Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Review - The Promise Box


With her heart - and her loyalty - on the line, can she let true love in her life?

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! 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?


Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by Tricia is also on the blogging team at, and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. 

Learn more about Tricia at


I was so excited to read this second book in the "Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors" series. I have never been disappointed in a book written by Tricia Goyer and that still holds true! Her books always draw you in immediately and hold you there until the last page. I did read the first book of this series, "The Memory Jar" but you don't have to read that book to understand what is going on in this book. Each book stands perfectly alone and you will never be lost as to what is going on. 

Lydia returns goes to Montana to attend her mother's funeral and help her father get through this trying time. While there, she meets Gideon, and we find that both of them are living a life with a hurt that haunts them. Lydia is an editor and her boss suggests that she finally write that book she's been wanting to write while she is in Montana. The problem is, she wants Lydia to write about the Amish way of life and Lydia prefers to set that part of her life aside. 

While home, Lydia finds a box that belonged to her mother and it is filled with Scriptures and other notes. It is really a beautiful thing to see Lydia going through this box and we get to go through it with her. It helps Lydia to have more understanding about how much her parents love her. That's what is so beautiful about this story - it shows the love God has for us and also that He provides redemption because of that love. I really love how Lydia's parents continue to love her, without judging her, when she decides to leave the Amish community. This kind of love is what draws us to God and it is what ultimately draws Lydia back. 

I truly loved this book. The story was so sweet, the characters believable and it was an easy read. You'll definitely want to read this one, too!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity

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Blessings - Julie

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