New Book Review: Promise to Keep

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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.

This is the first book I have read from this author, and it was very enjoyable and kept my interest throughout the book.  It was a book that I had difficulty putting down because I was wanting to read on to discover the outcome of the story.  The characters had many interesting connections which added to the interest of the book’s plot.  She gave each of them personalities that were true to their background.  If you like reading Amish fiction, then I highly recommend you add this book to your reading list.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Howard Books, a Division of Simon and Schuster Publishers.  I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.

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