Faith, tenderness, security—there’s nothing a mother won’t give. Now beloved author Charlotte Hubbard brings you an unforgettable tale of hope, courage, discovery…and the most precious gift of all.

For widow Rose Raber, it’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed that Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspires her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. And it isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

When Mom was having company, she liked to cook ahead—and I’ve picked up on that habit because it leaves less last-minute time in the kitchen and more time for spending with your guests! Here’s the perfect dish for entertaining, when you want real mashed potatoes without the last-minute hassle. I love to make these on Saturday so we can enjoy mashed potatoes after we get home from church, usually to go with a roast I’ve put into the Crock Pot.

2 ½ pounds red or Yukon gold potatoes
2 T. butter
¼ C. milk
3 oz. creamed cheese
¾ C. sour cream
Salt, pepper, garlic powder and other seasonings, to taste

Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks. Boil them in salted water until tender and drain. Beat in the remaining ingredients until well mashed, and place this mixture into a sprayed microwavable dish or a 2-qt. casserole. Cool, cover, and refrigerate.

 

Faith, tenderness, security—there’s nothing a mother won’t give. Now beloved author Charlotte Hubbard brings you an unforgettable tale of hope, courage, discovery…and the most precious gift of all.

For widow Rose Raber, it’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed that Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspires her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. And it isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

Praise for Charlotte Hubbard and the Seasons of the Heart series

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

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

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

“Those who enjoy a glimpse of the culture will find the story appealing.” –-Publishers Weekly

“A compelling story about a family in upheaval and a woman looking for strength. There is a sweet romance, a bit of mystery and plenty of tension. There’s also a bonus section of delicious looking recipes!” —The News and Sentinel

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