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WandaNCAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Katie's Forever Promise by Jerry EicherOctober 12, 2013WandaNCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleKatie Raber was suffering from a broken heart. After years of being known as "Emma Raber's odd daughter", Katie had finally won the attention of the man she secretly admired. Things were going so well with Ben. Each week they went to the nearby Mennonite youth meetings together and a deep love for each other had come fast to their young hearts. But then Ben was arrested for selling drugs and sent to prison. Katie was angry at Ben's betrayal and her heart was broken. Now Ben is out of prison and, after an attack on Ben's life, Katie goes to the hospital to help him fight for his life. When the old feelings come flooding back can Katie fight them or will she give into what her heart wants? After Ben was arrested Katie worked hard to repair her reputation in the community. Is it worth risking to be with the man she loves? Will she follow her heart or let the warnings of the people around her keep her from her heart's greatest desire?
Ben Stoll had been questioning the Amish faith for years so it was easy for him to get drawn into something so sinister as drug dealing. But when Ben started seeing Katie Raber he knew he wanted no more part of such dealings but, by then, it was too late. He was arrested and sent to jail to serve out his sentence. Now he was free and back home with his family. But would he ever be welcomed back into arms of the community. Most importantly, could he win back Katie's heart? When he is shot and then asked to leave his beloved Amish community all seems lost but Ben holds out hope that the damage he has caused can be repaired. Being sent away by the Elders is devastating but Ben also knows it's for the best until he can prove he is a changed man. With their faith in God and their love for each other strong, Ben and Katie fight for a life together while it seems the world is trying to keep them apart.
Katie's Forever Promise is book three in the Emma Raber's Daughter series. I found it can be read as a stand alone but I think I would have gotten the most out of it had I read it in sequence. I did love that Jerry Eicher brought in elements I'm not used to reading in Amish fiction. Drugs, abuse, jail and the court system. The characters were lovable with the exception of Katie's step sister Mabel. I so wanted to shake her but, in the end, I learned to love her and even felt sympathy for her. I loved the way Ben and Katie continued to love each other and hold out hope through all the hardships and road blocks they faced. I would like to go back and read the previous books in this series to see the events leading up to book 3. If you like Amish fiction I think you will enjoy this book.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine alone and mine alone and I received no monetary compensation.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Katie finds her voiceOctober 11, 2013Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MY 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.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Katie is one strong person, loved the seriesSeptember 30, 2013wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Katie 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.
Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Is Forgiveness Possible?September 20, 2013Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
One Day at a TimeAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Great read!September 20, 2013One Day at a TimeAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5While 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!