The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller

Book Description:

A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay.

Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn’t plan to stay for long.

Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional—strange, even—Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she’s never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn’t mind. She is content being single.

But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?

My review:

The best part about this book was the various facets presented by the characters. They were flawed and experienced real-life tragedies and pain, but the persevered and continued on a path according to God’s plan for their lives.

As I read books like this where the main characters are obviously meant for each other, the suspense of whether they get together is replaced by a curiousity of how they will get together. Clearly Leanna and Roman were destined to get together, but how would they realize it. Fuller offered an interesting journey of discovery between the two that felt authentic and less contrived than similar books. I found the physical description of Leanna and the life-journey of Roman to be particular interesting and unusual. There were aspects of the book that I was really curious about that kept me reading and reading. Due to external factors, it has been rare that I have had the time to read a book a day, but this was such an interesting and quick read that I sacrificed other activities to read it.

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you will enjoy this book. It provides a different look at the Amish world and lifestyle.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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