Book Nook: A Mother’s Love
When I learned, at 40, that Dad wasn’t my birth father and then reunited with the man who’d fathered me when Mom had been married to him before she met Dad, I learned some powerful lessons about the nature of love—and the need to forgive the secrets my parents had kept with my best interests at heart.
In A MOTHER’S LOVE, Rose Raber rides a similar emotional rollercoaster when she learns, at Mamma’s deathbed, that she was adopted. Because Rose had lost her Dat and her husband the previous year, she’d thought that raising little Gracie alone would be her biggest challenge—but the tougher challenge were Mamma’s final words: “Do not look for her, Rose. I–I promised her you wouldn’t.”
But how can Rose not want to meet the Roseanne who wrote her such loving letters when she’d been a wee baby? As an adult, she understands why her birth mother, now known as Anne and married to Saul Hartzler, wants to keep the baby in her unmarried past a secret. But as young widow who’s lost everyone except her little girl, Gracie, Rose yearns to connect with the woman who gave her life.
Not one to accept the community’s charity, Rose defies Bishop Vernon by finding a job as a cook in Morning Star’s Senior Center. When her birth mother walks in on a twist of fate and recognizes Rose as the daughter she gave away years ago, the story proceeds by unexpected leaps and twists. Matthias Wagler, who has taken a shine to Rose, stands to lose his very profitable partnership with Saul Hartzler if Saul discovers he’s been keeping Rose and Anne’s relationship a secret—
And when five-year-old Gracie blurts out the truth at just the wrong moment, Saul reacts even more vehemently than any of these folks had feared. It takes another very personal revelation from Saul’s mother—and a picture of a bluebird Gracie has colored—to set everyone’s heart on the path to forgiveness and understanding.
A MOTHER’S LOVE is a story straight from my heart, a tale I hope you—and your mothers!—will treasure. You can read an excerpt and learn more about this story at www.CharlotteHubbard.com. Thank you, as always, for your interest in my books!
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Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. As she writes, her stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way she proposed them: unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, and they keep her guessing right along with her readers!
Charlotte has lived in the Midwest most of her life. When she’s not writing, she loves touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with her Border Collie, Ramona. She’s a Presbyterian deacon, sings in her church choir, and plays in the percussion ensemble. She’s married to a fine man who—bless him—has never once suggested she get a real job!