Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Promise Box: A Book Review

About The Book:

With her heart – and her loyalty – on the line, can she let true love in her life?
Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai, Montana to give comfort to her father after her mother’s death.
She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother’s most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational ‘tell-all’ book about the Amish. Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. Will the pain of her childhood—and her potential betrayal of her community—keep her from committing her whole heart?
About The Author:
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.
My Review:
I knew, after reading The Promise Jar, that the sequel, The Promise Box, was going to be a great one! I was not disappointed in any manner. I was introduced to Tricia's writing about two years ago, when I reviewed The Swiss Courier and Chasing Mona Lisa. I have been a huge fan of her's ever since. 
The Promise Box has everything a great book should: impeccable writing, characters that all will relate to on one level or another, story lines that will draw you in, a few twists and secrets to keep you thinking, and themes that all readers can relate to (death, putting the past behind, being who we truly are in Christ, family relationships, religion, finding out what our place in this world is, and forgiveness). The settings are beautifully described, leaving me with a visual description of each scene as I read. This series would be perfect for a Hallmark movie! I enjoyed this book so much I had to stay up late into the night to finish it in one evening! Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres of Christian fiction and The Promise Box is one of the reasons why!
Tricia Goyer has exceeded my expectations for this book and while it is a second book in a series, it is not necessary to read the first book, as The Promise Box can stand alone. However, I am sure after reading this one you will definitely go back and read it. I cannot wait to read book three when it releases. This, and The Memory Jar, would be great reads this summer!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Promise Box online through Amazon.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the Author  and LitFuse Publicity Group, as a member of her Non-Fiction Launch Team, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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