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Promise to Return – A Book Review

I was excited to receive the book, Promise to Return, by Elizabeth Byler Younts, free from the publisher (shout-out to Linda for putting me in touch with the author)!

I can honestly say that I was drawn into the story from the very first page.  The story line intrigued me…an Amish couple struggling to live out their convictions regarding war, religion, and family. 

Miriam is an obedient young woman…the youngest in a large family…left to shoulder the responsibility of caring for her aging parents.  Henry, her true love, has been drafted but feels a strong leading by the Lord to take his calling to serve a bit further from his initial assignment to a Civilian Public Service camp.  His decision throws a monkey wrench into the life Miriam had planned out for the two of them, and the result is a string of events and heart introspection that changes the lives of nearly everyone in the community.

I didn’t know much about the Amish way of life and was surprised by the personal struggles the characters faced.  I don’t know why, but I always thought the Amish life was uncomplicated.  This book removed that misconception, and I have a healthy appreciation for how similar the Amish are to other groups of people.

I will eagerly await the next book in the series!

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