The Promise Box (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series #2)

The Promise Box (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series #2)

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by Tricia Goyer
     
 

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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

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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?

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Lydia Wise grew up Amish, but is now a book editor in Seattle. She is called back home to Montana to help her father after her mother's death. There she discovers her mother's box filled with notes about prayer and scripture. While the find propels Lydia to think about the community she left behind, her boss thinks the box's contents would make for a great tell-all book on the Amish. Adding to her dilemma, Lydia finds herself falling in love with Gideon Hooley, who has traveled to West Kootenai for the hunting season. Will her recent past ruin her hopes for the future? VERDICT Two-time Carol Award winner Goyer continues her Western-flavored Amish romances (after The Memory Jar) with this lively outing, which features interesting characters and plot twists. Fans of Vannetta Chapman's Amish romances will find much pleasure in this series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310335122
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Series:
Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
321,172
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Promise Box

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By Tricia Goyer

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Copyright © 2013Tricia Goyer
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ISBN: 978-0-310-33512-2


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CHAPTER 1

Lydia Wyse shook rain from her red curls, wishing she could as easily shake memories of the last time she'd seen Mem's lowered kapp and bowed head, praying for her daughter's return. Return not only to West Kootenai, Montana, but to the Amish. Lydia was returning all right, but not in the way Mem had wished. Tomorrow was Mem's funeral, and during the nine hours of driving—from Seattle to Montana—each minute had brought her closer to home. To heartache.

Lydia had stopped for gas in Eureka, about an hour from her parents' house, and rain now drenched her long curls. Soaked, standing in line to pay, she spotted a few Amish women climbing from a white van and hurrying into the grocery store attached to the gas station. Seeing them, a twinge of familiarity—of longing—filled her heart, but she stuffed the emotions down.

"Are those Amish from West Kootenai?" she asked the gas station attendant who took her cash.

He shrugged. "Don't know. Just Amish. Not really sure where they're from."

"Just Amish."

She walked out of the gas station and got back on the road, thinking about the phrase. All her life she'd wanted to be anything but "just Amish." Even when she wore the same type of dress, the same type of kapp as the other girls, she'd felt different. When she was sixteen, she'd discovered why.

The rain stopped its patter on the windshield. Lydia cracked the window, letting the cool, pine-scented breeze filter in, spreading a spray of curls across her cheek. She pressed harder against the gas pedal, wishing she could leave the memories behind. But she could never outrun the dark clouds of her past, no matter how hard she tried.

Picking up speed, her yellow Volkswagen Beetle snaked along the narrow country road. As she grew closer to West Kootenai, tall mountain peaks pierced the thinning clouds, rays of sunlight splitting the firmament.

Her mother's death hadn't come as a surprise. What had surprised her was the faint excitement at seeing those women in their kapps and Plain dress. How could being raised Amish seem so familiar, yet foreign? Painful.

She'd never be "just Amish." Mem, her adoptive mother, had finally disclosed that when she'd turned sixteen. Lydia should never have been born. How horrible that her birthmother had been traumatized twice—first by her conception and second from her birth. Since knowing the truth, Lydia had been running, searching for who she was apart from the Amish community. After all, her birth father was anything but Amish.

Running until now. Her mother's funeral had forced her to return. Return to her parents' home. Return to the quiet Amish community where her parents had found healing after Lydia walked away from their lifestyle and beliefs.

Alongside the road, black-and-white cows dotted a field, bright green from summer sun and rain. A few lifted their heads when she passed, as if surprised by the sight of her red hair through the window.

Rain always gave her a fuzzy silhouette. With one hand Lydia held a death grip on the steering wheel and with the other she pushed the mass of curls back from her face for the hundredth time that day, wishing she'd had enough foresight to grab a hair band. That had been the only good thing about wearing a kapp during her growing-up years. She could pin her hair up with a dozen pins, tuck it under the starched white head covering, and forget about it.

A kapp. One thing that wasn't so bad about being Amish. That and the fact she'd had plenty of time to daydream stories as she mucked stalls, hung clothes on the line, and stitched perfect designs on dishcloths.

If only life was so simple. She'd told herself she wouldn't look back—and she rarely did. But now she had no choice. Like a hook caught into her heart, the truth of who she was, how she'd been raised, reeled her in.

Truth. She could only run from it for so long.


* * *

Gideon Hooley approached the gelding with easy steps. The horse didn't cast one look, but from his perked ears Blue knew he was not alone in the pasture. The horse's brown coat shimmered in the sunlight, muscles rippling as he took one step forward. Tense. At any moment he could turn, chase Gideon down, and trample him. Gideon had seen it before. But something deep down in his gut told him Blue was different, no matter what others said.

"Untamable" was how Dave Carash described him. The Englisch man blamed it on the fact he'd had to pull the foal after the mother died in labor. "Poor thing was without oxygen and as blue as the Montana sky," Dave had said, and the name had stuck. The problem was the Englisch man worked hard to provide for his family and hadn't given enough time to the temperamental creature.

Gideon had seen it before. Horse owners often had better intentions than time and skill, and sometimes Gideon felt that instead of helping people with horse problems he was actually helping horses with people problems.

He took another step forward. "Beautiful day, isn't it, Blue?" He walked a wide circle to approach Blue straight on. Many horses were nearsighted. Things far off scared them. They needed to see them up close to trust them. But letting anyone come close was hard. Gideon understood.

The horse tossed his head.

Gideon removed his brimmed hat and turned it over in his hands, letting the sun warm the top of his head. Mr. Carash had hired him to train Blue, but today was an introduction of sorts. Gideon hadn't come with a rope or bridle. He'd come with a soft voice and an even softer hand.

"I heard some guys tried to chase you down." Gideon chuckled. "Would have liked to see that." He smiled, eyeing the bay with its long neck; fine, clean throatlatch; and deep, sloping shoulders. The gelding watched him, curious.

Intelligent eyes. With the right training he'll be a fine horse.

"Must be hard when you feel threatened." Gideon's throat tightened even as he said those words, and he glanced to his right and looked at the distant hills. "When yer scared fer your life, I understand. There were things I went through as a kid that scared me too."

His gut cinched, and his mother's words came back to him.

"Out of all the places to visit ... why'd ja want to return to Montana? It's a schrecklich place."

"Scary for a little boy, ja, but I'm a grown man now," he had told her.

"Still ... do you not mind what happened?"

"Getting lost, being scared, ja. How could I forget?" Even as an adult he still dreamed about that night in the woods alone. And his parents had never let him forget it was his disobedience that had gotten him into so much trouble.

"That's not the only matter." Mem's voice had lowered, and she'd settled into the kitchen chair, preparing to launch into a story.

His dat strode in with quickened steps, startling them both. "Leave it no mind, Lovina. It wonders me why you need to bring it up."

"Gideon needs to know the truth at some time," she mumbled under her breath.

"Not that truth." The words fell from Dat's lips like horseshoes from a hook. Flat. Hard.

From the look in Dat's eyes that day, Gideon had known he wouldn't get his father to speak a word of it. Mem either. Fine. He didn't need to hear their story. Something had happened in West Kootenai, Montana—more than just getting lost on the mountain when he was four. No one spoke of it, but the hidden truth had haunted his growing-up years.

Gideon glanced at the skittish horse again. Sympathy caused
(Continues...)


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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms’ Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.

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The Promise Box 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 29 reviews.
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book. Lydia is Englisch (after leaving the Amish earlier in her life) and Gideon is Amish but they still find themselves attracted to each other through their past. I like how Tricia can make each of the characters seem so real and make you fall in love with each o them. I found this to be an emotional book which is a good thing as I did not want to put the book down. Each of these books take us on a journey and they affect each of different but there is a good message in each of them that will come out as you read on.  Another thing I liked about this series is the prized possessions that also teach us something, first we had the memory jar and now the promise box, what shall we have next. I highly recommend this book to everyone. 5 Stars
BeverlyLytle More than 1 year ago
Tricia Goyer has an exceptional talent for taking a biblical concept and turning it into a beautiful story. Truth – it is something that follows us and often troubles us when we don’t face it. If we expect to be drawn closer to our Heavenly Father, then we must allow the truth to set us free. Open this book and follow Lydia and Gideon through their journey in allowing God to set them free from many emotional pains and hurts by facing the truth about what had brought them to this place in their lives. The Promise Box is a story that touches on so many issues--dealing with the past in order to gain freedom to move forward; looking at adoption through the eyes of the birth mother; adoption as a gift to the childless; facing the guilt we carry even for things over which we have no control; trusting others when it seems they've broken our trust; sharing our feelings with others; and allowing ourselves to love even when we think we are unlovable. Many of us deal with these issues, and I found this book to be a beautiful display of learning to deal with everyday hurts and emotional pain so we in turn can allow God the freedom to finish his work in us. As a member of Tricia Goyer’s 2013 Fiction Launch Team, I have been provided a copy of The Promise Box in exchange for my honest review and opinion. No other compensation has been provided.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Lydia Wyse has returned home to West Kootenai, Montana to attend her mother's funeral.  She plans to stay for a few weeks with her dad.  Her dad gives her a Promise Box that her mother had left for her, it was full of prayer and promises from the bible that were dear to her mother's heart for her daughter.  Lydia starts feeling changes in her pulling her back to the Amish ways.  She thought she was happy living among the Englisch yet her heart is telling her different.   Then there is the handsome Amish man,Gideon Hooley whom she met the first day she returned and knew there was something special about him that made her want to know him better.  Could she take up the Amish way again?  She is definitely feeling God drawing nearer to her leading her back home.  I love this series and am so excited there will be seven books in this series. The author gives glimpses of several of the characters I fail in love with from book one and how they melted into book two as they befriended Lydia and Gideon and took a role in guiding them to a fulfilling life with God and their community of Amish and English living and growing together.  The author writes of  many secrets that were holding these two character back from growing with God and showed them the truth and how the truth would set them free. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a free book from Litfuse Publicity Group/Zonderan for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.
malmal0505 More than 1 year ago
I love fiction that not only tells a story, but you leave learning something too. I did just that.   We walk with Lydia down this spiritual journey. Along the way, we watch her relationship unfold with those she cares for. We watch as she tries returning to the Amish faith in which she was raised in. We witness her journey through her eyes and in the process learn a thing or two as well. Reading Ada Mae's promises, opens your eyes up to a deeper knowing of Him. You find yourself encouraged too!!! I won't give anything away. I mean how disappointing would that be?!! So, to find out how it all goes and ends, read the book ;) Trust me when I say this...go out now and buy the book!!! You will not only LOVE it, but you will also learn so much in the process.  I LOVED this book and it'll be one I'll read over and over and over again :) It's also a book that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to all :) Thankful to Tricia Goyer, LitFuse, and Zondervan for the copy to review. I was not required to post a positive review and all opinions are my own :)
wfnren More than 1 year ago
The truth shall set you free. Lydyia Wyse left the Amish to live in the Englisch world because once she was told the truth about how she was conceived, she just didn't feel like she belonged. She called her parents some and visited them even less but when her mem passes away she returns for her funeral and is soon feeling like this is where she needs to be. She can feel God in her life again, some of that is because of her mem's promise box. Gideon Hooley is a bachelor who has come to Montana to establish residency so he can hunt and when he sees Lydia taking pictures of an Amish home from the road, he runs over and demand she stop immediately. Little does he know that she is taking a picture of her own parents home. Lydia and Gideon both have pasts that are troubling them. Lydia knows what happened in her past but is having a problem dealing with it. Gideon knows what happened to him but is looking for the secret that his parents are keeping from him. They are fast becoming friends but she's Englisch and he's Amish, his family would never approve. He's honest with her but she just can't tell him her true feelings about what she's doing. By the end of the story you may need some tissues, yes, depending on how emotional you get, it can be a tear jerker. I found this book more enjoyable than The Memory Jar but would recommend both to you. Tricia did a wonderful job here, read and enjoy!
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Fantastic ! ! !
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debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Lost Amish Boy, Lost Englisch Girl – Guilt Can Hurt; Love Can Heal Lydia Wyse, an editor for a publishing company in Seattle, comes home to West Kootenai, Montana, to attend her mother’s funeral and care for her father. Driving into the community, she is struck by the beauty and gets out of her car to photograph a lovely Amish farm. Gideon Hooley, working with Blue, a skittish stallion, in the field next to the house comes over to scold her for driving up fast, pulling over suddenly, and scaring his horse. Lydia apologizes, although seething inside at his rudeness, then asks for directions to the Wyse farm. Answering Gideon in Pennsylvania Dutch, she reveals that she is the daughter of the Wyse’s come home to bury her “mem.” Gideon realizes that he’s been abrupt and inhospitable and returns the lens cap to her camera to the farm later that afternoon. He is interested in Lydia, but she is Englisch and verboten. Lydia is drawn back to the Amish ways after her dad gives her Mem’s most prized possession, a Promise box of prayers and scriptures and letters to Lydia never sent. She wonders whether her call home is a true one or whether she’s just intrigued by her publisher’s view  that Lydia should write a book about her Amish upbringing and way of life. Lydia had left the Amish after her truth about her birth was told to her when she turned sixteen. Gideon had returned to West Kootenai to find the truth of when he had gotten lost in the woods as a child. Both have a journey to take – both have difficulties and  misunderstandings to overcome. Tricia Goyer’s The Promise Box is a lovely tale of redemption and love. You will enjoy reading and learning about the Amish culture and their lives with Lydia and Gideon. One of the books in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, The Promise Box is a great book  to curl up and read with a cup of tea beside your chair. Four stars. I was given a copy of this book by Zondervan Publishing for my candid review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed. It is a spiritual book however I didn't find it that preachy. I don't find the characters that well filled out (not complex). The story takes you on a young woman's discovery of herself and reconnection to her former Amish life. She and the young man she meets both have unresolved history and they need answers. Her mother wrote messages spiritual verses as well as notes about various events and her feeling and put them in a box for her adopted daughter. When Ada Mae dies her daughter returns to the Amish Community where her parents were living. The daughter had left because she felt like she didn't belong. She had always wanted to write a book of her own not she edit. Her boss thinks she should write a story about her return to the Amish life and her journey to discovery begins. I found the story peaceful and reflective. If you want sex, violence, and tremendous drama, this is NOT the book for you.
Takamonee More than 1 year ago
Clean, Christian story. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need to go back now and find #1 in the series. An easy read, with wonderful insight. Am looking forward to following more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This left a little mystrey as to what would happen next,an interest into the beliefs of a different relegion just plain good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters are vivid and personable. Gives insight into the loving and peaceful nature of the Amish community while keeping characters strong yet personable. Love the bible references and discussions of the strength of their Christian faith while keeping individuals human.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't wait to read more to see what was in the promise box. Also I enjoyed reading a book that didn't have bad language so I will be recommending it to my friends.
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MichelleLN More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that this was the first Amish Romance novel that I have ever read. At first I was a little skeptical, and didn't really know what to expect. Well, I was pleasantly surprised! This was a wonderfully sweet story. Even though I only know the basics of the Amish lifestyle, it was so well written that I never felt lost or confused. Tricia showed us that even the most faithful Christians can have hard times in life. It is how you deal with those times and the things you learn from your experiences that shape you into the person God has planned. I loved Lydia and Gideon! I loved the way that they gave each other the strength they needed to find closer and peace with their life struggles. I loved all of the people in the community as well. I can't wait to get the other books in this series and get to know the other characters. Over all, I am very glad that I gave this book a chance. I look forward to reading more from Tricia in the future.
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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I realize that Amish books are all the rage, but as I was telling my mother, Tricia Goyer is one of the originals. Anyone can write an Amish book, but I believe it takes someone special to weave a memorable, emotionally involving Amish story that will stick with its readers for long after the book is shut. And Tricia Goyer is the author that does it again and again. I lost count of how many of her books I have read, and I believe I rated each one of them as a solid five. She has the formula for writing an amazing story, and I hope to be reading her stories for years to come. This book is one that has the perfect amount of humor, faith, sorrow, and even a bit of mystery. I have to admit that although I could basically guess how the end would go, I was not one hundred percent certain. There was still just enough uncertainty to keep me guessing along the way. This book never comes across as "preachy," but I so appreciate the way she paints this wonderful community. It is clear that these Amish communities care more about a relationship with God than rules and regulations. This book is entirely clean--no profanity and no sex. In addition to this, you can count on reading fairly quickly. The author's style is quite enjoyable to read, and you may just find putting down the book is next to impossible. I marveled at the devotion of the Amish people, and it was further intriguing that Lydia came back from Seattle (from the native Washingtonian). I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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Maria41 More than 1 year ago
I loved the rural, country scene on the cover.  It's so gorgeous!  Plus, the title font is pretty amazing. Description (from Goodreads): 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? Language: 0. Other objectionable: There are bad circumstances surrounding Lydia's birth (she's adopted), and there is also some flirting and kissing (very clean though). Suitable for: Highschoolers and adults would really enjoy this book. Pros:  First of all, I have to say that one of my favorite parts of the book was the name of the town where Lydia's parents live.  "West Kootenai".  What an unbelievably awesome name!!  It's so fun to say.  Kootenai.  KOOTENAI.  Okay, to the serious stuff.  I loved Lydia and Gideon's first meeting.  SO cute!  You need to read it.  Also, there is so much backstory for Lydia and Gideon, like Lydia's birth mother and what led to her adoption by her parents, and Gideon had a traumatizing event as a child, too, which he struggles with over the course of the book.  I like that Lydia is an editor, too (one of my dream jobs). Cons: Umm...(sits here in front of computer for about five minutes).  I really came across nothing in this book that I didn't like, which is very rare for me. Sorry, I have a somewhat critical nature. :)
BeakersBookshelf More than 1 year ago
Another great Amish read! This is the story of Lydia Wyse. She was raised Amish but has chosen to lead an "Englisch" life in Seattle, WA. The book starts off with the passing of her mom, so she returns home to West Kootenai, Montana. Enter Gideon Hooley, one of the "bachelors" that come at least 6 months before hunting season so they can gain residency for the hunt. We also see the mention of many characters from The Memory Jar. Just a note that you do not need to have read The Memory Jar to read The Promise Box. Ok, back to Gideon. When he first appears, he is training a horse named Blue. He is from Bird-in-Hand, Pennsvylvania and has been to West Kootenai before. As a young child. During that trip, he had an experience that has somewhat haunted him his whole life. His parents have not talked to him, so he's hoping to find out the details while in Montana. When he does, it haunts him even more...all the while he is falling for the new Englisch girl in town... Lydia has been haunted by her own demons, surrounding her birth. She was adopted by the Wyse's at her birth and left after finding out the truth. The pain was too much. As she returns to help her Dat, the Amish lifestyle and customs come back easily to her. Her boss has planted the idea that the time is ripe for her to write her own book focusing on returning to the Amish community. She isn't so sure... Will Gideon get over the details of what happened when he was a child? What about his feelings for the Englisch woman? Will Lydia really return to the Amish life? What about her 'book'? For answers to these questions, read The Promise Box BY Tricia Goyer and then come back and let me know what you think of this great read! Of course, I won't leave you without a quote from the book! It's really hard to choose just one, but here goes...as usual, I couldn't bring it down to just one: pg 13: "Mem had told her that her life was a gift, that God didn't make mistakes." pg 103: "We aren't perfect. God doesn't expect us to be...Faith isn't about having all the answers. It's about taking one step. The first step." pg 138: "You can tell when you're on the right track. It's usually uphill." Disclosure: As part of the Tricia Goyer 2013 Fiction Launch Team, I did receive a free copy of this book; however I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own!
barbjan10 More than 1 year ago
Each of Trish Goyer’s latest novels I read is better than the last, and I marvel at how she can do that!  The Promise Box is no exception – it is my favorite so far of her series “Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors.” Lydia and Gideon’s story has a sad beginning.  Lydia Wyse, adopted by Amish parents at birth, left that upbringing to enter the English world and became a book editor in Seattle.  She returned home to West Kootenai, Montana upon the death of her mother to care for her dat during the funeral and for an unplanned time afterward.  Gideon Hooley, an Amish bachelor who has come to the community temporarily for the hunting season, which is a popular draw of young Amish bachelors to learn the skills of this sport.  Gideon has ghosts of his own from the past that haunt and puzzle him.  He hopes to find answers in the town of what happened there years before while his family visited and a tragedy involving Gideon occurred of which he has no memory. These young folks had an eventful and humorous meeting which kindled Gideon’s mistrust of Lydia’s English appearance and snapping pictures (not Amish approved) of him while he was in a horse training session with Blue, an untempered equestrian beauty.  There were definitely sparks – some of anger, while some were instant attraction between the two.  Gideon did not know who Lydia was, and that she was also taking pictures of her home in the background and familiar scenes to her. Ms Goyer’s story is extremely emotional and heart rendering.  Lydia struggles with a decision about returning to the Amish life, being accepted and not shunned by the community, and wanting to clear up the mystery surrounding her adoption.  She yearns to be a writer and considers the notion of writing about her returning to the Amish faith.  She fights temptation from her Seattle editor and friend who encourages her in this respect.  Life is full of unknowns and uncertainties for Lydia and Gideon.  Both young people are caught in the time of their lives when their choices could alter their lives destructively. Personally, I can relate to the adoption issue for Lydia because I have three adopted children, now grown.  I cheered and thanked God for Lydia’s mem’s box full of God’s promises and letters to Lydia.  Will Lydia find her way through her mem’s words and confidences?  How about Gideon…can he express his love and possibly marry an Englisher?  Are they the mates God has chosen for each other?  What will happen to dat if Lydia chooses not to stay and care for him?  Will Lydia learn who her birth parents are?  What will Gideon do about finding the answers to the mystery in his life?  Will pain heal?  The sub-title for Trish Goyer’s Promise Box might have been The Englisher and the Horse Whisperer.  Trish writes a wonderful story with much depth on each page.  It is realistic for today’s world concerning Amish communities and lifestyle.  Pay close attention to the answers God graces Lydia and Gideon with during their confusion and hunt for reasons to turn their lives completely to Him.  Trish Goyer is a strict master author on God’s interventions and I admire her own faith.  She is indeed an artist at painting God’s word into her writings. So, for the answer to all the questions above, you will not hear the answers from me.  You’ll need to get the book on your own and read, read, read.  Oh, don’t forget the tissues while reading.  And….this is only Book Two, so far, and I’m watching for Book Three to see how she could possibly write a better story than The Promise Box! Thank you Litfuse for providing a review copy.  Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Tricia Goyer has done it again. In The Promise Box, the second book of her Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, the author is able to take two main characters with self doubts and flaws and endear them to the hearts of readers. Both Lydia and Gideon must deal with very painful realities from their pasts. Both realities are events they feel enormous guilt over. They must learn to trust that God has their past, present and future in His hands. The characters feel like real people, living real lives and making real decisions that have real consequences. A thoroughly enjoyable book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.