A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Kathleen Fuller. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Series: Amish Letters #2
Published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing on August 15th 2017
Source: Kathleen Fuller
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance
A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay.
Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn’t plan to stay for long.
Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional—strange, even—Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she’s never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn’t mind. She is content being single.
But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?
My goodness! Kathleen Fuller knocked this one out of the park! The Promise of a Letter is the first Amish book that I have ever read that has a girl mechanic in it. I know that doesn’t sound impressive but it is! Why? Because 99% of the Amish books I read are your typical, girl meets boy and falls in love. She never does anything other than working in a diner or maybe a bed and breakfast at the most. This was an awesome chance to see a quirky Amish girl who didn’t care too much about traditional norms.
Like the first book, this one focused heavily on forgiveness. I always appreciate a book with flawed characters. Forgiveness is something that I struggle with. A grudge feels like protective armor but it keeps our hearts from healing. Exploring topics of forgiveness allows me to learn the same lesson for myself.
Though not the main focus of this book, I also appreciated Karen and Adam’s continuing romance. I very much enjoyed revisiting all of the characters from Written in Love.
Book number three, Words from the Heart, is listed with an expected publication date of February 13, 2018. I can promise you that if it is anything like the first two books—it will be fantastic. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to make it six whole months without more from these characters!