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Roman attends college outside his community and is ready to leave his Amish ways. When his grandmother dies and leaves him a letter suggesting he reconcile his relationship with his brother. He decides to return home to Birch Creek and honor his grandmother’s wishes. Leanna Chupp works at his brothers’ shop. She has not had many suitors and is content being single. That changes when Roman begins working there. This could be just what he needs to make him want to stay.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Amish Letters
A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay.
Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things dont go as planned, Romans prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesnt plan to stay for long.
Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventionalstrange, evenLeanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant shes never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesnt mind. She is content being single.
But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.
Yvette K.4 Stars Out Of 5Unconventional Amish characters make this a delightful readNovember 6, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think that the key ingredients to the most enjoyable Amish fiction, for me, are what I perceive as being unconventional or unexpected characters and/or situations for the sub-genre. Kathleen Fuller's second novel in her Amish Letters series certainly fits the bill.
Leanna Chupp was introduced in book 1, Written in Love, and left me quite curious to learn more about this Amish woman working as a mechanic. Leanna is a delightful character who is happy with her situation in life, with her job and her single status. When Roman Raber returns, it coincides with her having been let go from her job by Roman's brother Daniel with no explanation.
Beyond learning more about Leanna and about Roman, who has returned to reconcile with Daniel to fulfill the last wishes that his grandmother put in a letter to him, it is watching them each learn to understand Daniel's reasons for his actions, and the discovery of an unexpected friendship and even more unexpected mutual attraction between the two of them that holds the readers interest. This is more than a simple romance between two slightly eccentric characters, it is an exploration of relationships between the various characters. Themes of understanding, hope, forgiveness, and acceptance can be found in this story and I loved that the letters in this second installment were not between the romantic leads but were written to the two estranged brothers by their beloved grandmother.
If you are a fan of Amish fiction, the Amish Letters series is shaping up to be a wonderful example of the sub-genre. Letters add to the charm of Amish stories, for me, and I am looking forward to continuing this series (and wondering which of several people will have their turn as main characters).
I voluntarily received a finished copy for review from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Not Your Typical Amish BookOctober 28, 2017LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the second book in An Amish Letters series, but it would work as a stand-alone. Leanna Chupp is not your typical Amish female character. She is strong and following her dream of working on small engines and living alone. Gossip threatens to destroy her dreams. I love her character and admire her stepping out of her comfort zone. My heart wept for the Raber men and their treatment by their parents. Thankfully they have a loving grandmother who continues to leave them wisdom and advice in letters left after her passing. This is a story of forgiveness, restoration, love, and tearing down walls. Well written and deals with hard issues of rejection, miscarriages, gossip, and aloneness. I enjoyed this book.
I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Forgiveness and GraceOctober 16, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think Leanna Chupp is my favorite character. She's not your typical Amish which made her uniqueness even more pronounced. In fact, she's not your typical female, especially in an Amish community. Leanna is 24, unmarried and has no plans or desire to marry; she works on machines better than most men do, abhors cooking and housekeeping (and isn't good at either), lives alone and is six feet tall. The combination can sometimes be intimidating to the men in her community. I, like almost everyone in her community, really liked and cared about her.
As I read, I was heartbroken over the coldness of Daniel and Roman Raber's parents, but thankful their grossmammi (grandmother) stepped in to fill the role of a loving relative. Nonetheless, neither young man felt genuinely loved, and Roman was continually running away from home, his life and God. Additionally, Barbara and Daniel's story is so poignant that several times I was brought to tears.
Kathleen Fuller's novel, The Promise of a Letter is a very different type of Amish fiction from most Amish stories. She deals with many issues people face, not only in the Amish community but also in the lives of non-Amish, too. The story is replete with themes of restoration, forgiveness and God's grace. Furthermore, several tough issues are addressed- gossip, anger, bitterness and misunderstandings among family members. There are several others, but I don't want to give any spoilers. Miss Fuller does an excellent job of showing the development and growth of her characters. It's a pleasure to be taken along for the ride.
The Promise of a Letter is the second book in the An Amish Letters Novel series. However, it works well as a standalone.
I received this book from the Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen FullerOctober 5, 2017Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Inspirational tale of the consequences one can suffer due to lack of love, and difficulty forgiving someone, yet with God engineering each life to bring them in line to live future fulfilled lives for Him.
Lessons can be learned from this story.
Another winner for Kathleen Fuller.
I would like to thank Fiction Guild for a novel rich in deep thinking which can certainly be helpful in our own lives.
tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5not your typical Amish storySeptember 28, 2017tumcsecTuscaloosa, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed this story! It was different from most Amish fiction stories I've read. The main female character, Leanna, likes working on motors. Clocks, washing machines, engines, anything with running parts can't stump her. She works until she figures out the problem. Her family would rather she be the typical Amish woman and cook, sew and garden but that just wasn't who she was.
The main male character, Roman, has left the Amish after a rebellion of sorts on the strict rules his own Amish community follows. He has felt no love from his own parents, only his grandmother. When his English world is falling apart and he hears his beloved grandmother has passed away, he travels back home. Not able to reconcile with his parents he seeks out his brother who lives in a Amish community that has less rigid rules. His grandmother's last request in a letter to him was for him and his brother to get back together.
These characters grew on me in a short period of time. I wanted to hug Roman after the way his parents treated him. Leanna had grown up in a loving family, so very different than Roman's upbringing. I also felt heartbreak for Roman's brother Daniel and his wife Barbara. So many disappointments and an accident that started changing things both in the physical realm and the spiritual.
A growing and changing among the characters developed over time and some romance started blooming too. This was a sweet story that I would heartily recommend to anyone that enjoys Amish fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions are strictly my own.