Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series
SUMMARY: With her heart - and her loyalty - on the line, can she let true love in her life?
Ever year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live for six moths and receive "resident" status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!
In The Promise Box, the second book of bestselling author Tricia Goyer's Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai, Montana, to giver 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?
REVIEW: This book was the first I've read about a woman who left the Amish lifestyle for the life of the Englisch who returns to her roots. I was pleasantly surprised with the story. The recurring themes seemed to be facing the hurts and mysterious events that happened and forgiveness. Lydia knew from early on she was adopted but, when she was sixteen, she found out about the circumstances of her conception and birth, she rebelled and left the Amish community. I love how even after her mother's death, she helps Lydia come to terms with the past through promises found in scripture and the notes her mom wrote throughout Lydia's life. Visiting her birth mother also gives her answers she was seeking. I love how the community forgives Lydia for writing about them when a mix-up in communication had Lydia's private musings about the community and her life is picked up by a publisher.
This book was a pleasant surprise and I am interested in reading more of this series. It is an easy read and would be great for summertime vacations.
This Advanced Reader's Copy was provided by Litfuse for review without compensation.
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children. You can find out more about Tricia at www.TriciaGoyer.com.