Perfect for parties or any other time you’re in the mood for a decadent treat!

1½ cups sugar
4 T. flour
2½ T. cocoa
½ cup water
1½ cups milk
A few drops of vanilla (optional)

Mix sugar, flour, and cocoa in a medium skillet, then stir in the water to blend. Add the milk and cook on medium heat, stirring, until gravy is thick. Stir in the vanilla as you remove the skillet from the heat. Serve over hot buttered biscuits, muffins, etc. Refrigerate leftovers.

 

“Hubbard writes Amish stories with style and grace.” —RT Book Reviews

As the year draws to a close, the brand-new colony of Promise Lodge is thriving, a welcoming community that offers three Amish sisters a fresh start. And as Christmas approaches, gifts big and small are given with love . . .

As Promise Lodge’s first wedding arrives, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop’s narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn’t sit well with the Bender sisters, the town’s courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren’t the most important of God’s gifts—even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship.

Amos hasn’t given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He’ll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.

Praise for Charlotte Hubbard’s Seasons of the Heart series

“Another great book centered around the Sweet Seasons Café.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“These very special books will sit proudly on my keeper shelf!” —Romance Reviews Today

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