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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.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A riveting tale of forgiveness and graceJanuary 29, 2018KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Roman was a mystery wrapped up in an enigma and tied with a baffling bow." (p 44) And so begins an unusual courtship...well, more like a hesitant alliance that grows into a wary friendship that finally develops into something much more fulfilling.
I absolutely loved these unorthodox characters. Both way too individual for their Amish roots. Leanna -- tall, athletic and a hopeless cook and housekeeper who has a gift for fixing mechanical things. She works in a repair shop and roller-blades are her chosen mode of transportation. Definitely not your typical Amish heroine!
Which makes Roman her perfect match because he doesn't fit into the standard Amish hero mode either. He's made mistakes in the past -- chosen to run from them rather than face them head on and the ensuing fallout is substantial. He's questioning his standing in the community and place in his family. Striving to earn the trust of his only brother. What a complicated family! And, honestly, Roman isn't the only one stubbornly clinging to past behaviours! Gah -- these brothers are teeth-grindingly infuriating!
Fuller weaves a riveting tale of forgiveness and grace. It's tender and funny and exasperating in turn! The kind of read to relish with sublime bibliophile glee.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Trust and Love Triumph!December 29, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thursday, December 28, 2017
The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller, 2017
Amish Letters series, Book 2
~* in the heart of Ohio Amish country *~
Birch Creek ~
I like how mail for Leanna Chupp is left in the mailbox for her to discover for herself. The hidden art of self-expression! Leanna lives in the smaller dawdi haus behind the main house she and her brother, Jalon, had grown up in on the now expanded farm. She shares her Maine Coon cat, Blue, with her nephew's affection. The opening has her on her way home from work ~ upon her roller blades!
Leanna is content with her life the way it is. Her job, her home life, and her friend, Ivy Yoder, fill her days with expectation. Things are about to change to ruffle her space in Birch Creek. Roman Raber is returning home.
Roman never thought he would return, but on the bidding of a letter left for him at the passing of his dear grandmother, Roman must respond to her last wishes for him. How long can it take to complete her request?
Daniel Raber isn't the easiest person to be around; others might concur. Has hurt crept in so deep to foul his ways? The intent of a miserable heart misleads a promise of surrender. Could it really be possible to forgive and relinquish pain?
New hopes arise as families come together to polish each other by allowing a trust to enter.
I especially liked this story! Relinquished hearts turn from hiding. Excellent writing of heart desires exposed to self as well.
***Thank you to author Kathleen Fuller and to Fiction Guild for a copy of The Promise of a Letter. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An enjoyable sequel that can be read on its ownDecember 20, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Promise of Letter
An Amish Letters Novel #2
By Kathleen Fuller
Leanna Chupp has no ideas of ever getting married - after all who would want to court a young woman who can't cook and would rather spend her time repairing equipment. Though she doesn't fit the conventional mold of an unmarried Amish woman Leanna is content with her life.
When Leanna finds the life she has made for herself in jeopardy she is unsure how to fix what has gone wrong especially when her job with Daniel Raber may go to his irresponsible younger brother Roman. But surprisingly Roman doesn't seem to be the same person he was before. But can he be trusted or will he again let everyone down when they most need him?
When a crisis occurs and Leanna and Roman must work together they just may discover what has been missing in their lives.
This is the second book in the Amish Letters series and it is again set in Birch Creek and the same characters who were in the first book Written in Love are again in this book. If you are wondering how this book fits in with a series that is about letters it is because both Roman and Daniel have received letters from their grandmother following her death. Letters that ask for one last promise - an attempt to reconcile and bridge the divide of hurt that has divided these two brothers.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the Fiction Guild with no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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.