From beloved bestselling novelist Tricia Goyer comes The Promise Box, Book 2 in her Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. Tricia has written more than thirty-five books and has published more than 500 articles in national publications. Her books have won multiple awards. Her recently launched “Not Quite Amish” website features contributions from a number of her author fans about living a simpler life, nurturing family, and building community relationships. She currently lives with her husband and youngest children in Arkansas. Visit her online at triciagoyer.com.
About this book: 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! In The Promise Box, Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai 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. But will the pain of her childhood—and her potential betrayal of her community—keep her from committing her whole heart?
Judge this book by its cover? Ja.
Reminds me of… Beth Wiseman
Buy or borrow? Buy if you’re a Tricia Goyer fan or love the genre.
Why did I read this book? Received it from Zondervan for review.
Rating: 4/5 stars
My take: Hats off–or should I say kapps?–to Tricia Goyer, she’s done it again. After thirty-plus books, Goyer possesses an unerring instinct for weaving a solid spiritual message into an original story. This one is replete with winsome hero and feisty heroine, a majestic location, plus a handful of small mysteries for intrigue. And if the novel seems to follow a certain recipe, it’s one that’s been time-tested to consistently deliver a sweet romance that for Amish-fiction fans will go down as easily as Lydia’s best apple pie.
Thanks to Zondervan for providing me a copy to review. All opinions are mine.
The Promise Box is only the second Amish novel I’ve read. (You’ll hear more about the first when it officially releases in July.) Why do you think Amish novels, so-called bonnet fiction, is so popular among American Christians today? Do you enjoy Amish fiction? Why? I’d love to hear your thoughts today.