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Tricia Goyer makes the characters human, facing everyday life, just like you and I live it. Even though this book is the second book in a series of seven, it can be completely read as a stand-alone, no problem. The very faint difference is if you have been reading all of Tricia's books about this town in Montana, you might recognize some of the characters, but they do not have a part in each of these books.
In this book, The Promise Box, Book 2 of the series Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors, we meet Lydia Wyse, who grew up Amish, but decided on living as an Englisher after learning she was adopted, and is now working full time as an Editor in Seattle, far away from her hometown in West Kootenai, Montana.
Lydia happens to meet bachelor Gideon Hooley who can be considered a Horse Whisperer. Could there be sparks flying here with Gideon? Is he enough to keep Lydia here for good?
Gideon has his own issues he is trying to figure out, too. When he was a young boy, he was lost in these woods by himself when he was four years old, and he is looking for answers to this. He and Lydia, as we'll find out, both have a very long, hard struggle ahead of them.
As both Lydia and Gideon struggle, they pray a lot, and read a lot of scripture. They cannot fully come to each other until each of them has gotten their answers from God.
One day Lydia finds a special promise box of her mothers that was left for her. A promise box is a box where her mother had put many special things inside, including scripture, Amish proverbs, thoughts, trinkets and notes to Lydia. When her publisher gets wind of what she found, she suggests Lydia write a tell-all book about the Amish. Of course this does not sit well with Lydia as she feels it's a betrayal to herself and her community. Now Lydia has more issues she has to decide upon, with God's help. She prays and prays over whether or not to do this, the adoption, and joining the church. She truly has a lot on her plate.
Both Lydia and Gideon have so much to struggle through before they can consider each other with romantic interest, and it is very clear through the book, so any romance takes a backseat in this story while each of them go through what they need to to come to terms with what they feel they must first. Will they both come to terms with their past and be able to marry? You'll have to read this one to find out!
I have loved these books about this town in Montana in previous books, too, before this series was decided upon being written. Now with this series we know there are seven books in total, so we get to spend that much more time here in this town I love.
The one thing I missed most in this book was more romance. I'm a sucker for it! I missed it. However, as I mentioned, each of these characters had so much self work to do with God that it kept them away from each other while they did so, and rightfully so. I hope the next book we have more romance! Who doesn't LOVE romance! Just my hope!
I received this book for FREE from the publisher, Zondervan, and being a part of Tricia's 2013 Fiction Launch Team, in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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Each of my books has a theme. In fact this is the first thing I figure out with all of my books. For example, in The Promise Box my focus was “truth.” Throughout the book the Scriptures I picked spoke truth into a character's situation. Many of the Scripture verses in the books were ones that spoke to my life. They are seeds of truth I've planted within my own life that find themselves on the page.
I have tried some of the Amish recipes. I've made whoopie pies and some of the other treats. But some things I've tasted from Amish restaurants and I didn't make . . . but I haven't had anything that I didn’t like! The Amish have very good taste!
I do have a “characters” board on Pinterest, and I do find inspiration after looking at faces and expressions: http://pinterest.com/triciagoyer/characters/