The Promise Box: With 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?
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What is The Promise Box about?
The Promise Box is a story about a young woman who was adopted into an Amish family. Conceived by rape, she always feels as if her life was a mistake. It’s a story of finding love and finding freedom when she realizes God had a plan for her life and His promises are always true.
What key takeaway or message do you expect the reader to understand when they have finished your book?
God’s promises are always true.
Motive or purpose in writing your book:
I love everything Amish, and I try to deal with “messier” and deeper issues within the Amish culture . . . but in a gentle a lovely way through heartwarming characters.
Describe how your personal background was involved in the writing of this book.
Related to the theme, my life was unexpected, and my mom got pregnant at a Halloween party. For years I felt like “a mistake,” yet God showed me he had a plan for me. We also adopted a baby girl two years ago, and I know the joy of that experience! Yet I also know she’ll have many questions as she grows. (We are currently in the process of adopting two more kids, too!) Also, for fifteen years I lived in Northwestern Montana—about one hour from where this book took place. Even though I grew up in the mountains of California, there was something wondrous about the Rockies. Not a day passed when I didn’t appreciate the scenic mountains and the beauty of the place. Also, three years ago I met Amish families from the community and they allowed me to interview them and experience their lives. Many moved from typical Amish communities to rural Montana. I hope this book will open a new world to Amish readers.
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 her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.