The Promise Box, Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series #2 -eBook
The Best in Series
Tricia Goyer has created an incredible, suspenseful romance that will lift the hearts of readers. As I read and waited with baited breath to find out the answer to the big question, another conflict was added and I did not want to put the book down. My heart went out to Lydia and Gideon. Lydia and Gideon both fear that they will never belong anywhere. I have certainly experienced the sting of rejection and abandonment so I could relate to the characters. I have read each of Tricia's books in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors' series and I personally felt that this book was the best in the entire series. I also am hoping that there is a book to follow this one as I am anxious to know what comes next for Gideon and Lydia. It would be nice to see her connect in a deeper way with her birth family.
I received a free kindle version of this book from booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.
November 29, 2013
Amazing Amish Fiction!
I loved the rural, country scene on the cover. It's so gorgeous! Plus, the title font is pretty amazing.
Description (from Goodreads): 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 Ã¢ÂÂresidentÃ¢ÂÂ 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 best-selling author Tricia GoyerÃ¢ÂÂs 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 to give comfort to her father after her motherÃ¢ÂÂs death. She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her motherÃ¢ÂÂs most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational Ã¢ÂÂtell-allÃ¢ÂÂ 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. But will the pain of her childhood---and her potential betrayal of her community---keep her from committing her whole heart?
Other objectionable: There are bad circumstances surrounding Lydia's birth (she's adopted), and there is also some flirting and kissing (very clean though).
Suitable for: Highschoolers and adults would really enjoy this book.
Pros: First of all, I have to say that one of my favorite parts of the book was the name of the town where Lydia's parents live. "West Kootenai". What an unbelievably awesome name!! It's so fun to say. Kootenai. KOOTENAI. Okay, to the serious stuff. I loved Lydia and Gideon's first meeting. SO cute! You need to read it. Also, there is so much backstory for Lydia and Gideon, like Lydia's birth mother and what led to her adoption by her parents, and Gideon had a traumatizing event as a child, too, which he struggles with over the course of the book. I like that Lydia is an editor, too (one of my dream jobs).
Cons: Umm...(sits here in front of computer for about five minutes). I really came across nothing in this book that I didn't like, which is very rare for me. Sorry, I have a somewhat critical nature. :)
October 8, 2013
Great story with a few twists along the way...
I recently had the opportunity to review The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer.
The Promise Box is about a young woman, Lydia, who comes home to attend her motherÃ¢ÂÂs funeral. She was raised Amish, but left her community years ago for the Englisch life.
While she is home, Lydia discovers a box filled with prayers and scripture her mother left for her. As she starts to reevaluate her life, Lydia begins to question the choice she made to leave the Amish community in the first place.
Of course, there is Gideon. He is a young Amish man who has a story of his own. Over time Lydia and Gideon begin to fall in love with each other. But will their secrets keep them apart?
Dun Dun Dun!
I love those stories that have a little mystery and intrigue. I also love that Lydia, our heroine, is adopted. Being an adoptive parent myself, I had a soft spot in my heart for Lydia immediately. I also was extremely inspired by her motherÃ¢ÂÂs Promise Box.
This book was beautiful written. I also love that it is one I can pass on to my teenage nieces. Some romance novels are just a bit much. This had all the angst one must feel while reading a romantic story, but none of the Ã¢ÂÂickyness.Ã¢ÂÂ
And of course, this book is sure to be a hit with all of those who love a good Amish novel. The Promise Box is actually a part of the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. I look forward to reading more of TriciaÃ¢ÂÂs books.
I was excited to learn that Tricia Goyer is also a homeschooler. We strange homeschool people have to stick together. And I just want to know when she finds the time to write such awesome books! There are some days I can barely form two (if that) coherent sentences.
If you enjoy Christian Romance (especially about the Amish) IÃ¢ÂÂm sure you will enjoy this book!
I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Booksneeze.
October 30, 2013
Goyer fans will be thrilled to find some familiar faces within the pages of her latest book. That's a bonus to an already winning read. I just love the concept of a promise box and found it a great catalyst for Lydia's faith journey.
This is a sweet romance that develops between two hesitant people who are struggling with childhood hurts. I thought Goyer did a realistic job of portraying the way both Lydia and Gideon held onto unrealistic feelings of responsibility because of their past. Even though it appears irrational to an observer, it is very real to them and does colour their actions as adults which creates an interesting tension as their romance develops.
The Promise Box is an inspirational romance that will inspire and encourage readers even as it entertains.
October 27, 2013