Seasons of the Heart
Summer of Secrets
“And what shall I bring for your dinner, Micah?” Rachel Lantz grinned at the broad-shouldered blonde seated at the back table of the Good Seasons Bakery Café. “We’ve got an order or two of Naomi’s meat loaf left, and Mamma’s chicken and noodles—and jah, those stuffed peppers ya like so well.”
Although he knew their daily menu by heart, he pretended to study the specials she’d written on the dry-erase board this morning. His hair showed a slight ridge from his straw hat, now hung on the nearby wall peg, and she felt the heat of his sturdy body after his morning of building cabinets with the other Brenneman boys in their shop. It was his steadfast strength that appealed to her, even if he took his sweet time deliberating over decisions. “I’m thinkin’ I had the hash browns Tuesday at lunch and Thursday for breakfast . . . hmmmm . . . kinda warm for those heavy slabs of meatloaf . . .”
Rachel stood as close to him as she dared, watching her twin sister Rhoda set two plates of the meat loaf in front of Bram and Nate Kanagy at a table across the way. “The stuffed peppers, then? Leah picked us a basket of red ones, fresh this morning. They look mighty gut, smothered in all that cheese.”
Micah glanced at his brothers, Seth and Aaron, who piled their plates high at the salad bar. “Jah, but I’d rather have a double order of hugs with a side of your kisses, Rachel. When can you dish me up some of those?” he murmured.
When his deep green eyes sparkled up at her, Rachel’s cheeks tingled. He’d finally proposed to her last week! Would they hint at their plans to marry at next weekend’s ice cream social, or maintain tradition and keep it a secret? No doubt the rest of the summer would pass by mighty fast if she had dresses and household linens to make—quicker than this carpenter decided on his lunch, it would seem! Yet how could she fault Micah for pondering his menu choices each day, when it gave him a few extra minutes to gaze up at her with such fondness lighting his handsome face? His older brother Seth sat down across the table and forked up a mouthful of cucumber and onion salad. “We’ve gotta get back to the shop sometime today, ya know,” he teased.
“Ah, but time means nothin’ to a fella stuck on the likes of Rachel,” Aaron, the youngest Brenneman, chimed in. “Sweeter than this wonderful-gut frog-eye fruit salad, she is. Like havin’ your dessert first.”
Rachel wound a string of her kapp around her finger, grinning despite the heat in her cheeks. That cold, creamy salad, made with tiny pasta BBs, was her favorite on a warm summer day, too—not that sharing this opinion would make Aaron stop teasing her.
From SUMMER OF SECRETS. Copyright © 2012 by Charlotte Hubbard. All rights reserved. Published by arrangement with Kensington Publishing Corp.
Charlotte Hubbard’s Summer of Secrets is the first book in a new series set in the Amish community of Willow Ridge, Missouri, where the Old Ways are often celebrated at the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café. And now another celebration is on the horizon: the wedding of Rachel Lantz to Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. But with the arrival of an Englisher claiming to be the long-lost sister of Rachel and her twin, Rhoda, Rachel feels the foundation of her future begin to crumble—and with it Micah’s devotion. Does he have feelings for this woman, who clearly resides in the outside world? As the days heat up and tempers flare, Rachel clings to the belief that even when God’s plan isn’t clear, it will always lead Micah back to her….
Hardcover Book : 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra Books ( February 07, 2012 )
Item #: 13-509651
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.88inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This is the first book. I have read the second too. Very enjoyable. Couldn't put it down. Keep writing, Charlotte. You have a loyal fan.
I enjoyed this book very much. Can't wait for next book in series.
Reviewer: Jan M
I ordered this book as it was the 1st in a series, I cannot wait till the 2nd book comes out in September. I enjoyed reading about the characters of Willow Ridge.
Reviewer: Deborah S
While I feel a little funny posting a review on my own book, let me thank you, Crossings, for making it available in such a wonderful hardcover edition so that more readers can enjoy it with larger print. I will also say that SUMMER OF SECRETS was a joy to write, and so many readers have told me how much they love the characters of Willow Ridge and can't wait to read the second book of the series, AUTUMN WINDS, in September. The Missouri setting makes this Amish series a little different from others, so I hope you'll give it a read!
Reviewer: Charlotte H