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I have to admit a weakness for a good, clean romance book. While I enjoy reading other genres, I find myself gravitating more towards these books at the moment. Or, maybe that’s just in my ‘book review’ life. It’s my love of a good story with romance that had me joining the Launch Team for Tricia Goyer’s latest novel, The Promise Box.
About The Promise Box
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!
In The Promise Box, the second book of best-selling 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 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?
My Thoughts on The Promise Box
Having just read The Memory Jar (first in this series) last month, it felt like I was returning to the small community of West Kootenai after having been away for a few days. While I question that community’s ability to rival the great Alaskan wilderness, there is something appealing of the small town atmosphere and an environment which has you considering God’s hand in creation. Kudos to Ms. Goyer on selecting the setting for this particular series and for doing a wonderful job at describing it all.
As for the story, I found it interesting to have the protagonist ultimately write her story of returning to the Amish community. It’s really as if Lydia wrote it all down and then Ms. Goyer pulled it together for a final edit. Very interesting change of pace for how a story is written.
I loved the candid look at struggles faced when trying to re-embrace both her faith and community. And, how Lydia found love when she was neither expecting or looking for it. I truly believe that when we are open to God’s will we will find more than we could ever dream. That’s a big part of the message I got from this particular novel.
But the ‘icing’ on the cake is where the title comes from ~ the promise box. This precious gifts to Lydia from her mother contains so much wisdom between Scripture versus that reminded her mother of God’s promises and letters written to express her love. I can easily see a gift like this being priceless.
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