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, the second book of best-selling author Tricia Goyer’s Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, 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?
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Some men come to a small Amish town for a hunting license...and a bride. When Lydia's mother passes away, Lydia decides that she needs to take a small break from her English life to care for her father. She doesn't expect to be even remotely attracted to the arriving Amish men. Gideon isn't the typical Amish man. With a kind nature and level head, he presents a challenge to Lydia that she cannot overlook. What happens when an Englisher starts to fall for an Amish man? Will Lydia decide to stay, go, or find a compromise?
Lydia's character was nice enough. To me, there seemed to be a little (but not much) distinction between her and any of Goyer's other female leads. I liked her intelligence and sharp wit as well as her ability to stand on her own two feet. I could easily see why Lydia might fall in love with Gideon. He has many of the qualities that a marriageable young lady would desire in a husband. I liked reading about Lydia's father and memories from her past as an Amish woman. Goyer manages to capture my attention and hold it throughout the novel. This book is recommended to adult readers.
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