Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Promise Box



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?

My Review:

Goyer fans will be thrilled to find some familiar faces within the pages of her latest book. That's a bonus to an already winning read. I just love the concept of a promise box and found it a great catalyst for Lydia's faith journey.

This is a sweet romance that develops between two hesitant people who are struggling with childhood hurts. I thought Goyer did a realistic job of portraying the way both Lydia and Gideon held onto unrealistic feelings of responsibility because of their past. Even though it appears irrational to an observer, it is very real to them and does colour their actions as adults which creates an interesting tension as their romance develops.

The Promise Box is an inspirational romance that will inspire and encourage readers even as it entertains.

Giveaway Opportunity:
If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Promise Box, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 25 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Great review, Kav! I really enjoyed The Memory Jar, and I'd love a chance to win this one! :)

    You know, I think a lot of the things in our own lives (at least in mine!) would probably seem ridiculous if someone was "reading" the story... I could imagine reading my own story and saying, "Why don't you just take the chance? What are you so afraid of?" etc. And yet, there are very real fears and uncertainties from our past that come with us into adulthood. I love that you saw that in this book - how real the emotions are to them and why certain things wouldn't be irrational to them even if they are from a different perspective. :)

    I love how God is so patient with us! He sees all our irrational fears and choices... He sees the big picture... And yet, He also walks alongside us and knows where we're coming from.

    Sorry I'm kind of rambling! You just made me think, which is an awesome thing for a review to do. :D



  2. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  3. Amber -- ramble at will. :-) I agree -- our fears and insecurities can all be rationalized away logically, but we still cling to them emotionally. That's one of the reasons we need God -- He's the only one who can sort us out! Good luck on the draw!

    You too, Karen!

  4. Love books about the Amish - interesting perspective with this story line. Haven't read any of Tricia's books & would love to read this one!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  5. Oh Bonnie -- Tricia is fabulous!!!!! Good luck!

  6. I've been listening to Tricia's Living Inspired podcast recently, but have yet to read any of her books. Thanks for the chance to win!


  7. I would love to read this. Great review. Thanks for the chance to win it. Tricia is a wonderful writer.

  8. I haven't heard of this series, but I love the name! I better start with book one so I can get to know all the characters :)


  9. I thought it was funny about the hunter's and seeking residence in order to hunt. So...instead of a deer, they bagged a dear?

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  10. Patty, I stumbled on those podcasts a few months ago and now I tune in every week and I love listening to the backlist. Tricia is a great interviewer. You'll really like her books, I'm sure. Good luck!

    I agree Diana. Tricia puts a lot of heart into her stories. Good luck!

    Heidi -- somehow book one escaped my spidey new release radar so I didn't read it either. However there are characters from her earlier Montana series in here as well. Very cool. You don't need to have read the first to enjoy this one. Each book is sufficient unto itself. No cliff hanger endings. :-) Good luck.

    LOL -- Melody -- too clever, deer/dear!!!!!! You need to send that to the author! And the funny thing is they really do this in real life. I don't see the appeal of moving someplace to live for six months just so I can shoot Bambi! Good luck!!!

  11. I love Amish books. Wonderful review! Tricia Goyer is a fabulous author. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you!!
    Barbara Thompson

  12. This sounds like a great story. I love the idea of a promise box. Would love to know what some of the scriptures were in the box! I love amish fiction!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. Great review. I love reading Tricia Goyer's books. Her Amish books and World War II books are excellent reading. Thank you for a chance to win this book.
    Karen G.

  14. Thanks for a good review Kav. I've been wanting this book for awhile. Sounds different from most. Please give me an entry to try and win it. Can hope anyway. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  15. I enjoyed the first book in this series and would love to win this one! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. Good luck Maxie and Veronica!

  17. You always find the greatest books to review and give away! Tricia Goyer is a favorite author of mine.

  18. I would love to win this book for my church library. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Janet E.

  19. Have this book on my wish list. Tricia Goyer is a great author. Thanks for the giveaway.


  20. Very nice review. I love Tricia Goyer's work. She is so very talented. I love stories that involve real feelings and conquering the past.