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A Simple Vow

(Simple Gifts #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge--and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Zebra
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Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A well written Amish story with nicely developed characters and scene settings. Heartbreak, hope, lies, honesty, redemption, community ties and forgiveness are recurring themes throughout. There was even an unexpected twist towards the end.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, I started the Simple Gifts series with the third one and loved it so much, that I went back to read the first two. I loved this series and will definitely look for more from Charlotte Hubbard. There is a wedding happening in Willow Ridge and Edith is hurrying to attend when she stumbles upon two Amish men arguing. She stops to calm them down when she hears a baby crying, actually two babies. Edith steps in to comfort the children and confront the men. The men, Will, her sister Loretta's ex-f ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A Simple Vow

Charlotte Hubbard

Wow! A SIMPLE VOW by Charlotte Hubbard has just blown me away. So much mystery and suspense and that is not what I'm used to when reading Amish books. Charlotte Hubbard is quickly becoming one of my favorite Amish authors and A SIMPLE VOW is exactly why. She had me guessing who the babies father was all along and when it was finally revealed, I was shocked.

Edith Riehl happens upon two Amish men arguing all the while, a baby is crying and they aren't concerned at all.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was a great to catch up with beloved characters in Willow Ridge, along with new members of the community, reading Charlotte Hubbard's new release, A Simple Vow. A Simple Vow is book one in her new series, Simple Gifts. Charlotte is a talented author weaving her plots with real to life characters. A Simple Vow is focus on Edith Riehl's verbal vow to care for infant twins because it was unclear who the father was.

Will Gingerich and Asa Detweiler were arguing when Edith heard an infant crying.
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A SIMPLE VOW is the first book in Ms. Hubbard's new series Simple Gifts. This book doesn't read like the a first book in a series though, more like a continuation of a previous series since I recognized many of the characters. I think they are from the Seasons of the Heart series.

Some of the other reviewers commented about there being too many characters. Since I have read all of Ms. Hubbard's previous books I recognized most of them. Asa seemed a very nice young man, kind, considerate, and wi
Tina Watson
WOW!! Charlotte Hubbard had me guessing as to who the father of the twins was. Boy was I shocked and floored when he was revealed. I totally did not see that coming!

"A Simple Vow" is just that a simple vow, aka a promise. Not a secret, but a promise, a verbal contract. Edith Riehl is going to keep her promise to care for the twins as Asa Detweiler looks for their real father.

Overall, I loved this story that Charlotte Hubbard has written in "A Simple Vow". This shocking betrayal is not often writ
Tina at Mommynificent
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a huge fan of all of Charlotte Hubbard's books set in Willow Ridge, I was thrilled to receive a complimentary copy of this first book of a new spin-off series from NetGalley.

While I loved revisiting many of my old friends in this book, I found this one a bit slow to get going. There were hints of mystery and intrigue throughout the first half but I couldn't really see what they had to do with the story. Until I hit about 70%, this book was set for a three-star rating.

But wow! What a twist
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, romance, audio
Mysteries aren’t the only genre with twists. Author Charlotte Hubbard has penned a charming Amish tale of romance that’s anything but average. Edith isn’t looking for romance, but she finds it and more. A former suitor of her sister’s shows up with infant twins, wanting Edith and her sisters to care for them since his wife has died, and he says he can’t care for them for a while. Edith takes charge of the situation, but it comes with consequences. The story is quite interesting, and most of the ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A well written delightful story that I enjoyed. Looking forward to more of her books.
Tammy Ammons
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another very good book by Charlotte Hubbard. She makes her characters come to life!
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book! First time reading this author! It had a great story line and wonderful characters! I loved the twist in this book ! Didn’t see it coming! Looking forward to the next in the series
Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
Could you see yourself taking in twin babies that are no relation to you and to care for them with limited questions asked? Edith Riehl does that very thing when she interrupts two Amish men arguing over who is the father. As Asa and Will determine to find the real father, an accident delays Asa's leaving of Willow Ridge. During his stay he finds himself falling head over heels in love with Edith and day dreaming of being a family with her and the babies. Can Asa make his dream come true or will ...more
Kri Wood
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kri by: The Author
See my full review on THE TIRED BUYER

I know little to nothing about Amish community besides when I see their communities nearby or the other versions that live near my parts. I find them somewhat fascinating and a change to dig my teeth/claws into such glimpse was something I did not want to pass up. And I must say Charlotte Hubbard quickly became my favorite Amish author and this one book was exactly why along with Hubbard's sweet nature to me leading up to myself receiving this wonderful gift.
Kim Bakos
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I love Amish fiction and was excited to find a "new to me" author in this genre. This book was a solid story for that genre.
I loved the connectedness of the small town and who doesn't love babies!
This is the first in a series, but obviously all the characters were in another series - there are SO many of them and a complicated story to go with each of them which made getting into the book hard at the beginning.
I was missing a more Amish feel that usually comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch langua
Joleen Devens
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish-fiction
This is the first book that I read by Charlotte Hubbard and I definitely loved it. It had a few twists that I didn't expect. It was a little different than most Amish fiction that I have read, but it still was filled with God's direction and snippets of scripture throughout. I now want to finish the series of 3 books. I would love for anyone who loves God or Amish Fiction to read this wonderful book about forgiveness. ...more
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've gotta say, it takes a LOT to surprise me in an Amish novel, and the twist near the end was not one I saw coming! It was lovely to get to go back into the world of Willow Ridge, I loved the previous series and getting to see the characters again was awesome! Edith and Asa were a lovely couple, it makes me hope someday I'll get to find that someone special. Hey if it happened that fast for them you never know! ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who love Amish fiction.
Ms. Hubbard has once again delivered humor and grace in her latest novel. I love revisiting with my old 'friends'. ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm just rating this book because that is my gorgeous cousin on the cover. Illustrated by the incredible Tom Hallman. #familybraggingrights ...more
Louise King
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A bit of mystery
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the beginning of the Simple Gifts series. It follows immediately from the Seasons of the Heart series.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's okay. It's a tad far-fetched yet predicted at the same time. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Edith has a lot of love and feelings in her ❤. Can she over come her fathers the true ?. Why are amish fathers so mean to their daughters is my questions. We c it all the time.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard is the first book in a Simple Gifts series. In Willow Ridge the town is getting ready for the wedding of Ira Hooley and Millie Glick. Edith Riehl steps out onto the front porch and hears people arguing. Then she hears babies crying. She goes to investigate and finds two babies. Edith immediately picks them up and soothes them. Will Gingerich was bringing the babies to the Riehl’s to see if they could take care of them for him. His wife, Molly recently died from ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After having read many of this author's previous books, I must admit that I approached this one with trepidation ! Not because I thought that it wouldn't be good!!! I already knew that I loved her writing! However.... I was so thrilled with her last book, "Promise Lodge", that I REALLY feared that this new creation could not possibly be as great!! Happily, I admit that my worries were for nothing!! "A Simple Vow" surpassed my expectations! It was the BEST yet!! I say "yet" because I have the fee ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley exchange for an honest review


Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge--and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She's going to abide by her promise
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Edith hears noises outside her home and goes outside to hear two men arguing in loud voices over who was the father of twin babies in one man's buggy. Edith does what any reasonable woman does, she goes outside and grabs the babies who are crying and berates the men for acting like little boys. One of the men is Will, once her sister's fiance, and the other is Asa, a man accused by Will's late wife of being the father of the babies. The problem is that Asa has never met Will's wife, and Will is ...more
Glenda Parker
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a part of the Simple Gifts Series. I loved this book and enjoyed revisiting Willow Ridge. The book is well written, faith based, and the characters are moving. There are several twists and turns in the story and I know you will love it. Charlotte has a wonderful way with her Amish stories.
Edith Riehl and her two sisters have just moved to Willow Ridge. Her dominating father, a clock maker, traded his home in Rosewood with his cousin who lived in Willow Ridge so his cousin could help his
Pam Pavkov
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Simple Vow is the first book in the Simple Gifts series written by Charlotte Hubbard. Charlotte not only hit a home run she got a grand slam with this book. I was instantly taken back to the little town of Willow Ridge and introduced to a very sweet Amish young lady, Edith Riehl. In anticipation of the wedding of Ira Hooley and Millie Glick, Edith steps out on the front porch and that's where we begin her wonderful adventure.

Characters from previous books are reintroduced and it's like no time
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A simple vow is a modern Amish tale, entering on the lives of the Riehl family, in particular, Cornelius Riehl's youngest daughter, Edith. The book starts as the new settlement of Willow Ridge are celebrating a wedding, and just as Edith prepares to join the celebrations she encounters two young men arguing whilst young babies are becoming increasingly distressed in the buggy beside the men. Edith quickly finds herself offering to care for the twins until their alleged father sorts out their tru ...more
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