Sunday, October 11, 2015

Review - Promise to Keep by Elizabeth Blyer Younts

If you follow my blog regularly, then you would know that one of my favorite genres to read is Christian romances, preferably historical fiction set in the 1800s. In the past I've stayed away from any novels set during WWI or WWII as the plots never appealed to me; though I've broken that rule from time to time when the books featured Amish characters.

Arriving in bookstores on Tuesday is Promise to Keep, book three in The Promise of Sunrise Series. You might remember me reviewing book one (Promise to Return) and book two (Promise to Cherish). Set in Sunrise, Delaware in 1946, the third installment centers on Ester Detweiler, a woman who put her own life on hold to help take care of her grandmother, Orpha, and her cousin's seven-year-old deaf English daughter, Daisy Garrison.

After Orpha passes away, Ester must deal with the hard fact that she must now raise Daisy on her own, well, that is until the girl's father Joe Garrison, a WWII Marine, returns home from the war and comes looking for his daughter. Sadly, it's been so since Daisy has seen her father that she doesn't want to connect with him. Of course Joe notices that Daisy is very close with Ester and she wants to stay with her, but he doesn't want to lose his daughter.

Being the caring person that she is, Ester tries her best to help Joe and Daisy build a father and daughter relationship, but with all the broken promises, it'll take their faith in the Lord to get through it.

I wasn't exactly in the mood to read when I opened up the book to page one last week, but I was instantly drawn into Elizabeth Byler Younts' storytelling. For some strange reason, while reading this I felt like the narrator from the movie The Age of Adaline was telling the story to me. Amish fiction writers have the unexpected tendencies of following a similar formula, but it's nice to see this author to step outside of the box and try something a little different. Overall, Promise to Keep is a beautifully written, heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Byler Younts is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch. She lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. 

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