THE PROMISE OF A LETTER
A letter brings him back to his Amish family. But 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. Especially since Roman Raber moved away, and she no longer has to work with him. 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?
"Roman was a mystery wrapped up in an enigma and tied with a baffling bow." (p 44) And so begins an unusual courtship...well, more like a hesitant alliance that grows into a wary friendship that finally develops into something much more fulfilling.
I absolutely loved these unorthodox characters. Both way too individual for their Amish roots. Leanna -- tall, athletic and a hopeless cook and housekeeper who has a gift for fixing mechanical things. She works in a repair shop and roller-blades are her chosen mode of transportation. Definitely not your typical Amish heroine!
Which makes Roman her perfect match because he doesn't fit into the standard Amish hero mode either. He's made mistakes in the past -- chosen to run from them rather than face them head on and the ensuing fallout is substantial. He's questioning his standing in the community and place in his family. Striving to earn the trust of his only brother. What a complicated family! And, honestly, Roman isn't the only one stubbornly clinging to past behaviours! Gah -- these brothers are teeth-grindingly infuriating!
Fuller weaves a riveting tale of forgiveness and grace. It's tender and funny and exasperating in turn! The kind of read to relish with sublime bibliophile glee.
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