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Summer of Secrets (Seasons of the Heart #1)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  296 ratings  ·  60 reviews
As summer arrives, 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 Englishman 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."
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2012)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I wasn't very enthusiastic about this book initially, because it's more women's fictiony than I like. Nothing wrong with the genre, I just don't personally care for it. I actually enjoyed the Christian elements and the scriptures. It felt natural to me, because Christians do approach life in the way represented in the book, relying on God's promises and their relationship with Him. This book grew on me, and I found I liked it quite a bit. The food descriptions were mouthwatering, and I was jazze ...more
Elizabeth
This book was amazing! I'm not a huge fan of Amish fiction generally, as it is too easy to be preachy and/or over-the-top-sappy, but this book is neither. This is a warm, down-to-earth story with real characters, and while it never preaches at me, faith is still very important within the story. In this story, an Amish family encounters their long-lost, English-raised sister, and the story that unfolds is so intriguing, so real, that one cannot help but be mesmerized. This is a tale of honesty, d ...more
Carol
Set in Willow Ridge, Missouri, Summer of Secrets puts Charlotte Hubbard up with the best of Amish Fiction writers. The characters are easy to relate to. The mother, Miriam is a widow who isn’t ready to shed her mourning clothes. Her daughter Rachel is getting ready to marry a handsome carpenter, Micah Brenneman. Her daughter, Rachel is not quite ready to choose yet. All of them including Miriam’s Naomi, Micah’s mother work at Sweet Seasons. This book will bring the smells and sights of Lemon Ice ...more
Tara Lee
I finally got to the FIRST book in the Seasons of the Heart series, Summer of Secrets by Charlotte Hubbard! And like the rest, it didn't disappoint.

It was interesting to read the beginnings of the Willow Ridge crew. To see that at one point Hiram Knepp was at least SOMEWHAT respected in the community. Even if not for long. And to see the first meetings between Tiffany (Rebecca) and the family she never knew she had. She definitely was a surprise (and a shock) when she walked in to the cafe with
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Janine
“Summer of Secrets” by Charlotte Hubbard is the first book of her 'Seasons of the Heart' series and a enjoyable start. Here is a story that is about trusting others when frankly everything looks about as bad as it can be and to not judge a book by its cover.

This story has several different point of views; Rachel, Micah, Miriam and another towards the end of the story, and they are pretty easy to tell whose point of view is whose. Each of their point of view is able to add another layer to this
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Linda Bourg
My first book by this author Charlotte Hubbard, It will not be my last, I truly enjoyed this book. Love how the characters just came to life, I really disliked the Bishop Hiram Knepp, he made me mad sometimes lol. But as they say every dog has their day. And God's faithfulness always prevails. So if you are looking for a good Amish book read give this one a try you won't be disappointed.
Sharon Brewer
Loved It!

This story will make you hungry. The main characters run a restaurant/bakery and prepare so many delicious foods. The author includes the recipes at the end of the story so that is definitely a plus.

The story is also very enjoyable. Even though one of the characters is quite different in appearance, she is soon accepted back into the family. This story includes a little mystery, a little humor, and also a sweet romance.

This is a must read for all readers who enjoy Amish fiction.
Rachel
I know very little about the Amish lifestyle, though there is a similar community near where I live. This book was a good introduction to their beliefs and practices without the details getting in the way of the plot. Tidbits of the Dutch language are also interspersed throughout the dialogue to make it more realistic. Food plays a prominent role in the plot, with several of the main characters running a restaurant together called "Sweet Season." Many of the recipes featured in the back of the b ...more
Krazybooklady
Rachel and Rhoda Lantz grew up in traditional Amish culture. They are enjoying helping their mother in the cafe she was allowed to own as a way to support her family after the death of her husband, and Rachel and Micah are getting ready to let their community know that they are planning to get married. When their long lost sister suddenly shows up and the twins find out they were actually born as triplets, their world is turned upside down. Now Rachel questions if she will still be getting marri ...more
Ruth Hill
I have not read a lot of Amish fiction, but every time I do, I can just about guarantee that it will be good. And this new book did not disappoint. It was what one would expect from an Amish fiction story with a couple little twists that may not be expected.

Since it was Amish, it had the elements one would expect: strong family, good morals, and solid faith. These are central to the story. Also, of course, no profanity. These elements make this book quite refreshing. It is also quite nice to see
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Book Him Danno
This is a quick read about an Amish family that faces a tragedy and then a miracle. The characters are heartwarming and real, I think I could be friends with a few of them. I liked the way that Miriam was determined to do what God wanted her to do even as she prayed for his guidance and help in her life. She wanted to stay with her faith and yet also with her livelihood. Micah is a man I could really get behind; he cares about the women his life and shows it in his actions. The rest of the littl ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Rachel and Rhoda are twins who help their mother in her bakery. They are Amish living a simple life. Rachel has plans to marry Micah and begin her happily ever after.

Her plans are seriously interrupted when a troubled goth young woman comes into the cafe part of the bakery and turns her world upside down. Rachel and Rhoda are not just twins. They are triplets. Their sister Rebecca was swept downstream in a storm. She was assumed dead, but here she is in the cafe. looking out of place in Amish so
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Sometimes you could live your whole life thinking things are just the way they are, until one day someone shows up from your past to remind you life isn't what had thought after all.

In the novel, Summer of Secrets by Charlotte Hubbard, we are immediately introduced into the engagement of Rachel Lantz and Micah Breeneman, a young Amish couple that have yet to announce their formal engagement as is customary among the Amish. So for now, they are happily enjoying the time just being together and ri
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Brenda
Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres to read, so I always become excited whenever I can find a new to me Amish storyteller who puts a fresh spin on Amish fiction and that's just what I found with Charlotte Hubbard.
"Summer of Secrets" a contemporary Amish fiction novel easily transported me to Willow Ridge Missouri. Rachel Lantz spends her days working in the Sweet Season's Cafe with her twin sister and her mother. She has been dating her childhood sweetheart Micah Brenneman and it seems i
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Krystal
Dec 28, 2011 Krystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Rachel is the main character of this novel and very easy to like. She is sweet, kind, and caring. She also lives in an Amish community and carries out their values. Rachel married her childhood sweetheart, Micah, at a young age and used to feel secure in her marriage. When a stranger comes to her community, the stranger interrupts everything Rachel knew about her life and past.


When the stranger doesn't leave, Rachel has many decisions to make. Those decisions lead to strife in her marriage life
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Morwa Pal
In the cozy Amish town of Willow Ridge, Rachel Lantz and her family is looking forward to a summer of courting and pie making. Rachel's mother's restaurant is a roaring success, allowing the widow to provide for her family while she sorts out her grief over her husband's passing. Rachel's longtime beau, Micah, is finally secure in his woodworking business and the pair are beginning to plan for their future together.

Then Rachel's long-lost sister, wearing the gothic black of a wild Midwestern you
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Judy
Summer of Secrets – I Loved It!!

Willow Ridge, Missouri is the setting for this great read. This story is centered around the Sweet Seasons Bakery Cafe’ owned and operated by Miriam Lantz with the help of her daughters Rachel and Rhoda and also her best friend Naomi Brenneman. Miriam opened the cafe’ after her husband Jesse died. This is her main income for her and her daughters. The cafe’ is a popular spot and Miriam has a good steady income from it.

Rachel Lantz hopes to marry Micah Brenneman so
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Mayda
With the aspect of inheritance versus environment faintly present in the background of this tale, Charlotte Hubbard explores what might happen to an Amish-born girl who is raised from a very young age by an English couple. Now a grown woman, she is told of her Amish heritage and returns to her home town and her former family to explore her roots. Needless to say, the appearance of this stranger in Goth makeup and dress, claiming to be the long-missing child and sister of a Plain family attracts ...more
Debbie
Summer of Secrets" by Charlotte Hubbard gets 5 stars from me. The main setting is a restaurant and a bakery. Eighteen years ago Rebecca /Tiffany (one of the triplets) is swept downstream in a flood and is thought dead! But then she comes in the Sweet Season cafe and she hasn't been raised Amish so that causes trouble with the Bishop who wants Miriam( the girls mother) to marry her. This story is just a really good story that will have you cheering for Miriam and Rachel and Micah and Rebecca/Tiff ...more
Melanie
Sweet Seasons Cafe is full of delicious baked good and the author shares several of these recipes with the readers in a section at the back of the book! Love when an author goes the extra distance like that to draw the readers into the story! Lots of baking and cooking scenes that will make your mouth water.

I get super excited to find new Amish fiction writers as Charlotte Hubbard was to me. Firstly triplets in an Amish setting, that was entirely a new concept and to have one of them washed awa
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Jennifer
A very sweet story of a little girl lost and presumed dead, only to surprise her Amish family many years later as she searched for the truth about who she really is. Having grown up outside of the Amish community with a family who miraculously found her in an unusual way, she is quite shocked to find she was Amish. This story demonstrates the courage people find to go against their Amish faith, to bring back a long lost child into their family, even if it means losing what they have. I thought t ...more
Janice Aitkens
I read this on the Kindle

This is in a series, it took longer for me to get in to this book but you need to read this first as it lays the foundation for the series

Having lost her young daughter in a flood who was 1 of triplets, a young girl who dresses as Goth turns up in the cafe so that where the story starts.

You have what i will call a nasty piece of work in the Bishop who is using his position to get what he wants you really feel you don't like the man

You have the other 2 girls who didn't k
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Rachel Robart
Charlotte Hubbard's writing was fun and frivolous when I needed a light read between some heavy events in my life at the time. I especially enjoyed the recipes she included at the end of the book, which I look forward to sharing with my own daughters in the near future.
patricia
Charlotte Hubbard's Summer of Secrets did not disappoint. I do like to read stories about the Amish and have read Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetler. There is much to admire and emulate in their culture and beliefs. This is a story about a lost child who found her way back after many years. Rachel the main character is challenged by this new development in the lives of her mother and sister. The bishop could use a few lessons in Christian ways as he is really just out for himself in the long ru ...more
Janie  R.
I think that I have found a new Amish writer/author in Charlotte Hubbard, that I really like!
I really enjoyed reading this first book of the (Seasons of the Heart) series. It's awesome the way this author describes the characters and their personality, the area around where they live, the food that was cooked,it was all so realistic! The only character I really didn't care for,and I really wanted to tell him what for,was one of their church's elders.The plot was very interesting, a little roman
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Mom Taxi Julie
This is our book club book for this month. I kind of felt myself rolling my eyes a bit about some things in the book (like a lot of them actually). It all just seems so far fetched. I thought it was a bit boring too. My mom read this after me and she loved it so who knows lol.
Krissie
The mother, Miriam is a widow who isn’t ready to shed her mourning clothes. Her daughter Rachel is getting ready to marry a handsome carpenter, Micah Brenneman.
Patricia Hullet
I wasn't very happy with this book. I did finish it and it got better towards the end but the characters were not very endearing and the storyline was pretty far fetched.
Angela
Heartwarming read for a snowy weekend. I have found a new Amish author to add to my list. Read to delve into the second book.
Vicki Krivak
A good read. Cute and heartwarming. I always enjoy Amish fiction novels. Enjoyable.
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Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard (a.k.a. Naomi King) writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming a ...more
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