Friday, May 15, 2015
Book Review: Amish Promises
I just finished reading Amish Promises by Leslie Gould. (Fiction)
This is the story of two families who have different beliefs and struggles, but serve one God.
Shani moves her war veteran husband and their son to her father's farm in Lancaster County, PA. Shani is hoping this move will help her husband and their marriage. Her husband Joel is injured and suffering from PTSD. Joel's best friend Charlie comes by often to help out, you will find that he is a very loyal and honorable man.
Eve and her brother Tim Lehman are Amish and live on the neighboring farm where Eve takes care of Tim's five motherless children. Shani's son accidentally involves one of the Amish boys in an accident, bringing the two families into each others lives. He soon becomes friends with the Amish neighbors children by way of helping with the injured son's chores, but their father Tim is not happy about the Englisch neighbors and their influence on his sister and his children. Eve loves her nieces and nephews; she made a promise to her dying sister in law to take care of her children, a promise Eve will not break. However, Joel's best friend Charlie has suddenly captured Eve's attention and maybe even her heart.
I really liked reading about Shani and Eve's friendship. It's almost like they have always been friends, the kind of friendship we all would feel blessed with! Sharing kids and homes, serving each other in love.
There is a lot going on in this book and many more characters you will meet.
I admit that it was a little difficult to remember who was who in the first several chapters, there are so many names in this story!
I also really liked Zane's character (Shani and Joel's son.) The Amish children are a wonderful influence on him and it shows. I wonder if we will be seeing more of his story in one of the upcoming books? It seemed there were a couple of subtle hints about that possibility.
I enjoyed this book and give it 4 stars, out of 5. I can't wait for book two to come out!
I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion.