Lydia Wyse left home at 16 and never looked back. She couldn't bear the thought that she wasn't wanted and was simply given up. It was something she had difficulty coming to terms with. Growing up Amish but learning that she was adopted. Her birth mother gave her up since she was a product of rape and didn't want the reminder to face every day after she was born. To her Amish mother who remained unable to have children, Lydia was a blessing from God. Feeling like she would never have the opportunity to love a child that belong to her, she was more than thrilled to adopt Lydia. In fact to her, Lydia was a promise from God.
Now called back home for her Amish mother's funeral, Lydia begins to experience more than just home sickness and grief when she arrives home. She feels remorse for all the years she spent away from her Amish mom, hoping to find some answers for where she fit into the world, and now returning to her hometown in West Kootenai in Montana, she wishes she had one more day with her Amish mother to tell her how much she appreciated all her love that she took for granted. She helps her father process his own grief now that he is growing older and no longer has anyone but the Amish community to care for him, he hopes Lydia might find it in her heart to come home to live once again, but he's not about to suggest or pressure her in anyway.
The one thing Lydia's Amish mother has left behind for her is a small, wooden box handcarved by her father in which she has kept the promises that she believes God has provided since before Lydia was born. It is a legacy of sorts that contains personal notes and letters to Lydia beginning from before she was born until her final days of waiting to see if Lydia would ever some home again. Her heart simply gave out waiting but her love still goes on and is waiting to be discovered as Lydia cherishes this personal time with her mother through her written promises.
Now if Lydia can find it in her heart to come home to stay once again. Her employer believes that Lydia has it within her to write the next best-seller about what it's like to leave and return to the Amish community and has agreed to provide her with enough time to do just that. While Lydia spends time in prayer considering her options of staying in Seattle or returning to her Amish roots in Montana, a handsome Amish man, Gideon Hooley, who spends his time whispering to wild horses might just be the thing that tames her wild roots after all and bring her home to stay.
In the latest novel from the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series, Tricia Goyer once more takes readers into the heart of the Amish community in Montana in The Promise Box. In this novel Lydia has to come to terms with both her past in the English and Amish life as well as deciding for herself just what God's purpose is for her in this world. It is a hard place for her to be, and deals with many conflicting emotions between two entirely different lifestyles, but as with all of Tricia Goyer's novels, she will capture you heart and soul.
I received The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer compliments of Zondervan Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Book Tours for my honest review. I love how Tricia wrote about Lydia's struggles in coming to terms with her Amish lifestyle and her English birth. She just didn't rush in and resolve whatever issues Lydia had in dealing with her adoption and the reasons behind it. I love Gideon Hooley, the Amish Horse Whisper, who lovingly chooses to interact with Lydia even though she has left the Amish community and has now returned. Every single time they were with one another, you could feel the chemistry and sparks flying but Tricia gave just enough turmoil to keep them from falling in love right away. They each has pasts to deal with before they could contemplate dealing with an unknown future with one another and that's why I'd rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. I can't wait to begin creating my own Promise Box. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review and can't wait for the next book in the series. Even though this novel is part of a larger series, you can pick this one up and read it as a stand alone. The first book in the series is The Memory Jar.
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Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her lastest novel, The Promise Box (Zondervan), by hosting an Amish Baking Box giveaway and connecting with readers during her June 12th Book Chat Party!
One "promising" winner will receive:
Apron, hot mitts, and kitchen towels
Amish baking items (rolling pin, pie plate, etc...)
Sherry Gore's Simply Delicious Amish Cooking
The Memory Jar and The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 11th. Winner will be announced at the "The Promise Box" Facebook Author Chat Party on June 12th. Connect with Tricia for an evening of Amish fun - book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tricia will also share an exclusive look at the next book book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.
So grab your copy of The Promise Box and join Tricia on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)