Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Promise Box - Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors 2 - by Tricia Goyer

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!
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 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. Will the pain of her childhood— and her potential betrayal of her community—keep her from committing her whole heart?

My review:

I really enjoyed this beautiful, faith-filled story.  The characters were wonderful and I loved both Lydia's and Gideon's journeys as they moved from shame and secrets to forgiving themselves and letting the truth come to light.  I loved the idea of the promise box and it was very touching to see Lydia come to understand her mom and her God better after reading the letters, prayers, and Scriptures.  It was very interesting to see Lydia's struggle with whether she should go back to her Amish roots or stay English, especially because she wanted to make sure she had pure motives and wasn't doing it for something or someone else.  This book can stand completely on its own, though I would suggest you don't miss out on the first one.  I highly recommend this series!

I received this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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