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Summer of Secrets (Seasons of the Heart #1)

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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 Café, and love is a gift God gives with grace. . .

Summer Of Secrets

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 chil
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 ...more
May 08, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, amish-fiction
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
Connie  Lynch
Apr 12, 2016 Connie Lynch rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amish fiction lovers
When I read Charlotte Hubbard's works I always finish the book with a feeling of Joy and Redemption and Happiness and I know I am smiling. I happened upon this book on a Share Me book rack and was waiting for my husband and could not leave it behind. Summer of Secrets is a joyful story and truly teaches us that God has a plan for each of us in the life, no matter what your struggles may be. Miriam, loving caring mother of triplets who believes one of her girls drown as a toddler. Rachel and ...more
Oct 19, 2015 Deanne rated it really liked it
Miriam discovers the daughter that got washed away in a flood 18 years earlier as a toddler is very much alive. Rebecca was one of her toddlers but her other daughters were raised as twins and don't remember their other sister. When she shows up at their mother's bakery/ cafe she is shocked to learn she is not who she thought she was . There is quite the uproar in the community when word gets out her daughter has been found alive. The Bishop is afraid Rebecca will influence others in the ...more
Linda Bourg
Mar 02, 2015 Linda Bourg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
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.
Tara Lee
Jun 07, 2015 Tara Lee rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 27, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful example of faith, humility, recognizing and respecting while creating boundaries. I think every woman can learn from it especially. I loved how sometimes life isn't black and white but filled with shades of gray.
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
Sep 22, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
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Summer of Secrets

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 Café, and love is a gift God gives with grace. . .

Summer Of Secrets

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 café claiming to be the long-lost s
“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
Ruth Hill
Jan 29, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it really liked it
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
Apr 11, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 19, 2012 Krazybooklady rated it really liked it
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 ...more

I absolutely LOVE this book! It is a joy to read!

I have read a lot of Amish fiction, and each time I do, I not only hope, but expect the book to be good. Charlotte Hubbard writes amazing Amish stories – ones that uplift, encourage, and inspire.

There are many things we can learn from the Amish… including kindness, contentment, and values. Knowing this, Charlotte chooses to write a story that makes her characters much more realistic. They’re not perfect; they are people with the same problems ma
Morwa Pal
Mar 30, 2012 Morwa Pal rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2011 Krystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

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
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
Cheryl Malandrinos
Jul 23, 2016 Cheryl Malandrinos rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book to start off Hubbard's new series that introduces readers to the Amish community of Willow Ridge. The author knows how to pull on the heartstrings with this moving story of a young woman's life suddenly turned upside down by the revelation of a family secret. Everything she holds dear is called into question, but perhaps nothing is challenged more than her relationship with Micah. As Rachel, her twin sister, Rhoda, and their mother deal with the secret that seems destined ...more
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 ...more
May 07, 2012 Mayda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, amish, christian
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
Jun 02, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2016 Lourdes rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Amish fiction is not a genre I have ever read before. This book was recommended by a co-worker who never lets me down with her book recommendations. And she still has not let me down. The book grew on me and I found that I enjoyed it. Different from what I normally read which usually includes a lot of mayhem. This was a quick sweet read that left you wanting to read more about the lives of Miriam, Rhoda, Rachel and especially Rebecca. Faith is very important in the story, while not too ...more
Mar 03, 2012 patricia rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 28, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Janice Aitkens
Mar 29, 2014 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing
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
Janie  R. Freeman
Nov 16, 2013 Janie R. Freeman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
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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