Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Review: Promise to Keep by Elizabeth Byler Younts

Promise to Keep: A Novel (Promise of Sunrise)

From Amazon:

World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.

Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.

When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.

As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.

My Thoughts:

Promise to Keep was a most unusual book that I've read.   I guess because I kept on thinking it would be like other Amish books I've read.  Believe me it was not. 

This book doesn't just revolve around the Amish community but also the English that live and work around them. The circumstances that brings them all together unravels and then spins again in this wonderful told story.

My favorite character was Ester for her loving and caring nature. She cares for Daisy like she is her own and she finds a way to help her when no one else would. 

The ending to me is what makes this book a great story.   Just in the last few chapters Elizabeth Byler Younts wrote an ending that was suspenseful, scary, sorrowful but yet joyous.     

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for a honest review.

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