Love secrets? Read on!

A Simple Vow.inddSometimes the mere hint of a secret can spark an entire series of books—which happened for me when I began my Simple Gifts series! My editor and I knew we wanted to return to Willow Ridge, and we knew we wanted Nora Hooley and her Simple Gifts shop to be the focus of these stories, but it’s the undercurrent of “something fishy” that sets the stage for a major revelation—a major meltdown—that will change Willow Ridge forever. And it begins in A SIMPLE VOW.

This idea came to me when I was talking with my former assistant, Jim, who lived in Jamesport, MO where I do my research. Jim (who died of cancer last year) was English but he grew up with the Amish in Jamesport and they trusted him with information most of us can’t access. He told me about a “secret bank” Amish communities have—which is no secret to the Amish, of course, but only a few know where the money is kept. He didn’t give me a figure, but Jim said that since the Jamesport community began in 1952, a HUGE amount of money has accumulated. This is money that’s collected in church twice yearly as offering, along with large donations from members who prefer to keep their money in this fund rather than in a regular bank. This money is also the basis for the Amish Aid fund shared with folks who have major medical bills, burned-down houses, and other emergencies to pay for. The Amish don’t believe in insurance, so this is the fund they fall back on in tough times, taking care of their own.

“Does anybody ever dip into that fund without telling the bishop?” I asked Jim. “What would happen if a large portion of that money disappeared and nobody found out—until it was too late—that most of it was gone?”

Jim smiled at the way my mind worked. He told me that if that kind of thievery occurred, no one outside the colony would ever know—it would never make the papers, and the police or other investigators would never be called in, because the Amish don’t allow English outsiders to meddle in their church or financial matters.

My devious mind went into high gear. I’m not saying that such a deception has ever occurred in an Amish community . . . but it could, because human nature kicks in for even the most honorable, faithful members of any church. Under the right (or wrong) circumstances, even the best of us fall prey to temptation.

So when the Riehl family moves to Willow Ridge, we are immediately caught up in the drama when Edith agrees to care for the adorable six-month-old twins a grief-stricken Will Gingerich begs her to take. We meet her sisters, Loretta and Rosalyn, and we wonder if we can trust handsome Asa Detweiler, who has been accused of fathering those twins under dubious circumstances. The story starts at a wedding, where Ira Hooley is marrying Nora’s daughter, Millie, and it quickly spirals into a quest for the real father of those six-month-old twins—

But you’d better keep an eye on the girls’ father, Cornelius.
Just sayin’.

45 Comments

  1. Karen Kitzinger

    I am in the middle of making the Holiday Banana Muffins and it does not give the amount of flour to use. Please correct this recipe.

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      So sorry about that, Karen! The amount is 2 cups–and something my editor, copy editor, and myself missed that omission. Thanks for pointing it out–I will correct the recipe here on the website, but in the published book, there’s nothing I can do.

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    • Diane B

      I discovered your books recently, and have really enjoyed the Angels Of Mercy series. Is there a chance you will ever revisit that series and tie up Joel, Lily and Grace’s stories?

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      • LINDA shoemaker

        my library doesn’t carry naomi king books and ive not seen them at sams or Walmart could you send me a place to find a list because I dearly love your books and am waiting for the last promise lodge book to come to our store am going to check tomorrow again hope it will be there

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  2. Jackie Pounds

    Can’t wait for the next book to find out about the “doings” of Edith’s Dad especially and of course the other sisters!!

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  3. Donna McAuliffe

    I just finished the book simple vows, I have read all of the Willow Ridge Books, but now I’m left hanging about the father of Edith, and her sisters.What about that mystery with the money,the questions about the workbench pushed up against the vault.Will you be writing another book,or maybe I missed the one that answers these questions? Can you tell me if the book is already out , or when the new one will be coming, so I can prepare order it. Thank You

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    • naomik

      Thanks for asking, Donna! A SIMPLE WISH comes out in Nov. 2017 to answer some of your questions–and then give you more to wonder about!

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      • Diane B

        I discovered your books recently, and have really enjoyed the Angels Of Mercy series. Is there a chance you will ever revisit that series and tie up Joel, Lily and Grace’s stories?

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  4. Louise Hitchcock

    I also just finished “A Simple Vow” , I am also wondering about the next book.. I love the Amish books, and I also like a little mystery or suspense in books. This book was a good miss. Can’t wait to read the next book. I also crochet a lot, so my reading comes in when I have crocheted enought. Thank you for the lovey books .

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    • naomik

      Louise, A SIMPLE WISH comes out in Nov. of 2017–with even more mystery and suspense surrounding Cornelius Riehl! Thanks for your note!

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  5. Suellen Youmans

    Will you return to Willow Lodge one more time? I can’t rest until the third triplet, Rebecca, finds a nice English man. If you weren’t such a great writer, I wouldn’t be worried about her. Only you can write an Amish book about two Englishers falling in love. Please don’t let me down.

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      Suellen, you will be pleased to know that I’m writing the book in which Rebecca meets her match right now! It’s in A SIMPLE WISH, which is the 2nd book of the Simple Gifts trilogy, set in Willow Ridge. The first book, A SIMPLE VOW, came out this past spring, A SIMPLE WISH comes out in November, 2017, and the final book, A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS is scheduled to be out in Oct. of 2018. Thanks for asking!

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      • lydia mechling

        Thank you for stating Rebecca and Wyatt will be featured in another book…I keep thinking what next….

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        • Dianna

          Thank you for continuing on. Your books have brought so much reading to my quiet time now that my husband is ill majorly.
          I love the life and day to day serials of day to day living. Your writing are so wanting to read on and on. When I can’t sleep you give me true relaxation. thank you again.

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          • Charlotte Hubbard

            What a lovely thing to say, Dianna. I’m sorry you’re going through a rough time with your husband’s health, and I’m honored to be a part of your quiet time these days. Blessings and prayers to you.

        • Charlotte Hubbard

          Yes, Lydia, A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS is now finished and in the editorial pipeline, to appear in September! Along with being Rosalyn’s story, you’ll get to revisit Rebecca and Wyatt–and witness the final revelation of Cornelius’s deception! Thanks for being a reader!

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  6. Kate Kleinert

    I hope I am commenting in the right place for the newest give-a-way! I am anxious to read A Mother’s Love. Late in my life, I learned two family secrets. The first one made me angry that everyone else knew except me. The second one was heartbreaking because the secret keeper was so afraid I would think less of him. Nothing could be farther from the truth. So, although a shock to learn, it was very easy to forgive.

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      Thanks for your comment, Kate–but you must click on the contest post on my FB page to enter for the A MOTHER’S LOVE giveaway! I, too, learned a big secret late in life–that Dad was not my birth father–and everyone knew it but me! That sort of played into Rose’s story as I wrote it. Hope you’ll follow my tour on Facebook, and good luck in the drawing!

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  7. Carmen Mercer

    Have read the two books in the Home At Cedar Creek series. I have searched and searched and cannot find the third book of the series! Can you help? Abby finds her calling #1; Rosemary opens her heart #2.

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      Carmen, my publisher changed the name of that series (against my wishes!) and readers everywhere are confused! You’re looking for #3 AMANDA WEDS A GOOD MAN

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      • Patty Bess

        So glad to find this site! I, too, have been looking for additional books in the “home at Cedar Creek” series. Now, I know what to look for! Once I start reading one of your books, I can’t put it down!!!!!!!!!

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      –sorry about the computer blip, Carmen– #4 is EMMA BLOOMS AT LAST. Thanks so much for asking about these books–I have copies of them if you can’t find them. Email me at charlottehubbard10@gmail.com if you want more info. So sorry for this series confusion!

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  8. Mary Stimpson

    Charlotte, I love all of your books that I have read
    I live about 30 miles from Jamesport,Mo

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  9. Jan Cavanaugh

    I have read all of your books to date and I am wondering if you will continue be continuing to expand upon Willow Ridge and the connection with A Mother’s Love? Rose’s Bishop and husband have ties to the Willow Ridge. With the Englisher triplet of Mirriam Hooley finding a love interest, I hope there will be more to come. Thank you for being a writer with great ability to bring these communities to life.

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      Jan, if you check out my Simple Gifts trilogy–A SIMPLE VOW, A SIMPLE WISH, A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS (comes out Oct. 2018) you’ll get to return to Willow Ridge! Thanks for asking!

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  10. Dianna wallace

    I love reading your books. They have give me new light to reading again. I actually take time to read every day. At my age of 68 I found a new interest of taking the time as a me time. So little I am able to do with a ill husband. Do you have a complete listing of all your books. I have had the local library obtain a huge amount over the last two years of your books and I don’t want to miss any. Also in order is much better to keep the series going. If I read all of them can you suggest another author who writes Amish books also, as I love their way of life in the books.

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  11. Joy Clayton

    I was wondering when the next book about Rosalyn Riehl. I have read all of the books you have written so far and am looking forward to new books from you. I have also made a few of the recipes that you post. You do a fantastic job with the characters from your books, you really bring them to life. Thank you.

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      Joy, you’ll be seeing Rosalyn’s book, A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS, in stores come October! Thanks for asking!

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  12. Kim

    I cannot wait to read your book a simple vow looks good!

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      I hope you’ve enjoyed A SIMPLE VOW, Kim! The final book in the trilogy, A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS, comes out on Sept 25 of this year!

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  13. Evelyn crotty

    I was wondering were to find the other 2books about the promise lodge i have read the first 3 and you said there is 5 total.can’t find them please tell me about them i want to know if Roselle married troman.

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      Hi,Evelyn! You can’t find the last 2 Promise Lodge books because they aren’t out yet! #4 NEW BEGINNINGS AT PROMISE LODGE is now in the editorial pipeline with my publisher and comes out in October of 2019. I’m just getting started on #5 LIGHT SHINES ON PROMISE LODGE, and it’ll be out sometime in 2020. To be sure you don’t miss a word, sign up for my newsletter using the form on the homepage of this website! Thanks for your note!

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      • MARY C. ALLEN

        I LOVE TO READ AMISH BOOKS BUT I GUESS I AM GOING TO START HAVING TO ORDER BY MAIL. OUR WALMARTS IN N.C. ONLY SELL VERY FEW. HOW CAN I ORDER THEM. I HAVE A KINDLE BUT SOME OF THE BOOKS ON KINDLE ARE NOT THE COMPLETE STORY. I DO FIND I CAN ORDER SOME OF THEM FROM CHRISTIAN DISTURBORS. YOU BOOKS ARE THE BEST

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  14. Evelyn crotty

    How many books are in the promise lodge

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    • Charlotte Hubbard

      As you’ve noted before, Evelyn, there will be 5 books in the Promise Lodge series, which will be complete in 2020! Thanks for asking!

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      • susan s

        I just finished A Simple Christmas and read the whole series and sub series. The BEST I have ever read, your writing makes me feel like I know all thee people and can picture where they live in Willow Ridge, simply amazing. I have enjoying all of the books sometimes reading so fast I can’t put the book down, then reading slow cause I don’t want it to end. Now if you could just write faster, Thank You so much.

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        • Nancy Fortmann

          Wish you would continue beyond ‘A Simple Christmas’.
          I guess you have to wind up these stories some time, but….

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  15. Debbie L McCauley

    Charlotte, I wanted u to know u found your newest book of a Simple Christmas book at my Wal-Mart here in Benton, ark, deb m

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  16. Shirley Leuthold

    I am interested in the recipes, and don’t see them on the website. One is the cream cheese cookies. I got the book at the library, and have returned it, so not certain which book it was in.

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  17. Debbie L McCauley

    Charlotte Hubbard, are you coming out with any more books, beside the promise lodge book series, thank you, deb m

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  18. Faith Davis

    Have you thought about a cookbook with all the recipes you have in all your books?

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  19. Elissa

    I’ve just finished re-reading the Seasons of the Heart and Simple Gifts series–among my favorite Amish romances. I love the characters in these series and really wish that you would do a follow-up series that perhaps takes the families a few years down the road–perhaps to where Taylor and Brett are high-school age (which would be an interesting perspective, given that they grew up English for so many years–I can easily imagine some tensions arising in their teens). I would love to hear what happens to the newlyweds in A Simple Christmas and what happens to the Hooley and Detweiler and Witmer clans and the other residents of Willow Ridge.

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  20. Nancy Davis Schauer

    I just recently discovered your books at my library .I am reading them just as fast as I can find them! My most favorite of all was A patchwork Family.It broke my heart when Jud was killed!I cried like a baby.Your books have given me many hours of enjoyment.

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  21. ELEANOR SHIPLEY

    HELLO I HAVE JUST FINISHED READING 3 OF YOUR BOOKS, A SIMPLE WISH, A SIMPLE VOW, AND A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS A 4TH BOOK. YOU HAVE ME WONDERING WHAT BECOME OF THE REIHL GIRLS FATHER.
    IS THERE ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT HIM? IF SO WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN PURCHASE IT.

    I WAS AT MY CANCER DOCTORS THE OTHER DAY AND THEY HAVE A BOOK LENDING SHELF. I PICKED UP A BUNDLE WHICH
    CONTAINED THESE THREE BOOKS LISTED ABOVE AND COULD NOT PUT THEM DOWN.

    I AM ORIGINALLY FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND DID NOT LIVE TO FAR FROM THE AMISH. MOVED TO OHIO AND LIVED IN THE
    MIDDLE OF AMISH NOW BACK IN PA. THEY INTRIGUE ME. ALWAYS HAVE EVER SINCE I WAS YOUNG. I HAVE WATCHED EVERY MOVIE, DOCUMENTARY, BOOK, ETC. THAT I COULD GET MY HANDS ON.

    YOU DO A GREAT JOB WITH WRITING OF THESE BOOKS.

    THANK YOU

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