THE PROMISE BOX
THE PROMISE BOX
Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors
Published May 21st 2013 by Zondervan Publishing House
OVERVIEW (from Goodreads)
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?
The book is written from the view of a woman who left the Amish. It is the second book in a series. The first being THE MEMORY JAR. I'd recommend the first book but if you haven't read it, don't worry, THE PROMISE BOX stands on its own. Gideon Hooley is the center of the story, He has recently returned to his Amish community.The setting is a town in Montana, called West Kootenai. This is an Amish community. Lydia Wyse is returning home to her family to comfort her father. Her mother, her Amish mother, has recently passed away.Lydia had been adopted at birth by an Amish couple. Lydia has been living the Englisch life as an editor in Seattle.
Lydia had left the Amish community after much turmoil in her mind. Now she is dealing with her past and the decision she had made to leave her home and family. As she faces the past, she meets Gideon, an Amish man who has his own past to face. He is hoping to find out what tragedy had happened when his family had visited three years prior. She falls in love. Lydia finds her mother's Promise Box which brings some peace to her. In the box are inspiring scriptures and letters that her mother had left for her. The Promise Box and her mother's last words give Lydia the courage to go on and face the demons that are haunting her. Ms. Goyer wrote a wonderful book where the characters are real and you can put yourself right there in that little Amish community. Ms. Goyer wrote an emotional and heart warming story. Lydia struggles with returning to the Amish life. Would she be shunned? She needs answers about he adoption. Lydia and Gideon definitely have a lot of mysteries to solve concerning their pasts. A lot of soul searching to do and more than anything, praying.. What Lydia and Gideon decide could change their lives forever. God put these two souls together for a reason. Was it to be in love and marry? Was it to help each other overcome their pasts? Lydia wants desperately to be a writer. What will happen to her dat if she doesn't stay? Ms. Goyer has shown how God will intervene and show the way. I don't believe the next book could be any better, but I'll wait and see. I do know that this book is definitely a keeper and will stay in my heart for a long time. Thank you Ms. Goyer for your wonderful talents that you have shared with us. I hope you go out and get this book to read. You will go away from it with renewed inspiration and a warm heart.
I give this book 5 STARS.
I was given a complimentary copy of THE PROMISE BOX by Tricia Goyer from BookSneeze for this unbiased review. These are my own opinions.
BOOK 1 -
THE MEMORY JAR
BOOK 3 - THE KISSING BRIDGE
TRICIA GOYER was named the 2003 Writer of the Year for Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. Her book for teens, Life Interrupted: The Scoop on Being a Young Mom, was a Gold Medallion finalist in 2005 in the Youth category.
Her novel Night Song won the 2005 “Book of the Year for Long Historical Romance” from American Christian Fiction Writers, and her novel Dawn of a Thousand Nights won the same award in 2006.
Tricia has published over 250 articles and YA short stories for national publications such as Today’s Christian Woman, Guideposts for Kids, Brio, Christian Parenting Today, and HomeLife, and is the co-author of Meal Time Moments (Focus on the Family). She has led numerous Bible Studies, and her study notes appear in the Women of Faith Study Bible.
She has written seven novels for Moody Publishers; From Dust and Ashes (2003), Night Song (2004), Dawn of a Thousand Nights (2005), and Arms of Deliverance (2006), A Valley of Betrayal (2007), A Shadow of Treason (2007), and A Whisper of Freedom (2008).
Tricia has also published Life Interrupted: The Scoop on Being a Young Mom (Zondervan, 2004) and children’s book 10 Minutes to Showtime (Thomas Nelson, 2004). She has written My Life, Unscripted (Thomas Nelson, 2007) for teen girls. She worked on 3:16 Teens w/ Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, 2008)
Tricia has also written books for Gen Xers: Generation NeXt Parenting (Multnomah, 2006) and Generation NeXt Marriage (Multnomah, 2008).
Tricia and her husband, John, live in Montana with their three teens.