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?
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One thing that stood out to me greatly in this Amish fiction novel was the realization that even among the Amish, there are different groups of people with a different view of God. There are those groups that focus more on the rules and laws, rather than the relationship.. much like our own Christian churches in the 'English' world. There are those in the Amish that fully understand the relationship of Christ, and seek His face daily, and there are those that are steeped in tradition and forsake what the best part of their faith can be. They really aren't that different than us in that way. Despite the adversity, we can see in the novel how God worked out Lydia and Gideon's life for the best, and clearly had His hand on their lives from the very beginning.
True joy can only be found in Christ and Tricia Goyer does a great job at directing our attention to the characters who have found that joy, and those who are still seeking it and there is a noteable difference in their behavior.
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
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!)