The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer
06.27.13 | | Comments
The Promise Box, a novel by Tricia Goyer
Book 2 in Series Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors
Book Review by Trudi Cook
Lydia Wyse grew up Amish but left the Ohio community when she grew up. She settled in Seattle and works as a book editor. When word came that her mother died, Lydia packed her car and drove home to Montana, to the small Amish community her parents had relocated to after her departure. The community of West Kootenai is a little more open to the “English” neighbors and Lydia decides to stay awhile to comfort her grieving father.
Her father passes along her mother’s legacy, the Promise Box, a box of written prayers and scriptures and notes written to her beloved daughter. As Lydia reads through the box, she discovers more about her parents and herself. She also grows more attracted to bachelor Gideon Hooley, who’s visiting in Montana from the East, to establish residency for the fall hunting.
The community of West Kootenai is populated by endearing people and some difficult ones. Lydia’s journey of faith is believable and poignant, as she learns more about her history from her beloved Mam’s letters. At the same time, a misunderstanding with her publishing friend in Seattle nearly derails Lydia’s new found peace and acceptance among the people she’s come to love.
I enjoyed The Promise Box and Lydia and Gideon’s story. The setting of Montana made the story more believable as the Amish “rules” were more relaxed than would be true in a Pennsylvania or Ohio setting. I will definitely read more by this author. Although this is part of a series, it functioned well as a stand-alone story.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Christian Fiction, Copyright 2013 ISBN 9780310335122