Kathleen Fuller's The Promise of a Letter, like her previous Amish Letters story, has an interesting set of characters who don't all fit your stereotypical idea of Amish people. Those characters keep the story interesting and provide for a variety of twists and turns in this great story.
Leanna was introduced in the previous story and plays a major role in this one. She is anything but a typical Amish woman; that fact likely contributes to some of the problems she finds herself dealing with, although much of the difficulty is due to no fault of her own. Her life becomes more complicated when she finds herself, somewhat reluctantly, involved with Roman, who is trying to determine whether or not he really fits into the Amish world.
The Promise of a Letter, as expected by readers of Kathleen Fuller's books, is a well-written, enjoyable Amish story. Although there are several characters revisited from the first book in the series, it can work as a stand-alone. I would recommend, however, that fans of great Amish fiction would enjoy both stories.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts for this review.
About the Book:
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?
About the Author:
Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the
Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, and the
Amish of Birch Creek series, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the
Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at www.kathleenfuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, and Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.