Promise to Return, Promise of Sunrise Series #1   -     By: Elizabeth Byler Younts
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Howard Books / 2013 / Paperback

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When World War II breaks out, Miriam's fianci, Henry, is drafted and sent to a conscientious objector camp. But when Henry feels called to fight on the front lines, he goes against the Amish church to follow God's will-forcing Miriam to choose between the rules of her religion and the leading of her heart.

It's 1943 and Miriam Coblentz and Henry Mast are nearing their wedding day when the unthinkable happens-Henry is drafted. However, since he is a part of the pacifist Amish tradition, Henry is sent to a conscientious objector Civilian Public Service camp. When he leaves for the work camp, his gaping absence turns Miriam's life upside down. Little does she know that it's only the beginning.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1476735018
ISBN-13: 9781476735016
Availability: In Stock
Series: Promise of Sunrise

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When World War II breaks out, Miriam Coblentz’s peaceful Amish world is turned upside down...

It’s 1943, and Miriam Coblentz and Henry Mast are nearing their wed­ding day when the unthinkable happens—Henry is drafted. However, since he is a part of the pacifist Amish tradition, Henry is sent to a conscientious objector Civilian Public Service camp. When he leaves for the work camp, his gaping absence turns Miriam’s life upside down. Little does she know it’s only the beginning... When Henry returns home, he brings news that shakes Miriam and their Amish community to the core. Henry believes God has called him to enlist in the army and fight for his country, leaving her to make an impor­tant decision: whether to choose loyalty to the peaceful life she’s always known or her love for Henry. Two worlds collide in this unforgettable debut novel, providing a fasci­nating and rare look into Amish culture during World War II. While Henry is battling enemies across the ocean, Miriam struggles between her devotion to Henry and her love of the Amish way of life. One question is at the bottom of it all: will she follow the rules of her religion or the leading of her heart?

Author Bio

Elizabeth Byler Younts is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force officer’s wife and a homeschooling mom with two young daughters. She makes her home wherever her family is stationed. Elizabeth was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.

Editorial Reviews

"With an authentic perspective and a captivating story, Elizabeth Byler Younts has written a wonderful debut novel that is sure to please lovers of Amish fiction."
"This historical romance by debut novelist Elizbeth Byler Younts explores the many facets of conformity, community, and conviction among the Amish in the lives of very real characters. Readers will be torn between rooting for the love story of Miriam and Henry and fearing for all they might lose. A story for Amish fiction lovers of all ages."
“Elizabeth Byler Younts draws on her Amish roots and her considerable writing talent to create a love story both rich and believable. A polished, engaging writing style makes Promise to Return a fantastic debut sure to please with its unique storyline.”
Promise to Return is a rare, authentic glimpse into the lives of Amish families torn apart by World War II. It is a bittersweet love story of service and sacrifice guaranteed to touch hearts.”
"A powerful new voice in Amish fiction rises with refreshing authenticity; Elizabeth Byler Younts recounts the historical struggle the Amish faced in WWII with insight, passion, and faith."
“With an authenticity birthed by her own familial Amish roots, Elizabeth Byler Younts brings a fresh and gifted voice to Amish fiction in her debut novel. Stirring prose and richly developed characters resonate deeply, touching the heart. An evocative portrayal of the conflicts of heart, home, and culture that arise when an Amish young man enlists in the Army during World War II, this is a must-read. I’m already eagerly anticipating Elizabeth’s next novel!”
Promise to Return is an intriguing glimpse into the conflicted hearts of Amish men and women during World War II. If you enjoy reading novels about the Amish community, you’ll love this beautifully written story about loyalty, faith, and a sweet promise for the future.”
“Elizabeth Byler Younts writes with quiet power, reminding us that the only thing to be gained by questioning your convictions is a more profound, more substantial faith.”
“Vivid, compelling, poignant. . . . Tender and beautifully written, a thought provoking love story I’ll not soon forget.”
Promise to Return is one of those stories that holds you close, wrapped up in the words, savoring the immense satisfaction of a fabulous story. Elizabeth Byler Younts writes with an authority that brings new life to the Amish genre, seamlessly weaving in historical detail. She is an exciting, fresh voice, and this debut novel holds a beautiful promise for readers seeking authenticity and grace.”

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  1. Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Will Henry ever be free to marry Miriam?
    October 9, 2014
    DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I agreed to read and review the second novel in this series, I had no idea what to expect my daughter found and purchased the first novel in the series, because we both are pretty fussy about reading a series from beginning to end.

    So I opened up Promise to Return and began reading

    I purposely chose a time that I could spend an hour or so uninterrupted, so I could concentrate enough to delve into this historical Amish novel.

    What I didnt expect was to read and read until I finally put down the book a little past midnight. I was done! Elizabeth had held my attention, refusing to let go until the very end.

    And it was good very good.

    The story begins with Miriam Coblentz, who was almost married, until her boyfriend was drafted and sent to a Civilian Public Service camp. With their wedding postponed, shes feeling a bit impatient.

    I can certainly identify with that!

    Elizabeth can certainly identify with the impatience and the commitment it takes to stand by while the man you love fights for his country. She puts such heart and soul into her novels; I can easily feel the frustration and doubts that her main character exhibits.

    I want to be careful not to spoil the story, so I wont speak of what happens with Miriam and Henry; I would suggest you to read the synopsis if you want to know more about the story before you begin reading it.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling, unpredictable, inspirational
    October 8, 2014
    techartist
    Against the backdrop of war, this story quickly drew me in with two compelling characters whose relationship and journey through the story kept defying my expectations until the end.

    The unpredictability which makes this book such an absorbing read kicks right off from the start with Eli, who is not what one would expect from an Amish character. Once immature and flippant about everything, Eli is just beginning to be sobered by the war and its creeping influence over the entire world, even his secluded and sheltered community. His newfound seriousness is further catalyzed by the suffering he witnesses while working at a mental hospital.

    At the same time, Christine, the other main character, also begins the story in a state of emotional tumult. While resigned to doing her duty, not only to support her country, but also to support her financially needy family, she stubbornly but inspirationally -- holds onto hope for a richer life and a happier future.

    As the two begin to intertwine with each other and with other characters, they each struggle to balance the opposing forces in their lives, finding themselves in honest but complex dilemmas.

    A rich and wrenching journey is then weaved by this accomplished author in full command of her art, fueled by the unpredictability mentioned earlier.

    Near the beginning, the writer sets the tone with a minor, but eye-popping, plot turn where two patients in the mental hospital die. The sheer sadness, exemplified by the last message written on a chalkboard by one of these patients, is a breathtaking gut punch as effective as any Ive experienced in any story, any medium.

    When further tragedy, much more central the story, befalls Christine, it is delivered with masterful building of dread and hope before ultimately resolving in a plot turn that then profoundly affects the futures of these characters.

    Overall, such deft storytelling elevates this book from any genre to place it firmly in the arena of exquisite drama.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story
    September 6, 2014
    raysrose
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first Elizabeth Byler Younts book that I have read and I enjoyed every minute of it and couldn't wait to get my hands on the second book in The Promise of Sunrise Series. Excellent read!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Saginaw, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Story
    June 3, 2014
    Henry McLaughlin
    Saginaw, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This debut novel is one of the best first novels I have ever read. Elizabeth Byler Younts weaves her historical romance with the rich flavor the Amish community. She reveals the Amish life without lecturing or overloading her work with research. She does it beautifully though the characters she creates and the story world she builds. As a reader, you know these people and understand why they are the way they are. Set in World War II, this romance places the heroine, Miriam Coblentz, in the throes of a difficult decision: to stay with her people or join with her betrothed, Henry Mast, who has made the decision to fight for his country--a choice that violates so many of the Amish beliefs. This is the tale of how the couple comes to this moment and the choices they must makes a result.
  5. Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Promise to Return
    March 17, 2014
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Miriam Coblentz can't seem to stop thinking about her intended Henry Mast. Henry has been drafted into the military and sent to a camp for conscientious objectors. The Amish have always been pacifist. When he returns home Miriam is shocked to find out he has decide to leave the camp and join the military and the war. He feels as if God has called him to fight in World War II. Miriam can not turn her back on her family and most importantly the her Amish beliefs. Will she turn her back on Henry the man she loves?

    I have read many Amish books but this is the first where I get a better look at the Pacifist side during World War II. To me it is apparent men are bred to defend their families and country. Yet I understand the Amish's belief and the pacifist. Women want to nurture and prevent harm coming to anyone. But in times of war we have no choice but to defend. The author has done a wonderful job in depicting the Amish stand of remaining pacifist.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Howard Publishing/Simon & Schuster for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
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