The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer

At sixteen years old, Lydia Wyse knew she couldn’t be a good Amish daughter. She left the Amish way of life before anyone else discovered the pain she had caused. Six years later, she returned to her parent’s new Amish community in West Kootenai, Montana. She had to bury her mother and care for her father. She planned to stay a few weeks and get her dad settled into life without his loving wife and then return to Seattle, where she was a book editor. What she didn’t plan on was being attracted to Amishman Gideon Hooley.

Gideon was a gentle man who trained horses. He travelled to West Kootenai to hunt and more importantly to discover a truth from his past. His parents wouldn’t tell him anything so he set out on his own to find answers. He never expected to find himself falling in love, especially with Lydia, an Englisher.

Lydia’s mother had left behind a box for her, “The Promise Box” as she called it. Inside were letters and Bible verses that she had written down for Lydia over the years, starting with the day she became her parent’s adopted child. As Lydia read the letters from The Promise Box, God began working in her life.

For her whole life Lydia had head knowledge of God, but not heart knowledge of His love for her. In West Kootenai, she began to understand this–the grace of God, which is Jesus dying for our sins. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. Many people can recite Bible verses and know the Ten Commandments but they never apply it to their lives and have a relationship with God. While reading The Promise Box you will see how God can change people and their lives when they choose to follow him. One part of the story deals with someone who gave their life to save another. This is a great symbolism for what Jesus did for us.

The Promise Box is about Lydia and Gideon being set free because of the truth. I don’t want to say too much to give anything away. This book has twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. There are parts that tugged on my emotions. Tricia Goyer brings the area and people to life so well that I want to visit West Kootenai. Anyone who can do that has written a good book.

Seven Brides For Seven Bachelors Series:
#1 The Memory Jar -  read my review here
#2 The Promise Box

I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto and Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. 

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