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About A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard
Title: A Simple Vow
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Series: Simple Gifts, Book 1
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Print Length: 368 pages
Summary from the publisher: As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth–even as he’s kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own . . .
Asa can’t understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He’s determined to clear his name–but Edith’s caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive . . . and claim their own hearts’ joy.
While I loved revisiting many of my old friends in this book, I found this one a bit slow to get going. There were hints of mystery and intrigue throughout the first half but I couldn’t really see what they had to do with the story. Until I hit about 70%, this book was set for a three-star rating.
But wow! What a twist and turn-around! Not only did the author do a fantastic job bringing all the seemingly random plot elements together with some shocking developments, but she also brought some real spiritual depth with themes of forgiveness and reconciliation without strings the way Jesus would do. I was so glad I had stayed with this book, and I’m now really looking forward to future ones about these new characters!