The Promise of a Letter

The Promise of a Letter

by Kathleen Fuller

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ISBN-13: 9780718082543
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Series: Amish Letters Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 364,374
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com.

Callie Beaulieu has been an actress for several decades. Classically trained, she is predominantly a theater actress, and her work has been seen around the country. Callie recently returned to the U.S. after spending nearly a decade living in the Caribbean. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

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CHAPTER 1

Jean Chupp clasped her hands behind her back as her Roller-blades glided against asphalt. She smoothly avoided ruts and small rocks as she skated along her street, perspiration running down her back and beading across her forehead. Nothing wrong with a little sweat, especially on a hot August day.

She'd left work well after five tonight, the second day in a row she stayed late. Although she was tired, the skating invigorated her. After spending over twelve hours inside the small engine repair shop, being out in the open and inhaling the sweet scents of hay and flowers and freshly mown grass brought a smile to her face. A slightly weary smile, but still a smile.

She dodged another rock and glanced over her shoulder. Her street was fairly isolated, and there usually wasn't much traffic, buggy or otherwise. But that was changing. Her brother, Jalon, married last year, and the Bontragers — his wife Phoebe's parents and her eleven younger brothers — all moved to Birch Creek after the wedding.

Leanna skated to the middle of the street and waved at the Yoders' house, home to her best friend, Ivy, and Ivy's parents and siblings. A couple of the Yoder boys were outside playing tag in the front yard, too busy with their game to notice her. If she wasn't late for supper, not to mention being tired, she might stop and join their game. It wouldn't be the first time.

She skated past the brand-new house that belonged to Phoebe's family. It was a large house that easily fit thirteen people, with a neatly mown yard and pretty flower baskets hanging from the front porch eave. A lovely home, but still plain and in keeping with the Ordnung.

After a few more blade strokes she braked to a stop in front of her own house. Well, not exactly her house, but her brother Jalon's. Leanna had moved to the finished dawdi haus behind the main house just before Jalon and Phoebe got married.

She stopped and looked at the main house. A little over a year ago she and Jalon had lived there after their parents moved to Mesopotamia to be near extended family. While they were growing up, the house had been big enough for a family of four, and the structure itself hadn't changed over the years. But everything else had. In addition to the dawdi haus, there was a large farm, twice the size of the one her father had struggled to make successful.

An expanded barn and a huge fenced-in pasture were recent additions. Colorful flowers bloomed in the flower beds and pots on the front porch, and a large garden thrived behind the house. Phoebe was not only a fantastic cook, but she also had ten green thumbs. In a short period of time, Leanna's family and living arrangements had blossomed stronger than the overflowing tomato plants in the garden.

Leanna stopped in front of the mailbox and opened it. If there was any mail for her, Phoebe or Jalon always left it in the box for her to retrieve after she got off work. She pulled out a postcard, smiled at the picture on the front, and then turned it over.

Dear Leanna,

I saw this card in a bookstore near my cousin's house and thought of you. See you when I get back.

Ivy

Leanna turned the card back over and examined the stunning photo of tall, majestic sunflowers wide open to the sun. Sunflowers were her favorite flower, especially the giant ones. Leave it to Ivy to send her a thoughtful card.

Ivy had left only a week ago to stay with her cousin in Michigan who was on bed rest. Leanna took off her backpack, put the card in it, and made a mental note to write to Ivy as soon as she could. "Mutt and Jeff," their mothers used to call them. Until she finally asked, Leanna had no idea who Mutt or Jeff were, but she assumed one was tall and one was short, just like her and Ivy. At six feet, Leanna was the tallest woman in Birch Creek, while Ivy was the shortest.

Leanna tromped through the neatly shorn grass toward the front porch. Although she lived separately from her brother and his family, she joined them for meals as often as she could, and not only because she enjoyed their company. Her cooking skills were limited to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, along with the occasional boiled egg, so she was happy to take her meals at Jalon's.

As she sat down on the porch steps and removed one of her skates, Blue, her Maine Coon cat, strolled up to her. "Hey bu," she said, leaning forward to scratch him under the chin. "Miss me?" Blue sat down just out of Leanna's reach and looked at her. He sniffed the air and then walked off.

"Humph. Be that way." She chuckled. Blue used to be her closest companion until Malachi, Phoebe's young son, had won his heart. Now Blue rarely left Malachi's side, and Leanna loved seeing them together. She didn't have enough time to spend with the cat anyway, considering how busy she was at work, and she was glad the two of them had bonded.

She stripped off her other skate and put both her skates and the backpack near the front door, then slipped off her socks. Her shoes were inside the pack, but she didn't bother to put them on. It was summer, after all. The perfect time of the year to go barefoot.

The moment she walked into the house, she breathed in the aroma of food cooking. That surprised her since she figured she'd missed supper. Usually Phoebe set aside a plate for her when Leanna worked late. She headed for the kitchen and saw Phoebe standing at the stove, scooping mashed potatoes into a bowl.

"Aenti Leanna!" Malachi got up from the table and hugged her. He was an affectionate kid, another quality Leanna loved. She returned his hug and he dashed back to his seat. She walked over to Phoebe. "Anything I can do to help?"

Phoebe shook her head. "Supper's almost ready." She looked a little sheepish as she put her hand on her lower back. "I took a nap today and that set me behind schedule. But Jalon and Adam are working late on the barn addition, so it turned out okay."

Leanna nodded. Phoebe was eight months pregnant, and although she never complained, Leanna had noticed she was favoring her back a lot more lately. She also looked tired. Knowing how Jalon hovered over her, Leanna believed it wouldn't have mattered to him if Phoebe had slept completely through suppertime ... as long as his wife had been able to rest.

"I'm hungry," Malachi griped.

Phoebe looked over her shoulder. "You'll have to wait on everyone else."

Malachi slumped in his chair and then reached out and started pushing his plate forward, a tiny bit at a time, with his index finger. The plate clanked against his cup of milk, making the liquid slosh.

"Don't play at the table," Phoebe reprimanded.

Malachi nodded, but Leanna kept her eye on him, and sure enough, he started pushing the plate again. She went to him. "That's not going to get you yer supper any earlier," she said, then leaned forward and added, "Trust me. I know. I used to do the same thing when I was little."

"I'm not little. I turned five two months ago."

"Excuse me, then. You're practically a grown-up." She gave him a sly grin and ruffled his pale blond hair before sitting down across from him.

Jalon came into the kitchen, followed by their cousin Adam, who wheeled his chair over to his place next to Malachi at the table. Adam put the brakes on his wheelchair, then slipped off his fingerless leather gloves and placed them in his lap. He and Jalon had obviously already washed up, since this pair of gloves was his household pair. He used another beat-up, dirty pair when he was working outside.

Phoebe put the bowl of potatoes on the table and sat down. After silent prayer, she passed a plate heaped with perfectly browned steaks.

Leanna's stomach grumbled in anticipation as she filled her plate with two pieces of meat, a huge spoonful of mashed potatoes, an extra helping of cream gravy, buttered corn off the cob, and a slice of bread slathered with homemade blueberry jelly. "Hollow Legs," her father had called her growing up. Leanna didn't complain about the nickname. She didn't have to worry about food or her figure, something Ivy had admitted envying. "You never have to watch what you eat," Ivy had said over the years. "I have to watch all the time. Any extra calories geh right to mei hips."

Unlike Ivy, Leanna didn't have hips — or any curves to speak of. When she was younger, she had sometimes envied Ivy's petite, curvy figure, although she never admitted it out loud. Having a boyish frame had bothered her a little bit growing up. But now she was past such superficial concerns. People had to accept her the way she was — tall, boyish, and a good mechanic. If they didn't, that wasn't her problem.

As she wiped her mouth with her napkin, she smiled. Delicious food, her happy family, a steady job she loved ... Life was good. Her heart swelled with gratitude. Thank you, Lord.

"You worked late again," Jalon said to her, then took a drink of ice tea.

Leanna swallowed a bite of mashed potatoes. "Ya. We've been busy this week."

"When's Daniel coming back?" he asked.

"Tomorrow. Maybe the next day." Her boss, Daniel Raber, owned Raber's Small Engine Repair. He and his wife had returned to his hometown of Draperville, Kentucky, a few days ago to attend his grandmother's funeral. Draperville was such a small and insular Amish settlement that Leanna had never heard of it until Daniel and his wife moved to Birch Creek. Even then, he rarely talked about his former community. But she had seen how hard the news of his grandmother's death hit him. Obviously, they had been close, despite his never mentioning her.

Leanna had told him not to worry about the shop and to go to Draperville immediately.

"I'll hold down the fort," she'd said.

"I know you will."

She didn't take his confidence in her for granted. Daniel had been the first — actually, the only — person who had given her a chance as a mechanic. She thought the world of him and Barbara.

Before he left for Kentucky, Daniel glanced around the small shop, filled with engines and appliances that needed repairing and maintenance, and blew out a breath. "I'll have to hire someone when I get back," he said and then turned to her. "We're starting to get more business than we can handle. Not that I'm complaining." His tone turned stern. "Promise me you won't work too late in the evenings while I'm gone."

"I promise. But only if you promise me you won't rush back here because you're worried about work. Take time to be with yer familye."

"You wouldn't say that if you knew mei familye," he muttered. He'd left after that, but the words had stuck with Leanna. She did know part of his family — Barbara especially, who had become a friend. She also knew his brother, Roman. That man had definitely not become a friend.

"Why are you frowning, Aenti?"

"What?" She looked at Malachi, who had a froth of milk above his lip. "I'm not frowning."

"You were," Adam said.

"Humph." Leanna scraped the last bit of potatoes off her plate. "You're both mistaken. I wasn't frowning. I was just thinking."

"About something bad?" Malachi said.

Roman's image popped into her mind — serious blue-gray eyes, wide nose, a constant cold and distant expression — and she shook her head. "Nee. Just something annoying." Someone annoying, she mentally corrected. "Anyway, Daniel will be back soon, and I won't have to work as late." She looked at Malachi. "How was school today?"

Now it was Malachi's turn to frown. "I don't like it."

"What's not to like? You get to color, play with yer friends ..." Leanna tapped her fork against the table and tried to remember her kindergarten days. "Uh, color ..."

"We have to write the alphabet."

"You already know how to write the alphabet," Phoebe said. "That should be easy for you."

"It is." Malachi lifted his chin with confidence. "It's boring."

"School just started," Adam said. He reached for a slice of bread. "It will get more challenging as the year goes on."

"I don't want more challin ... challinga ..."

"Challenging," Phoebe supplied.

"Ya, that." Malachi started to pout. "I want to be here with you and Jalon and work on the farm."

"There will be time for that, sohn," Jalon said. "Right now you have to focus on learning as much as you can in school. That includes behaving yerself. Understood?"

"Ya." But the pout didn't leave his face.

Leanna sympathized. She hadn't liked school either. Sitting still, doing worksheets, keeping quiet — she had struggled to behave in class. Now that she was an adult she realized the importance of an education, especially math, which she excelled in and used every single day. But she never cared for reading or writing or learning High German, although she did enjoy the little bit of geography and history her teacher had insisted they learn. Still, she'd spent her school days counting the minutes between recess and going home, which was sometimes delayed because of her misbehavior. "You have to mind the teacher," she said to Malachi. "You don't want to stay after class." She leaned forward. "They make you write sentences on the board, and then you have to wash the boards and clean the classroom."

"Ugh," Malachi said.

"And you definitely don't want to scrape old gum from underneath the desks. That was gross."

"Gross," he repeated. "I don't wanna do that."

"Then mind yer teacher." Jalon put his fork on the table and looked at Phoebe. "Delicious supper, as always."

Phoebe, who had glowed throughout her pregnancy, now beamed as she took in Jalon's compliment. Her blue eyes, clear and bright, sparkled as she acknowledged Jalon's words with a small nod. Jalon always made sure to praise her cooking, which was easy since Phoebe's meals were always mouthwateringly good. Leanna had to admit that her brother, who had struggled with problems in the past, was a good husband and father.

"Mei night to do the dishes." Adam pushed back from the table, then chucked Malachi under the chin. "I could use an assistant."

"Okay." Malachi scrambled down from his chair and got out the small stool, placing it under the sink.

Adam began to clear the table, starting with his plate and utensils. He piled a few more dishes into his lap, then rolled his chair to the sink. His being a paraplegic hadn't stopped him and Jalon from becoming partners last year. Not only had the farm become successful in a short time, but they were making plans to expand, starting with the barn so they could raise cattle to sell.

Phoebe stood and arched her back. "I need to work on some sewing tonight."

"Not if you're too tired," Jalon said, his brow furrowing.

"I'm fine. The nap helped."

He nodded but didn't look too convinced.

Leanna took her plate and silverware to the sink. Phoebe didn't bother asking her to help with the sewing, and Leanna didn't volunteer. Everyone knew her gift was working with machinery, not sewing. Or cooking. Or cleaning. Which reminded her that she probably should go clean her house. Or at least pick it up a little.

After telling everyone good night and retrieving her skates and backpack, she headed for her house. She stopped when she saw a firefly dance in front of her. She reached to catch it, missed, and then chased it a few steps. When she caught it, she peeked at it through her fingers and then let it fly free. When she looked up, she realized she was standing in front of the yard's large tree stump and stared at it. Jalon had cut down the tree last year. The magnificent oak had stood there long before her family moved from Mesopotamia to Birch Creek, when she and Jalon were barely teenagers. Leanna had always loved that tree. Jalon had too ... until that day.

Jalon had been fourteen, Adam twelve. They were playing a game, just as they always had whenever he and Adam visited each other. Jalon had shimmied up the tree, Adam close on his heels. Then Adam fell.

Leanna closed her eyes at the memory. Jalon and Adam had been more like friends than cousins. Now they were more like brothers, but it hadn't always been that way. For years Jalon blamed himself for the accident. And when Jalon found Malachi up in the tree one day, he'd been terrified that the little boy would fall, just like Adam had. After getting Malachi out of it, Jalon cut down the giant oak.

"Miss it?"

Leanna turned around to see Jalon standing behind her. She could see the tension lining his face in the fading sunlight. She was surprised he brought up the subject. He hadn't mentioned the tree since it had been chopped up for firewood. Before that, he ignored the tree for years, until Malachi climbed it. "Nee. I don't. It represented too much pain."

(Continues…)



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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was enlighteng to read an Amish book where families experience the realities of imperfect lives, AND HOW THEY RELY ON THEIR FAITH IN GOD as their daily strength, to. Survive and Serve GOD, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT,
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
When we first meet Leanna, she is roller-blading her way home from work. She is "settled" in her life and though she may live in the dawdi haus on her brother's property, she was happy as a mechanic. In spite of her brother's concern, she knew that her life was perfect the way it was. Roman had walked away from his family, he had dreams that would not be fulfilled in the Amish way. He had hoped that getting an education would be the first step in attaining his dreams. For the moment the convenience store wasn't keeping the "aimless" feelings away. When he discovered that his grandmother had passed away, well that was the moment when his hidden struggles began bringing him back to his brother's side. Neither could foresee the troubles that would align their paths, cross roads are interesting that way. What begins with a grandmother's prayer, blessing and request will change the hurt of past decisions and provide opportunities for maturity. Moving beyond past scars is often times harder than leaving, MrsK
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Thursday, December 28, 2017 The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller, © 2017 Amish Letters series, Book 2 ~* in the heart of Ohio Amish country *~ Birch Creek ~ I like how mail for Leanna Chupp is left in the mailbox for her to discover for herself. The hidden art of self-expression! Leanna lives in the smaller dawdi haus behind the main house she and her brother, Jalon, had grown up in on the now expanded farm. She shares her Maine Coon cat, Blue, with her nephew's affection. The opening has her on her way home from work ~ upon her roller blades! Leanna is content with her life the way it is. Her job, her home life, and her friend, Ivy Yoder, fill her days with expectation. Things are about to change to ruffle her space in Birch Creek. Roman Raber is returning home. Roman never thought he would return, but on the bidding of a letter left for him at the passing of his dear grandmother, Roman must respond to her last wishes for him. How long can it take to complete her request? Daniel Raber isn't the easiest person to be around; others might concur. Has hurt crept in so deep to foul his ways? The intent of a miserable heart misleads a promise of surrender. Could it really be possible to forgive and relinquish pain? New hopes arise as families come together to polish each other by allowing a trust to enter. I especially liked this story! Relinquished hearts turn from hiding. Excellent writing of heart desires exposed to self as well. ***Thank you to author Kathleen Fuller and to Fiction Guild for a copy of The Promise of a Letter. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable sequel that can stand-alone ... The Promise of Letter An Amish Letters Novel #2 By Kathleen Fuller Leanna Chupp has no ideas of ever getting married - after all who would want to court a young woman who can't cook and would rather spend her time repairing equipment. Though she doesn't fit the conventional mold of an unmarried Amish woman Leanna is content with her life. When Leanna finds the life she has made for herself in jeopardy she is unsure how to fix what has gone wrong especially when her job with Daniel Raber may go to his irresponsible younger brother Roman. But surprisingly Roman doesn't seem to be the same person he was before. But can he be trusted or will he again let everyone down when they most need him? When a crisis occurs and Leanna and Roman must work together they just may discover what has been missing in their lives. This is the second book in the Amish Letters series and it is again set in Birch Creek and the same characters who were in the first book Written in Love are again in this book. If you are wondering how this book fits in with a series that is about letters it is because both Roman and Daniel have received letters from their grandmother following her death. Letters that ask for one last promise - an attempt to reconcile and bridge the divide of hurt that has divided these two brothers. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the Fiction Guild with no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story. If you love Amish books you will enjoy this book. Read about Roman Troyer. He has left the Amish and is struggling in the english world. Then he learns his grandmother has died. Will he leave and go back home to the Amish? Leanna is happy working on machines but then rumors are started about her and she loses her job. Will she be able to find a solution to her dilemma? Then tragedy strikes. Will Roman and Leanna be able to pick up and help? Will Roman stay will the Amish or return to the world?
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in “An Amish Letters” series, but it would work as a stand-alone. Leanna Chupp is not your typical Amish female character. She is strong and following her dream of working on small engines and living alone. Gossip threatens to destroy her dreams. I love her character and admire her stepping out of her comfort zone. My heart wept for the Raber men and their treatment by their parents. Thankfully they have a loving grandmother who continues to leave them wisdom and advice in letters left after her passing. This is a story of forgiveness, restoration, love, and tearing down walls. Well written and deals with hard issues of rejection, miscarriages, gossip, and aloneness. I enjoyed this book. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in “An Amish Letters” series, but it would work as a stand-alone. Leanna Chupp is not your typical Amish female character. She is strong and following her dream of working on small engines and living alone. Gossip threatens to destroy her dreams. I love her character and admire her stepping out of her comfort zone. My heart wept for the Raber men and their treatment by their parents. Thankfully they have a loving grandmother who continues to leave them wisdom and advice in letters left after her passing. This is a story of forgiveness, restoration, love, and tearing down walls. Well written and deals with hard issues of rejection, miscarriages, gossip, and aloneness. I enjoyed this book. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
I think Leanna Chupp is my favorite character. She’s not your typical Amish which made her uniqueness even more pronounced. In fact, she’s not your typical female, especially in an Amish community. Leanna is 24, unmarried and has no plans or desire to marry; she works on machines better than most men do, abhors cooking and housekeeping (and isn’t good at either), lives alone and is six feet tall. The combination can sometimes be intimidating to the men in her community. I, like almost everyone in her community, really liked and cared about her. As I read, I was heartbroken over the coldness of Daniel and Roman Raber’s parents, but thankful their grossmammi (grandmother) stepped in to fill the role of a loving relative. Nonetheless, neither young man felt genuinely loved, and Roman was continually running away from home, his life and God. Additionally, Barbara and Daniel’s story is so poignant that several times I was brought to tears. Kathleen Fuller’s novel, The Promise of a Letter is a very different type of Amish fiction from most Amish stories. She deals with many issues people face, not only in the Amish community but also in the lives of non-Amish, too. The story is replete with themes of restoration, forgiveness and God’s grace. Furthermore, several tough issues are addressed- gossip, anger, bitterness and misunderstandings among family members. There are several others, but I don’t want to give any spoilers. Miss Fuller does an excellent job of showing the development and growth of her characters. It’s a pleasure to be taken along for the ride. The Promise of a Letter is the second book in the An Amish Letters Novel series. However, it works well as a standalone. I received this book from the Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Fuller's The Promise of a Letter, like her previous Amish Letters story, has an interesting set of characters who don't all fit your stereotypical idea of Amish people. Those characters keep the story interesting and provide for a variety of twists and turns in this great story. Leanna was introduced in the previous story and plays a major role in this one. She is anything but a typical Amish woman; that fact likely contributes to some of the problems she finds herself dealing with, although much of the difficulty is due to no fault of her own. Her life becomes more complicated when she finds herself, somewhat reluctantly, involved with Roman, who is trying to determine whether or not he really fits into the Amish world. The Promise of a Letter, as expected by readers of Kathleen Fuller's books, is a well-written, enjoyable Amish story. Although there are several characters revisited from the first book in the series, it can work as a stand-alone. I would recommend, however, that fans of great Amish fiction would enjoy both stories. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts for this review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The Promise of a letter is a story of coming of self, and others coming of you (Leanna) opposites attracting and renewing of broken relationships. The letters are used to help bring forth reconciliation, which was sorely needed and a long time coming. This book pulls at your heartstrings and makes you fall in love with the characters and you get so involved in their lives. The story is one that pulls your heart out of your chest and has it touched in so many ways you don't know if you want it back in or not. This book is affectionate, brilliant, courageous, and dramatic yet exciting. Nice book what a dichotomy to have to work through but do they? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Fuller's Amish Letters series, and her best book yet. I really liked the supporting character Leanna in the first volume, so I was delighted to see she got her own book/romance! In Phoebe's words, "Leanna was the most unusual Amish woman she'd ever met. She was also easy to like and feel comfortable around." Not only do I agree, but eventually Roman Raber, Leanna's former testy co-worker and brother of her boss, Daniel, begins to see the truth of this statement. What a tender, halting friendship grows between these two unconventional loners! And I loved the way Fuller used the relationship between Roman and Daniel and their deceased grandmother to work forgiveness, reconciliation, and love in these stubborn-hearted men. Her letters were tender and insightful, and more realistic to me than the letters behind the first book. The only thing I didn't care for about this book was the epilogue - it seemed like a excerpt from the third book in the series, and out of step at the end of this romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via the Fiction Guild, and was under no obligation to post a review.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required or compensated for my review. This is the second book in this series and it was wonderful. Kathleen has a way of writing each of the characters into her stories so that you feel what they are feel and understand what they are going through. Even though they live without computer and phone and electricity the lost of art of writing letters is a little lost now. Sitting down and taking the time to think about what you need to express to another is wonderful and having a grandmother sit down and writing down what her last wishes were for her grandson was wonderful. And like the regular English people gossip but the words hurt more when they are false. I enjoyed this book like I have enjoyed other written by Kathleen. Keep writing wonderful stories.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
PROMISE. OF A LETTER. by Kathleen..Fuller book 2 in Amish Letters series, by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Leanna maybe Amish,but very unconventional, but loving life, as she sees it. Things change when Roman, comes back to town, always been a loner, didn't fit the way, of either Amish or English. As Leanna and Roman work together, things change for both of them. An interesting book, of how two unconventional people, could work, and maybe love even for them. Readers will enjoy another good book by Kathleen. Given ARC by Net Galley for my oluntary review and my honest opinion.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
PROMISE. OF A LETTER. by Kathleen..Fuller book 2 in Amish Letters series, by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Leanna maybe Amish,but very unconventional, but loving life, as she sees it. Things change when Roman, comes back to town, always been a loner, didn't fit the way, of either Amish or English. As Leanna and Roman work together, things change for both of them. An interesting book, of how two unconventional people, could work, and maybe love even for them. Readers will enjoy another good book by Kathleen. Given ARC by Net Galley for my oluntary review and my honest opinion.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller is the second An Amish Letters Novel. It is August in Birch Creek, Ohio. Roman Raber left his Amish community of Draperville, but things have not gone as planned. He wishes to go to college to become an engineer, but he cannot get the funding he needs. Roman receives a missive telling him his beloved grandmother has passed away. She left him a letter suggesting that he reconcile with his brother, Daniel. Roman knows it will not be easy, but he does know it is the right decision. Roman knows that Daniel will not make the task easy, but Roman is hoping Daniel will forgive him in time. Leanna Chupp is an unusual Amish woman. She is twenty-four, 6-foot-tall, unmarried and works at Daniel Raber’s small engine repair shop. Leanna enjoys her work (has a knack for it) and is happy with her independence. Shortly after Roman returns to the community and starts working at Raber’s Small Engine Repair, Leanna finds herself out of a job without a warning or a reason. An accident brings Roman and Leanna together to work towards a mutual goal. They slowly get to know each other, and Leann begins to envision a different future for herself. But is Roman ready to commit to the Amish community? Will Daniel be able to forgive his brother? The Promise of a Letter is a well-written, has a steady pace and beautiful setting. I liked the characters especially Leanna Chupp. I found her to be a refreshing change. I appreciated that she had an unusual occupation and that she was not afraid to be herself. It was nice that the pair become friends and get to know each other before the romance develops. The story had good life lessons (giving and accepting forgiveness, power of prayer, holding on to your faith, gossip). My favorite was the harmful effects of rumors/gossip. The Christian element is noticeable, but it was light (handled very well). My rating for The Promise of a Letter is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I did feel that the ending was rushed. The Promise of a Letter is a sweet, heartwarming story with good messages. I am looking forward to reading the next book in An Amish Letters series that will contain Ivy’s story.
jewelrydiva More than 1 year ago
When it comes to Amish fiction, you will not be disappointed in a Kathleen Fuller novel. This book is the second book in her Amish Letter series. She has cast characters who are lovable and relatable. They have flaws that everyone has and yet Kathleen Fuller writes in such a way that you root them on and want them to be happy. I have loved every book that Ms. Fuller has written and this one is no exception. She is a definite favorite of mine in the Amish genre and I think she will be yours as well. *I was given this book by the Thomas Nelson Publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Could the promise of a letter really get the lives of the Raber men to change forever? Seeing as there is so much division between the two, especially when Roman, the youngest, decided to up and leave the Amish community in Birch Creek, Ohio without ever saying goodbye. No note. Nothing. Now that he's been trying to live among the English and get into college as an Engineer, he receives word that his grandmother has passed away. The one and only person who really was family to him. She died. He wasn't there. Is it possible to go home again? Roman wasn't sure what to expect when he packed up what little he owned and headed by to Birch Creek. All he knew was that he needed to see his grandmother's grave and tell her how sorry he was for not being there for her. Perhaps things might have had a different outcome. Perhaps even today, she might still be alive. He just didn't expect to see his father while standing at her grave. He said nothing in passing. No expressions on his face. He just handed Roman a letter and walked away. It was a letter from his grandmother. One last request. That he reconcile with his brother Daniel and then he could do whatever he needed to do with his life. But Daniel got the same letter in regards to the terms of reconciling with his brother, he just never expected to see him back so soon. But it was the one thing both brothers could do was to find a way to fulfill their grandmother's request, but it might take an act of God to heal the bitterness and pain inside them both. Leanna Chupp went against what most people might think for an Amish woman. She didn't cook. Couldn't cook. Wasn't good with sewing or any of the household tasks most would expect. In fact she left her house pretty much the way she did every single day. Bed unmade, dishes in the sink, and time to do that later. At almost six feet, she didn't look like most Amish women either, but her family loved her for what she was. Talented at anything with a motor or moving parts. Thankfully her father raised her to do what she loved and she had a great job working for Daniel Raber, until he fired her. Without explanation. She would later learn that some of the elder ladies in the community had taken to gossiping about Leanna that she was having an affair with Daniel, since the two worked to closely together at his shop and often late into the evenings. While his wife Barbara never considered it, with being pregnant and hearing the rumors herself, she began to wonder. That is just the very reason that Daniel came to the decision even though doing this would put his business far behind getting the orders fulfilled. I received The Promise of A Letter by Kathleen Fuller compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley. This is such a heartwarming novel of reconciliation and of unconditional love as the central theme. It shows us that we don't have to forget the pain, but with God's help we can move forward and let the healing begin. We don't need to understand the why's of doing it, and that is the question that Roman and Daniel are challenged with since their grandmother had passed, there was no way to ask anything of what lead to this decision to reconcile. However once the men have a chance to solve their own personal pain, can they begin to build upon the pain that pulled them apart and be honest despite the hurt it might cause to finally achieve resolution. I absolutely LOVED this novel and can't wait for what is coming next in this series! 5
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"'Dear Roman, Here is a place for you to. . . write down your dreams, and give your prayers to God. Remember, He has promised to teach and guide us, and He will always be with you. Never forget that. Love, Grossmammi" (22) The promise of a grandmother's love in a letter about the promise of God's love started on a prodigal's journey in The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller. The first book in the series, Written in Love still tickles my booknerd senses, so I was quite excited to meet the characters again in this second installment. And I was not disappointed. "There was a place for everything and everything had a place."(99) First, lets talk about our prodigal. When I say prodigal, it should be loosely interpreted. Roman is unsure of his future, and having felt "stuck" most of his life, he's hoping a for a chance to find a way. When he received his grandmother's letter, and her last wish, he embarks on making amends with his estranged brother. He arrives in Birch Creek misunderstood and ready to take flight - at least that's what others surmise. Yet, that was not the plan at all, at least not God's plan. "'I see what's reflected in mei life. Whenever I try to do something, whenever I have a plan, it gets thwarted.' 'Then maybe you're working too hard to fulfill yer plan instead of God's.'" (146) Then we have Leanna, whom I just find eccentric in a good way and refreshing. She's six feet tall, independent and very aware of what she is capable of and what she wants. Almost an exact opposite of what we see in Roman, yet, no matter how assure she seems on the outside, there may still be something that troubles her. I really enjoyed how their friendship developed in the course of the novel to what readers can clearly see as love growing. Not only between Leanna and Roman, other characters and their secondary storyline gave readers more than one message, and more than one focus. And with that, I've come to relish in this series tremendously. I feel like I know these characters on a personal level. "Understanding exactly where I belong. There's freedom in that. True freedom." (281) In all, The Promise of a Letter more than exceeds my expectations for a Kathleen Fuller novel, a second novel in the Amish Letters series, and my love for Amish Fiction with the hope for a message that finds a permanent fixture in my life. Yes, The Promise of a Letter is all that and more. "God's the one who worked on their hearts. . . let God work on yers. You might find something you've been missing all along." (211) Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This novel is book two in the Amish Letters series, however, I believe readers can pick this book up and enjoy it even if they have not read the first book in the series. It is also set it Birch Creek and some characters from the Amish of Birch Creek series make appearances. So, for me it was fun to see characters I knew again, but I still believe this book can stand alone. What unique people Roman and Leanna were. Both realized that they didn’t exactly fit the mold as most of their Amish friends and family did. Leanna had a better handle on how to be a bit different in the community than Roman did, most likely because she experienced a better and more loving upbringing. It was interesting to see how they interacted with each other and others. I thought there was great growth in these two characters, as well as in Roman’s brother and his wife. There was also lots of great tension in this story, both due to conflict in the community and also romantic tension between Roman and Leanna. I had trouble setting this book down and definitely look forward to the next in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Promise of a Letter is not your typical Amish book. It is the story of Roman and Leanna, neither of whom is your "normal" Amish person. Roman struggles to find his place in the Amish community and to reconcile with his brother. Leanna has always been comfortable with being an atypical Amish woman who has decided not to ever marry. Can they develop a friendship that may blossom into more? Can they find their place in the Amish community? This is one of the better Amish books I've read.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Ahhh! What better way to end summer vacation than reading a book authored by Kathleen Fuller. this is the second book in the Amish Letters. I love when an author continues with the same people that were in the previous book. It makes the story seem so real. But this can be read as a stand alone since the story is different than the first. Two awkward adults, Roman and Leanna seem to be world's apart at times but, yet, they are attracted to each other. And, of course, living in the same area, Birch Creek, they bump into each other. With quite a few issues going on in their lives and their families lives one begins to wonder if they will ever proclaim their love for each other. I loved the story. But then again I love Kathleen Fuller's stories! *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
Daniel and Roman Raber had a hard childhood. Their parents were uncaring people and the only love the boys were shown came from their grandmother who had moved in with them. Daniel was fortunate to have found a wife to love and be loved by in return. Roman, on the other hand, ran away and lived in the English world for a time. He had no interest in falling in love, marriage and having a family. Who could blame him after the family he grew up in? He wanted to go to college and get a degree in engineering. It was the desire of their grandmother’s heart for the two of them to reconcile. Before her death, she wrote them each a letter telling them of this desire. They both loved her dearly. Would that be enough to bring them together again? After receiving his letter, Roman moved back to Birch Creek to try to honor his grandmother’s wishes. Daniel, however, didn’t trust Roman because of his past behavior and certainly didn’t make it easy for him when he returned. Leanna Chupp, a rather unusual woman by Amish standards, had been working alongside Daniel in his shop as a mechanic and she loved it. That all changed because of gossip that was going around. She also had no interest in falling in love, marrying and having a family. All she wanted to do was to be able to fix things. Kathleen Fuller is one of my favorite authors of Amish Fiction. Once you start reading one of her books, you don’t want to put it down. You’ll see what I mean when you pick up a copy of this book and read about the lives of Daniel and Barbara Raber, Roman, Leanna and their families. Your heart will ache for Daniel and Barbara because she has miscarriage after miscarriage while her friends are having healthy babies. Did Daniel and Roman reconcile? What about love? Did Roman find love? Did Leanna?
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of God's Grace! After reading Written In Love, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book 2. I finally did and let me tell you what. I absolutely adored it! Book 2 is wonderfully written and instantly captivating, just like book 1. Ms. Fuller once again takes us to Birch Creek where her readers get to fall in love all over again with past, and new characters.  Roman and Leanna’s characters really gripped me! I loved them both for different reasons. Roman’s character really pulled at my heart, perhaps because I always felt like I couldn’t please anyone know matter what I did. Watching him and seeing how he reacts to the letter from his grandmother, really tugged at my soul. I loved him! And sweet Leanna. Bless her. She’s so different from your typical Amish women and I loved that about her! Ms. Fuller truly did a good thing with her character. Seeing Roman and Leanna together, following them through this story, was a wonderful time.  This book is so full of messages of God’s understanding and forgiving grace. I loved that. I felt His presence while taking this journey with Leanna and Roman and I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book to see what God’s plan was for them. I was not disappointed! Ms. Fuller made it into a 5 star worthy book for sure, and it leaves me wanting book 3! I need more Birch Creek Amish and God’s grace in these books. Hats off to a wonderfully talented, truly fantabulous Amish novelist who knows how to throw a curve ball and hook her readers!  *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Back to Birch Creek with Jalon and Phoebe and their new fledgling family and a host of community and friends. Jalon's sister Leanna is still working for their friend and neighbor Daniel in his small engine repair shop. Not a normal occupation for a female but as a confirmed bachelor (her words not mine) it's what she is passionate about and what she loves. In the first book, 'Written in Love', where it all started, we met Daniel's brother Roman, briefly. We knew enough that he was a thorn in Leanna's side as well as his brother's. After the passing of their Grossmammi he's back to attempt to make amends and reconcile with his brother. For better or worse, for the love of this woman he is bound to make this work. But regaining trust is hard, and Roman's ability to stick with it is lacking. I'll be honest, the brewing romance (come on it's not like you didn't know it was coming) between Roman and Leanna was a bit awkward. I frequently feel this way in more romantic type books. Why is so hard to translate the beginning of falling for someone into words? But then again, we are talking about two awkward adults. Two people who had sworn off traditional roles of family and marriage and kidlets. For two sorta, almost different reasons but still. It's not only finding their way after the disaster that was their first meeting but also dealing with new feelings for themselves and deciding if it's worth the potential hurt to put their trust into another. It's complicated. And hard. And well, it's real life. I really really liked this book. I love these characters, I love seeing these two specifically come into their own and find a way. I feel like their romance was too fast and the wedding too quick but then I usually do. I loved the side story of Adam and Karen too. I can't wait to see where the next book is going to take us, though I've got a gut feeling it's with Ivy. You know, Leanna's bestie. Six months, I can wait six months right? I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Kathleen Fuller and Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Back to Birch Creek with Jalon and Phoebe and their new fledgling family and a host of community and friends. Jalon's sister Leanna is still working for their friend and neighbor Daniel in his small engine repair shop. Not a normal occupation for a female but as a confirmed bachelor (her words not mine) it's what she is passionate about and what she loves. In the first book, 'Written in Love', where it all started, we met Daniel's brother Roman, briefly. We knew enough that he was a thorn in Leanna's side as well as his brother's. After the passing of their Grossmammi he's back to attempt to make amends and reconcile with his brother. For better or worse, for the love of this woman he is bound to make this work. But regaining trust is hard, and Roman's ability to stick with it is lacking. I'll be honest, the brewing romance (come on it's not like you didn't know it was coming) between Roman and Leanna was a bit awkward. I frequently feel this way in more romantic type books. Why is so hard to translate the beginning of falling for someone into words? But then again, we are talking about two awkward adults. Two people who had sworn off traditional roles of family and marriage and kidlets. For two sorta, almost different reasons but still. It's not only finding their way after the disaster that was their first meeting but also dealing with new feelings for themselves and deciding if it's worth the potential hurt to put their trust into another. It's complicated. And hard. And well, it's real life. I really really liked this book. I love these characters, I love seeing these two specifically come into their own and find a way. I feel like their romance was too fast and the wedding too quick but then I usually do. I loved the side story of Adam and Karen too. I can't wait to see where the next book is going to take us, though I've got a gut feeling it's with Ivy. You know, Leanna's bestie. Six months, I can wait six months right? I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Kathleen Fuller and Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.