Promise to Keep Review

Promise to Keep: A Novel (Promise of Sunrise)
About the Book:
World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.

Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.

When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.

As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.

My thoughts:

This is the second book that I have read in this series however, they totally can stand alone. Ms. Younts seems to write her series independently, I found no crossover issues from the other story, in this one. This story was a bit different for me, as an extensive reader and reviewer of Amish fiction, I didn't recognize a lot of the words that Ms. Younts used. However that did not change the story for me, it was just different. This was a story that was a bit off the beaten path, as far as Amish fiction goes. Gambling, soldiers, a deaf child, faked death, all combine to make this story intriguing. I literally read this book in one sitting, needless to say, not much else was accomplished around here yesterday afternoon. *Smile* Amish fiction fans can readily and eagerly look forward to this story, it is new, fresh and exciting. Great read from a fairly new to me author. 4.5 stars from this reviewer.  This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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