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The Christmas Cradle

Seasons of the Heart, Book 6
Narrated by: Susan Boyce
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise.

Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend, Josiah Witmer, need more than a place to stay for the night. Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she's starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate, and she isn't sure how - or if - they can ever find a place to truly call home.

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support.

Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true.

©2015 Charlotte Hubbard (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great Book!!!

Charlotte Hubbard and Susan Boyce will never disappoint. The whole series is hard to put down. I have many Amish audio books and this combo is the absolute best out there today. I would and have recommended this series to friends. Charlotte knows how to write great Amish fiction and Susan Boyce brings each character to life. Amazing combo. Looking forward to more by them.

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They made me long to be part of their family

What did you love best about The Christmas Cradle?

Unexpected twists and turns

Which character – as performed by Susan Boyce – was your favorite?

all of them !!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was truly touched by the love that comes through ... I finished listening to this series while making my Christmas Cookies last year ... and I really hated to see the series come to and end.

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Season of the Heart Series

I enjoyed this series so much. I didn't want it to ever end. Very enjoyable. AWESOME!!!!!!!

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Marvelous!

Love the story and hope it continues. Love the voice behind the story also. A great listen from Book one to this one.


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Could hardly wait...

Loved this! I was disappointed when I thought #5 was the end. Did more checking and discovered a 6th book had just become available at the end of Sept. Loved the whole series!
Looking forward to hearing more from Willow Ridge, in the Simple Gifts series, starting in 2016.

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A good combination

Charlotte Hubbard combines a great story with intrigue, excitement, and the Bible. She is great!!

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This is one of my top ten

The reader has a pleasant voice . The story is complexed yet ez to follow. It makes your heart joyous . I want to move to that town. It really shower how Christianity lead and fulfilled this town and the people.

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Finished all of Seasons of the Heart

I know this is a review of Book 6 but you really can’t review ‘The Christmas Cradle’ without mentioning the entire series by Charlotte Hubbard and FABULOUSLY narrated by Susan Boyce, amazing.

I lived among a Mennonite family every summer from the age of 9-16, I also intermingled with many Amish. I was taught to quilt, milk cows at 5:30 am, and lived the ‘plain life’ for many summers as a kid from NYC...WHAT A EYE OPENER..anyway to this Book 6 and a touch on the other ones.

I adored a ‘Christmas Cradle’ not just because of babies being born, but a final end to Hyram the shunned ex-bishop. FYI: this part REALLY drove me crazy about him, his antics, and the way he led his ‘flock’, although as a Christian woman, this fictional diabolical man, is NOT what Bishops do or act in the Amish world. I had to say this because I noticed a few reviews said “If that’s what a supposed man of God acts like, I want nothing to do with this or any Amish books” NO this is NOT the norm..and God is LOVE not legalistic authority to their members.

Also the other Book (not sure of the number) was about Rhonda meeting Andy, who’s ‘English’, divorced and becomes an Amish. Again, VERY FICTIONAL. Maybe it happens, none I ever met become Amish, i know to leave the world to live completely without worldly things is highly unusual..but to marry a divorced man? Personally I found that too far out there. I know Ms Hubbard knows the Amish, but REALLY..they get shunned if they get divorced! Sorry..getting away from Book 6.

Book 6 reminded me of what love really is and how God blesses us in all sorts of situations. What man meant for evil God meant for good. That’s what the lesson I saw here. The relationship between the 2 young Amish kids, not married & pregnant, but because of Miriam & Bens love that showed them their community took them in because of their concerns for them. A tight knit community of Amish family’s that lived the life of believing Gods ways were greater than mans..and could overcome the evil that kept trying to destroy them, because believing and showing by example will always bring over the hardest doubters.

They may have had a town tragedy, they may have lost a lot of means & ways to make a living..but during Christmas God not only brought this town back together but bought 2 family’s together with miracles..the ones that are always called ‘blessed’

Wonderful series, a few questionable stories but I got through them & hope to read many more. It’s always great not to hear explicit sex situations & AMAZING no F BOMBS EITHER ❤️



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Great series!

I read several reviews about this series, and decided to give it a listen even tho it's not my usual genre. Engaging characters,, insightful glimpses into a religion I knew little about, and pretty good narration. Recommended.

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another great book in this series

loved this 6th book in her series. Some of the Amish in these books are very different than my Amish friends. But, this book will keep you turning pages, for sure and for certain!