MY Review: I have been reading this series of Jerry Eicher's with great interest. Katie Raber starts out in book 1 as shy, reserved, and with low self-esteem. She is known as "Emma Raber's daughter", the plain one. She took a great chance at falling in love with Ben Stoll, as he was extroverted and very popular in the community. Ben made a grave error, however, and pays dearly for that error. He is valiantly serving his time of consequences and seeking to protect his family and Katie and her family from the backlash. But trouble seems destined to find both Ben and Katie.
Can their love hold strong ? Will it survive such testing? Can they forgive and be forgiven?
Add to the ordeal, a sister, Mabel, who seems bent on hurting Katie and her mamm, and then her fiance, Norman. Whew! Trouble is definitely brewing!!! I love seeing the strength grown in Katie as she begins teaching and finds her voice. She is not afraid to follow her convictions nor her heart. 5 Star rating for this book, all the way.
I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Katie Raber's life is looking promising, she is the new teacher, Ben is out of her life, and Norman Kuntz is taking her home from the singings on Sunday's. She even feels like things are getting better with Mabel, her new sister, but she shouldn't plan on too bright of a future.
Ben gets shot on his first day home from jail and they don't think he'll live so at the request of his parents she visits him while he's unconscious and his mother is there the whole time. The community finds out about it and some are out to make trouble for her. She's finding out that Norman has a dark side and between him and Mabel things get worse and she soon loses her teaching job, in the middle of the year, they don't even wait for the school year to be over before firing her.
Jerry did a great job on this book, there are a lot of things going on and, again, I found I was putting myself in Katie's position and wondering what I would do. I don't think I could have kept my mouth shut as well as she did. Katie pushes on and moves forward with her life with as positive an attitude as she can have in her situation. Amish book lovers will really enjoy this series.
Thank you to Harvest House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
I am a huge fan of Author Jerry Eicher and I have read nearly all of his Amish fiction books.
Katie's Forever Promise is a book that you just can't wait to get back to if you have to put it down.
I love that this story is filled with real life obstacles and trials. My goodness, I have lived some of them myself. I think this is why this story hit so close to home for me.
Katie and Ben have their share of problems throughout this book. The author shows the reader that with God all things are possible if it is God's will. That being said, will the community forgive Ben of his past sins? Has Ben really turned his life around? Will Katie forgive Ben after the shame he has put her through or perhaps she has moved on and is interested in another young man in her community.
Then there is Mable. This is a character that I had a love/hate relationship with. Pick up a copy of this book and you will see why I made this statement!
The author gives us an insight into the Amish community that usually doesn't come out in other Amish fiction books. I think we have a tendency to think that Amish are very different from us. That's not true. They have issues just like we do. When you read this book you will see what I mean especially when it comes to Norman Kuntz.
I was silly to think that I could get through one of Jerry Eicher's books without crying. Well...that didn't happen. What can I say, I am a cryer. I was really sobbing at the end of this story.
I am looking forward to reading this author's new series that will be coming out in January of 2014. The Beiler Sisters, Book 1: Holding a Tender Heart.
I wish to thank Harvest House Publishers and author, Jerry Eicher, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.
While the Christian Fiction Amish genre seems to be exploding with material, Eicher brings a fresh perspective with fist hand knowledge to each and every book he writes! Katie's Forever Promise is full of rich emotion. Eicher's unique insight into the Amish and Mennonite way of life leads to great storytelling that leaves the reader coming back for more, story after story! Another must read, Katie's story will give hope to the hopeless, and leave you longing for your future!
"Of the making of many books there is no endâ€”so don't believe everything you read" says the Preacher in the last chapter of Ecclesiastes. But in Jerry Eicher's books that's hard to do.
Finally peace and stability is settling on the life and days of Katie Raber in this 3rd book in the series of Emma Raber's Daughterâ€”or does it? With a fast moving plot Jerry Eicher masterfully brings to life the saga of Katie Raber and Ben Stoll, her imprisoned ex-beau, and Katie's new step sibling Mabel, still a challengeâ€”so much so that I'm almost certain they are real people.
Then as Katie's new position as schoolteacher begins, a strong encouragement to say yes to the school board member's eligible son's invitation to ride home after the Sunday night singing presents itself. But is it really more of an ultimatum? The twists and turns of the story line are intriguing and keep the pages turning. I smiled, laughed, groaned and cried through the 11 hours it took to read this sequel and epilogue, "Katie's Forever Promise". My husband had to microwave leftovers for supper as I couldn't put the book down.
Jerry Eicher doesn't sugar-coat the Amish lifestyle to the peaceful and picturesque ideal we non-Amish Englishers might like to impose on them. The scheming demeanor of Mabel Mast and Enos Kutz and Ruth Troyer were unsettling to me at first. Emotions flowâ€”bitterness, envy, sorrow, regrets. The troubles mount and all play their part against true love's loyalty. Prayers and pleas are frequent. I was reminded of Job's declaration, "Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upwards." When the sparks are few and singularly burn out it only takes one stir of the glowing embers and the sparks race upward in bunches, much like the multiplying problems of Katie Raber. Still the daughter of Emma Raberâ€”but now a confident young woman, Katie, a new church member with her heartbreak healed, is stronger in her determination to follow the faith of her people as Da Hah leads her. Accepting Da Hah's will is central to their belief-system, but when those closest to Katie turn against herâ€”how can this be?
The "sparks" (troubles) in this magnificent ending are many, yet as they burn themselves outâ€”thankfully one can finally catch their breath and say that was an unforgettable read. Good prevails, true love wins, and Katie is on her way to happily ever after, "for sure and for certain."