Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review and giveaway

The Promise BoxWith her heart – and her loyalty – on the line, can she let true love in her life?
Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai, Montana to give comfort to her father after her mother’s death.
She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother’s most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational ‘tell-all’ book about the Amish. Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. Will the pain of her childhood—and her potential betrayal of her community—keep her from committing her whole heart?

My take on this book:
After reading the first book in the Seven Brides For Seven Bachelors series I was totally excited to continue the story, and really I think I enjoyed "The Promise Box" more than the first book. I enjoyed connecting with some of the characters from the first story, but honestly wouldn't have been lost had I not read it because this book easily stands alone.With "The Promise Box" I found a story woven with heartache, secrets and pain, but more than that I found a story about spiritual healing.

Who says you can't go back home? Lydia Wyse choose to leave the Amish, after she learned that she was adopted. She has been working as a book editor, but heads back home for a few weeks to help her father after her mother passes away. Finding her mother's promise box and spending time at home has her rethinking the choices that she has made. When she develops a friendship with Gideon Hooley that quickly turns into much more. Will Lydia give up her Englisher lifestyle and return to the Amish faith.

"The Promise Box" takes us on an emotional journey with characters that are easy to connect with. I loved the premise of "The Promise Box" and the truths that it held inside. Lydia was a character that was so easy to understand, she left her Amish home and never looked back. The regret that she feels over not visiting her Amish parents now that her mother is gone, was totally understandable. I loved reading the notes and letters that she pulled out of the Promise Box. I enjoyed seeing the relationship develop between Lydia and Gideon. Honestly I felt like I knew how things would work out between the two, but it was Tricia Goyer's telling of how it would work out that kept me reading! A great series, set in a wonderful little town. I am certainly anxious to read the next installment in this series.

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

Tricia is celebrating by hosting an Amish Baking Box Giveaway and connecting with readers during her June 12th Book Chat Party!
One “promising” winner will receive:
  • Apron, hot mitts, and kitchen towels
  • Amish baking items (rolling pin, pie plate, etc…)
  • Sherry Gore’s Simply Delicious Amish Cooking
  • The Memory Jar and The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 11th. Winner will be announced at the The Promise Box” Facebook Author Chat Party on June 12th. Connect with Tricia for an evening of Amish fun – book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tricia will also share an exclusive look at the next book book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.
So grab your copy of The Promise Box and join Tricia on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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