, Leola needs our prayers even more than she needs her medications,” Ruby murmured. “And you, too, Bishop. We know you didn’t ask for this, or encourage her to have such a crush on you.”
“It’ll all work out,” Beulah insisted softly. “God answers our prayers.”
Rosetta agreed with her, but deep down she wondered if God would answer their prayers before the situation with Leola spiraled into the dismissal of their new bishop. The women understood that Leola was challenged, but it was only a matter of time before Amos convinced the other two preachers to side with him against Monroe in his quest for the details of the bishop’s relationship with Leola.
Why can’t Amos see how it is with Leola? Rosetta wondered as she pushed back from the table. Christine rose, as well, and her troubled expression pierced Rosetta’s heart. Why are my sister and I being put to the test, where our men are concerned? What have we done that You feel we should be punished for, Lord?
“Hubbard writes Amish stories with style and grace.”
—RT Book Reviews
Founded by the three Bender sisters, the Amish community of Promise Lodge is thriving—and growing. In fact, residents are thrilled to welcome a charismatic new arrival—one who may not just strengthen their faith, but put it to the test…
When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival. Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age…
Leola Duff claims Monroe “ruined” her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be—and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should. And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine…
Praise for Promise Lodge
“Hubbard firmly grounds the storyline in the principle of Amish grace.”
“Hubbard writes of healing and brave new beginnings from a refreshingly feminist perspective.”
—Booklist (starred review)