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Willkumm to the lush and lavish Amish country where Wanda Brunstetter’s new romantic series, Indiana Cousins, begins with A Cousin’s Promise. Loraine Miller finds herself torn between the love of two good men—Wayne Lambright who, crippled after a tragic accident, feels himself unworthy of her love; and Jake Beechy who, after having abandoned her to explore the English world, returns to renew their courtship. To which man will she pledge her love and loyalty—for better or worse, ...

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Overview

Willkumm to the lush and lavish Amish country where Wanda Brunstetter’s new romantic series, Indiana Cousins, begins with A Cousin’s Promise. Loraine Miller finds herself torn between the love of two good men—Wayne Lambright who, crippled after a tragic accident, feels himself unworthy of her love; and Jake Beechy who, after having abandoned her to explore the English world, returns to renew their courtship. To which man will she pledge her love and loyalty—for better or worse, until death they do part?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Amish specialist Brunstetter kicks off a new series set in Indiana Amish country. Loraine Miller's fiancé, Wayne Lambright, is crippled in the car accident that opens the novel. That initiates a tale of complications in their relationship. Wayne wants Loraine to be happy and doesn't believe a disabled man can meet her needs; Loraine doesn't understand the psychological complexities of Wayne's recovery. Into the tension between the two lovers comes Loraine's old boyfriend Jake, sorry for what he's lost and hoping to pick up the pieces. There's cooking, visiting and lots of neighborly support that fans of Brunstetter will appreciate as staples of Amish fiction. Since Loraine Miller also has a number of cousins introduced who face difficulties in the novel, the series setup is clear. Brunstetter could develop a better ear for dialogue, but she has a good ear for the distinctive Dietsch language of the Amish, sprinkling phrases of it into her characters' speech. Fans might enjoy reading this while the friendship bread is baking in the oven. (Mar.)

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Romantic Times
The strong spiritual element is perfectly evidenced in the characters'' consistent, loving Christian attitudes, even when it is met with hostility. Brunstetter kicks off the Indiana Cousins series and demonstrates how God can help flawed Christians deal with devastating situations.
Leslie Mckee
ARMCHAIR INTERVIEWS

An excellent rendering of life taken out of our control and the dynamic results not only for individuals, but for a whole community.

— KATHY JOHNSON

ROMANTIC TIMES

The strong spiritual element is perfectly evidenced in the characters' consistent, loving Christian attitudes, even when it is met with hostility. Brunstetter kicks off the Indiana Cousins series and demonstrates how God can help flawed Christians deal with devastating situations.

— LESLIE MCKEE

CBA RETAILERS & RESOURCES

Set amid a quaint Indiana Amish community, A Cousin's Promise, the first book in Wanda Brunstetter's new "Indiana Cousins" series (Barbour, p, $10.97, ISBN 9781602600607), captures the simple, traditional Amish way of life beautifully. With heartfelt love for and understanding of these people, Brunstetter teaches life lessons by intertwining the Amish lifestyle with a light romance story, while delineating the plot with a wide range of emotions and behavior generated from grief and loss--and the adverse effects it can have on even the closest relationships. A special section contains questions on the grieving process, relationship, and life lessons learned. Recommend A Cousin's Promise to teens and adults who enjoy a good love story with a message.

— NANCY KANAFANI

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

A Cousin''s Promise Wanda E. Brunstetter. Barbour, $10.97 paper ISBN 978-1-60260-060-7. Amish specialist Brunstetter kicks off a new series set in Indiana Amish country. Loraine Miller''s fiancé, Wayne Lambright, is crippled in the car accident that opens the novel. That initiates a tale of complications in their relationship. Wayne wants Loraine to be happy and doesn''t believe a disabled man can meet her needs; Loraine doesn''t understand the psychological complexities of Wayne''s recovery. Into the tension between the two lovers comes Loraine''s old boyfriend Jake, sorry for what he''s lost and hoping to pick up the pieces. There''s cooking, visiting and lots of neighborly support that fans of Brunstetter will appreciate as staples of Amish fiction. Since Loraine Miller also has a number of cousins introduced who face difficulties in the novel, the series setup is clear. Brunstetter could develop a better ear for dialogue, but she has a good ear for the distinctive Dietsch language of the Amish, sprinkling phrases of it into her characters'' speech. Fans might enjoy reading this while the friendship bread is baking in the oven. (Mar.)

BOOK-A-HOLIC: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK ADICT

Great book! I really enjoy Mrs. Brunstetter's novels and this one did not change my opinion at all! Character's were easy to empathize with. Story was not expected. FANTASTIC READ!

— JENNIFER CASLER

Cba Retailers & Resources
Set amid a quaint Indiana Amish community, A Cousin's Promise, the first book in Wanda Brunstetter's new "Indiana Cousins" series (Barbour, p, $10.97, ISBN 9781602600607), captures the simple, traditional Amish way of life beautifully. With heartfelt love for and understanding of these people, Brunstetter teaches life lessons by intertwining the Amish lifestyle with a light romance story, while delineating the plot with a wide range of emotions and behavior generated from grief and loss—and the adverse effects it can have on even the closest relationships. A special section contains questions on the grieving process, relationship, and life lessons learned. Recommend A Cousin's Promise to teens and adults who enjoy a good love story with a message.
Nancy Kanafani
Armchair Interviews
An excellent rendering of life taken out of our control and the dynamic results not only for individuals, but for a whole community.
Kathy Johnson
Book-A-Holic: Confessions Of A Book Adict
Great book! I really enjoy Mrs. Brunstetter's novels and this one did not change my opinion at all! Character's were easy to empathize with. Story was not expected. FANTASTIC READ!
Jennifer Casler
My Favorite Things

The first in the series "Indiana Cousins" and a great book as always when Wanda Brunstetter writes about the Amish...As you read this book, you hurt and even cry with these young people.

— Edna Tollison

ROMANTIC TIMES - LESLIE MCKEE

The strong spiritual element is perfectly evidenced in the characters' consistent, loving Christian attitudes, even when it is met with hostility. Brunstetter kicks off the Indiana Cousins series and demonstrates how God can help flawed Christians deal with devastating situations.
CBA RETAILERS & RESOURCES - NANCY KANAFANI

Set amid a quaint Indiana Amish community, A Cousin's Promise, the first book in Wanda Brunstetter's new "Indiana Cousins" series (Barbour, p, $10.97, ISBN 9781602600607), captures the simple, traditional Amish way of life beautifully. With heartfelt love for and understanding of these people, Brunstetter teaches life lessons by intertwining the Amish lifestyle with a light romance story, while delineating the plot with a wide range of emotions and behavior generated from grief and loss--and the adverse effects it can have on even the closest relationships. A special section contains questions on the grieving process, relationship, and life lessons learned. Recommend A Cousin's Promise to teens and adults who enjoy a good love story with a message.
ARMCHAIR INTERVIEWS - KATHY JOHNSON

An excellent rendering of life taken out of our control and the dynamic results not only for individuals, but for a whole community.

BOOK-A-HOLIC: CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK ADICT - JENNIFER CASLER

Great book! I really enjoy Mrs. Brunstetter's novels and this one did not change my opinion at all! Character's were easy to empathize with. Story was not expected. FANTASTIC READ!
My Favorite Things - Edna Tollison

The first in the series "Indiana Cousins" and a great book as always when Wanda Brunstetter writes about the Amish...As you read this book, you hurt and even cry with these young people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602605350
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Indiana Cousins Series , #1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 21.00 (w) x 30.10 (h) x 6.06 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have many Amish friends.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2009

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    A Cousin's Promise is a sad story...but filled with problems..of which the faith of the characters over ride iin the end. It's a wonderful story.

    It's a wonderful story...sad for a while...but everything turns out fine.
    It's filled with caring and compassion...and examples of how people should turn to the Bible and the Lord for help and prayer...and knowledge to help solve their problems. Even Bible verses are quoted. They are wonderful christian faith type stories and it also gives you a look at the Amish life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    The beginning of a new series

    I have read a few books by Wanda Brunstetter and I have come to a conclusion. Wanda has an amazing following of readers that love her books and her knowledge of the Amish lifestyle and enjoy delving into that simpler side of life that so many of us just don't have. She has simple storylines that are keep your interest and are easy to follow. The only thing that gives me reason to pause is that her style is so simplistic that I feel like she tells me everything I need to know and leaves no room for my imagination to work. This book "A Cousin's Promise" is my favorite of hers so far though. It has a somewhat unique storyline that left me wondering for the first time how things would end (but I had strong suspicions).

    What happens when a group of Amish young adults want to go on a little vacation and they hire a driver to take them to an amusement park, but get involved in a horrid car accident on their way there? Not everyone makes it out of the accident okay and now there are some awful consequences. Wayne loses a leg and breaks his engagement to Lorraine because he doesn't feel that he can support her and be a real husband. She doesn't want to give up on him, but he keeps pushing her away. Her old boyfriend hears about the accident and comes back to see how she is doing and quickly realizes he still loves her. What will Lorraine do now?

    This is the beginning of what just might be a really entertaining series by Wanda. If you haven't read any by her yet, I would reccomend this one as a good starting point.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

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    fans will appreciate Ms. Brunstetter¿s opening Indiana Amish contemporary romance

    In Indiana, a car accident leaves Wayne Lambright wheelchair bound. Though he suffers some self-pity and bouts of feeling sorry for his plight, his biggest concern is he deems he is no longer worthy of the love of his fiancee Loraine Miller. Instead he wants her to live a happy life and not have to waste her youth caring for a cripple. Loraine wants to help her fiance, but cannot grasp the deep emotional issues confronting her disabled beau especially since he must adapt from being a healthy do it yourself person to a person dependent on others.<BR/><BR/>Loraine's former boyfriend Jake Beechy has come home to the Amish after tasting the English lifestyle. His only regret for leaving is leaving behind Loraine. He wants a second chance with her. Loraine has a difficult decision to make as she cares for both men, but each in their way at some time deserted her.<BR/><BR/>This is the start of a new Amish saga taking place in the Hoosier State. The strong support cast brings out the strong sense of community, a trademark of a Wanda E. Brunstetter Amish romance; they also set the tone for future stories as Loraine¿s cousins have personal issues that need resolution. The lead triangle is fully developed with each caring about others but carrying flaws. Although at times their discussions seem a bit forced especially with Wayne, fans will appreciate Ms. Brunstetter¿s opening Indiana Amish contemporary romance.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I have not finished the book yet, but it is really good so far. I also bought the other two books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2010

    Old plot with a hasty ending

    I was rather disappointed with this book. By the second chapter it was fairly obvious how it would end, but I was hoping the journey to that ending would make it worth it. She spent too much time on too many story lines to really delve deeply into any of them. You could see the paths that she wanted to take the reader down, but you weren't taken far down any of them. I found the ending to be the most disappointing. I was expecting the story to be continued in the next two books so I wasn't horribly concerned that she had several plots going on. In the last twenty pages everything is tied up and I was left scratching my head wondering how on earth the story was over. The way things ended seemed horribly unrealistic and leaves me wondering if I want to try reading the next two books in the hopes that she goes more in depth or if I should just move on to a better author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    the Indiana Cousins

    I found these books (series of three) very interesting and they really just grab you. I was so interested in these books that I read the series of three within a week. Wanda is great author and her books are very well written. There are Amish in my community and see them at the local stores and I find them to be very caring people.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    A Cousin;s Promise

    True love,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    I love books about the Amish as we did live in the area for many years

    I loved the book and was kept wondering how it would all come together till the very end. I love the stories about the Amish and the way scripture and love and kindness to others are all part f the story.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Accident Prone

    The title of this Amish romance should be Accidents as it's loaded with one tragic accident after another. I do not remember ever having read a book so crammed full of mishaps.

    The plot is slow moving and repetitive, almost to the point of stopping--only to speed up at the satisfying end. The large cast of characters are rather flat, but since this is the first in the Indiana Cousins series, I expect them to be fleshed out in books to come. Several of the characters have problems that will drastically influence the course of their lives. Tripod is one unique character that's worth watching. I like the author's interweaving of the Plain People's jargon.

    Fans of Amish specialist Brunstetter, will enjoy this one, and be interested in some starter for Friendship Bread. Discussion questions are included at the end as well as a recipe for Loraine's Favorite Chicken.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

    "Keeps you guessing"

    A Cousin's Promise
    Written by: Wanda Brunstetter
    Published by: Barbour
    Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for ReviewYourBook.com 3/2009
    ISBN: 978-1-60260-060-7
    "Keeps you guessing" 4 stars
    Wanda Brunstetter is the leader in Amish fiction. Her latest, A Cousin's Promise, does not disappoint. When a tragic accident occurs, a few are injured, and a few die. Those dealing with the grief have to learn to not push the ones who love them away.
    Wayne, who lost a leg, is having a hard time. He thinks that he cannot marry because of his handicap. He encourages his fianc&#233;, Loraine, to seek a relationship with Jake. Will Wayne come to his senses before Jake and Loraine plan their future? I really did not know how this one was going to end. Brunstetter is known for happy endings, but she kept hinting at a twist.
    Put this on your summer reading list.

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