Friday, January 8, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: First Light in Morning Star (Maidels of Morning Star #2) by Charlotte Hubbard

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for First Light in Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: First Light in Morning Star
Series: Maidels of Morning Star #2
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher: Zebra Books
Publication Date: December 29th 2020
Print Length: 320 pages
Genre: Amish Inspirational Romance
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Founded by five enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morning Star Marketplace is a joyous success. What’s even more remarkable is the gift the business bestows upon each of these unmarried women—the unexpected blessing of love . . .

Leaving Flaud’s Furniture to teach at the community’s new school is a joy for Lydianne Christner. Old Order Amish, but new to Morning Star, she’s grateful that the congregation trusts her with the position—but she panics when handsome Bishop Jeremiah Shetler asks about the life she left behind. If anyone discovers the secret she’s hiding, she would, quite rightly, be shunned.

A widower, Bishop Jeremiah admires young Lydianne’s youthful energy and skill with the children. He’s also curious about her past, and the burden he senses on her heart. When his request to court her is refused, he’s stung, and lonelier than ever. It isn’t until a crisis prompts a tearful Lydianne to confess to him that Jeremiah is faced with a choice that requires all of his faith—and teaches them both that love and forgiveness go hand in hand.

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EXCERPT:
“Miss Christner, we’re pleased to offer you this teaching position,” Bishop Jeremiah said as he grasped her hand, “and if you need time to consider your answer—” 

“Oh, no, I’ll be happy to accept!” Lydianne interrupted gleefully. “Denki so much for considering my application. What I lack in experience, I’ll make up for with careful preparation and my love of learning. I won’t let you down.”

“That thought never entered our heads,” the bishop put in. “And with Lorena Flaud and Clarence’s Lucy being in their final year of school—and with their sisters right behind them—you’ll have plenty of eager assistance as you teach the youngest ones the basics of reading and arithmetic. I anticipate a productive—and fun—year for our scholars.”

“This is so exciting!” Lydianne said as she shook each man’s hand in turn. “Maybe this sounds silly, but I still love the smell of fresh packages of notebook paper and new bottles of glue, and the joy of opening a fresh box of crayons—thinking of all the drawings and reports and projects that lie ahead of us.”

As she left the schoolhouse and drove down the road, Lydianne floated on a cloud of euphoria. After she turned off the main county highway to head for home, she paused at the sight of a little blond girl chasing a butterfly on the front lawn of Tim and Julia Nissley’s place. With the sunshine shimmering on her golden hair and upturned face, six-year-old Ella Nissley looked for all the world like a little angel. Her laughter rang out as she ran and reached eagerly for the butterfly, followed closely by a little brown puppy that yipped and yapped.

Lydianne’s heart overflowed with a wave of emotions. Her dream had come true: she would now be Ella’s teacher. But she would have to be very, very careful. Ella was the apple of her adoptive parents’ eyes, and Lydianne had no intentions of interfering with their happy family.

No one else, including Tim and Julia, knew that Ella was the newborn baby Lydianne had given up when she’d been an unwed mother.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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GIVEAWAY:
Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

21 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Deborah, I can write a book in about 4 months, but I write 2 per year these days to allow myself time to travel between books! Thanks for stopping by today!

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    1. Good to see you today, Rita! Good luck in the drawing!

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  4. Happy Friday, I've enjoyed following the tour and can't wait to check this one out!

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    1. Thanks for following my tour, Victoria! Good luck in the drawing!

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  5. abfantom@Yahoo.comJanuary 8, 2021 at 9:27 AM

    I like the cover. It has a very nice photo.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  6. Thanks for stopping by today, abfantom!

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  7. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  8. Sounds like a book I would love.

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  9. I like the cover, sounds great!

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  10. looks like a fun one

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  11. This looks like a really sweet read. I'll check it out!

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  12. My favorite part of any book review is the "about the author" section.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. This book sounds wonderful. I love Amish fiction books!

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  14. Amish Inspirational Romance - Oh my gosh that sounds like a great read!

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