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[easyazon-link asin=”0310335124″ locale=”us”]The Promise Box (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors)[/easyazon-link]
Author: Tricia Goyer
Reviewer: Nancee Marchinowski
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
About the Book
Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai to give comfort to her father after her mother’s death. She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother’s most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational ‘tell-all’ book about the Amish. Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. But will the pain of her childhood—and her potential betrayal of her community—keep her from committing her whole heart?
Lydia Wyse returns to West Kootenai, Montana for her “mem’s” funeral. As a teenager she left her Amish family to discover her true identity. Her “mem” had left her a promise box containing small pieces of paper upon which she had written meaningful verses of scripture, special prayers and promises from God, as well as letters to Lydia. An adoptee, she had numerous unanswered questions about her biological family. Are the answers to her past included in the promise box?
Gideon Hooley traveled to West Kootenai, Montana, with other Amish bachelors to obtain hunting privileges. Gideon’s purpose for the visit is far deeper than merely hunting. Painful questions haunt him, and Gideon needs answers to a mystery that involves being lost in the mountains when he was four years old. His family has ignored his questions, leaving him frustrated and concerned about what might have happened all those years ago.
Lydia and Gideon share a special bond, and their relationship blossoms. Lydia commits an indiscretion that could affect all she holds dear. Will the secrets they keep betray their friendship? Will the answers to their questions drive a wedge in their relationship?
Tricia Goyer writes an inspiring story of two characters lost in the questions of their past. The characters in this book are richly defined, and so endearing. A blended community of both Amish and Englische is unique, with numerous colorful characters and personalities. The settings are eloquently described, leaving images and portraits that create a familiarity for the reader to ponder. Conflicting developments and issues that develop throughout the plot are unpredictable, leaving the reader challenged. There is a deep spiritual richness throughout this story, validating the writer’s personal convictions. The Promise Box is impressive!
Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from Zondervan through Litfuse Publicity in return for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine, and I received no monetary compensation for this review.
This review was submitted by: Nancee Marchinowski – please visit their website at Perspectives By Nancee