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.
Lydia Wyse returned to West Kootenai, Montana after her mother's death; although she was only planning to stay long enough to make sure her father would be okay. Her plans began to change when her father gave her a box her mother had left for her. Inside the box, Lydia found written prayers and promises from the Bible that were special to her mother and as Lydia read them she began to see the love and hope she had for her. As she read the promises and begins to become acquainted with the people of West Kootenai, she begins to feel drawn to this community.
Gideon Hooley is one of the bachelors who had come to West Kootenai for the hunting, but he is also hoping to find answers to something that had happened many years ago when he was a little boy.
Lydia and Gideon met when she returned for her mother's funeral. Neither of them expected any type of friendship, because she was English and he was Amish. They each discover that God hasn't abandoned them as their story is told in only the way that Tricia canÃ¢â¬âwith plenty of God's truths gently woven through.
The Promise Box is a book that I plan to read again; because the story held truth that I needed to hear as much as Lydia and Gideon.
**The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer was provided as an ACR free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
God puts books in my hands at times he feels I need right then. While reading this I was struggling with my own faith. So I could relate to Lydia and her struggles to return to faith. Not just to the Amish way but to find faith of her Mother.
Lydia had left the Amish community because she felt she just did not fit in. She knew she was adoped and that her birth mother had been raped.
Lydia returned to be with her Dat after her Mem's passing. She was given hand written promises her Mother had put in a Promise Box for her. These promises drew her back to the faith and the simple Amish way.
Gideon had come to Montana to find answers to his past. He was never allowed to forget about getting lost in woods when he was 4 years old. His parents never told him the whole story.
I liked the way the English and Amish interacted in this community. I live in a rural area and find it hard to be part of the community here. I always feel like an outsider. So I know some of the feelings of not fitting in.
Lydia's Dad sends her to visit her real birth Mother and get to know her. There was so much different in this book about Amish than others I have read.
I won't say the book has completely got me through my struggle with my faith after 55 years. But I am very glad I read it.
Lydia Wyse has returned home to West Kootenai, Montana to attend her mother's funeral. She plans to stay for a few weeks with her dad. Her dad gives her a Promise Box that her mother had left for her, it was full of prayer and promises from the bible that were dear to her mother's heart for her daughter. Lydia starts feeling changes in her pulling her back to the Amish ways. She thought she was happy living among the Englisch yet her heart is telling her different.
Then there is the handsome Amish man,Gideon Hooley whom she met the first day she returned and knew there was something special about him that made her want to know him better. Could she take up the Amish way again? She is definitely feeling God drawing nearer to her leading her back home.
I love this series and am so excited there will be seven books in this series. The author gives glimpses of several of the characters I fail in love with from book one and how they melted into book two as they befriended Lydia and Gideon and took a role in guiding them to a fulfilling life with God and their community of Amish and English living and growing together. The author writes of many secrets that were holding these two character back from growing with God and showed them the truth and how the truth would set them free.
Disclosure: I received a free book from Litfuse Publicity Group/Zonderan for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
I love fiction that not only tells a story, but you leave learning something too. I did just that.
We walk with Lydia down this spiritual journey. Along the way, we watch her relationship unfold with those she cares for. We watch as she tries returning to the Amish faith in which she was raised in. We witness her journey through her eyes and in the process learn a thing or two as well. Reading Ada Mae's promises, opens your eyes up to a deeper knowing of Him. You find yourself encouraged too!!!
I won't give anything away. I mean how disappointing would that be?!! So, to find out how it all goes and ends, read the book ;) Trust me when I say this...go out now and buy the book!!! You will not only LOVE it, but you will also learn so much in the process. I LOVED this book and it'll be one I'll read over and over and over again :) It's also a book that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to all :)
Thankful I received this book for review, however, I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions are my own :)