Friday, April 6, 2018

Interview with Charlotte Hubbard, A MOTHER'S GIFT

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
If you’re really going to make me choose, I’d have to say either dark chocolate or cinnamon.

Which mythological creature are you most like?
Oh, call me a phoenix. I can burn out, or you can extinguish me, but I’d like to think I can rise up again in a blaze of glory!

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.
A couple of the illustrated story books I had as a child still resonate with me not because of the stories but because of the wonderful illustrations. I have gotten rid of hundreds of books I had when I was a kid, but I have kept those two.

Describe your writing space.
My home office is in a large bedroom downstairs, with room for my bookshelves, a roll-top desk (which is a perpetual mess), and my L-shaped computer desk (which is a bigger desk, so it’s a bigger mess than the roll-top). I like getting the sunshine through my south-facing windows, and looking out over the backyard—where we often see wild turkeys parading across the lawn!

Mary Engelbreit prints decorate my walls, except for the wall behind my computer, where my collage of faces cut from magazines reminds me which characters I’m writing about and (sort of) what they look like. I have a lot of little stuff around that was Mom’s, or that nieces/nephews have made for me, or that belonged to my great-grandmother and other family members who’re no longer alive. I also have a walk-in closet crammed with copies of my books, my yarn for crocheting, and my other craft stuff. It’s a mess, too, so “walk in” is sometimes an optimistic description.


For Leah Otto, marrying Jude Shetler is a long-held dream come true. As a young girl, she was captivated by his good looks and talent as an auctioneer. When Jude, now a widower with three children, begins to court her, Leah doesn’t hesitate. Other men may not appreciate her tomboy ways, but Jude values Leah’s practical nature and her skill with the animals she tends, and both enter the marriage with joy and optimism.

Three months later, Leah feels as if her world is coming down around her. Her twin teenage step-daughters, Alice and Adeline, are pushing boundaries and taking far too many risks, while five-year-old Stevie deeply misses his mother. Leah, more at ease in a barn tending her goats and chickens than in a kitchen, struggles with her housekeeping duties.

Then a baby is abandoned on their doorstep, and Leah must search her soul. Caring for little Betsy fills her with renewed purpose and the strength to begin pulling her family together. With Jude’s steadfast support, Leah finds that what she once thought of as a happy ending may be something even better—the beginning of a life rich in love, faith, and unexpected blessings.

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Kensington Bouquet
March 27, 2018
ISBN-13: 9781496712189
ISBN-10: 1496712188


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Charlotte Hubbard is the acclaimed author of Amish romance and fiction that evokes simpler times and draws upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi. Faith and family, farming, and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle—and the foundation of all her novels. A deacon, dedicated church musician and choir member, she loves to travel, read, try new recipes, and crochet. A longtime Missourian, Charlotte now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and their border collie, Vera. 

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