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It's 1946, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the "conscies"-conscientious objectors to the war-and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community.
Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war Christine's world is turned violently upside down. Once Christine realizes she is pregnant with Jack's baby, her options are limited. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her unplanned pregnancy, Christine is fully embraced by Eli's community. She lives with an elderly midwife, who shares her great wisdom on life, and Christine slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life.
Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But as her due date approaches, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can't see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly give up her baby or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)
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Series: Promise of Sunrise
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It’s 1945, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the conscies—conscientious objectors to the war—and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community.
Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war, Christine’s world is violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life.
Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can’t see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?
"Younts' characters radiate lifelike warmth, and religious faith is woven seamlessly into their honest struggles. This deeply moving read reveals the truth about that era’s state hospitals, treatment of unwed mothers, and prejudice toward Amish conscientious objectors."
“Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Younts is a gritty,historical novel that stays true to post World War II views, while weaving a beautiful love story between a nurse and an Amish conscientious objector.Elizabeth raises the stakes over and over, creating a suspenseful story that I couldn't put down until I’d read the very last word.”
“Elizabeth Byler Younts’ Amish heritage and historical research shine again in this dynamic sophomore novel, Promise to Cherish, which examines the plight of unwed mothers and conscientious objectors in the unstable wake of post-war American society. Readers will be enthralled with the story of Christine and Eli all while asking themselves if they would choose a life of love—even if that meant leaving everything you love behind.”
IolaNew ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5CompellingJanuary 27, 2015IolaNew ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Promise to Cherish is the second title in The Promise of Sunrise series (although it can easily be read as a standalone novel), and follows the stories of Christine Freeman, a nurse in a mental hospital in World War II America, and Eli Brenneman, a Conscientious Objector serving in the same hospital as part of the Civilian Public Service camp scheme.
The two meet and become friends, and when the war ends and Christine needs a place to live, Eli invites her back to Sunrisewhich causes its own set of problems.
I liked the way that none of the characters were too-perfect caricatures, even the Amish. All the characters felt like real people facing difficult decisions that challenged their personal beliefs, and even though several of the characters had conflicting beliefs, both sides were examined respectfully.
I didnt like the descriptions of the mental hospital, or the fact that not all the patients had psychiatric problems: one was a Downs syndrome man, and another was a deaf-mute. Although unpleasant, the scenes were written sympathetically and Im sure they were representative of conditions in a time where mental illness wasnt so well understood by the medical profession or the general public, and where there simply wasnt the manpower to give the people the care they deserved.
Overall, Promise to Cherish isnt the standard wishy-washy Amish romance, but a novel raising some important issues, and one I certainly enjoyed reading.
One warning: dont read the Amazon book description, or the book description on the authors own website. Both give away significant plot details, one of which only happens at the climax of the novel. I think I wouldnt have enjoyed this book nearly as much if Id known what was coming.
Thanks to Howard Books and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
dianaFlowW Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Promise to CherishJanuary 17, 2015dianaFlowW Columbia, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Promise to Cherish is a lovely, heartrending story of the seemingly ill-fated romance between a young couple whose lives intertwine during a raging war that threatens to tear the whole world asunder.
Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital when she meets the handsome Eli Brenneman, an Amish conscientious objector during World War II. In spite of their immense differences, Christine and Eli develop a friendship based on physical attraction and mutual respect.
Christine is flattered when an old school crush, handsome and popular Jack Delano, offers to take her riding after a New Year's Eve party. But that promising night forever changes the course of her life when a violent act occurs, leaving her with no recourse but to return with Eli to his Amish community. Both Eli and Christine are faced with tough, seemingly insurmountable challenges when their initial attraction begins to grow into love. Especially when Jack resurfaces and wants to take Christine back with him....
Elizabeth Younts has written a hauntingly beautiful love story that is not your typical Amish romance. The harsh realities of war, forbidden love, and violence perpetrated on a young woman are tough issues, but the author deals with them with finesse and dignity. Be sure to have the tissue box nearby -- you will need them! Truly a well written story of God's faithfulness, redemption, and healing, be sure to put Promise to Cherish at the top of your wishlist!
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Pulled me and didn't let goDecember 15, 2014MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow. This booked pulled me into the story world and didnt let me go.
Elizabeth has written a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking story.
Christine deals with something very traumatic, something too many women have to deal with and end up blaming themselves. Not all of them have the same backlash that Christine has but all have the same wounds.
Eli is trying to be different but people keep seeing him as he once was. He grows frustrated with himself when he slips back to his old ways and wonders if he has really changed at all.
The first half of this book will pull you in and raises so many questions. I kept thinking how can all of this be answered or fixed in the second half?
If you enjoy Amish fiction or maybe you arent a big Amish fan this might be a book you want to give a try. It is intense not laid back like a lot of Amish fiction.
This is the second book in the series but it can be read as a stand-alone. There are references to the first book but I only know that because I read the first book. If you didnt you wont be lost.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
Lauren5 Stars Out Of 5A sweet love story that will draw you in!November 8, 2014LaurenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A sweet love story that is so well written. Younts' Amish background gives authenticity to this tale. The book draws you in right from the beginning and you just won't want to put this book down! The author so perfectly presents these two young adults who come from such different backgrounds and the story of how they fall in love. This isn't one of those books where you know exactly what is going to happen next. The author keeps you wondering so you have to keep reading to find out! You will definitely want to read more from this author and share your books with all your friends too!
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Promise to CherishOctober 16, 2014lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Elizabeth Byler Younts new series was introduced to readers in the first book, Promise to Return in October 2013. When I read that story, I fell in love with the way the author showed the Amish lifestyle and English lifestyle without lifting one above the other. Instead, she beautifully shared the point of view that each world had some things to offer the other, that people had both positive and negative choices and neither lifestyle was completely perfect. Her characters were rich in transparency along with presenting how the Amish may have lived with being pacifists during war time.
In this tale, we are introduced to a young woman named Christine, who became a nurse, attempting to work at a hospital that houses a variety of people with mental handicaps and struggles. The author informs the readers how some people in society were named and dealt with back during WWII, unlike today. The novel then shows us a young man named Eli who is a conscientious objector to war believing there has to be alternate means to settle disputes.
I was intrigued by the way society put people away to be cared for by others, but not having their basic of needs met. The work in the Hudson River State Hospital shows readers how the demands for material and care were definitely higher and many going without decent treatment. The story takes readers from that setting to individualized situations between workers after their shifts are over. In one case, Christine makes a choice she knows to be wrong, but throws caution to the wind only to find her in a situation that quickly spirals out of control.
Finally, readers are taken to Elis home where he grew up. He asks Christine to accompany him until she makes her decisions for the future. As time in the novel progresses, we are let into the possible budding romance of Eli with Christine. The questions of in which world they would live in as one is Amish the other English, the ending shows a beautiful weave of the best of both worlds. The novel is one where the readers heart will be touched by both the lack of care extended to people with mental health needs and tugged by the patience of Eli, reaching out to Christine with a profound love
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