who tries to be a friend to all.

Rachel - One of Miriam's daughters who is secretly engaged to Micah. She is very outspoken and protective over those she loves.

Rhoda - Another of Miriam's daughters. She is Rachel's twin and seems satisfied with living the single life.

Tiffany - A goth-looking young lady that blows through the Amish town one day, causing a stir that does not easily go away.


I love Amish stories. I have a great respect for their culture and religion. I especially have a great respect for the ladies, who are supposed to be submissive and quiet. I could never be that way, that's for sure!

This book was not typical of the other Amish stories that I've read. This was unique and I rather enjoyed it. There were subplots and twists that I was not expecting.

If you enjoy Amish stories, then I would highly recommend this be added to your personal library.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for reviewing my book, Mandy! I really appreciate your attention to getting the details right!


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