Promised to Another was sensational! Book 3 was the best one in The Amish of Seymour series, by Laura V. Hilton. This entire series has been out of this world.
Annie Beiler, the Amish school teacher who loved history, is a feisty young lady whose job was on the line. Annie had taken her scholars on a field trip to A Civil War Battlefield without proper consent from the parents and school board. Annies former boyfriend, Luke Scwhartz, had jumped the fence and became an Englisher. But guess who reappeared in Promised to Another? Luke, the prodigal returned to Seymour with the assumption he would still be marrying Annie after he joined the church.
Joshua Esh was attracted to Annie when he met her earlier in the series. However, Joshua had come to Missouri in the men swap but had no intentions of staying. He would be given his family farm in Pennsylvania and he loved the season of making maple syrup and planned to return at that time. Luke had seen Joshua and Annie together and informed Joshua no transplant would be getting his girl or working in his familys leather shop business even though he was staying with the Schwartz family, since his arrival in Seymour. Thankfully Annies father offered Joshua a place to stay as he had been interested in the bee business Isaac Beiler had. The Beilers and Schwartzs farms were right beside each other. Joshua had ventured over to the bee hives one day while picking up rocks in a field that Levi Schwartz had instructed him to do.
There are so many twists and turns in Promised to Another. Who was causing so many pranks on Joshua while he was at the Beilers home? An accident involving Annie, Joshua, Cathy, Annies sister, and David, another young man from Pennsylvania. What happens when Bishop Sol overhears threats from a group of young men and then observed some unacceptable behavior at the hospital? Who will be forced to marry Annie Beiler? Will it be Luke Schwartz or Joshua Esh? Grab a copy of Promised to Another along with Patchwork Dreams and A Harvest of Heart. Its best to read the entire series in order, as characters reappear in the other books.
Readers who enjoy Amish genre books will fall in love with Laura Hiltons writing. Im going back to read her earlier books after discovering Lauras more recent books, The Amish of Jamesport and The Amish Firefighter. Ms. Hilton pen in depth stories filled with unusual plots and characters that are well developed. Characters that are put to the test but know their source of strength, faith and love for God will see them through, with prayers and scriptures woven into each challenge they faced.
Promised to Another, Book 3 in The Amish of Seymour series, is a wonderful story of learning to trust God, hope, finding the truth, and forgiveness. Annie Beiler is a school teacher who likes to be adventurous such as taking her students on unauthorized field trips which can get her in trouble with the school board. She had always thought she would marry Luke Schwartz, but he jumped the fence into the English world only to return to stake his claim on Annie. Joshua Esh has recently moved to Seymour, Missouri, as part of the Pennsylvania men swap, and he has his eye on Annie even though hes heard she has been promised to Luke. Will Joshua be able to convince Annie hes not a player? Will Lukes true colors be exposed before Annie gets hurt and make a big mistake? When Joshuas secret is revealed will Annie get hurt anyway? All of the books in this series are stand-alone. Author Laura V. Hilton writes Amish fiction at its best!
Annie and Joshua's story is my favorite in this delightful series. That girl has some spunk! She's almost a rebel but not quite. The escapades in teaching that get her in trouble she does because she loves her students and wants them to have the best possible education. What harm can there be in going to a war cemetery? It's part of history, right?!
Joshua is in Seymour under false pretenses and never expected to find someone he would want to marry while he's there. He's got some competition, though. Annie's old beau, Luke, who doesn't want to come to terms with Annie not being interested in him anymore, has surfaced after skipping out on her and is giving Joshua a run for his money.
Conflicts and misunderstandings arise between multiple characters creating a story that captivated me from page one. It was a quick but highly satisfying read. I don't believe it would be at all confusing if you haven't read the others in the series but you should, because they're good.
Laura Hilton writes with clarity and genuine emotion. Her characters embed themselves in your mind and don't want to let go. I highly recommend this book anyone who wants to read an engaging and well written story, but especially to those who love Amish Fiction! You'll get plenty of tension and humor interlaced throughout with spiritual truth.
I want to thank Whitaker House for sending me this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, just my honest opinion.
Schoolteacher Annie Beiler may not fit the typical Amish persona, but she steals your heart as she seeks to find her own true love. She's feisty and spontaneous, but also a thinker and a lover of history. Attracted to one of the transplanted boys from Pennsylvania, Annie wonders why Joshua Esh seems to pay attention to every girl but her. When her former beau returns from the "Englisch" world to reclaim her, Annie balks. She no longer cares for Luke, but how can she convince him?
Joshua has his own secret, which he keeps from Annie even as their relationship develops. Will his deceit cost him her love? Continued misunderstandings threaten to drive them apart. Yet, other circumstances are at work, along with potential tragedies. How can any good come from all the negatives in their lives? Unexpected plot twists make this story one you'll remember.
Laura V. Hilton's third book set among the Missouri Amish completes her "Amish of Seymour" series. I'll miss these wonderful and intriguing characters. She did a great job at bringing the people and place to life. It seems so real I wish I could visit them.