Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
When Lydia Wyse’s mother passes away, Lydia has to go to her parent’s Amish town of West Kootenai, Montana but doing so will stir up all kinds of memories she would rather not face. When she leaves her Seattle home and her job as a book editor, she knows that there is a chance she won’t return. A very real chance that she will return to her Amish upbringing. On her first day back, Lydia meets Gideon as he begins to yell at her for taking pictures of the farmhouse and surrounding landscape.
After burying her mother, Lydia and her Dat must find a new rhythm and work through their grief. Shortly after the funeral, her father gives her a wooden box that belonged to her mother and was meant for Lydia. She called it her Promise Box and had filled it with letters and Scriptures that were precious to her and would mean something one day to Lydia. Slowly, Lydia works her way through the box and realizes that she belongs among these people. She belongs back in God’s arms. So she makes the decision to return to her Amish raising and surprises everyone by being baptized into the Amish church.
Gideon steps in to help with the daily chores after her Dat takes a fall and Lydia realizes she’s feeling much more for Gideon than she should. However, Gideon is in West Kootenai to find out details about his past that his parents won’t share with him. Something happened when he was a child, in this very town, and they refuse to tell him about it but Gideon feels like he has a right to know. When he finds out the truth, though, Gideon begins to wonder why he ever wanted to know in the first place.
Lydia desires to write a book about all the things she’s learned being Amish, but more than that, the things she’s learned about forgiveness and mercy and grace. She writes down conversations, thoughts, observations, and ideas she has and hopes to one day share them with her Dat and with Gideon. But before she has the chance, a woman from New York rolls into town and threatens to ruin everything she’s spent months working for.
The Promise Box is the second book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series by Tricia Goyer and this one is by far better than the first! The first book was great, but The Promise Box just resonated with me in a way that surprised me. Throughout the book are little nuggets of treasure that a person could spend hours pondering. Even if you don’t like Amish fiction there are still some great snippets that any reader can glean from The Promise Box.
Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.