A Simple Vow - Simple Gifts series, book 1
By Diana S
May 1, 2016 - 8:00:00 AM

Edith Riehl and her sisters Rosalind and Loretta have just moved to Willow Ridge with their father Cornelious. Cornelious is the new deacon for their order since his cousin Reuben has moved back to Roseville. A wedding to be attended by the whole community in the beginning of the book is a way to get to know more people in the area.

Edith is sitting on the porch waiting for her sisters when she notices a couple of men arguing in the road by a buggy. Edith can't ignore the sounds of a baby crying coming from the same direction. She makes her way to the buggy and finds two babies, immediately picking them up to try to comfort them. When she exits the buggy and confronts the men she finds out that the mother has died of cancer right after their birth, but not before naming another man, Asa Detweiler, as the father. A friend and former neighbor, Will Gingerich, is the deceased woman's husband who has brought the twins to request the Riehl sisters to watch them until the truth of their parentage is determined. Edith's father is against keeping the twins until the bishop makes Cornelius feel like it is his duty as a deacon.

Reconnecting with all the characters of Willow Ridge and finding out how their lives have progressed makes for a great story in itself. As the new residents, the Riehls bring an interesting storyline to this small community. Edith's happiness at having the twins to care for is palpable at best. She is unable to conceive and needs to love these babies for her own sake. Meeting Asa and the connection she feels with him is a life changer for Edith. A SIMPLE VOW for Edith is to take care of the twins until the truth is known. The compassion and kindness given to these babies by the whole community is something Edith has never experienced before. When Asa is found injured, the community opens its arms to him as well. A betrayal revealed toward the end of the book totally blindsided me.

I give this novel 5 Blue Ribbons on Romance Junkies' website because it shows how a whole community can care for strangers even though they don't know the true story. Charlotte Hubbard has a way of writing that draws you into the story from beginning to end. I feel very blessed and honored by the request to read and review her book. I will be anxiously waiting for the next great book to appear in print.

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