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The Forgiven: Keepers of the Promise: Book One

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When three women, all cousins, are given the task of sorting through the treasures of several generations of their Amish family, they each discover a story from the past that provides insights and inspiration for their own lives.
 
Central Pennsylvania, current day. Rebecca Fisher gladly accepted her husband Paul’s dreams as her own, but now that he has passed away, she’s struggling to raise two children and keep her home. Renting her ...

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Overview

When three women, all cousins, are given the task of sorting through the treasures of several generations of their Amish family, they each discover a story from the past that provides insights and inspiration for their own lives.
 
Central Pennsylvania, current day. Rebecca Fisher gladly accepted her husband Paul’s dreams as her own, but now that he has passed away, she’s struggling to raise two children and keep her home. Renting her stable to carpenter Matthew Byler offers a partial solution—even though Matthew has a troubled history, having sometimes failed to embrace Amish beliefs. As Matthew seeks to prove himself, Rebecca realizes how dependent she has become on others. Where can she find the courage to grow and change?
 
Lancaster County, 1941. As war threatens, Anna Esch pours her experiences into her diary. Her world seems to crumble as neighbors turn against the Amish and her love, Jacob, is sent to a camp far away for refusing to fight. She can’t know, as she grows from a girl into a woman during a time of trouble and grief, that one day another Amish woman will gain strength from the words she writes and will learn that she, too, can become a keeper of the promise.

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

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“A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in a heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness.”—Susan Meissner, Author of A Fall of Marigolds

“A tender novel of second chances, endearing characters, and a can't-put-it-down story.”—Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of The Revealing

“Ms. Perry's story-telling is tender, touching, and full of gentle wisdom as she explores the flaws and struggles of her Amish characters…This is going to be a terrific new series.”— Linda Goodnight, New York Times bestselling author of The Buchanons series

“The Forgiven is a gently-drawn portrait of two lives renewed by the power of love.”—Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of A Promise Kept and Love Without End

“The slow, sweet realization of Rebecca and Matthew's growing love takes us on a journey of healing and victory over difficult circumstances...The Forgiven is a wonderful read that will bring a perfect peace to your heart while you escape into a place that brings hope to all of us.”—Lenora Worth, author of Bayou Sweetheart

“Five Stars! Marta Perry’s tender family saga of love and faith will touch your heart.”—Emma Miller, author of Plain Murder

Praise for the Pleasant Valley and The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley novels:

"What a joy to read Marta Perry's novels!"—Shelley Shepard Gray, author of the Sisters of the Heart series

"[Perry] never disappoints."—The Mary Reader

"A great story of friendship, second chances, and faith...Wonderful."—Reviews from the Heart

"Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis."—Library Journal
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425271414
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Keepers of the Promise Series , #1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 69,775
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels including the Pleasant Valley series and the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.

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  • Posted October 30, 2014

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    The Forgiven by Marta Perry

    Marta Perry brings readers a new Amish romance series. The Forgiven is the first book in the Keeper's of the Promise series featuring three Amish cousins and their struggle to preserve their family heritage. Readers looking for a sweet portrayal of love and loss will find this book both compelling and inspirational. Perry captivates readers with, not one, but two stories interwoven to create a great reading experience and proves that some things are same no matter what you believe in. Grief, love and family are universal.

    What I liked:

    Marta Perry isn't new to Amish fiction. In fact she has several very successful Amish series', including the Pleasant Valley series and the Amish Suspense series. Perry may not be considered an expert on the subject, but she certainly knows a lot about the simple style and strong belief system of the Amish people. Living in Amish country will do that to you. It gives the author an interesting perspective because she is on the outside looking in, but is still able to capture the spirit and determination of this remarkable people.

    Rebecca is the heroine in The Forgiven. While she is cleaning the attic she finds a diary belonging to an ancestor living during WWII. Rebecca is struggling to find herself in the wake of her husband's death. Paul had big dreams and was on his way to fulfilling them, but his death leaves Rebecca as a single mother with a mortgage and very little practical experience. Perry gives readers a young woman in the midst of grief and loss. Rebecca will grab the heart of the reader and won't let go. She finds the strength within herself to move on with the help of Anna's diary. I loved the dual stories and how they played out within the pages of this novel. Perry does a great job of weaving the lives of Rebecca and Anna together.

    Matt is an Amish man seeking redemption. His wild younger years drove him from his Amish community and his return is fraught with a lot of misgivings and feelings of unworthiness. When he asks to rent Paul's unused stable as a woodworking shop, he not only gives Rebecca a way to save her home, but he also finds salvation for himself. I loved the fact that Perry doesn't give us a hero that is flawless. Matt has his issues and his own demons to tame and that was refreshing for this kind of novel.

    The Amish people are portrayed in this novel as more than just a religious group, who doesn't believe in cars or electricity. Perry gives this group of people a human face. She shows their struggles and their victories in such a way that is should remind readers that we are all no so different after all. We all want to live and love and keep the heritage of our family alive. It was a well told story with a lot of heart.

    Bottom Line:

    I loved the tender and thoughtful romance that develops between the lead characters. Matt and Rebecca have a lot to overcome and the story has an underlying message of forgiveness that is very captivating. Perry's character development was beautifully done and readers who are looking for a series that is both lovingly crafted and well written will find this one top notch. This is Marta Perry at her best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    The Forgiven is the first book in the Keepers of the Promise ser

    The Forgiven is the first book in the Keepers of the Promise series by Marta Perry. It is the story of Rebecca Fisher, a young Amish widow raising two children while trying to keep her home. While helping two cousins clean her grandmother's attic, she is given a relative's diary from World War II. As she reads Anna's diary, Rebecca deals with helping her children with the loss of their father and with her own grief and anger. She rents her husband's stable to carpenter Matthew Byler who has returned to Amish life to help his uncle whose son has unexpectedly left. Rebecca and Matthew are attracted to each other but have personal baggage to contend with. I found the diary excerpts to be very interesting as I never thought about how WW II and its draft affected the peaceful Amish. I thought the characters and situations were believable. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    I was given an uncorrected proof of this book by the author in exchange for a truthful review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

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    What a WONDERFUL story! A page in and I was HOOKED! WOW! Thank

    What a WONDERFUL story! A page in and I was HOOKED! WOW!

    Thank goodness we have every book of her Pleasant Valley novels! I won’t have to hunt them down to read them all. Of course we don’t have every book of hers but I’m going to be on the lookout!

    And so should you!

    Marta Perry is a masterful storyteller and she will pull you right in!

    Wonderful story! Intriguing history! Excellent characters!

    Just an all-around GREAT book!

    Now I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on the next one! LOL!

    Susan Meissner nailed it when she said “Skillfully weaves the past and the present in a heart-stirring tale.”

    DO NOT miss this book and do not miss any of her others! As delightful an author as Marta Perry is, I can not imagine even one of her books not being just as fantastic a read!

    And it’s not just the writing I love. The very idea of someone storing up memories from the family’s past to share – well, not enough of us do that. And even among the ones who do, not enough of them get around to bringing the rest of the family in on their history.

    And making the focus of the story an Amish family – perfect! Who better to show holding on to their precious family history!

    READ IT!

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