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Joe Garrison returns from war, in hopes of recovering from the brutality of war and to rebuild a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter Daisy. He finds his daughter is quite attached to Esther, the woman who raised her. Being a father is more difficult that he had thought. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver. What happens when Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf?
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)|
Series: Promise of Sunrise
Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.
When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.
As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.
“Readers of Amish fiction will love Elizabeth Byler Younts’ latest book, Promise to Keep. A tender tale, it is filled with heart-touching moments and characters who come alive on the page. A true gem of a story.”
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I found this story so real !November 17, 2015DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Promise to Keep is an interesting story about death, family hardships, PTSD, a misunderstood little girl who was actually deaf, and the lies that caused so much pain. Quite an emotional struggle that pulled Esther in multiple directions. A simple Amish story that was not so simple in the telling. The author pulled me right into the middle of the lives in this story. My heart and emotions were tugged in so many directions because I found Esther so real and so honest in her feelings that I could really feel her pain. Her struggle to just understand how life kept dealing her such hard things to deal with, how do you forgive that? I was so glad she had Daisy to love and be loved by! Great story and one of the best Amish books I've read in a long time. I would highly recommend..
I was gifted a copy by Howard Books, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. for my honest opinion, which I have given.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5best book I've read this year!November 10, 2015Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read several books each week and I have to say that this book is the favorite of the many I have read this entire year! I would rate it more than 5 stars if possible. This book is simply breathtaking. Esther's pain gripped my heart but so did Joe and Daisy's deep emotional scars. Having taught special needs' preschoolers for several years in the past, Daisy stole my heart. I longed to reach out and help her to learn even more than her dear substitute mother, Esther, had taught her. Esther has given her entire life to raising, loving, and teaching Daisy and now her father has returned and she stands to lose everything that is dear to her own heart.
Esther and Daisy both know the pain and grief of losing a father, but in different ways. Esther's father died when she was young and Daisy's father abandoned her to run away to fight in the war after losing his wife and newborn baby son during childbirth. What will happen to Esther and Daisy now that Joe has returned and wants to take over his duties to his daughter? When a long held secret returns to haunt Esther, how will she handle her own pain and can she offer forgiveness ? Can Joe overcome the ravages of the war and the nightmares that plague him and drive him to destruction? Will Daisy ever be able to leave the only family and home she remembers? What happens when love and sparks fly between Joe and Esther? Readers, I will warn you that you may need a few tissues for this one. Elizabeth addresses some major issues in this book including PTSD, forgiveness, abandonment, and deafness.
I rated this book 5 stars but I would give it more if that were possible. I loved it that much and more! This book had me shedding tears of joy and sadness both.
I received a kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Lauren5 Stars Out Of 5wholesome book with a good message and strong characters- I'd recommend it!October 23, 2015LaurenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5You'll love this book if you love wholesome books with a good message and strong characters. Esther is taking care of her cousin's deaf child, Daisy, since Daisy's mother died and her father is away at war. When Daisy's father comes home, Esther struggles with letting Daisy go and her feeling for Daisy's father, Joe, along with her commitment to her Amish ways and her long-lost father who has returned. The author does an excellent job of developing the characters and drawing the reader in. The book is somewhat predictable since these books tend to have happy endings, but there are twists and turns in the book that you didn't really see coming and keep you interested. I'd definitely recommend this book.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Amish fiction joins historical fictionOctober 21, 2015Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely love history now that I'm older. I find that I gravitate a lot towards fictional books that include history. However, I still love my Amish fiction. Usually those two genres don't go together, so that is what has endeared this series to me. I finally have my two favorite genres joined together! I read a lot of books and I can't really think of an Amish series that includes more of the historical setting of WWII. It may be out there, but I haven't ran across it yet.
What makes this book so interesting is because the author is interesting. She was Amish and still has Amish family, even though she is not Amish anymore. She also married a man in the Air Force. Fascinating! So she writes with a lot of knowledge of the Amish community and the military.
As a music therapist and someone who is partially deaf in one ear, and someone who loves sign language, the characters in this book spoke to my heart. I loved watching Joe learn to interact and communicate with his daughter.
This book stirs up many emotions that the characters have to deal with. There's risk, loss, fear, frustration, anger, and lastly, love. Daisy may bring Joe and Esther together, but they ultimately have to decide if love is more than the loss they have and will experience in their lives.
I'm sad that this series is ending. I really hope she continues to blend history and Amish fiction together. It really sets her books apart and makes them very memorable to her readers.
I received this book free from Howard Publishers and CFBA in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Third book in series!October 19, 2015The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Promise to Keep by Elizabeth Byler Younts is the third book in The Promise of Sunrise series. Esther Detweilers grandmother just passed away. She has been Esthers rock her entire life. Esther is left with a farm to run and a little girl to raise. Esther has been taking care of Daisy Garrison for the last four years. Daisys mother passed away (she was Amish before she left to marry) and her father, Joe is off fighting the war (Joe is Englisch). Daisys mother made Joe and Esther promise that Esther would take care of Daisy. They have heard very little from Joe the last four years and have seen even less money. On the day of the funeral, Esther father shows up. Esther thought he was dead (that is what she was told). Where has he been for the last thirty years? Will Esther be able to forgive her father for his absence and lies?
Then Joe arrives back in town. He is suffering from PTSD, but he is looking forward to seeing his daughter. Daisy is not looking forward to seeing him. Daisy is deaf and Esther taught her a form of ASL (using a book and some made up signs). Most people believe Daisy is dumb and should be institutionalized (very ignorant people). Joe will have to get to know Daisy slowly so she can learn to trust him and get to know him. Esther, Joe, and Daisy will be spending a lot of time together. Love can bloom in the unlikeliest of places, but will the love be given a chance to grow. Esther and Joe are going to have to make choices. Will they make the right ones?
Promise to Keep was a long, slow novel (and a little depressing). Promise to Keep has some good writing, but I did not find the book enjoyable to read (and I love Amish/Christian Fiction). The characters (except Daisy) nor the town appealed to me. I think you have to like the main characters (or at least some of them) to enjoy reading a book. Promise to Keep did not engage me. It is a book that I could easily have put down and not continue reading. I give Promise to Keep 3 out of 5 stars. This novel was just not for me. Promise to Keep is the third book in the series, but it can easily be enjoyed without having read the previous book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of Promise to Keep from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.