Light Shines on Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard, Susan Boyce (Narrator)
Published March 31st 2020 by Zebra, June 23, 2020 by Tantor Audio
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is only the second book in The Promise Lodge series I have read, but I do want to go back and read them from the beginning. One of the great things about this book was the way it tied into The Amish residents of Willow Ridge from the Simple Gifts series. You do not need to read that series to enjoy this story, but I liked revisiting some of the characters. Promise Lodge Missouri is a unique Amish Community where women are allowed to own businesses, even after they marry. Annabelle Beachey has moved to Promise Lodge after her husband abandoned her to become English. He finds out where she is and shows up to try and get her back. He never stopped loving her, he just didn’t like the expectations of their Bishop. At the same time, Bishop Clayton King shows up claiming he was sent by the Bishop Council as it is apparent they are too progressive and need to change their ways. He is going to see to it that they do, as well as collect fines they need to pay to the council. Of course, all is not what it seems.
I enjoyed this visit to Promise Lodge. There are weddings happening, new businesses being set up, and families moving in. All is going well until Bishop Clayton King shows up. The characters are loving and trusting, but some are just a bit nosy and that is fortuitous for them. This is a beautifully written and heartwarming story about love, hope, faith, forgiveness, and second chances. The plot is well-developed and well-paced. The characters are all likable, except for King, and believable. There is a bit of a mystery in this one that adds a couple of unique twists. There is more than one romance in this story, but they are all sweet and I was happily rooting for a positive outcome. This is a delightful read with themes of friendship, forgiveness, second chances, romance, independence and faith. I recommend this one to those who enjoy a good Amish Romance.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Susan Boyce. She is one of my favourite narrators for cozy mysteries and Amish stories. She has a very pleasant voice with great expression, intonation and pacing. She has some good voices for many of the recurring characters. The male voices are not too bad and I find that I am able to distinguish the characters easily. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: With autumn in full brilliant color, the Amish of Promise Lodge celebrate a successful harvest—and a community rooted in deep friendship. But as cold winds of judgment cast doubt and fear, residents will need each other more than ever to weather the storm . . .
For abandoned wife Annabelle Beachey, Promise Lodge is a refuge where she’s gained confidence and self-sufficiency. But she and others are dismayed when newly arrived Bishop Clayton King claims the community is too progressive and sets out to change its ways. Worse, her husband, Phineas returns, expecting her to give up her faith as he has. And he won’t leave Promise Lodge without her . . .
But little by little, Annabelle’s determination and new forthrightness make Phineas realize his mistakes—and truly hear his wife for the first time. Meanwhile, Annabelle finds herself feeling compassion—and even renewed love—for her newly humble, more caring husband. And as Bishop Clayton’s attempt to control Promise Lodge threatens everything its residents have built, Phineas and Annabelle must work together with unshakeable courage to save their new home—and their opportunity for forever happiness.