Monday, November 17, 2014

Promises to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Yount

 
Promises to Cherish
Howard Books (October 7, 2014)
by   Elizabeth Yount


ABOUT THE BOOK
As World War II draws to a close, nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or face the judgment of a conservative postwar American society for her past mistakes.

It’s 1945, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the conscies—conscientious objectors to the war—and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community.

Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war, Christine’s world is violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life.

Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can’t see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Promises to Cherish , go HERE.

Kay's Comments:  I've only read a few chapters but this book looks promising. The second chapter describes the conditions of an insane asylum near the end of WWII. The conditions are deplorable. What the nurses must see and do is insane in itself. It feels authentic as the author uses the terminology used at the time.  Interesting!

Kay's Comments (Part 2): Reading this book is an experience not to be forgotten. It is now among my top favorites of all time; however, I would warn readers that the first few chapters are describing horrible events. It is tastefully written but still disturbing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Elizabeth Byler Younts is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force officer’s wife and a homeschooling mom with two young daughters. She makes her home wherever her family is stationed. Elizabeth was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.

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