| Promise to Keep|
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perspective. Promise to Keep is book three and the first of Younts’ writing I have read. More about Elizabeth Byler Younts can be found here.
In Promise to Keep, Esther Detweiler loves seven year old Daisy Garrison as she were her own child. Esther has been caring for Daisy since her father Joe left to fight in World War II. Joe returns home to Sunrise, Delaware, to discover a daughter he doesn’t know and a house full of memories of his deceased wife Irene. Joe and Esther quickly feel an intense attraction to each other. The problem is that Joe is English and Esther is Amish. Esther’s own father returns and causes upheaval in her life.
This could be a stand-alone novel. I did not even realize it was part of a series while reading. Esther is a selfless Amish woman, dedicated to God and her community. She questions whether a sin against the Ordnung, the unwritten rules of the church, is also a sin against God. I have often thought about those with this belief since I read a lot Amish Fiction. This story takes place in 1946, which is shown through the mention of events and English fashion during the era. It heartbreaking to think that Daisy was considered “simpleminded” because being deaf and mute was not fully understood at this time. Also Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was not named or even recognized as a medical condition until the 1980s so Joe struggled alone with his pain. The written descriptions of the sign language used by Daisy and Esther make it easy to envision. There is more passion between two characters than I have read in most Amish novels, but it is all clean.
Restoration, relating to the physical, emotional, and spiritual, is the theme of this story. I enjoyed this book and would like to check out the other books in the series. I think fans of Amish romance and Historical Fiction will want to read Promise to Keep. I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest review.
Read an excerpt of Promise to Keep by Elizabeth Byler Younts here.