Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Promise Box (Book Review)

From the cover
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?

This was my first Amish book I have read. I really enjoyed it. I have always been fascinated with the Amish culture, and I loved reading a romance win which I was able to learn more about their way of life. Another thing I loved about this book, it is set in Western Montana, a favorite place of mine. I had never heard of West Kootenai before, but I will be sure to drive through there the next time we are in the area. I also thought it was neat the Lydia was living in Seattle before she decided to move back home to the Amish. I live about an hour and a half from Seattle! I love reading books that are set in my area, or places I have been. 
This book was well written and was detailed enough that you got to know the main characters quite well. This book is part of a series (I'm not sure which book in the series this is) but I will have to look for the other ones to read. 
I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy Amish fiction, or if you just enjoy a good romance and would like to learn a little more about the Amish culture.

This review is for Booksneeze.com. I was not compensated for this review but I did receive a free copy of the book in trade for my review. All opinions are my own.


Susannah said...

I'm totally fascinated by the Amish too!!! What an interesting book to read!

Laura Ryder said...

Wow...that sounds like a great book! I think the Amish seem so mysterious and I love to learn about them...it seems like such a simple way to live.

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Laura @ Mice in the Kitchen


Nicole said...

super cool!

Connie said...

I'll have to check this book out. At the moment I'm reading Falling To Pieces by Vannetta Chapman. I think it was one that I found on your blog. It was great to hear from you . . . thanks for visiting my blog. Winthrop is a little piece of paradise, isn't it :)
Have a fab day,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Sarah Alway said...

I LOVE anything to do with the Amish, it's so fascinating to me!

Sarah @ Life As Always

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Life's a shoe said...

great review! thanks for sharing!