Tricia Goyer in her new book, "The Promise Box" Book Two in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series published by Zondervan takes us into the life of Lydia Wyse.
From the back cover: With her heart-and her loyalty-on the line, can she let true love in her life?
Every year, a number of young Amish men descend on the cozy mountain 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!
In The Promise Box, the second book of best-selling author Tricia Goyer's 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 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. But will the pain of her childhood--and her potential betrayal of her community--keep her from committing her whole heart?
Tricia Goyer has an attention to details that help draw you into the story as well, of course, as her marvelous characters. Lydia is going home to take care of things now that her mother has died. She is not planning on returning to the faith just visiting to put things in order and then leave. However, she meets Gideon and sparks begin to fly. Now Lydia has to make some choices of what she wants to do with her life; return to Amish or remain English? Lydia and Gideon both have secrets from their pasts that they must deal with if they are ever going to go forward with their lives. Lydia is scarred from learning that she was adopted and Gideon had an experience of being lost in the woods that he doesn't know all that happened. Now they have to bring their wounded souls to God for His healing. Both Lydia and Gideon are presented in such a real manner that you feel as though they are friends of yours and when the book eventually ends you are sorry to see them go. "The Promise Box" is an exciting book with the romance taking top priority as each of them deals with their individual issues. "The Promise Box" deals with themes of forgiveness, healing and restoration as only God can produce. Ms. Goyer has done it again. I liked this book a lot. I am so looking forward to book three in this series.
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What a wonderful read, the second book in the Seven Brides for Seven Brother's series...and equally as good!!
Pull up a chair and get comfy for a return visit to Kootenai, Montana. We reunite with some old friends, and make new and lasting friendships. Here we celebrate life, and morn death with loving friends and neighbors.
We meet Lydia Wyse on the road to her parents home, she is now English, and coming home to Wake her Mem. She is working now at editing books, and has left the Amish way of life. The peace she encounters in the valley here thrills her, and she stops to take a few picture....totally not an Amish thing. She has an encounter, and really not a pleasant one with Gideon Hooley. He was patiently trying to win the attention of a horse. A wild fellow named Blue, when they are disturbed by Lydia.
From this meeting though, a few sparks fly. Will Lydia be able to return to the Amish? Will Gideon be able to let go of the secret that has been haunting him, and move on with his life?
There is also the ever present feeling that Lydia has about her birth, will she accept what her birth Mem did? She was brought up in a loving Amish home, with parents that adored her. A lot of her questions are answered in her Mem's Promise Box.
Be ready for a wonderful, heartwarming book, and all of your questions get answered. I loved that the story is followed right to the end! No cliff hangers here, PTL. Enjoy!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and the Tricia Goyer launch team, and was not required to give a positive review.
Lydia Wyse left home at 16 and never looked back. She couldn't bear the thought that she wasn't wanted and was simply given up. It was something she had difficulty coming to terms with. Growing up Amish but learning that she was adopted. Her birth mother gave her up since she was a product of rape and didn't want the reminder to face every day after she was born. To her Amish mother who remained unable to have children, Lydia was a blessing from God. Feeling like she would never have the opportunity to love a child that belong to her, she was more than thrilled to adopt Lydia. In fact to her, Lydia was a promise from God.
Now called back home for her Amish mother's funeral, Lydia begins to experience more than just home sickness and grief when she arrives home. She feels remorse for all the years she spent away from her Amish mom, hoping to find some answers for where she fit into the world, and now returning to her hometown in West Kootenai in Montana, she wishes she had one more day with her Amish mother to tell her how much she appreciated all her love that she took for granted. She helps her father process his own grief now that he is growing older and no longer has anyone but the Amish community to care for him, he hopes Lydia might find it in her heart to come home to live once again, but he's not about to suggest or pressure her in anyway.
The one thing Lydia's Amish mother has left behind for her is a small, wooden box handcarved by her father in which she has kept the promises that she believes God has provided since before Lydia was born. It is a legacy of sorts that contains personal notes and letters to Lydia beginning from before she was born until her final days of waiting to see if Lydia would ever some home again. Her heart simply gave out waiting but her love still goes on and is waiting to be discovered as Lydia cherishes this personal time with her mother through her written promises.
Now if Lydia can find it in her heart to come home to stay once again. Her employer believes that Lydia has it within her to write the next best-seller about what it's like to leave and return to the Amish community and has agreed to provide her with enough time to do just that. While Lydia spends time in prayer considering her options of staying in Seattle or returning to her Amish roots in Montana, a handsome Amish man, Gideon Hooley, who spends his time whispering to wild horses might just be the thing that tames her wild roots after all and bring her home to stay.
In the latest novel from the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series, Tricia Goyer once more takes readers into the heart of the Amish community in Montana in The Promise Box. In this novel Lydia has to come to terms with both her past in the English and Amish life as well as deciding for herself just what God's purpose is for her in this world. It is a hard place for her to be, and deals with many conflicting emotions between two entirely different lifestyles, but as with all of Tricia Goyer's novels, she will capture you heart and soul.
I received The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer compliments of Zondervan Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Book Tours for my honest review. I love how Tricia wrote about Lydia's struggles in coming to terms with her Amish lifestyle and her English birth. She just didn't rush in and resolve whatever issues Lydia had in dealing with her adoption and the reasons behind it. I love Gideon Hooley, the Amish Horse Whisper, who lovingly chooses to interact with Lydia even though she has left the Amish community and has now returned. Every single time they were with one another, you could feel the chemistry and sparks flying but Tricia gave just enough turmoil to keep them from falling in love right away. They each has pasts to deal with before they could contemplate dealing with an unknown future with one another and that's why I'd rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. I can't wait to begin creating my own Promise Box. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review and can't wait for the next book in the series. Even though this novel is part of a larger series, you can pick this one up and read it as a stand alone. The first book in the series is The Memory Jar.
Tricia Goyer has an exceptional talent for taking a biblical concept and turning it into a beautiful story. Truth - it is something that follows us and often troubles us when we don't face it. If we expect to be drawn closer to our Heavenly Father, then we must allow the truth to set us free. Open this book and follow Lydia and Gideon through their journey in allowing God to set them free from many emotional pains and hurts by facing the truth about what had brought them to this place in their lives. The Promise Box is a story that touches on so many issues--dealing with the past in order to gain freedom to move forward; looking at adoption through the eyes of the birth mother; adoption as a gift to the childless; facing the guilt we carry even for things over which we have no control; trusting others when it seems they've broken our trust; sharing our feelings with others; and allowing ourselves to love even when we think we are unlovable. Many of us deal with these issues, and I found this book to be a beautiful display of learning to deal with everyday hurts and emotional pain so we in turn can allow God the freedom to finish his work in us.
As a member of Tricia Goyer's 2013 Fiction Launch Team, I have been provided a copy of The Promise Box in exchange for my honest review and opinion. No other compensation has been provided.
Lydia Wyse returns to West Kootenai, Montana for her "mem's" funeral. As a teenager she left her Amish family to discover her true identity. Her "mem" had left her a promise box containing small pieces of paper upon which she had written meaningful verses of scripture, special prayers and promises from God, as well as letters to Lydia. An adoptee, she had numerous unanswered questions about her biological family. Are the answers to her past included in the promise box?
Gideon Hooley traveled to West Kootenai, Montana, with other Amish bachelors to obtain hunting privileges. Gideon's purpose for the visit is far deeper than merely hunting. Painful questions haunt him, and Gideon needs answers to a mystery that involves being lost in the mountains when he was four years old. His family has ignored his questions, leaving him frustrated and concerned about what might have happened all those years ago.
Lydia and Gideon share a special bond, and their relationship blossoms. Lydia commits an indiscretion that could affect all she holds dear. Will the secrets they keep betray their friendship? Will the answers to their questions drive a wedge in their relationship?
Tricia Goyer writes an inspiring story of two characters lost in the questions of their past. The characters in this book are richly defined, and so endearing. A blended community of both Amish and Englische is unique, with numerous colorful characters and personalities. The settings are eloquently described, leaving images and portraits that create a familiarity for the reader to ponder. Conflicting developments and issues that develop throughout the plot are unpredictable, leaving the reader challenged. There is a deep spiritual richness throughout this story, validating the writer's personal convictions. The Promise Box is impressive!
Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from Zondervan through Litfuse Publicity in return for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine, and I received no monetary compensation for this review.