In modern day central Pennsylvania, Judith Wegler tries to heal the growing rift between her husband, Isaac, and his teenage brother Joseph—whom Judith and Isaac have raised as their own ever since both brothers lost their parents and siblings in a horrific fire. Meanwhile, Isaac’s hurtful silence about this tragic past has robbed Judith of any certainty of her husband’s love. But when Judith’s grandmother gifts her with an antique study table, she discovers a hidden packet of letters that changes her life...
In 1953, widow Mattie Lapp fights against the county’s attempts to force Amish children to attend a consolidated public school, even if it means arrest and imprisonment. Mattie knows she can’t face this challenge alone, and turns to her late husband’s cousin Adam for help, but she’s terrified at the prospect of relying on someone else. Now, as the two women’s stories converge, both must learn to stand up for their beliefs and to love again, even when it means risking their hearts...
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Praise for The Forgiven, the first book in the Keepers of the Promise series
“A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in this heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness.”—Susan Meissner, Author of A Fall of Marigolds and Secrets of a Charmed Life
“A tender novel of second chances, endearing characters, and a can't-put-it-down story.” –Suzanna Woods Fisher, author of The Revealing
“A gently-drawn portrait of two lives renewed by the power of love…readers will come to care deeply about Rebecca and Matthew, as I did, and will look forward to the next book in this series.”—Robin Lee Hatcher, author of A Promise Kept and Love Without End
“With exquisite grace and unflinching honesty…this story touched my heart and held me captive until the last page….”—Lenora Worth, Author of Bayou Sweetheart
“Loved it! As usual, Ms. Perry's story-telling is tender, touching, and full of gentle wisdom… This is going to be a terrific new series, and I'm confident readers of Amish fiction will love it.”—New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight, author of The Buchanons series
“Five Stars! Marta Perry’s tender family saga of love and faith will touch your heart.” –Emma Miller, author of Plain Murder
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Every time I pick up a book by Marta Perry I wonder why I waited so long to read another of her books. They are definitely page turners. If you like heart warming and a deepening of a character's faith then Marta Perry is the author for you. Her books will always touch you. She will tug at your heart strings. Judith Wegler does her best to heal the problems between her husband, Issac and his brother, Joseph. When her grandmother gives her an antique writing desk she discovers a hidden drawer with a stack of letters in it. In 1953 Mattie Lapp worked to keep the Amish children from having to go to public schools. You will see how her struggles will help Judith with her faith and working to mend the rift between her husband and the youth that she has raised as her own son. You are actually reading two stories in one. The struggles of both women will touch you. See how Mattie's life will encourage Judith and her life unfolds. I received this book as an ARC from Marta Perry and read it in one sitting. She brings you into the story and you feel like you are in the character's place. I definitely give this book 5 stars and recommend it to anyone that wants a terrific read.
The Rescued by Marta Perry is the second book in the Keepers of Promise series. Judith Wagler is married to Isaac. They have three children of their own and also raise Isaac’s little brother, Joseph. Isaac and Joseph’s parents died in a house fire before Joseph was a year old. Judith and Isaac married when Joseph was five years old. Joseph has finished school so Isaac is working to teach him the running of the dairy farm. Their farm had plans for Joseph to take over the farm when he grew up and Isaac plans to honor those plans. Joseph, though, likes working with machines. Judith tries to act as a buffer between the two, but the stress is getting to her. Judith received a study desk from her grandmother, Elizabeth Lapp. Her grandmother has stories and history attached to each item. When Judith unlocks a drawer on the desk, she uncovers round robin letters written back in 1953. The letters outline what happens to Mattie Lapp, a widow with children. In the 1950’s school laws changed in many states requiring children to get a higher education (high school) and stay in school until at least age 15. The Amish only schooled their children through eighth grade (age fourteen). If Mattie does not send her daughter to school, she will be breaking the law. Mattie’s gets help from her family and Adam Lapp, a widower. Adam is a cousin of Mattie’s deceased husband, Benjamin. He has been so helpful to her since Benjamin’s death. Reading the letters help Judith with the situation between her husband and Joseph. I give The Rescued 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good book, but not as good as the first book in the series. It was interesting to find why the Amish would not send their children to high school and how it was handled by school districts. It is heartwarming how the Amish help each other out and are there for each other (at least in this series of books). I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of The Rescued from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
This is the second book in the Keepers of the Promise series, and yes I loved the first book, but you can read this one by itself. We span decades while read this story, Amish in present day Lancaster Pennsylvania and the same place in 1953. Life as usual does not run smoothly, but change is in the air in both time frames, and problems abound. The 1950’s were a time before Amish had their own schools, and are being threated when they have their children leave school after the eighth grade. We have people being put in jail for their beliefs; you get the feeling that it becomes a war of wills. Both stories deal with family life, and after tragedy moving on with their lives. We see people holding on to forgiving themselves; we find melding of the past lives with the present in the form of letters found in a much loved and used table. We find our present day family trying to find peace between two brothers and the rest of the family, mostly the wife/mother of the older one. Struggles to bend the will of the other and find peace in decisions made on the spur of the moment. I loved the comparisons of the lives, so different and yet so similar, I got lost in this book, and when it ended I wanted to keep on reading. I received this book from the Author and was not required to give a positive review.