A PROMISE TO ANOTHER
Publisher:Whitaker House (March 1, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
Joshua Esh of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, moved to Missouri ostensibly as part of the man swap meant to bring new blood into the community. Annie Beiler caught his attention the moment he arrived in Seymour, but he’s disheartened to discover that she is promised to another man–Luke, who left the Amish but vowed to return one day and claim “his” Annie. So, Josh fills his social calendar with singings and frolics, taking a different girl home from every event–with the exception of Annie, since she is already committed to someone.
When Luke comes home, Annie pushes him away, and Josh Esh comes to her rescue. But the situation becomes awkward, since Josh is staying with Luke’s family. An awareness of each other’s attraction to Annie causes the awkwardness to escalate, and Annie’s father soon invites Josh to stay with his family. But not all of the Beilers are happy about this new arrangement.
Soon, a buggy accident ends in a shotgun wedding after the bishop witnesses a kiss between Josh and Annie and insists they get married right away. The two protest, but the bishop is adamant. He later tells them why: he’d overheard some talk about a scheme Luke was launching to force Annie to marry him.
Marriage brings some dark secrets to the surface, and Annie and Josh must confront their issues and deal with the past if they plan on a future together.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Wow what an awesome ending to a great series. I love Joshua and Annie, and I really like Annie’s wit and feisty attitude. She loved her students enough to fight for their education, even though the powers of the Amish church didn’t agree with her. But Annie Beiler did want something different out of life. She wanted what the other Amish young ladies had at her age, a marriage and a family. But her intended, Luke Schwartz flew the coop and what is Annie suppose to do, sit back and wait on him?
Joshua Esh is only in Seymour County as a trade, and even though he is attracted to Annie, he knows she is off limits because she is promised to Luke. So Joshua can explore this part of the world, but just leave Annie alone. Or can he do that?
Laura Hilton gives us her best writing yet in “Promised To Another.” What I like about Laura’s writing is that she gives us a true feeling of the real Amish life. Her books don’t leave you feeling that the Amish live a perfect life, even though they are plain. Instead you will realize that the Amish struggle just as we all do.
I love Joshua and Annie’s story. It ended with a little different twist with the shotgun wedding, but I thought the Bishop did and commendable thing there. When you read the book, you will understand it all. I look forward to more of Laura Hilton’s books. If you haven’t read this series, you are missing a real treat. Go grab a copy of all three books in this series and enjoy yourself!
A copy of “Promised To Another” was provided by the author, Laura Hilton and Whitaker House Publishers. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are mine only.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in
Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is
a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand
reviews published on the Web. Prior to Patchwork Dreams and A Harvest
of Hearts, books one and two in her Amish of Seymour series with Whitaker
House, she published two novels with Treble Heart Books, Hot Chocolate
and Shadows of the Past, as well as several devotionals. Laura and her
husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes
their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find
out about her upcoming releases, readers may visit her blog at